Om Namah Shivaya: Mantras to Shiva

Through the Peacock's Eyes

On this eve of the new moon that welcomes in                                                                         the new beginnings of Spring, HinduShivaNataraja devotees and yogis and yoginis celebrate the Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Lord Shiva. Often depicted as the Nataraja, the Lord of Dance, Shiva performs the cosmic dance of the Universe in a rhythmic cycle of creation, maintenance, and destruction. Though Shiva is often thought of as the god of destruction, he really represents change and transformation. When one thing ends/is destroyed, the way is opened for something new to come, a new beginning. Shiva means Auspicious One, and it seems fitting that his celebration ushers in the new life and new beginnings of Spring.


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