By Yogi Baba Prem Yogacharya, Veda Visharada
The solstice is a time to work toward connecting with the energies of the soul on a deeper level and an opportunity to bring those energies more into manifestation within this lifetime. It is also an important time to transform the lower mind and do important work for the lower mind to realize its true essence—soul. It also accesses a vibration that will influence the work for 6-months. Of course, one can and does work on these issues throughout the year, but it has long been recognized that the solstice points are important for setting a spiritual process for the following 6-month period, until the next solstice arrives and brings in a different vibration and energy for the next 6-month period.
The movement of the Sun is referenced even in the Rg Veda, and is considered an important cycle for each individual. There are numerous programs one can do to attempt to karmiclly maximize this period of time. This can range from chanting to Surya-the Vedic Deva of the Sun; one could chant mantras such as ‘Om Surya Ya Namah’. Or one can chant to their favorite form of Divinity.
It is also an excellent time to chant to Shiva. Two days prior to the Summer Solstice and the day of the solstice one can gain additional benefit from their yoga practice. This is an excellent time to chant or listen to the Shiva Prarthana or chant the panchakrasha mantra Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya. One should apply Vibhuti to their third eye at the beginning of their practice; this protects the ajna chakra and keeps the energy from diffusing. It is also energized by Shiva and strengthens the vibration while chanting to Shiva.
May your solstice be blessed with the light of truth!
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