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Image source: Śivaliṅga at Elephanta (photo Seth Powell).
Today is Mahāśivarātri, the great night of the celebration of Śiva, which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Śaivas, and Yogis, around the world. Śiva is often conceived as the archetypal yogi, and the great Lord of Yoga (yogeśvara). It is a day of auspiciousness, of contemplative practice and reflection, where the power (śakti) of yoga practice (sādhana) is believed to be intensified.
As a small offering on this day, I share with you a brief excerpt from my ongoing translation and study of the 15th-century ...