In India this day is celebrated as Makar Sankranti.
“Makar Sankranti indicates that from this day the Sun will get warmer and warmer. The heat of the Sun is beneficial for mankind. All our movements depend on this heat. But the impact of the heat could also excite Anger in us. That is the reason that on this day we eat Jaggery (Gud) so that we become soft spoken. Because of the warmth of the Sun all vegetations and wealth grows on the earth. Fruits and vegetables are offered to the Goddess on this day to invoke Her blessings. By the blessings of the Adi Shakti the Earth element gets calmed down and human being thrives. The festival of Sankranti has cultural significance too. It is celebrated all over the country with joy and gaiety. It is celebrated in some other countries also but it has special significance in India.” ” This is what is today’s day – is a great day for us to change, because the Sun has changed its mood now. Sun is coming this side. So let us welcome the Sun, coming to the North now, this way. And for Australians to say that though the Sun has gone, let us establish the Sun, the domain of Sun, within ourselves.
Though in India the heat is too much, still people are waiting for this time to come in and they celebrate it with such a warm heart. At this time it is said that they give you this sesame seed and the sugar to eat, but now you must speak in a sweet manner.Shri Mataji, 1987-0114
Warmth of the Sun represents the Warmth of God’s Love.
This is the reason why we celebrate this festival giving you some sort of a sweet made out of sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are given because they are also heat-giving and now as we are coming from the cold, we come to the hot season in a way, hotter season, so to prepare you with that warmth of the Sun these special things are made out of the seed of sesame to represent the oncoming warmth and the warmth of the Sun. – Shri Mataji, 1987-0114
“When the Sun comes on this Earth back, then all the creativity of the Mother Earth starts acting and She creates such beautiful things like flowers, such nice things, nourishing things like fruits and fulfilling things like fruits. She makes our eyes cool down with the greenery She has and the way She blesses us..In the same way, now that the Sun of Sahaja Yoga has risen and is coming to the zenith and it has definitely shown you the result on the Earth principle that is your Mooladhara and the Creative Power of that Mooladhara which is the Kundalini, has been rising and rising and rising and opening your being and showing the results in your lives which has made your lives very beautiful, which has made your life very Joyous and very Happy.”
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