Summary of Siddha Yoga Teaching and Learning Events at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland
During the Indian month of Magha, as the moon wanes and illumines the morning sky in its crescent shape, devotees honor the great night of Shiva, Mahashivaratri. It is said that on Mahashivaratri, a single repetition of Shiva’s name and the benefits of worship performed on this night are multiplied a thousandfold.
One of the ways that Siddha Yogis honor Lord Shiva on this holiday is by repeating the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. This sacred mantra of the Siddha Yoga lineage means, “I bow to Shiva, the divine Self within.” Siddha Yogis receive the mantra Om Namah Shivaya from the Guru, and the mantra is infused with the Guru’s grace. As we repeat it, the power of the mantra leads us to the experience of our own inner divinity.