Every year around its natural end, we have high festivity season full of celebrations and festivals of a different kind, but also, shopping fever gets its hysterical climax and consuming mentality is taking over. People want to buy everything just as that it is the end of the world. From country to country, that can vary, this is true, but anyhow, there is not so much of difference. Kind of weird behavior is exposed everywhere. Festivities are maybe all right, but consuming mentality not so much. It shows that Humanity, in general, is turned outward very much. People are in permanent search for inner fulfillment, but in the wrong place and in the wrong way. Outward stroke is emphasized so very much, and the search is oriented and directed toward superficial values only, which do not last for a long, as we know. Any genuine spiritual school would emphasize this point as the first thing to learn. Thus, outer stroke is predominant; just more matter to gather, more things with a superficial glow to collect, just to surround ourselves with something that will be rotten in some very short time anyway. Six days are not enough for shopping anymore, thus, even Sundays should be included. Shopping and consuming mentality, well, this is just becoming a way of living.
The question is now, what is driving, better to say, who is driving people to do such superficial outwardly things?
Indeed, who is promoting such kind of ignorance forcing people to search for fulfillment in the endless field of peripheral superficial values, in the world of sensations … while we know that the much bigger fulfillment, happiness, and ultimately our final destination is there … deep within us. I do not want to be extreme and to say that matter and material things are not important. Of course, they are important. All that is important because we need to have material blessings in order to have easy and comfortable everyday routine. Nevertheless, matter is not primary. All matter that surrounds us is just the secondary expression of the primary consciousness field. Therefore, why not to go there on primary destination? Our ancestor, during some bright world ages preceding our present one, they knew, they did understand such ultimate truth, and this is why we find this factual confirmation that ancient civilizations were embedded in very deep spirituality. They knew for this ultimate truth expressed and available throughout the proverb …
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU,
AND WHOSOEVER SHALL KNOW HIMSELF SHALL FIND IT.
Nevertheless, this shopping fever, though this is a very important topic and needs to be addressed someday, is not my primary focus now. Therefore, we just leave these questions unanswered. I want to turn attention on what we celebrate about the end of each year.
Indeed, what are we celebrating?
I would try to explain the phenomenon of the New Year first.
Well, when one year finishes and another one is about to start, no doubt, we are not missing such kind of discussions as well. Nevertheless, today many countries accept January 1 as a standard, and this is due to the winter solstice predominantly. Generally speaking, most of the countries accepted to celebrate and count the New Year along with winter solstice or vernal equinox. Some would go strictly with the very day of these two important astronomical events, but some would move slightly to the beginning of the closest new solar or lunar month. Therefore, it comes that in Gregorian calendar the New Year is connected with the winter solstice on 21st or 22nd of December, but then it is moved to the beginning of the first solar month after the solstice itself. Thus, the day of winter solstice, the 21st or 22nd of December, plays a very important role, and it is very prominent in this scheme. From the point of view of astronomy, this is the very important moment when after long descend the Sun changes its own path and starts to rise up. As we know Sun is very important for our well being, and this is not just an empty repeating of a well-known song. Sun is life provider and life sustainer, and it has enormous importance for everything that exists on our beautiful planet Earth. For example, did you know that solar radiation has many components, like ultra-violet that is predominant in the morning? Ultra-violet radiation does not penetrate deep into our body, but it will produce some changes on our skin, which can become more reddish or even darker in color. Furthermore, there is infrared radiation present as well, and that is more exposed in the afternoon. It penetrates deeper into our body and has a healing effect. Nevertheless, Sun has yet another one radiative component, and this is the Ether-Akasha radiation, which is the most vital of all. This is the very component of radiation of the Sun that is so extremely important for humans and all living beings. This is what directly or on some intermediate way, provides life to thrive. Such kind of radiation can go through our body, and can produce many beneficial effects. Therefore, the constant exposure to the Sun, during safe hours of course because we need to count on the damaging factor of ultra-violet and infrared radiation, is of fundamental importance. Without Sun we cannot live. Without the beneficial influence of the etheric component of solar radiation, we are just like fish without water. Even more, as much Ether-Akasha radiation we imbibe on our body level, more and more etheric our body becomes, what will definitely influence the level of consciousness as well, and that in return will change our entire understanding of the world around us. As we know, the comprehension of the world around us depends upon the level of consciousness we are established in. In the ancient world they knew about importance of the Sun, and they knew how to use all benefits of the Sun. The so-called Solar Yoga, or Surya Yoga was developed very much at that ancient time.
