Mahashivaratri 2018

The Hunter and The Deer

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I love the story of “The Hunter and the Deer.” Hearing it read each year during Mahashivaratri reminds me to show compassion to all living beings, including animals.
 
Embracing compassion in this way allows me to purify my heart and invoke the grace of Lord Shiva.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Georgia, USA

Whenever I listen to or read this story, I am moved again and again. I feel Lord Shiva’s abundant grace—when the hunter’s mind became transformed by devotion, Lord Shiva not only granted him liberation, but also conferred the boon that the benefits of worship on that night would be multiplied a thousand times.
 
I feel so blessed by Shiva’s boundless gift to the hunter. Still today, by worshiping Lord Shiva on the night of Mahashivaratri, the benefits are multiplied a thousand-fold!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Bienenbüttel, Germany

My prayer and intention from the contemplation of this story is that my mind and heart become as purified as the hunter's. May true compassion for myself and others arise from within.
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I generally think of myself as a kind person, and I tend to feel compassion in my heart. But this story made me realize that I can go deeper. I saw that true compassion is not easy to experience or to practice. I humbly ask Shiva tonight to bless me with the full expression of this beautiful virtue.

a Siddha Yogi from Colima, Mexico