HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : -26-3-2.
3. Lord Shiva’s Assurance-2.
Parvati was deeply impressed by the speech of Loid Shiva.
She repeated it to Her friends who in their turn passed it on to the ruling princes on earth.
Thus was the sanctity of Shivaratri broadcast all over the world.
The two great natural forces that afflict man are Rajas (the quality of passionate activity) and Tamas (that of inertia).
The Shivaratri Vrata aims at the perfect control of these two.
The entire day is spent at the Feet of the Lord.
Continuous worship of the Lord necessitates the devotee’s constant presence in the place of worship.
Motion is controlled.
Evils like lust, anger, and jealousy, born of Rajas are ignored and subdued.
The devotee observes vigil throughout the night and thus conquers Tamas also.
Constant vigilance is imposed on the mind.
Every three hours a round of worship of the Shiva Lingam is conducted.
Shivaratri is a perfect Vrata.
To be continued .....