Thus, celebrating the New Year around winter solstice gives some very important messages. It is turned even to the level of the symbology. In many countries and especially in ancient traditions, the Sun is personified as a deity and it is being worshiped as a supreme god. Even the struggle of Good and Evil is connected to it, where the Sun is always on the bright side of course. Thus, the Sun as the symbol of life and devata par excellence, is in the fall until December 21-22, and after that time, it starts to rise up, what is marking the victory of Good over Evil. What a beautiful moment to start to celebrate the New Year. Wonderful moment!
From the point of view of Vedic Astrology-Jyotish, Surya-Sun is the significator of the supreme cosmic intelligence, pure consciousness, and enlightened mind. It also represents self, self-confidence, father, government, leader, administration, king, royal court, castle, ego, … it represents fire and heat of any kind, just as it has many other meanings as well. Indeed, Surya-Sun is getting weak toward the winter solstice, and after that point, its power starts to grow. Nevertheless, this is not the only way to measure the strength of Sun-Surya. In Jyotish, they use many different methods to measure the strength of the planet. However, this one related to the point how close the Sun from winter solstice is, or how far away, remains as a very important one.
Ancient Romans, just about the time of the winter solstice, used to have a big festivity called … Saturnalia …. It would have started on December 17, and would have gone all until December 23, even though it was varying in length and duration. It was devoted to the God Saturn, who was very important deity in Roman pantheon as well. Must say, the true role of this god in Roman pantheon is somewhat mysterious, but this is only for those who does not know Vedic Astrology-Jyotish and little bit of true ancient history. This Roman god Saturn has many reflections to Sani-Saturn in Jyotish. For example, one point becomes very striking. Sani-Saturn denotes ordinary people, work and workers, and even slaves. Interestingly during Saturnalia festivities, classical divisions in the society fell apart, and slaves had freedom they otherwise did not have. There are statements that there were even reversal of roles, and all that is driving us to the conclusion that this is exactly that Saturn that we know from the Vedic Astrology. However, why now all of sudden they worship Saturn, and not Sun? Well, this is a very complex question. To be honest, I am not sure you will find some proper official explanation. Here is my understanding of that point.
The thing is that just like in Vedic Astrology-Jyotish, almost all ancient cultures considered there is only one light, and this is the light of the Sun. The Sun is the supreme God. Furthermore, all other planets, and all other devatas, are just giving reflection of that primary light of the Sun. As the Sun is in fall during winter solstice, it is getting weak, and the world naturally withdraws, becomes less vibrant, sometimes even lethargic, it is veiled by darkness, and goes into silence. These are all qualities of Saturn actually. Thus, because the Saturn’s dominative reflection is prevailing, they worshiped him, the Saturn. After all, in Jyotish, the Saturn-Sani is the son of the Surya-Sun. I am not saying that Romans were good knowers of Jyotish, but it seems that fragments of this philosophy, and of original Vedic knowledge, were very lively in Roman knowledge system as well. To document this, just to mention that we have another interesting situation lively all until today.
Those familiar with Italian language, and with French, as well as with some others perhaps, know very well that counting weekdays starts with …
Thus, from where these names are coming from?
