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Thursday, Feb 20 2020  

SANKRANTI
 

 

Purpose:
There are three sacred festival nights for Bharatiyas: Sankranti, Shivratri and Navratri. Each of these has special significance. Sankranti enables man to turn his vision towards the sublime. It is the day when the apparent northward motion of the sun begins. (Uttarayana Kaala). The day is considered auspicious for man to embark on his journey towards the goal of a purposeful, sacred and blissful life.

Sankranti promotes in one and all a feeling of happiness and promotes mental transformation. It induces the unfoldment of inner feelings. It brings about the manifestation of the invisible atma within everyone. It influences not only the mind, but also the powers of nature. When the mind is turned towards the heart, and the heart is filled with divine, the mind will cease to be a source of trouble. When the senses are controlled, the mind is under control. Only the master of mind can attain Maadhava (the divine).

Story relating to the festival:
According to the Hindu mythology Samja, one of the wives of Sun who was unable to bear the effulgence of Lord went into the forest to perform penance to obtain sufficient strength to bear the effulgence leaving her Chaya (shadow) in her place. In search of her, Sun God left and on his way he found a beautiful mare and fell in love with it. Changing his form as a horse he had union with the mare, with the result they had two Aswins, the God of death Yama and the holy river Yamuna. Chaya too got a son and daughter and they named as Saturn (Sani) and Tapti (the river) respectively. After some time Samja again left for penance leaving her children to the care of Chaya. Till children were born to her Chaya looked after Yama and Yamuna with great care and then began to show her stepmother treatment. Yama unable to bear the partiality kicked her with his foot. Unable to bear the humiliation, Chaya cursed Yama saying that the foot, which kicked her should become a mass of rotten flesh infested with loathsome worms. Yama approached his father and explained how he got the curse of his stepmother. The Sun God to certain extent reduced the effect of curse consequent, of which the worms fell with bits of flesh instead of permanently infesting the flesh and causing trouble. Yama is always found to be impartial and exposed to the cause of justice and, therefore, he won the name of "Dharma Raja". He was appointed to reign over the realms of the dead.

Swami's message on Sankranti:
"Sankranti should be hailed as the harbinger of unity and peace. This was the immemorial message of the Vedas. 'Let us leave together in harmony and strive together.'"
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

"Kraanti (change) and Shaanti (peace) both reside in the heart. You need not search for them in the outside world. Discover them within you. This is your duty. Serve your parents and society. Lead a godly life, dedicating all your actions to God. Live in love."
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The Sun appears cool
The day gets shortened
And is made pleasant by chill wind
On the fields lit by moonlight
The crows caw over the grain heaps
While the farmers sing in joy
Over the golden harvest
The flowers express their joy
By putting forth their petals
While in every home, filled with grain,
The people welcome the advent of Sankranthi
(Telugu Poem)

How is the Festival celebrated:
Sankranti is a holy day for many reasons. It was the day on which Adi Shankara took Sanyasa (renounced all worldly ties and donned the ochre robe). On this day, it is the usual custom to offer to people a mixture of jaggery and sesame (til). Jaggery is sweet and is a symbol of love. Til also means Sneha (friendship). Therefore the offer of jaggery and til mixture means offering to people love and friendliness. Because Sankranti was deemed the most important festival, it was the day on which the newlywed bridegroom visited the bride's home. It was the day on which many people called on others as a mark of goodwill.

Jai Sai Ram

Bro Vishnu
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