The message of Sivarathri is : discriminate between 'Siva' and 'Rathri' - the dehi (indwelling atma) and deha (body), the spiritual and material, the kshetrajna and kshetra (the spirit and matter with its evolutes). Relying merely on the literal meaning of the words, people wait year long for this holy day to miss a meal and call it an upavasa (fast), to miss a night's sleep and call it a vigil! Upavasa means living in the unbroken constant presence of the Lord by namasmarana (chanting the Divine Name). That is real fast - holding fast to Him.
- Baba -