Makar Sankranti

Toegevoegd door Swami Dharmananda op 14-01-2011 om 23:51

Today is Makar Sankranti. When the sun shifts its location from one zodiac sign to the other that day is called sankranti. Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters the zodiac Capricorn.

It is the first of the holy days in the New Year in Hindu calendar. It is from this day,' Uttarayana'  or the movement of the sun towards the northern hemisphere starts. According to the present scientific calculations this takes place from the 22nd of Dec. For some specific reasons  the Rishis of ancient India considered the northern movement to start from this day. This uttarayan consist of six month period when the sun's rays fall more and more and is considered a very auspicious time for the people of the northern hemisphere.

In India  people take a early morning Ganga bath and spend the day in fasting, prayer, silence and solitude. In spiritual life our duty is to develop the qualities of the sun and act like the sun. The sun is Pushne nourisher, Savitur creator giver of light, warmth and life. Let us as teachers and healers and instruments of the Divine radiate peace, love and cheer and thru our loving service bring health and well being in the lives of as many as possible. Let us who are already doing this work simply grow in this work more and more.

Life is an ever increasing onward movement towards a never ending infinite perfection. Let this onward movement towards increasing perfection become the source of our joy and total self satisfaction.

Silence and activity  are two aspects of God. Both are source of joy and love and there has to be a balance between these two aspects in our lives. From the depths of inner silence thru daily meditation in the morning let us bring forth creative ideas, and manifests them in our daily lives and then at night again retire to that silence by meditating before falling to sleep. Sleep is unconscious meditation and meditation is conscious sleep.

With best wishes and deep love

Swami Dharmananda


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