The Pristine Glory of the Sun God
The Pristine Glory of the Sun God
- Dr.Shirish Bhate
Dear Earth who gave to us this food,
Dear Sun who made it ripe and good,
Dear Earth, dear Sun by you we live,
Our Loving Thanks to you we give
The sun, centre of our solar system, is considered by the ancient
acharyas to be the source of our energy and health. Astrological
samhitas recommend that before one takes up worship of any god or
any planet, to qualify oneself, one should chant Gayatri Mantra at
least 10,000 times. Gayatri worship is considered equal to the
worship of the sun.
On the level of energies, sunlight is our primary source of life and provides a combination of both bio-energy and electromagnetic energies. The discussion on prana shakti created in plants, fruits and grains was first seen in message #1680 by this author. Raghuram, in connection with vegetarianism also discusses this energy storage in plants as a part of the food cycle as mentioned in the Bhagvad Gita at: http://nvraghuram.blogspot.com/2006/06/vegetarianism-2-aspects-of.html
The beneficial bio-energy stored in sun-drenched fruits and vegetables gradually gets lost if these foods are stored in the dark, so it is most beneficial to expose them to the sun again for a short period before eating them. If you are seeking optimal health benefits from your food it is also better not to store food in the fridge. Any left-overs are better given to some hungry creature rather than keep them for another day and lose even more of their vitality. More vital than the creation of bio-energy content in our foods is sunlight's power to sweep away depression, as mentioned in message #1549. The benefit of this has been proved and recorded in the archives by another group member in message # 4832.
The effect of sunlight on our moods can also be observed when we realize how all of us feel like spending time in familiar surroundings and with loved ones towards evening. This is the main reason that people are anxious to get home at the end of the day when the sun starts setting and is true too of the creatures such as cows, birds etc.
Hospital visiting times for patients' relatives are mainly scheduled in the evening and also patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's become more agitated and depressed towards evening when their cognitive abilities are further reduced (Sundowners Syndrome).
The moon has an even more moody impact on us! At the time of the full moon it is well documented that increased dementia occurs – sometimes even apparently normal people show increased agitation and emotional outbursts. This may be attributed to increased fluid pressure on the brain. The water content of the brain exceeds that in the rest of body. The moon also affects menstrual cycles and many other areas of life, from tides to plant sap movement and fluctuations etc.
It is also fascinating to note that mental and emotional changes which occur in the time span between morning and evening are more pronounced around the time of the new moon, but less so around the time of the full moon. Many police commissioners have observed that crime rate shoots up at the new moon. The moon is opposite the sun around full moon during the day and closer to the sun at the new moon during the day, so the moon appears hidden behind the sun at this time. Somehow at these times we experience an increased tendency to feel depressed as we seem to bid the sun and the moon
farewell, and in such extremes as in Alaska's winters, where they record continuous darkness for twenty four hours a day for weeks on end, this is when they get the most suicides occurring, as well as an increase in cases of depression, so they routinely need to use light therapy to help patients overcome these problems. ( Continued in Part 2 )