Shiva – there is no difference between us and Shiva. We are Shiva and Shiva is us. However, to become or being in Shiva, we need to achieve the greatest level of being a “Yogi”…. “yogi” means one who has realized the oneness of the Existence. It’s not any religious journey or process, its the level of one’s mind to be one with whole around.
Shiva is Absolute, self-radiant. One who becomes Shiva, s/he remains radiant and illuminates the others, universe. Shiva is an auspicious and prosperity-bestowing Principle.
Tried to collect some information and added to my own knowledgebase what I know about Shiva.
The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivratri. Among all the twelve Shivratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance. On this night, the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in a human being. This is a day when nature is pushing one towards one’s spiritual peak. Modern science also proves that everything comes from nothing and goes back to nothing. It is in this context that Shiva, the vast emptiness or nothingness, is referred to as the great lord, or Mahadeva.
Astronomically, Maha Shivaratri falls during the transition from 13th (Trayodashi) to the 14th lunar day (Chaturdasi) of month of Phalguna. On this day of the year (and three days before and after Maha Shivaratri), the Sun will be in Aquarius & Moon in Capricorn. Positioning of sun and moon makes this day and night special impact on body, mind and soul.
Our body consists of three components: Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Around Maha Shivaratri, the Sun and the Moon are aligned in such a way that the Vata component of our body gets activated. The night of Shivaratri is the best time for us to balance the Vata in ourselves. Vatta impacts the nervous system, and controls all bodily movement. Vata “moves” nutrients into the body, and at the same time “moves” the wastes out of the cell. Vata also helps in retrieving information from the memory, and enables cause and effect analysis. If one performs the Vata Kriya during the week of Maha Shivaratri, or at least on that one day, all the above Vatas as cleansed and lubricated. Now you may be able to related based on Ayurveda, what could be reason of alzheimer disease or even cancer (not getting out wastes out of cell).
— Shivratri is the time when Shiva takes rest. Shiva rests for one ‘prahar’ (three hours) of the night. This ‘prahar’ is referred to as the Shivratri. When Lord Shiva takes rest, the function of Shiva ceases, i.e. Lord Shiva goes into a meditative state. Shiva’s meditative state is the time when he is engrossed in his own spiritual practice. During that time, the ‘Shiva’ does not accept any elements which are within us or any venom. As a result, the pressure of the negative energies in the atmosphere increases. For protection from this pressure, things like ‘bel leaves’, white flowers, ‘rudraksha’ beads etc are offered to Lord Shiva. The things like white flowers, attract the ‘Shiva’ from the atmosphere, thus providing protection from the increasing effect of the negative energies.
— Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world.
— This is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. The chanting of hymns, the reading of Shiva scriptures and the chorus of devotees joins this cosmic dance and remembers Shiva’s presence everywhere.
— This is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married.
— Maha Shivaratri is considered the day when adiyogi or the first guru awakened his consciousness at the material level of existence. According to Tantra, at this stage of consciousness, no objective experience takes place and the mind is transcended. The meditator transcends time, space and causation. It is regarded as the brightest night of the soul, when the yogi attains the state of Shoonya or Nirvana, the stage succeeding samadhi or illumination.
*** Have gathered few information from wiki and Sadguru writings.
*** Pictures curtsey: shiva.pics