The scriptures state that the greatest tantric master, the yogin of the yogis, Siva is the expounder of all tantric texts. All such Vaishanava tantric texts as Narada Pancratra, Ahribudhanya samhita, Lakshmi Tantra, Vishnu Tantra, Krishnayamlama, all such Shakta tantric texts as Kularnava Tantra, Maharnava Tantra, Shri Vidyarnava Tantra, Shyama Rahasyam, Neel Tantra, and almost all Shaiva tantric texts as Damara Tantra, Rudrayamalam, Vamakeshavara Tantra, the eight bhairava tantric texts lay great stress on the importance of worship in the night of Shivaratri.
The fourth veda known as The Atharva Veda is replete with rituals that are all performed after sunset. Within the bounds of disclosure, I may one day shed light on the tantric system of worship. It is the rapid path to attainment; predominantly because the tantric methods require you to rise above the gross and the grotesque, the tendencies and the taboos, the right and the wrong, and other dualities to attain the transcendental state. It is a journey from the outward to the inward, from form to the formless and beyond. You may want to read Kundalini – An untold story.
Today happens to be Shivaratri, the night of Siva, the celebrated night of the union of Siva and his consort, the Divine Mother.
Here is a short video of less than four minutes for you. It features the Vedasara Shiva Stava and Shiva Ashtakama. The lyrics with translation can be found on the actual YouTube video page. The audio has been extracted from a movie called Dharm, it is missing the first couplet of verses and has, at times, background sounds that are part of the original movie. Overall, a beautiful eulogy.