Dec 25 13:22 2011 Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Print This Article

If the sun stops rising daily world movements can come to a grinding halt. Thus the root source of the world wheel of activity is the sun. This knowledge has been handed down to us by great Rishis of yore and thus by looking upon Sun God as the Primeval Almighty Lord we have evolved culturally too

The Shrutis authoritatively proclaim that this world in which we dwell was initially full of darkness prior to its creation. ‘Tamaha asita’ means that all directions were engulfed by darkness. But when the brilliant highly eulogized sun god manifested in the east it became the root cause of life,Guest Posting light and vital force manifesting and sustaining in this world.

In the Chandogya Upanishad (1/6/6) it is said that the omnipotent Almighty Lord destroyed cosmic darkness with his divine brilliance of soul light when he took the form of Hiranyagarbha (creator). It is thus clear that due to this divine spiritual light the darkness in all directions was destroyed hook line and sinker.

India’s cultural tradition is said to be the most ancient in the entire world. Right from primeval times to date no one has attracted and magnetized all aspects of human life as has been achieved by Sun-God. Hence when our ancestors i.e. great Rishis who were the spearheads of world human progress and evolution said ‘I bow down to primeval Lord’ they were in reality worshipping the radiant sun. The sun is said to play a major role in the evolution of world culture and tradition. It is because that sun shines brilliantly that the concept of time, demarcation of day and night, seasonal demarcations and waxing/waning of the moon came into being. It is because of the sun that months are categorized which in turn influence the daily living of all creatures especially mankind. Right from time immemorial the sun has been the root source of man’s day to day transactions. When man saw that ball of fire representing Sun God he took it as a form of life force, divine energy and God’s power. In ancient times man’s daily activities were very much dependent on the rising and setting of the sun. Thus we can understand how Sun God plays a major role in the evolution of human culture and civilization.

Right since Vedic Age our Rishis have proclaimed ‘Bhumaa vai sukham’ and ‘Bhuma tad amritam’ (Chandogya Upanishad 7/23/1 and 7/24/1). This ‘Bhuma’ viewpoint of Rishis gives them the inspiration to move towards infinity from finiteness. Ultimately their goal was to merge into infinity. On the one hand where he attains a pious vision of various gods/goddesses who control cosmic functions there itself there manifests an intense inspiration to merge into the 3 worlds. This is root basis of our mode of worship because of the philosophy handed down to us by great Rishis of yore. In this method meditation on the solar deity is of prime importance. The reason for this is that the 9 planets of the solar system, Marutas (wind god), 7 Rishis and 3.3 billion demigods dwell here. According to great Rishi-Munis the authority centers of all Divine Powers rest on the shoulders of Sun God ever since this world was created. Hence by saying ‘Surya aatmaa jagatatasthuscha’ (Rig Veda) Rishis (Shaakal Samhitaa 1/115/1) say that the soul of all mobile and immobile creatures is Sun God in form.

In the Bhagwad Geeta wherever Lord Krishna describes his Divine Glories he says ‘Jyotishaam raviranshuman’ (Bhagwad Geeta 10 & 11). Thus he give prime importance to Sun God and has further advised mankind to meditate on Super Mantra Gayatri. In this manner one can walk on the radiant path of solar worship which is also called Brahmavidyaa or Divine Wisdom. In the Vedas it is written ‘Akrushnena rajasaa’ (Rig Veda Shaakal Samhitaa 1/35/2) which is the most preliminary indication of solar worship. In the Krishna Yajur Veda (2/9/9) the importance of solar worship is described in detail. How important is solar worship/meditation? This answer can be gauged from Chaandogya Upanishad (3/19/1) and Shatpath Braahmana (50/5/1/4).

In a Rig Veda Mantra (5/51/25) the Rishis sing eulogies: O Sun God! We pray that we all get together and walk on the path of welfare just as you and Moon God and your self have set shining examples for us all. It means that just as the sun and moon devoid of indolence or lethargy work for eons and eons ceaselessly so too we pray that we imbibe beautiful radiance (symbolized by the moon) and discrimination (symbolized by the sun). When the need arises, we pray that we blaze like the sun so as to combat injustice and excesses witnessed the world over. During times of emotional turbulence, we pray that we remain calm and serene like the dazzling moon. Apart from this we pray: O Goddess Savita! Please ward off our sins and troubles and we request you nurture a sense of well being in our lives (Rig Veda 5/82/5). In this Mantra pious and wholesome thoughts have been invoked from all directions with the sun as its medium. If this is done human thinking will weed out the right from wrong. All the above mentioned examples show why great Rishis of yore have bestowed so much importance to eulogy of Goddess Savita and also been allotted a prime position in our day to day transactions. By proclaiming that Goddess Savita is the creator of all it is concluded that it is Sun God which gives everyone life and vital energy to all creatures of the world.

