An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when one object in the sky moves into the shadow of another. In case of Lunar Eclipse, moon becomes partly or fully invisible due to the Earth blocking sun rays to it and casting shadow on it. It takes place on Purnima (full moon night) only, yet it’s not necessary to have eclipse on all Purnima.
Researchers have proven that at the time of eclipse the level of Raja- Tama component increases and the Sattva component decreases. They may have detrimental effects on the beings as the negative energies become quite dominant then the positive energies.
Why one should not eat during eclipse time?
No cooked food should be consumed during the stages of lunar eclipse because the food turns poisonous; when it is affected by the ultra violet rays during lunar or solar eclipse. Therefore the Hindus follow the tradition of keeping a kusha (a grass serving as non- conductor of electrical waves) and tulsi leaves (anti-bacterial) on cooked food and generally observe fasting.
Why to take bath after the eclipse?
One should take bath in the holy Ganges, sacred rivers, and ponds or even at home as a symbol of cleanliness and purity. It is believed that after eclipse the water exposed to the process becomes totally pure- like of river Ganga. Thus having a bath with pure water cleanses our body and soul.
Why to give charity during eclipse time?
As mentioned before, the effect of negative energies become dominant so to get rid of its effect, the noble deed of charity is good to the weaker section of the society. People may donate food, clothes, coins, lands, and copper or silver or good metal, as per their choice.
Why is it advised not to see the eclipse?
One should not see the eclipse with naked eyes as the Ultraviolet rays can seriously damage the eyes. We may turn blind or face damaging impact on the retina of the eye.
Message from the Lunar eclipse:
The blocking of the Moon’s reflection of the Sun’s light by the Earth suggests that our material viewpoint stands in the way of our “seeing the light”. It serves as a reminder that we need to realize how we are held in the dark by virtue of our perspective. Thus this is an excellent time to let go of the past and welcome the positive thoughts and behaviours.
(The lunar eclipse on September 28, 2015 is a total eclipse. This event is visible from Europe, Africa, the Americas, the eastern Pacific and western Asia.)
Relationship between full moon and its varied effects have been known for years, as this is the crucial moment when the connectivity between human and divine is quite strong. Be it biological, emotional, health related or spiritual; the waxing and waning of moon affects the lives of all living beings. It is a time of positive opportunities that knocks our door, and it depends upon us to utilise them or let them go.
- The impressions in our sub-conscious mind gives rise to numerous thoughts and thus affect our personality and thought process. So the full moon frequencies has the power to make the thought frequencies from our sub-conscious mind, surface to the conscious mind; where they can be evaluated and solved.
- An increased activity of mind is observed on full moon day and it also decreases the raja-tama components due to strong illuminations.
- It is a perfect time to manifest your dreams, so positive thinking and focussing on your goals can empower you with energy to make them true.
- The active frequencies are the best time for sending long distance healings, forgiveness, and love energies.
- Strong pull on the earth creates tangible effects and minimal raja-tama energy is available for the evil or occult powers, so the positive energies dominate.
- The full moon day is a 5 day process, during which the divine waves helps us to focus on our personal growth and spiritual accomplishments.
- The full moon is associated with love, prophesies and child birth and is a source of power to effect positive changes and inspiration.
- Our body has a field of energy – the aura – which is the same as the aurora or magnetic and gravitational field of the planet; this day makes the individual aware about the oneness with Universal force.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja
Being judgemental or framing prior opinions in our thoughts are the common trait of homo sapiens. “Oh my god, I saw his face right in the morning, now my entire day is ruined. I don’t like him at all or I like this in him”; such optimistic and pessimistic thoughts are flying within us the entire day. To halt these constant commenting inside us, our Vedas and spiritual sciences have bestowed us with an easy way. Greet everybody with a smiling ‘Namaste’ and the instant results can be experienced. Here we’ll discuss about the magical effect that this salutation brings in our lives.
Meaning of Namaskar or Namaste:
The word ‘Namaskar’ is a Sanskrit word derived from ‘Namaha’ meaning ‘Not me’. If broken down further, Nam-As-Kar then;
Nam is to pay homage or obeisance
As is to exist or ‘Astitva’
Kar is the doer or the one who creates
Thus the salutation refers to offering gratitude to the divine power within every being, which has created the existence. Here the soul in one acknowledges and pays respect to the soul in another.
Spiritual significance of Namaste:
- The Namaskar mudra is a symbol of combing the goods and odds in a being. The mudra along with uttered word invokes the ‘Akashtattva’ and the ‘Pruthvitattva’, which are the higher level of divine consciousness absorbed by the body.
- The realization of oneness in all beings is expressed by bowing the head down to another revered being. It eliminates the ego and other evil energies, inside and around us.
- As we join our hands, the Sattva frequencies are attracted by our finger tips and transmitted through our thumb, in the entire body that automatically awakes the ‘Anahat Chakra’.
- The salutation attracts the divine consciousness (Chaitanya) and the actual state of spiritual growth depends upon the spiritual emotion (Bhav) of the doer.
Right way to Namaste:
Bend the arms from the elbow upwards and face the two palms of the hands. Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest. The fingers should be relaxed and space should be left between them. Utter the word ‘namaste’ or ‘namaskar’ by bowing the head down and touching the mid-brow region.
Scientific relevance of Namaskar:
Firstly the act of shaking hands is avoided due to hygienic purposes and avoiding contact related diseases like bird flu, influenza and so on. Further physical contact leads to the sharing of energies between them strongly, where the chances of transferring ‘Raja-tama’ (sexual purity) is prominent. Our motive is to increase the ‘Sattvikta’ component and not reduce it. Moreover, the namaskar between two people results in sharing spiritual frequencies between two people through various points in the body, as proven by science and also in one of the research by Ms.Priyanka Lotlikar.
Every time you perform your ‘saadhna’ by joining your hands together, there is a certain gush of energy flow into your body and you transform into a ‘state of giving’ and prosper spiritually.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja