Every day is a new opportunity for us to improve ourselves, but there are certain powerful days occurring during Vedic festivals, which can bring about transformational changes with immediate effect. These festivals are:
- Maha Shivratri
- Guru Purnima
- Ganesh Chaturthi
The following will now discuss the significance of these days and what they actually mean for you.
Maha Shivratri marks one of the most auspicious days in the Vedic spiritual calendar; the day affectionately celebrated by devotees of Shiva.
Shiva is the lord of meditation and the guardian of all spiritual seekers across the world.
It is believed that his consciousness is awakened to unparalleled levels on this festive occasion, and his heightened sense of elevation reverberates around this entire universe.
In practical terms, what this means for us is that our desires and intentions (sankalpas), can be powerfully united with Shiva’s energy if the seeker truly devotes his attention to the Divine through meditation and contemplation.
Maha Shivratri is a day to think big. Whatever your goals, magnify them all with complete sincerity and offer everything to the Divine.
Shiva makes no distinction between the good and the bad. Divine consciousness is beyond causation and effect, so the quality of our thoughts today need to be pure and honest.
Any bad vibes we feel will emanate and grow, so it’s important to only think good thoughts and pray for all your wishes to become fulfilled.
Shiva is known to be a simple, innocent and unsuspecting god who accepts everything that comes his way.
Offer all your thoughts (positive and negative), and become free of any attachments binding you to any miseries you may have.
The simplest way for a drop of water to never evaporate is to completely immerse itself in the ocean.
Thus, today of all days we are encouraged to unite our very self with Shiva, the divine, and lose all our worries and tensions.
Our desires become Shiva’s desires; if this entire creation is made from the divine, then surely there is nothing the divine cannot achieve, and thus, there is nothing holding us back from achieving as well!
Maha Shivratri is a great celebration of life and truly a wonderful day to review your resolutions for the year ahead. Sincere meditation and prayers are strongly advised, along with the chanting of the powerful mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”.
If possible, stay awake for the whole night on Maha Shivratri and eat the bare minimum. The vibrations around our consciousness today have an immense cleansing effect on our system both physically and spiritually.
The thoughts of our vibrations connect to the heightened vibrations of Shiva today, so remember to think big but remain sincere. Shivratri is a gift for all spiritual seekers, an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in life, and where we are still to go.
Remember to also offer your blessings to Shiva himself; the divine is no different to any of us and hence why the more we offer, the more we receive. This concept does not only apply to worship, but also to helping our fellow beings across the globe.
Enjoy the day and strive forward knowing the divine is always with you. May all your dreams come true. Aum Namah Shivaya.
One of the most beautiful and vibrant occasions in India are the exuberant rituals and fun observed during Holi (the festival of colours), around the end of February and beginning of March.
The celebration of Holi rejoices a wonderful story about the forces of good destroying the forces of evil.
The classic tale is still relived today with much vigour and enthusiasm, but like everything else in ancient mythology is also steeped in significance and relevance to today’s world.
The story begins as follows…
Hiranyakashipu was an all-powerful demon king, who through the efforts of intense worship and spiritual practices, had attained a numerous set of boons which determined he could no longer be killed on the earth or in the sky, could not be killed during day or night, could not be destroyed by animal or man, or be killed by astra or shastra (knowledge of weapons).
The impact of these divine gifts had given the king a huge sense of indifference to the world, as he now truly believed himself to be invincible and above all other beings. Such was his distortion of thought, that now he demanded his subjects worship him instead of the heavenly gods.
Everyone duly obliged except his righteous son Prahlad (a sincere devotee of the Lord Vishnu). In sheer disgust at his own son’s insubordination, the king had made numerous attempts to kill him, but on each occasion failed miserably. Finally, the king turned to his daughter Holika to help him destroy Prahlada.
Holika, too, was granted a boon in the guise of a shawl, which protected her from the fire. Thus, she proceeded to devise a cunning plan, where she would sit in the middle of a fire pyre with Prahlad resting on her lap.
Prahlad was an innocent soul who only sought the attention of Vishnu and no one else. His innocence allowed him to stray into his sister’s arms and be engulfed in the fire; however, his faith in the divine was always on hand to protect him.
The scriptures proclaim that the faith of a devotee can be so powerful that even the gods themselves are unable to match its sincerity and strength.
Thus, when Prahlada was in harm’s way, Vishnu himself had to intervene and removed Holika’s shawl to cover and protect his beloved devotee. Consequently, Holika became engulfed in flames and perished in the fire.
Vishnu then proceeded to enter Hiranyakashipu’s kingdom in the body of a Narasimha (half man, half lion). On the steps of the king’s house (which was neither inside nor outside), he killed the king at dawn (which was neither during the day or night), by digging his sharp claws (which were neither astra nor shastra), into his body and finishing him whilst laying him over his lap (which meant the king was imbalanced, he was neither on the earth nor in the sky).
Despite all the boons granted to the evil king, the Lord himself was able to overcome them all and prevail good over evil. This entire episode affectionately became known as Holi (after the burning of Holika in the pyre).
