February 19 @ 12:00 am – 7:00 am
Meditation, readings, puja with devotional songs to Lord Siva
Those who, worshipping the Supreme Siva—
The Consort of Uma, who reveals the steadfast Knowledge—
Attain purity of heart with all sins scoured out by His compassion,
Will, with all sorrows effaced,
Know themselves to be as the Supreme Siva,
The mass of Bliss, the Self of all this universe,
And formless and all pervasive
As the undivided space of Conciousness.
~The Song of Ribhu 4:41
On a Shivaratri day, after dinner, Bhagavan was reclining on the sofa surrounded by many devotees. A Sadhu suggested that, since this was a most auspicious night, the meaning of the verse in praise of Dakshinamurti should be made clear. Bhagavan gave his approval and all were eagerly waiting for him to say something. He simply sat, gazing at us. We were gradually absorbed in ever deepening silence, which was not disturbed by the clock striking the hour, every hour, until 4 a.m. None moved or talked. Time and space ceased to exist. Bhagavan’s grace kept us at peace and silence for seven hours. In this silence, Bhagavan taught us the Ultimate, like Dakshinamurti. At the stroke of four Bhagavan asked us whether we had understood the meaning of the silent teaching. Like waves on the infinite ocean of bliss, we fell at Bhagavan’s feet.
~T. K. Sundaresa Iyer, Ramana Smrti Souvenir
Blog post: Mahasivaratri at the SAT Temple