Well, interestingly, Lunedi denotes the Moon, Martedi is connected with Mars, Mercoledi with Mercury, Giovedi with Jupiter, while Sabato denotes Saturn but not directly, rather on some intermediate way. You would not believe, but exactly this is how weekdays in Vedic Astrology are entitled. It goes like this … Chandravar, Mangalvar, Budhvar, Guruvar, Shukravar, Sanivar, and Ravivar. Ravi is just another name of Sun-Surya. Each planet, graha devata actually, rules one day of the week. Monday is the day of the Moon because the Chandra-Moon devata is ruling that day. Mars-Mangal is ruling the Tuesday, Mercury-Buddha is ruling the Wednesday, Guru-Jupiter is ruling the Thursday, Shukra-Venus rules the Friday, while Saturn-Sani rules the Saturday. Amazing! The complete alignment is there. We do not exclude the Sunday-Domenica, and the Sabato-Saturday from this scheme, because these two words have entirely the same etymology. Sabato … could be controversial little bit, but this is just a very superficial viewing. This word is definitely coming from Hebrew’s … Sabbath … or … Shabbath …, with the meaning … seventh day … Fine, seventh day, but how it happened that it finished exactly on Saturday??? Is this just a coincidence? Well, I would’t say so!
Indeed, Sabbath also denotes a free day, a day off, and a day free of any work devoted to worship the God. Interestingly, this is also referring to Saturn-Sani qualities, where the philosophy is that one should not work on Saturday because Saturn-Sani is ruling it. Saturday could be the day of increased obstacles due to the very nature of Saturn. In fact, Saturn is not a bad person. Saturn-Sani just wants that we withdraw from worldly activities; he wants that we introvert, and that we find our true self within ourselves. Saturn would do everything to turn us on this path. He is ready to confine us in some reclusive places, perhaps monastery, but it could be prison, hospital, or whatsoever, just to force us to introvert naturally. Therefore, resting, meditation, and reclusiveness, all these are very welcome elements of the routine to perform on Saturday. Well, it seems that we just revealed another one lingual relict, or better to say artifact, of Vedic knowledge inherited in Jewish knowledge system. I simply forgot to mention that before, even though was contemplating this topic many times. However, the Sabbath is relict even within the Judaism of today. Because, as it seems, the true meaning and the original idea was lost.
With … Domenica …, the word for Sunday, we follow the same logic. Domenica … is not directly the word for Surya–Sun that rules the Sunday. Domenica literary means … the day of God … And who is considered as the supreme God? Of course, this is the Sun-Surya himself. The alignment with Vedic astrology is perfect. Some would imply that day to be the best for resting from any work and worship the God. This can be an option of course, but as it was just explained, Saturday is much better day for finding the God, and the Kingdom of Heaven, deep within ourselves. Not only Jews, but many other ancient cultures followed Saturday as the resting day, for not going much out from the house, it was the day to introvert, to enjoy the silence, and to find the God within ourselves. And this is what God wants from us that we do, and therefore he arranged his son Saturn to do everything that we go this way, even if sometimes this can be on forceful way.
More about Sunday. In fact, Sunday in a certain moment became replacement for Saturday, and it was just perfect for another scheme. It was perfect to take people outside for worshiping the God, in order to visit buildings with high towers called churches. Firstly, going out from the house to visit the church with big tower is worldly activity. This has nothing to do with introverting. It is opposite of introverting. Furthermore, in the building with the big tower, preachers will be preaching and their mouth will be full of God, but the main sublime message is given by being in the church with the big tower itself. The message is given that the God is somewhere there, high in the Sky, and if we search for the God, we need to go out, just there high in the Sky. But not only that! These churches with big towers were built up just in the very center of every village and every town so that even their presence there will radiate this same message on 24/7 basis. People live there, they are walking, working, and driving around, and every single mini second they are reminded that the God is somewhere out there, very far indeed. Moreover, of course, only preachers have the word of God, and only they can interpret what God want from us. What a tragic days for the world!? The attention was driven out, just to search for the God on entirely wrong place. What a waste of time!
Thus, we see now why the Saturn was celebrated just about winter solstice in Roman time. Of course, such an explanation you will find … nowhere. I am not sure if even Italians would know from where their names on weekdays are coming from. Of course, they are coming from Roman time, and supposedly from Latin, but they are reflecting vibrations of Vedic Knowledge of ancient times.