Great personages and authors of Divine Culture via their insight in the form of inspiration have made certain observations which are clubbed as Shrutis. Further all conclusions drawn via research and experimentation of the subtle inner world became a code of conduct in man’s day to day existence. Sun is the source of inspiration behind lighting of fire which in turn in the first projection of human community. From there to the inventing of chariots which run with the help of solar rays and from the attainment of research regarding good health with the sun as the medium up to particles that move with speed of sun light, in all this the sun plays a major role. It is the erstwhile Rishi who first understood and said that it is because of the sun that worldly cycle commenced. Further the sun controls this cycle in a major way. All creatures are born and continue to sustain life because of the sun. Agricultural profession succeeds amply because of the sun. It is because of the sun that trees, flowers, fruits, plants, herbs etc grow. If the sun stops rising every day world movements can come to a grinding halt. Thus the root source of the world wheel of functions is the sun. This knowledge has been handed down to us by great Rishis of yore and hence by looking upon Sun God as the Primeval Almighty Lord we have evolved culturally too. The radiant sun whose diameter is 0.8 million 64 thousand miles and is 108 times bigger in diameter than planet Earth would in all probability be unaware that it being a storehouse of heat and fire is playing such a massive role in the evolution and civilization of Earth and its denizens. Further Earth lies at a distance of more than 1.4 billion kilometers from the sun. The sun plays a major role right from segregation of various seasons and day/night up to rains, flooding, famine etc. In fact it influences all activities of our day to day living. It is solar heat that ensures potable water is found on our planet by helping downpour of rains. Solar heat also ensures that we gain access to fire and electricity on Earth. Thus the sun is the cause of creation and existence of living beings on Earth and none can challenge this bare fact. This is why right since time immemorial solar worship is undergone with devotion and reverence not only in India where Vedic Culture first manifested but also in various other regions of the globe. There was a time in ancient history when Indian Culture was a World Culture. This can be proved by taking note of solar temples in all corners of the world. Sun temples are generally found in large numbers where the population of Red Indians is high especially in various parts of America. It is well nigh possible that due to a break in contact with Rishi Consciousness they failed to evolve fully. Despite this solar worship was a part and parcel of their daily living. Many solar based legends are found in regions like Hawaii, Japan, South America and Korea which proclaim that the sun is a universal idol. Chinese scholars have based all their sciences of Astronomy and Astrology on the sun. There the sun is called Yang and moon is called Yin. They in turn are represented by the subtle Yogic nerves of the human body as Idaa and Pingalaa. Japanese citizens are sun worshippers and the sun rises first in thatcountry. In Buddhist stories called Jaatakas sun is described as a vehicle and its 3 movements are based on the paths called Ajaavithi, Naagavithi and Govithi.

In Persian and Arabic languages the sun is called ‘Aaftaab’. In Islam the sun is said to be the center of ‘Ilm ahkam ananjum’ which means that the sun is a symbol of consciousness that increases our power of sacred desires. In Christianity in the New Testament there is a clear description of the importance of the sun. Hence Saint Paul declared Sunday to be holy. If on this day one worships Almighty God and donates money etc it is said to accrue a great deal of merit. Hence Christians from every nook and corner of the world regularly visit Churches on Sundays and participate in congregational prayers. Even Greek and Romans accept this day as a holy day of prayers.

The above mentioned data is regarding the sun in relation to various religions, beliefs, communities etc of the world. As against this, Indian Culture looks upon pure Vedic Culture as a manifestation of solar based culture. It looks upon Sun God as its primeval Almighty Lord. According to our culture the sun is Brahmaa (creator), Vishnu (propagator) and Mahaakaal (destroyer). Mahaakaal is also one who demarcates time into day/night etc. s long as solar energy or vital fire is present in ones body one remains alive. When it departs from the body a creature dies. Apart from this the sun is called Ganapati too because it is the chief of all planets of our solar system. The sun is also called Indra i.e. the king of all demigods. The sun gifts us sound which emanates from our throats. By adding ‘I’ to ‘Rav’ it becomes ‘Ravi’ meaning that sun which gives us sound notes. The sun is called Udgeetha also because it gives us sound notations. The author of that great epic Mahaabhaarata has penned the best amongst Paandavas viz. Yudhishthira eulogizing the sun as: O Sun! You are Indra, Rudra, Vishnu, Prajaapati, fire, mind, God and Brahman or cosmic consciousness.

In actuality through the medium of solar worship and episodes of sacred literature Indian spiritual life has put forth the greatest ideal of Divine Culture. The verse in Rig Veda (1/105/12) is a symbol of spiritual way of life. Right from the Vedic Age the sun has attained the status of a spiritual preceptor. In the Vedic Age especially during the Upanayan ceremony (Yajnopaveet or sacred thread) the preceptor chants Mantras after filling his and his disciple’s palm with water (Rig Veda 5/82/1). The preceptor vows that just as the sun with its brilliant light dispels darkness of the world so too he will dispel the dark veil of spiritual ignorance in the psyche of the disciple.

Right from primeval times up to contemporary times the relationship between the sun and world humanity has been sentimental in nature. The sun is not merely a mass of blazing fire but it also sustains life, protects it and is the author of cultural progress of entire humanity.

Lord Sooryanaaraayan (Sun God) is one whom one cannot vouch safe whether he is only a god, beloved friend or a revered preceptor. Is he like a protecting eye or an illumining huge lamp of the world? Is he a spiritual leader or a divinely nourishing father? Is he the vital force or energy which is the primeval cause of creation of this world or is something else totally? Of course what is most certain is that he means well for all times and the entire world. We pray that Sun God (Sahasra rashmi) fulfils all our wholesome desires.

Every aspect of the sun indicates the step by step evolution of world humanity. It is definitely not an overstatement when we say that the solar deity is the root basis of playing a major role in the important established principles of our ancient Divine Culture. Probably because of this, right from Yajur Veda (3/9) to Prashnopanishad (1/8) songs and eulogies in praise of the sun have been sung. Sun is also called ‘Maartand’ because this ‘Mrita danda’ (Brahmaanda or cosmos) gives us heat and light which helps sustain life in this world. Thus it is clear that however much we sing solar eulogies they can never fully depict the greatness and deep import of the sun.

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Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma
Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma

Shriram Sharma Acharya founder was a great Yogi who wrote volumes of scientific literature mainly on spiritual subjects for world welfare and peace. For scientific e books: http://www.shriramsharma.com/ www.awgpestore.com 

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