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In Vedic thought, much like that of the rest of the ancient world, the Sun represents the supreme light, the God of Gods, and the Supreme Self, Purusha or Atman whose body is the entire universe, and who dwells in the hearts of all beings.

The outer Sun was regarded as the visible face and presence of the deity from which came not only light in its outer forms but also light in its inner forms as life (prana), intelligence and consciousness. The Sun was regarded as sending forth the Divine consciousness and energy into the world, not just merely material forces.

The winter solstice as the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere represents the rebirth of the Sun or the birth of the Sun child or child of fire, who can carry us across all darkness to the eternal light.

Vedic thought divides the year into two halves, that between the winter and summer solstice, which was called the 'Devayana' or the Path of the Gods, and that between the summer and the winter solstice or the 'Pitriyana' or Path of the Fathers. The former is the northern course of the Sun when the days are getting longer and the Sun is appearing farther north in the sky. The second is the southern course of the Sun when the days are getting shorter and the Sun is appearing farther south in the sky. The northern course of the Sun beginning with the winter solstice is considered to be more auspicious at an astrological level.

On an inner level, the Sun is prana or the life-force. It creates time at a biological level by its movement through the spine and the nervous system. The northern course of the Sun or path of the Gods corresponds to the movement of prana up the spine and the southern course of the Sun or path of the Fathers to the movement down the spine. When our inner consciousness is awakened, one can take the Divine fire or Kundalini force up the spine, opening all the chakras and expanding into the light of the Supreme Sun of the inner Self or immortal Prana in the crown chakra of the head.

The winter solstice is a powerful day for any spiritual practices, Yoga, mantra, meditation or pranayama. It is a time in which we can connect to the Divine light that manifests through the Sun, our local star, and shape the course of our lives for the coming year.

An ancient solar religion of light and enlightenment once prevailed over the entire world. We can find aspects of it in various religions, native traditions and spiritual paths. Even the Yoga Tradition regards Hiranyagarbha, the golden solar embryo or seed of light, as its original teacher. Christmas itself was originally such a solar festival, but the actual day of the solstice has more power for inner practices.

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The Yogic Meaning of the Winter Solstice 784 David Frawley 18-Dec-08 18:29
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Blessings on The Solstice! 95 Ghia 20-Dec-08 13:10


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