New Year; teachings of the rishis; when to eat
The Adiveda Weekly #30
Hari Aum Sadhakas!
A logical mind should surely realise that nature will not start a year in the middle of winter. Unquestionably it should start with the beginning of the vernal season! Yet just because western scientists and theologians insist that the New Year is on January 1st, in the middle of the winter season, the whole world meekly agrees.
The Hindu way of life
Our Hindu New Year starts on April 14. Of course one reason is that it is the start of spring. But there is another scientific reason. The rishis always adjusted human time to cosmic time since we are the children of the cosmos. They knew that the earth’s revolution round the sun starts from a fixed point known as “mesha sankranti rekha,” which is known as the Alpha Aries point in western terminology. This happens to fall on April 14th or somewhere close to it. Doesn’t it make sense that our new year should start with the starting of the earth’s revolution round the sun? Why is this so difficult for people to understand? Maybe because the Hindus have never reiterated or brandished their knowledge in order to prove their superiority!
Reflection of the week
“We are limited beings totally dependent on the meagre and mainly illusory information given by our five senses.”
For your everyday practice
Practise the teachings of the rishis.
We owe a great debt to the extraordinary souls called rishis. They are the ones who gave us the knowledge of the Vedas and are responsible for passing down this great culture, the Sanatana Dharma. This debt is repaid when we read the Vedas and Puranas and practise their teachings. Let’s start this new year with a new ritual; let us study the knowledge of the rishis with these weekly newsletters.
For your health and well-being
When to eat?
We should ideally eat our food between the hours of sunrise and sunset, as the body’s digestive fire tracks the movement of the sun in the sky. A light meal and dinner, with your largest meal at mid-day (when the sun is burning brightest) ensures you are eating in sync with nature and in sync with your own digestive fire’s strength. Many individuals today tend to eat their largest meal at dinner, well past sunset, and this habit – over time – will create a strain on your digestive system. Consider changing this habit slowly, if possible.
By Dr. Poorna Menon, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
From Vanamali Mataji’s desk
Hindu calculation of time depended on the movement of the planets. One Vedic calendar goes back to 3,000 years and another to 6,000 years. The western world chose not to believe that that our rishis were such experts in astronomy that they could actually make such accurate calendars. They did not realise that they used the most accurate of clocks – the planets and therefore their calculations were infallible. The fact is that our internal clocks work on the movement of the moon and that is why in the Vedas, the moon is called the presiding deity of the mind.
Important dates this week
Vanamali’s Srimad Bhagavad Gita Discourse from tomorrow, 26th December (write back to us on this email if you’d like to join in)
English New Year on Sunday, 1st January
That’s all for now. What would you like to see more of? Let us know! Thank you very much for reading.
At your service,
The Adiveda Team