Sai Ram Friends,
I want to elaborate further on Makar Sankranti and Pongal, as they are celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu for four days successively.
Sankranti is the female aspect of The Male principle of the universe whom we call God. She slayed the asura Sankrasu on this day.
On third day of Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh, Kanuma is observed.
It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted Goverdhan hill to protect people of Gokul on this day.
Mukkanuma is celebrated day after and it is basically the day of feasting and merry making.
Kanuma is similar to Mattu Pongal in Tamilnadu which is dedicated to cows, bulls and other animals which are part of agrarian economy. Cattle, cattle sheds are cleaned on this day and cows are decorated with marigold flowers and are worshiped.
We will realize that basically India was an agriculture based country and all our festivals are connected with harvesting and other processes connected with cultivation of agriculture land.
Again a story for you-
“When Brother Bruno was at prayer one night, he was disturbed by the croaking of a bullfrog. All his attempts to disregard the sound were unsuccessful, so he shouted from his window,”Quiet! I’m at my prayers.”
Now brother Bruno was a saint, so his command was instantly obeyed. Every living creature held its voice so as to create a silence that would be favorable to prayer.
But now another sound intruded on Bruno’s worship-an inner voice that said,”Maybe God is as pleased with the croaking of that frog as with the chanting of your psalm.’
“What can please the ears of God in the croak of a frog?” was Bruno’s scornful rejoinder.
But the voice refused to give up.”Why would you think God invented the sound?”
Bruno decided to find out why. He leaned out of his window and gave the order,”Sing!”The bullfrog’s measured croaking filled the air to the ludicrous accompaniment of all the frogs in the vicinity. And as Bruno attended to the sound, their voices ceased to jar, for he discovered that, if he stopped resisting them, they actually enriched the silence of the night.
With that discovery Bruno’s heart became harmonious with the universe, and, for the first time in his life, he understood what it means to pray.”
Friends, it seems to me that the first question one should put to oneself is-“Why I am here?”
I can suggest some answers bur as I usually say, you have to find your own reasons and answers.
May be the purpose of life is to become conscious of THAT.
May be our mission is to manifest IT.
WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THIS WE WILL FIND THAT THIS DISCOVERY LEADS TO HAPPINESS, BUT THIS HAPPINESS IS A CONSEQUENCE, NOT AIM IN ITSELF.AND IT IS THIS MISTAKE OF TAKING A MERE CONSEQUENCE FOR AIM OF LIFE THAT HAS BEEN THE CAUSE OF MOST OF THE MISERIES WHICH ARE AFFLICTING HUMAN LIFE.
Do you think that Enlightenment or Nirwan or Moksha could be the ultimate goal of life, the very reason of all this drama called creation?
The whole creation, the whole universal manifestation appears at best like a very bad joke if it only comes to this.Why begin at all if it is only to get out of it! What is the use of having struggled so much, suffered so much, of having created something which, at least in its external appearance, is so tragic and dramatic, if it is simply to teach you how to get out of it-it would have been better not to begin at all.
I think the purpose of creation is to teach the entire creation the delight of being, the beauty of being, the greatness of being, the majesty of a sublime life, and the perpetual growth, perpetually progressive, of that delight, that beauty, that greatness.
That is all, nothing else.
With warm regards and once again Happy Makar Sankrant ,Lohriand Pongal to all of you.
Always yours in Baba’s grace.