Maha Shivaratri, the night of Lord Shiva, is observed by fasting, puja and chanting of the Panchakshara Mantra " Om Namah Shivaya ". This mantra I can attest to, is powerful, along with the Lakshmi and Maha mantras.
It is believed that those who utter the names of Shiva during Shivaratri with perfect bhakti & concentration are freed from all sins. ( Save yourself another stab @ re-incarnation by doing this )
Be @ Exhale Venice on Feb. 17 with Shiva Rea & Dave Stringer to experience .
& Maha shout out to YogaDawg . Thanks for the inclusion on your blog roll -