Happy Full Moon – Holi, the festival of colour, love and merriness that is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon ( Purnima) day of the lunar month Phalgun, which usually falls in March, sometimes in late February. The festival honours the arrival of spring in the form of a carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water.
Spring is symbolic of growth and renewal and nature begins to bloom and blossom in a multitude of colours.
The spring season, during which the weather changes, is also the time where we get rid of the toxicity and lethargy accumulated in Winter, often through fevers and colds. During the Festival of Holi the playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors like Neem, Kumkum ( made of Saffron or Turmeric) , Haldi ( Turmeric ) and Bilva. Continue reading “Spring Full Moon – Holi Yogic Salad!”→
Happy Ekadasi. Twice a month in the Vedic Lunar Calendar ( and 24 times in the cycle of a solar year) is EKADASi… Ekadasi falls twice in a Lunation ( Lunar month , is calculated as a cycle of 30 days) and it is the perfect time of the month to embrace fasting. Normally a cycle of fasting would last for four consecutive days from Ekadasi to the day before Full Moon or to the day of New Moon. Fasting is not recommended if you are pregnant, on your moon or you are ill. Ekadasi is an auspicious day for fasting and this is the right time of the year for cleansing to be aligned with the flow of Spring. Ekadasi means ( eka= 1 and Dasi = 10 1+10 = 11 ) the 11th day of the Calendar Month, before FULL or to NEW MOON .
As i contemplate the Moon Chandra shining outside my window i cannot resist to write once again about her. My intention to write about meditating on the Blue Moon allows me to expound on a concept so dear to those in the practice and studies of Yoga: the concept of Time Kala.
The meditation on the Blue Moon is about our perception of time. What would we do if we had more time to complete that unfinished project?
Every two or three years we are experiencing an extra Full Moon. That is an extra chance for realization and manifestation. A lunar phase cycle corresponds methaphorically to an evolutionary cycle: from darkness – New moon – to light – Full moon . From unmanifest to manifest. Therefore with an extra Moon cycle we are given an extra chance to bring about manifestation.
The first full Moon after the longest day of the year – Summer Solstice – is celebrated as Guru Poornima.
It is a special day when all spiritual aspirants and devotees in India and around the world are grateful for the sage Vyasa ,that represents the first Guru as he edited the four Vedas and other divine scriptures, and their respective gurudevs ( spiritual teachers , enlightened masters). It is a timefor paying respect to one’s teachers with meditation, chanting and prayers. Alternative ways of celebrating are observing the vow of silence and studying the books or writings of your Guru, or mentally reflecting upon his teachings. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual ‘sadhana’ from this day.
The Guru ( literally means one who leads “from darkness to light”) is a spiritual preceptor whose teachings enlighten us in the journey of life. Our very first Guru is our Mother, that has literally taken us from the darkness of the womb into the light of existence as human beings. Continue reading “The Light of Devotion. Full Moon Guru Poornima!”→
Winter Solstice, 21 December 2010, is the festival of the “rebirth of the light”. This year on the 21 December Winter Solstice we see two other astronomical conjunctures: Full Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon! Rebirth that is accompanied by a state of heightened awareness and connection with our emotions.
Winter Solstice is celebrated in many cultures as an important date as the Sun reaches its minimum in the Northern Emisphere and it’s the shortest day ( in terms of daylight ) of the year. As we get to solar minimum we approach an important transition that is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. It’s a time of stopping and restarting. Continue reading “Winter Solstice 2010: Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon!”→