Now we know that even though Saturn was celebrated, it was still Surya-Sun behind as being in the epicenter, and only when he was little bit limited and deprived of power, his son Sani-Saturn is the one who is taking over. Therefore, Sani-Saturn is also reflecting the light of Surya-Sun, but on another way. Then when celebrating Saturn is about to end, and this is just few days after the winter solstice, when Sun starts to rise again, then along with big celebrations, they made huge noise, perhaps even fireworks and mini explosions, just to announce the break of silence, and the return to worldly activates. Light is winning over darkness, and the world is on the bright path again. It is time for coming out from the silence; it is time for action again.
Well, today, we do not call it Saturnalia, we call it different way, but the same ritualistic template is being used. Indeed, we forgot about Saturn-Sani entirely, and we even forgot who Surya is.
As I already have mentioned, another option for celebrating and counting the New Year is … a vernal equinox. In ancient time, it was more used an option of the New Year connected with vernal equinox and around it. It comes around March 21, and it is in tune with another natural phenomenon when nature starts to wake up after long winter season. At least this is the situation in the northern hemisphere. Vegetation is just about to blossom everywhere; new leafs on the trees occur, buds that will soon turn into beautiful flowers, and it is time to put the seed into the newly awaken soil. Surya-Sun already recovered entirely, and it became strong and powerful again. It is just about exaltation point. Beautiful time to start the New Year indeed. Old Iran, Persia, Babylon, they all used such kind of calendar beginning with or around the vernal equinox. Therefore, we also see that this is having some astronomical background.
We also see that the choice itself about when to start with the New Year is optional; any option is a good option and it is just a matter of choice what will be used.
Along with this solar solstice that had happened on December 21, 2018. at 23.23 CET, and what marked new victory of the light over darkness, I want to use this opportunity to wish a very nice wishes for happy and blissful future full of affluence and highest spiritual achievements to everybody. The Sun is in rise again, and every day it will be getting stronger and stronger, no doubt about it. Just few days afterward, along with the beginning of the new solar month on January 1, 2019, we are about to enter the New Year again. Let this year be fruitful and prosperous for every living being on Earth. Let we all together step successfully over all possible turbulence what that year eventually can deliver to us. Every New Year brings some new surprises, sometimes well, sometimes less good, but just to remember, in the final stage everything is for good.
However, as you probably have noticed, I did not mention Christmas. Indeed, what about Christmas? Yes, I did not mention Christmas intentionally and there is a good reason for doing so. In fact, there is nothing what connects Jesus with any day around winter solstice and corresponding beginning of the New Year. Jesus the Christ was born on April 13, 5 B.C.E., and if we want to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, than we need to do that right about April 13. Therefore, I cannot, and I could not, express my nice wishes about Christmas, because it will come in April. I hope we shall celebrate all together the true Christmas on April 13, 2019. It would not matter very much whether you already celebrated it before or not. I invite you to celebrate the true Christmas based on the birth of true historical Jesus.
Therefore, just to remind, celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25, is not correct technically. Why and who did such a tremendous shift to celebrate the birthday of Jesus on a wrong date, well, I already wrote about extensively, and right now I do not want to go into it. We are still in celebrating mood, and better to go around about such topics right now. Just to conclude, this is false Christmas, and false celebration of someone’s birthday. Imagine that somebody force you to celebrate your birthday on a wrong day, several months before or afterward. Fine, somebody would say this is just a celebration, what is all right from one point of view. Nevertheless, whatever false we do be sure that this is harming the entire Universe. It is not in tune with Natural Law to go with false values.
Therefore, while choosing about when to start the New Year is entirely up to us to choose, the Christmas itself is not optional.
Thus … April 13, 2019. … is the day to celebrate the Christmas. Interestingly, it will be on Sunday. Indeed, this is a very nice day to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
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