22 Nov What’s up with the SUN
Its a curious thing. The Sun has always been sought after and worshipped. Gloomy days bring a blanket over happiness and a cheerful countenance. Vitamin D is one of the most depleted from a westerners body. Vacations in a sunny location are coveted by many. Old civilizations based their very existence on the movement of the sun.
So, Whats up with the Sun?
In yoga, the Surya Namaskar (Sun salutations) symbolizes spiritual consciousness or the life giving source. So today we had a day off from study and got up over an hour EARLIER (Ughh…that’s 4:15am) riding the four of us on a scooter to the gathering place of three schools, then to walk across Ram Jhula bridge, hop on a bus, drive over an hour to the top of the mountain, hike 100+ steps to the temple, and watch the Sun come up.
We all stood in anticipation of the life giving star to rise. Then in awe at it’s glorious appearance. Tons of photos were taken, then we all roll out our mats. We begin to practice the Sun salutations of various styles of yoga. Why?
It is said that the surya namaskars have a direct vitalizing effect, balances both mental and physical levels, activates the psychic body, reflects the rhythm of the universe and the bio-rhythms of the body, as well as generating the transforming force which produces a fuller and more dynamic life.
Well, I think the symbolism goes one step further. It may be bold to say, but this is my opinion. (The Sun has a father, the Universe. The Sun is responsible for giving life to the planet earth. Without it we perish.) It symbolizes the “SON”, or the Savior Jesus Christ. He too has a Father and he has a responsibility and without him we all perish. We may not be aware of this connection, but it is there working for us with or without our knowledge. We may call him Bhudda, Shiva, Allah, but it is the same to him. The Sun or Son gives life and we all feel it’s nourishment.
That’s what’s up with the Sun.
What an inspiration it was to see the same Sun rise above the Himalayan peaks! What a blessing to be among others that honor this force with a salute! Time and time again we will be warmed by it’s life giving rays! Enlightened by it’s illumination! And cradled in it’s care!