Posted 01/15/2011 - 21:55 by Admin

Significance of Makara Sankranthi

Makar Sankranti is the day when the glorious Sun-God begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere and thus it signifies an event wherein the Sun-God seems to remind their children that 'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya', may you go higher & higher, to more & more Light and never to Darkness.

The Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the Sun does from the Day of Makar Sankranti.

The relation between Sun , Saivta & Gayatri

This Earth is filled with an ocean of infinite consciousness, life and energy.  The atoms of inert nature move about with the help of vibrations of consciousness.  Inert objects do not possess any energy or consciousness.  At the time of cosmic destruction (Pralaya), they become lifeless and inert like a pile of ashes.  All movements seen in this world are due to the influence of cosmic consciousness.  Just as the soul is active in an inert gross body, so too the ocean of consciousness functions in inert nature.  It is called Savita in the Gayatri Mantra.  The sun which is a ball of light and fire, is an external, gross form of Savita.

Each one of us can feel the heat of the sun and see its light.  This is its gross energy.  Within it is a subtle power i.e. life force.  The soul of the sun creates living beings, nurtures them and propagates them.  We can produce light and heat via machines, yet it cannot create life.  Scientists are well aware of the fact that if the sun is destroyed, life could never exist on Earth.

The sun is called the “soul of the world” in the Shrutis.  The sun moving in the sky can be called a ball of heat and light, yet its soul is the life of the world.  The other name given to this life force is vital force.  The soul of the sun is called super vital force.  This super vital force gets partitioned in such a way so as to be seen as vital force in individual creatures.

“Gaya” means vital force.  “Tri” means Trana or upliftment.  Thus Gayatri is that science which uplifts our vital force.  Gayatri Mahamantra gets vital force from its deity – Savita and after imbibing a part of it within his inner being, a Gayatri devotee glorifies himself.

Even in devotion based on name and form (Sakar), Mother Gayatri is visualized on the mental screen as a Super Power seated in the center of a radiant sun.  She is understood as one seated within the sun i.e. “Suryamandal Madhyastha” and this precept is taught to others too.  Spiritual seekers who worship God as having name, and form, meditate on a Goddess seated at the centre of a brilliant sun with a book, flower and waterpot in the hand.  Spiritual seekers meditating on a formless God (Nirvakar) visualize God on their mental screen as brilliant light in cosmic space.  Whether worship is Sakar (with name and form) or Nirvikar (nameless and formless), both meditate on the brilliant sun.  Without brilliant light one cannot meditate on Gayatri Super Power. “An intelligent human being should meditate and do Mantra Japa on Goddess Gayatri represented by the sun at sunrise, noon and sunset (Trikal Sandhya).” - SHAKANAND TARANGINI (3/4)

Why do people fly kites in sankranti ?

The thread of the kite represents the sutratma. Sutratma which connects to the paramatma. Yagnopaveeta also talks about it. The moment your vision wavers from paramatma, your kite is cut ! The navel point connects us with Sutratma.

The sun is said to be the creator of visible nature.  In the same way the sun is the creator of our bodies.  It is in the navel.  That navel which is not given due importance by modern doctors and scientists, has been given a lot of importance in Indian Yogic scriptures.  During pregnancy a mother is bound to the baby in her womb via the navel and via the navel (umbilical chord) the child gets nourished.  The navel spreads out in the entire body.  Every spiritual practice (Sadhana) that activates our subtle vision first activates the navel.  A Kundalini spiritual seeker too has to initially practice Pranayams (Yogic breathing methods) called Anulom / Vilom and Suryabhedan.  Patanjali in his Yogic text says – by focusing the mind on the navel plexus one attains wisdom of gross objects in the body.  Western scientists call it solar plexus, yet their knowledge regarding it is very minimal.

“He who meditates on the fire that dwells in the navel becomes radiant, brilliant and one whose hunger in the stomach augments.  He attains a long life.  He begets many children, attains a lot of wealth and name and fame.  It is a rule that never spit and eat while facing fire.”-  CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD