Existem várias lendas que dão significado ao Maha Shivaratri, que foi nesta noite que Shiva se casou com a Deusa Parvati, por isso ser uma celebração importante para as mulheres, as casadas rezam pelos seus maridos, as não casadas pedem a Shiva que lhes traga um homem como ele, outras referem que foi nesta noite que ele procedeu ao Tandava, a dança primordial da Criação, Preservação e Destruição, salientam que ele foi o salvador e protector do mundo quando engoliu um veneno mortal que emergiu do oceano e com certeza que haverão muitas mais explicações para a importância desta noite e dia, que ultrapassam as palavras que escrevo e os conhecimentos que detenho, mas para uma comunidade tão distinta com a nossa, que se estende aos 4 cantos do Mundo, onde a única coisa comum é a nossa prática de Ashtanga, em que a maioria não são hindus, bastou continuar no computador para reparar que os "posts" sobre o Maha Shivaratri estavam por todo lado no Instagram e Facebook, pessoas praticantes de todo o lado, aludiam ao Maha Shivaratri. Para lá de religiões, de crenças ou fé, Om Namah Shivaya!
*fotos retiradas de arquivo pessoal e pesquisa online.
*******This short article is being written beyond religions, beliefs or faith. It is written because after i have practiced and taught the Guided class on Carnival day, yesterday, I sat with my coffee and the computer in my lap. And i passed my eyes on Instagram and i stopped at a friend "post", also an Ashtanga practitioner and teacher, in S. Paulo, and the photo and her comment alluded to the Maha Shivaratri, which means the Great night of Shiva, is a Hindu celebration that takes place every year on the 14th night of New Moon, usually in February or March. And I leaned against my back and remembered my first trip to Mysore in 2007/2008, where i witnessed the Maha Shivaratri in India. It was a very special night, the whole city was covered in lights, the temples where we passed had even more attractiveness and intensity, you could see dozens of people with the offerings, many flowers, the rituals, the joy on their faces, the songs in full night of older women's groups in pure devotion to Shiva, the atmosphere was a mixture of calm and excitement, and full of depth.
Who is not a Hindu, who watches completely out of the knowledge of this tradition and belief, look with viewer's eyes, curious, attentive to details so distinct from what we previously seen, or maybe even like what we similar grew up with, but beyond religions, beliefs or faith, this article is written to show that to practice Ashtanga it is not need to be this, or that, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, or other religion or category. Continue to skim the words and you will understand ...
There are several legends that give meaning to the Maha Shivaratri, which was on that night that Shiva married with the Goddess Parvati, therefore be an important celebration for women, the married pray for their husbands, the not married ask Shiva to bring them a man like him, others report that was on that night that he made the Tandava, the primal dance of creation, preservation and destruction, pointing out that he was the savior and protector of the world when swallowed a deadly poison that emerged from the ocean, and with certainty that there are many more explanations for the importance of this night and day, beyond the words that i am writing and beyond the knowledge i have about it, but for such a distinct community that extends through the 4 corners of the world, where the only common thing is our Ashtanga practice, where most of us are not Hindus, was interesting to see and repair the "posts" on Maha Shivaratri were everywhere on Instagram and Facebook, practitioners people from everywhere alluded to Maha Shivaratri. Beyond religion, belief or faith... OM NAMAH SHIVAYA!
*photos from personal archive and online research.