Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Science of Sun Worship

In ancient Vedic literatures, Sun is called the soul of our world. We cannot imagine even a single day without his presence. In a society replete with customes and beliefs, is this just faith-based or was there a more scientific meaning behind Worshipping the Sun

Sun worship commenced with the rising of the sun when the ancestors would offer water in a 'Lota' (A round copper utensil with wide edge). The pouring of water would create a flowing film, creating the seven colours of the spectrum through refraction by which the sun would be gazed at indirectly.

People who follow the Vedic way of life believe this is helpful to eyes, vitalises the body & purifies the mind.

The body is made up of the five elements: Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Teja), Air (Vaayu), Space/Ether (Aakash). It is believed proper balance of these five elements helps keep the body healthy, the sun being one of them. The solar rays consists of seven colours of the visible spectrum which are equally vital to the seven chakras of the body.

Rigveda states the sun is an energy source for all living beings. The Gayatri Mantra is chanted to Surya deva to remove ignorance & strengthen the mind. The sun is symbol of self god. As the self god illuminates the mind, the intellect & the body, sun illuminates the world.

Vedas also state that water offered to the sunin the evening converts the drops of water to the stones taht cause death to the demons. For humans, demons are like typhoid, TB, Pneumonia etc. When a devotee takes water in his hands while standing in front of or facing the sun & drops water on the ground, the sun's rays fall from the head to the feet of the devotee in a uniform flow. This water is heated by sun's rays and its colour permeates every part of the body.

Modern science now have validated the importance of solar rays on the human body. Many people living in the cold cliatic countries suffer from SAD (Seasonal affective Disorder) during winter. Some even going for solar therapies to alleviate moodiness & depression. Solar therapy mainly from an alternative source, is also used to treat palliation of disease, usually from dermatological disorders. It also imporves the blood circulation, balances metabolism & restores the function of many body systems. Exposure to the sun also promotes the development of the pineal gland hormone-Melatonin, the amount of which is influenced by the ageing process 

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