Ratha Sapthami it is! The day celebrating The Sun God, galloping in his resplendent chariot in all brilliance. Pondering over the Sun and his relentless service to life on earth, a famous quote by Helen Keller comes to my mind.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
And I cannot help but think about Our Master, The Sun that lights up our life, and dispels the shadows of our ignorance, and His compassion that radiates like the Sun’s rays in all directions; for it is only The One whose natural state is bliss, who can illuminate a million minds, and touch a million hearts; merely by His Presence.
The sun provides energy to every living being in this world, and is rightly called pranadatta – life giver of the universe. It does not replenish energy in order to dissipate, but is a perennial reservoir that even in its absence, lends itself to the moon. Much like The Guru, who emits love just because He is too full of it that it innately emanates from Him.
When we are in darkness, unable to see anything around us, we feel abandoned. As soon as we find light, we feel one with the world again. The spot where we are is unchanged, but because we are able to view clearly, we perceive the world in a different way. The sun illumines the object, for the eyes to perceive it in its precision. That is what The Master does; like the sun, enables us to see things as they are; and as that clarity happens, the way we perceive the world absolutely changes. He does not change us by directives; but by discharging such luminosity by His Presence, that gives a clear and lucid picture of this universe that we try seeing divinity in every creation. The Guru does not make this change by commanding, since that would be a forced response from us; but by steadily radiating intelligibility, that it becomes a seasoned transformation.
The sun is subject to peoples’ grumble when it scorches; its presence is never valued till the cold winter or rainy monsoon. The Master’s lessons will look inimical, but once we cognise His Love, we know that it is out of benevolence.
We detest the sunrise when we want to grab some additional siesta, but we cannot really snooze him, can we! This is because we are fast asleep, and we do not like to be awakened. But if the sun’s rays do not fall on the earth, there is no possibility for life on earth. The Master, however rebellious we maybe, brushes off our ignorance in His own serene way.
The souls of those who are touched by His Radiance are warm and gleaming. And from them, love blossoms. And they spread love, envisaging that every living being will someday experience His Radiance. His Radiance implants a catalyst metal inside us, and our whole chemistry changes. As we cruise towards Him, He tosses the shadow of our burdens behind us.
So, isn’t it fair, that, once we become recipients of His Radiating Love, we make an honest attempt to spread the warmth to every life we encounter in this world? Isn’t it fair that we ensure every heart we encounter has joy transmitted to them by our very disposition? Isn’t it fair that when they look up to us, the shadows they carry of grief, loss, anger, jealousy and insecurity are hurled behind them, and all they sense is a reflection of His Radiance that is reflected from our being?