24. Pradosha Vrata - 4.2

2. Let me now describe the actual process of Shiva-Raja Yoga:5.

    Similar to the above is the significance of the worship of Lord Ganesha on the 4th day of the lunar fortnight.

This corresponds to the Fourth part of the waking state, when the lights are first seen. On the 8th day or the Ashtami,

 Mother Durga is adored.

This corresponds to the fourth part of the dream state.

Ekadashi or the 11th day corresponds to the deep sleep part of the deep sleep state.

In this state there is complete unawareness of the mind.

This is the most favourable moment for a direct contact with God, the indweller.

If we fast and pray on this day, we can reduce our bodily activities to the minimum and can have the vision of the Lord who resides in our heart.

    If we thus analyse the rationale of our holy days, we discover that our ancients took particular care to effect a synthesis of Yoga—Karma, Jnana and Bhakti.

    At the Sivananda Ashram in India, a special havan and an elaborate worship are conducted for the long life, health, success and prosperity of all.

The Lord’s sacred prasad is sent to devotees all over the world.

Next : 25-Satya Narayana Vrata

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....

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