In years to come, Krishna (a divine incarnation of Vishnu), would extensively celebrate Holi through music, dance and many games. On one such day, legend has it, he complained to his mother Yashoda, about Radha (his eternal companion), whose skin was much fairer than his dark cloud-like features.
Yashoda in response moved towards Radha, and smeared her with coloured powder to appease her doting son, and thus began a tradition of playing with colours during the Holi festival.
Life is full of emotions; with every emotion being linked to a colour. A mixture of colour is what brings diversity and fulfilment in life, but this same mixture can also cause trouble with our emotions and feelings.
Once all the colours become grossly mixed, we end up with a dark, confused pool which can at times engulf the beauty of each individual colour.
The significance of celebrating with colours is to remove this darkness and once again rejoice in the diversity of each emotion we possess within ourselves. Prahlada found himself in a murky situation where his life was in danger.
He had nothing to protect him other than his faith in his Lord. Vishnu not only guided his faithful devotee to safety but also destroyed the very root of all evil surrounding Prahlada by removing the demon king.
Once the darkness in Prahlada’s life had been removed, all that was left was light. The celebration of Holi is intended to remove the darkness in our lives and remind us of the vibrancy of colours we all have within us.
The full moon date in the month of Ashada (June-July) in the Vedic calendar is Guru Purnima.
An extremely powerful day where we pay homage to all the mentors, teachers and lessons life has bestowed upon us.
It’s a great opportunity to reflect on how far you have come on this epic journey we call life, and how far you still have to go.
Take some time out on this day to reflect on all those who have uplifted you and made you the magnificent person you see in the mirror today.
Also, take the time to see where you can improve yourself and make any necessary amendments to become your ultimate best.
Guru Purnima falls on a full moon, where the consciousness is very powerful indeed.
So be wary of all your thoughts… whatever you sincerely wish for will manifest straight away.
Enjoy the day, and as always keep thinking big and just keep going strong.
Janmashtami is a huge Vedic festival representing Krishna’s birthday (sometime in August, depending on the lunar calendar).
Janmashtami is the day to start afresh with anything that is holding you back in life. Krishna was born in a prison, yet his chains were set free the moment he appeared on this Earth.
Anything that has been stopping you from progressing in life can be easily dropped on this day, so you no longer need to be held captive by these chains.
Millions of people will be meditating and passionately celebrating the occasion and this will massively raise the consciousness of the world.
It means, your own personal powers become significantly heightened, and what may have been a struggle for you till now, will be a breeze to break free.
Happiness and freedom are the very sources of your existence, it’s just the mind which can make you believe otherwise.
Defeat the small mind, by simply become aware of what is making you think small and literally dropping such idle thoughts right here, right now.
During Janmashtami, over a billion people will be focusing on Krishna and the happiness and freedom he represents. Tune in to those vibrations and watch how quickly you can transform your business, goals and personal aspirations.
Ganesh symbolises the entire consciousness which is always present every around us. His presence represents the energy from which everything is born and everything will ultimately return back to.
Ganesh Chaturthi is an occasion where it is believed he is fully manifested on this earth and as such, this becomes an extremely powerful time to start a new project or to continue with an existing one but now with a renewed vigour. Spiritual aspirants look to Ganesh as the provider of fortune, prosperity and success.
Ganesh Chaturthi is almost like a rebirth or an awakening. The consciousness on this Earth rises to an immense level and with just a little bit of sincere focus and effort, you can easily tap into this energy and turn all of your dreams into reality.
Like with the other Vedic festivals, don’t be afraid to dream big, as provided you put in the effort, your thoughts and ideas can easily come true during this powerful time.
Navratri is a 9 day festival in the Vedic calendar, which symbolises the celebration of the Mother Goddess in totality and her presence in all of our lives.
It’s a powerful opportunity to go inwards and realign with whom we really are and what our true purpose in this world is really about.
Millions of people from across the globe will be intensely meditating and offering prayers during these 9 nights, and thus massively raising the world’s consciousness.
What this means for you is that whatever you are now thinking will easily manifest, so be very mindful of your thoughts.
This is a time to look at where you are going in life and making sure you are on the right path. If you have deviated in any way, this is the perfect opportunity to get back on track.
You don’t need to be spiritual or a believer in any higher powers. Just simply use this time to become the very best version of yourself and uplift everyone who comes your way.
Navratri will cleanse your mind, body and soul from a very deep level, and have a profound effect on all of your loved ones.
Good now triumphs over evil,
Success overtakes frustration,
Light obliterates the dark,
You become a Yogi Warrior!
With every aspect of your life, be it your health, wealth, relationships, passions, spirituality etc… take this time to raise your game and finally become the legend you were born to be.
Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour throughout the world.
The lighting of lamps and decoration of streets is connected to lighting up our lives and driving away any darkness or sorrows which have come our way.
Diwali is a time to celebrate abundance and to sincerely make a resolution to work hard and produce even more for the year ahead.
The tendency of the mind can be to focus on what you don’t have and the sense of lack in your life, but during Diwali, you are encouraged to rejoice in the beauty of life and honour all the blessings you already have.
Wherever you put your attention is where your energy will flow. Thus by focussing on the positives, you easily begin to attract more of these blessings into your life.