Tonight, Thursday night, is Maha Shivaratri.
They say that all yogis, whether they know it or not, are devotees of Shiva, because yoga was the great gift—the “pearl beyond price”—that Shiva, the compassionate one, gave to humanity to relieve its suffering. Shiva is the original jangalikaye mane—the “jungle physician”— the one who removes the halahala, the poison of this world.
We will doing a small home abhishekam with the snake-hooded lingam we brought back from India.
Speaking of snake-hooded… no I kid. We’re a few days behind on this, but Eddie Stern followed up the Dan Loeb conversation in Washington, D.C. by appearing on Bloomberg TV to talk about Wall Street’s relationship with yoga, or as Bloomberg describes it: “Eddie Stern, founder at Ashtanga Yoga New York, discusses Wall Street’s enthusiasm for yoga on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.””
Link to the video, which I can’t get to embed, is right here. Enjoy.
Update: I should have thought to look earlier, but Eddie has a terrific description of Shivaratri on the AYNY home page right now:
Normally during our waking hours we are absorbed in our day to day work, worries and obligations; during our dream state, we are oblivious to the things that we have to do during the waking state; and during deep sleep, we are in a temporary state of emptiness. During Sivaratri, we purposefully state up through all of these three states, contemplating our true nature and inner essence. At the end of the night, we feel the elation of the transcendental state, having observed an intensified night of spiritual practice.
They got started last night, but the big event is tonight — from 4 p.m. today until 4:30 a.m. Friday.
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