WHAT IS THE MYSTERY OF SANGAM, GANGA SAGAR,& MAKAR SANKRANTI ?
1-Hindus celebrate major cosmic changes, such as the transmigration of the sun from one zodiac sign (Rashi) as Sankranti. Of the twelve sankrantis, Makara Sankranti on January 14th is the most significant; the sun passes through the winter solstice, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn (Makar). We witness cosmic, astronomical harmony and prayerfully honor this scientific Truth. The six months of northern movement of the sun is followed by six months of southern movement.
2-As the earth starts its northward part of the rotation it brings the promise of a harvest of abundance and happiness in many parts of India. and the northern hemisphere around the world. The sowing season starts. Along the river Ganga in places like Ganga Sagar (where the river Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal) and Prayag/Allahabad millions of people bathe to honor the comingling of one life force (Sun) with another (water).
3-The origin and glory of the Ganges and the Lord’s Pastimes at Ganga Sagar are described in Srimad Bhagavatam and other scriptures. Here they are presented in summary form. 4-According to Srimad Bhagavatam ;-
4-1-The universe is a giant golden egg made up of fourteen planes(lok) of existence. The seven upper planes are known as Bhu(EARTH), Bhuva(MERCURY), Sva (VENUS), Maha (SUN), Jana (MARS), Tapa(JUPITER), and Satya(sATURN),
4-2-And the seven lower planes are known as Tala, Atala, Vitala, Nitala, Talatala, Mahatala, and Sutala. These fourteen planes are often referred to as ‘the three worlds’: Svarga, Martya, and Patal [heaven, earth, and hell]. The universe, the golden egg made up of these worlds, floats in the Causal Ocean. 4-3-Once the emperor Bali Maharaj conquered the three worlds. After a long battle, Bali Maharaj ousted Indra and the other demigods from heaven. The demigods’ mother, Aditi, became morose and performed a special sacrifice, the Payo Vrata, to induce the Lord to protect the demigods. Pleased with Aditi, the Lord agreed to descend to the world as her son and re-establish the demigods’ reign.
4-4-He assumed the form of a young dwarf-brahman, Vamandev, and eventually came to a sacrificial arena where Bali Maharaj was performing an asvamedha sacrifice . There He begged Bali Maharaj for three steps of land. When Bali Maharaj granted this, Vamandev began to expand His form. Gradually He became so large that His form filled the sky and all the directions.
4-5-Vamandev stepped across the entire earth with His first step and across the heavens with His second step. When Bali Maharaj saw that there was nowhere else for the Lord to step, he surrendered and prayed that the Lord would place His last step on his head. 4-6-When the Lord stepped across the heavens, the nail of His big left toe poked a whole in the outer boundary of the universe.“Water from the Causal Ocean entered the universe through this hole. It was coloured because it had washed the Lord’s kumkum-adorned lotus feet. Though the touch of this water destroys the sins of the whole world, the water itself remains uncontaminated. Because it emanates directly from the Lord’s feet, it is known as ‘Vishnupadi’.” 4-7-This water is identified as the Ganges “The Ganges, which is the saviour of the fallen souls, is a drop of the Causal Ocean’s spiritual water.” 5--When the Ganges entered the universe, it flowed into Dhruvaloka, the polestar, and the Saptarshi Mandal, the seven planets that closely orbit Dhruvaloka, which are inhabited by the seven great sages ..Kasyapa, Atri, Vasishtha, Visvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, and Bharadvaja. The Ganges remained there for thousands of yugas and was known as the Mandakini [‘she who flows gently ) 6-Further Maharaj Bhagirath brought her to the earth, Ganga Devi is known as ‘Bhagirathi’, and because she delivers the fallen souls, even though they offended the Lord (Maharaj Bhagirath’s ancestors, who attempted to attack Lord Kapiladev), she is known as ‘Patit-pavani’ [the saviour of the fallen]. 7-The glories of the Ganges are sung throughout the scriptures.For a sadhak the day of makar sankranti is;-
07 POINTS;- 1-To make union of 3 nadis(IDA=Ganga ,pingala=yamuna ,sushamna =saraswati). 2-to get destination of SELF-REALIZATION (union of soul & supersoul -When Triveni merge into Ganga sagar) 3-When your mantra is empowered only then,,,, you are capable of inhaling pran from crown chakra to root chakra as if kundalini of silver colour (hood on top & tail at root chakra) inhaling pran from hood towards tail &exhaling also in same process. 4-During pranayam- you inhale silver light from ida &exhale also same;-three time ;inhale from pingala&exhale same --three times (golden light)---- inhale silver &golden light from ida &pingla but exhale slowly from mouth--one time-- this is called triveni ...
5-There is the mention in the Mahabharata of Bhishma Pitamah, lying on the arrow-bed had waited until Uttarayan to breath his last. 6-Our ancient ones (rishis) taught us, at the inner core, the human life is Sat-Chit-Anand(Truth-Consciousness-Bliss) and each and every activity in life is meant to lead the individual to that One goal of existential realization. Our customs, our traditions our very way of life is to help the individual coexist &Makarsankranti is considered to be the new dawn of Gods.
7-This festival is for adopting the Godly (positive) contemplation by quitting the demonic (negative) reflections. It could be said as the evening of the demonic powers (negativity) and the beginning of the Godly hours (a new sunrise of positivity). This is the DAY TO ACHIEVE EMPOWERMENT OF SEVENTH CHAKRA...