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Solstice-opportunity for spiritual acceleration.

By Yogi Baba Prem Yogacharya, Veda Visharada

 The current life expectancy in the U.S. is 79 years of age for males and 81 years of age for females.  Of course there are numerous variables based on race, lifestyle, country of residence karma etc. that will finally determine the span of life.  But averaging between the two groups, one will average 80 orbits around the sun barring karmas shortening or lengthening life.  Based on the averages, this means 160 solstice events will occur over the course of a lifetime.

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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Yogi Baba Prem

  • Yogi Baba Prem has two books published in India, and has written numerous other books published by Universal Yoga. 

 

  • His articles have appeared in several traditional magazines and a variety of e-magazines.