Lights, trippy performances, continuous dance music, an exuberant all-night social gathering with of us in ecstatic states – that sound like a rave to you? Effectively, sure, it’s, of a sure sort. Isha’s annual Mahashivratri celebrations, which occur at Isha Yoga Heart, Coimbatore, have change into the place to be in previous few years, and this yr too, despite the pandemic, the Basis managed to throw a hell of a bash on the evening of March 11. Positive, the numbers have been restricted (a number of hundreds in comparison with the lakhs that throng the gathering every year), there have been masks and social distancing however nonetheless, they pulled out all of the stops. The occasion was dwell on all Sadhguru’s channels on YouTube, Fb and Instagram. It was live-streamed in 15 languages, and was broadcast throughout greater than 120 TV channels, reaching an estimated 100 million viewers throughout the globe.
Mahashivratri 2021 at Isha was a curious mixture of issues – spirituality, meditation, bhakti, spectacle, tradition, enjoyable, exploration and a touch of politics. Among the many first issues that hits you is the palpable devotion. Everybody current is very centered on Shiva – and particularly, on Shiva as Adiyogi, the primary guru to show humankind the strategies and applied sciences to achieve one’s final nature. The evening, as Sadhguru defined, is a type of instances when there’s a pure upsurge within the human system. By staying awake and alert, seekers attempt to experience the wave and make use of it as an alternative of being overwhelmed by it.
This Mahashivratri noticed a brand new facet that they’re calling Rudraksha Diksha. Named the tears of Shiva, and historically held to be of immense worth for non secular development in addition to common wellbeing, these are prime quality rudraksha seeds that additionally adorn Adiyogi. A whopping three million individuals have already signed as much as obtain a rudraksha every. Not solely is the providing free however get this – the Basis is couriering these to recipients in India freed from cost! The Adiyogi bust, which towers over the evening’s proceedings, had massive mounds of rudrakshas round it. Simply earlier than midnight Sadhguru coated the Elaeocarpus seeds with bilva leaves as a part of the consecration, and the seeds will likely be despatched out throughout the nation within the weeks to come back.
One other tangent of the evening was the honoring of the native cattle breeds that Isha is nurturing. Farmers from the native, award-winning farmer producer group (FPO) Velliangiri Uzhavan additionally gathered to greet Sadhguru. The FPO is ranked among the many greatest in India and their success prompted Sadhguru to say that the biggest Indian firms sooner or later will likely be farmer organizations.
Persevering with with an pressing situation he has been elevating of late, Sadhguru made a robust passionate pitch to free Tamil Nadu’s temples from governmental management. Making the demand forward of elections within the state, Sadhguru spoke of the heartrending situation of temples, that are managed however poorly managed by the State. Lashing out towards the tendency to see temples solely by way of income, he spoke compellingly of how India’s cultural and non secular heritage will dwindle if left unattended. The motion is gathering appreciable help and momentum on social media with the hashtag #FreeTNTemples.
The all-nighter had an extended checklist of performers lined up: there was Mangli, the singing sensation from Telangana, Carnatic vocalist Sandeep Narayan, singers Parthiv Gohil and Manasi Parekh, The Kutle Khan Mission, a gaggle of Rajasthani folks performers, Kabir Café, Thappu drummers of Tamil Nadu and Anthony Dasan, the inimitable Tamil folks artiste who collaborated with the nadaswaram to carry the group to its ft. Other than these, there was the immensely common home-grown band Sounds of Isha, which punctuated the evening with its personal choices but in addition supported the varied artistes. There was additionally a superlative ensemble dance efficiency by Isha Samskriti and a very gorgeous fireplace dance by Isha residents.
As group after musical group paid homage to Shiva, the viewers surged to its ft to bounce, free and unfettered. Numerous these gathered have been younger – of their twenties and thirties – however fact be instructed, vitality was excessive throughout all age teams and there have been hardly any indicators of flagging. There was an odd remark to make of the group: though they have been loud and wild of their celebrations, the exact same individuals settled down in utter stillness when referred to as upon to take a seat for the varied meditations that Sadhguru guided the gathering by means of. Exuberance and a profound, soul-deep silence going hand in hand.
Lastly, daybreak got here and the party-goers loped off to mattress, punch drunk on happiness, lack of sleep and the magic of Shiva.