Shiva has always been referred to as Triambaka because he has a third eye. The third eye is the eye of vision. The two physical eyes are just sensory organs. These two eyes do not really see the truth. So another eye, an eye of deeper penetration, has to be opened up.
So if true knowing has to happen, your third eye has to open up. On Mahashivratri, somehow nature is bringing that possibility very close. It is possible every day as well. Yet, on this day, nature makes it more available to you because the planetary positions are such that the energy, especially, in the northern hemisphere of the planet makes it very easy for a person to raise his/her energies upward. So one of the prescriptions for this day is, you do not lie down in horizontal positions. You are required to remain in vertical positions. If we can keep ourselves in such a state that we are not ourselves and instead allow Him to be, then the possibility of opening up a new vision into life and looking at life with total clarity is possible.
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