[Makara Sankranti January 14, 2006] Today the sun is entering the zodiac sign, Capricorn. The sun represents the Knowledge of the intelligence, which is in the final form called decision or determination. The Veda says that the Sun initiates the intelligence (Dhiyo Yo Nah). Capricorn is famous for rigidity; when it catches something it will not leave it under any circumstances. Therefore, this whole physical model represents the rigid decision of divine knowledge. From this time onwards, for the next six months, the sun makes its northward journey [from winter solstice to summer solstice]. Indians consider the north as auspicious and divine, because the pure white, sacred snow-capped Himalayas and the sacred white river Ganga are present in the north. In the south is a huge ocean of salt-water. This ocean represents the world. Thus, the north represents God and the south represents the world. This whole model now gives the following conclusion. The decision of knowledge should finally be diverted towards God and it must be rigid under any circumstances. This is the concept of the whole physical model of Sankranti. Once you understand the concept, the physical model has no importance. When a student of science looks at a diagram or a physical model in a laboratory and understands the concept behind it, there is no need of the diagram or the model for him anymore.
In this month all the crops yield grains and the food reaches the home. Till this month people are worried due the problems and uncertainties of agriculture. From today onwards all the problems of agriculture are over and the food for the whole year has reached the home. There is peace and settlement of the mind. Therefore, from this month onwards till the rains start, a person can completely divert his mind towards God. Again in the rainy season the person is involved in the problems of agriculture, which is essential for procuring one\u2019s food. Without food the body cannot stand and cannot be involved in the worship of God.
But from this month onwards, six months (January to June) are left for complete concentration on God. The six months after the start of the rainy season (July to December) are meant for the work essential in procuring one\u2019s food. The first six months are sacred because one can
spend them in the concentration on God. The other six months are not sacred because one has to involve in the worldly affairs to procure one\u2019s food. Thus, the first six months are called as \u2018Uttarayanam\u2019 (northward path), \u2018Jnana Marga\u2019 (path of Knowledge), or \u2018Devayanam\u2019 (path of angels). The other six months are called as \u2018Dakshinayanam\u2019 (southward path), Karma Marga (path of work), or \u2018Pitruyanam\u2019 (path of family affairs). These two paths are explained in the Gita (Shukla
Now, if this concept is understood, there is no meaning in the time or in the festival. For a job-holder in a city, this concept remains as it is but the plan of time is completely different. Each day consists of \u2018Uttarayanam\u2019 and \u2018Dakshinayanam\u2019. When he goes for work at 10 am, and returns back at 4 pm., the time between 10 am and 4 pm., is Dakshinayanam for him. The rest of the time is \u2018Uttarayanam\u2019. This means that in the time after returning from work and until one goes for work the next day, one has to concentrate completely on God. But people are not doing this and are converting the Uttarayanam also into Dakshinayanam. When a person is at home, he is only involved in his family affairs. Even if he finds some leisure time, he goes to a cinema or watches television, which again is related only to family affairs. Thus the whole day is spent only in work and family affairs. Today even villagers are similarly involved in group politics in these six months of Uttarayanam. Thus they are making the whole year as the path of work, family and the world (Dakshinayanam). Thus, Uttarayanam or sacred time is the time whenever you are involved with God. The unholy Dakshinayanam is the time whenever you are involved in the affairs of the family or the world.
This concept will enlighten a scholar regarding the internal significance of this festival called as \u2018Sankranti\u2019, which means transformation or transition. Whenever you transit from worldly affairs into the affairs of the Lord, such a transition is called as \u2018Sankranti\u2019. Unless this internal meaning is recognized and practiced, there is no use of the celebration of this festival by wearing new clothes or by drawing diagrams on the floor with white flour or by preparing \u2018pongal\u2019 and other sweets. All these things that are done to celebrate the festival are a foolish waste and have no significance to divinity. People call this day as \u2018Pongal\u2019, which indicates the sweet rice that is prepared on this day. Thus, the external physical significance of this festival is only stressed
On the occasion of this festival of Sankranti I am also following its significance by transforming Myself into the third stage called as \u2018Dhyanam\u2019 or involution. This third stage is related to Lord Shiva and is called as \u2018Pratyahara\u2019 or the part of the conclusion. I am withdrawing Myself from all the items of the world and I am going to remain with the innermost source. In this stage I am not going to catch any devotee as a cat catches its kitten in its mouth (Marjala Kishora Nyaya). I am leaving My hold on all the devotees and there is no need of saying that I am withdrawing My hold on all worldly items. In this stage those devotees, who have complete faith in Me have to catch Me and have to keep their hold on Me like the baby of a monkey (Markata Kishora Nyaya). Till now I was holding on to My devotees with My grip like the mother cat catching its offspring in its mouth. But from today onwards the devotee has to catch Me with his or her own grip like the offspring of a monkey, which catches its mother by itself. Therefore, My grip will now be transformed into the grip of the devotee. Thus only those who have very strong faith can have a strong grip on Me and will follow Me to the eternal divine abode.
There is a point up to which the teacher catches the student. In the elementary class the teacher catches the student by force and makes him sit in the class with the threat of a cane. But after sometime in the higher classes the grip is reversed. The student has to catch the teacher and there is no need of the cane in the higher class. Therefore, those devotees who have firm faith in Me alone will come along with Me. The devotees who have weak faith will fall on the way and I cannot care for them because it is against the principle of the divine schedule. In the higher classes the teacher will not care for the student if he remains absent from the class. The student has grown up and need not be forced or caned. Thus from now onwards the journey depends on your grip and not on My grip. If I have to carry you upto the goal with My grip, then I would have to carry all the souls similarly. The teacher teaches the subject for the whole year but in the time of examination the teacher has no grip. Everything depends on the student only in the time of examination.
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