“Poush Pakai Magh Khai” It means we eat on Magh cooking on Poush. (The month Magh comes after Poush. Maghe Sankranti is a major Festival celebrated by different Hindu communities throughout Nepal, India and South Asian Countries. This festival has great religious importance in our society. We go to our maternal uncle’s house (mamaghar) to take Prasad and put Tika. The first day of the Nepali Month Magh we celebrate Maghe Sankranti. It is also known as Makara Sankranti.
I found these interesting facts from a friend’s Facebook Post which is worth sharing via this blog. While the motive behind writing about Maghe Sankranti is something else. I have written about it at the end of this blog post.
Uttarayana phase of six months starting from [Makara Samkranti] Today ! ! ! ! !
- As per Vedic knowledge, there are two seasons in the country Uttarayana and Dakshinayana.
- Uttarayana is from mid-January to mid-July.
Dakshinayana is from mid-July to mid-January.
In Uttarayana, the sun moves towards the north and days are longer.
In Dakshinayana, nights are longer.
In Uttarayana, the mind is in positive state.
In Dakshinayana, the mind is in negative state.
In Dakshinayana, in the first four months marriages are not held.
In Uttarayana, only in holashtak period i.e. 8 days before Holi, the marriages and religious functions are not held.
Most of the detoxification festivals are held in Dakshinayana.
In Uttarayana, the major festival is only Holi which deals with the removal of negativity from the mind.
Being a positive state of mind, Uttarayana involves festivals which are positive, full of fun and enjoyment.
Bhishm Pitamah waited for Uttarayana to leave his Prana.
As per Bhagavad Gita, the best time to die is Uttarayana, daytime before a full moon, and an atmosphere of yagna.
At the time of death, positive state of mind takes one to liberation.
Vedas, Scriptures, Bhagavad Gita, Mantras and slokas, all those Verses were written in the Sanskrit Language seems boring and difficult to understand right? It is a true thing. But we the young generation of Today’s Modern Nepal barely think we should bother about religion or it’s importance. Everybody starts to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine there’s no Country and no religions too”. If we see a saint, a holy person walking on the streets begging alms, we interpret what a lousy beggar! Why doesn’t he work instead of begging and live with dignity? We just throw the crap out not knowing that it is a religious practice where a saint chooses a life of brahmacharya. The lifestyle he chooses is far more difficult than this task of begging.
Not knowing and misbehaving is one part. There is another huge mass of provocative elements in our society. These elements are proactive in very remote areas of Nepal where people are poor, sick, hungry and mostly illiterate. Their target is to brainwash about Hinduism being a sin which only gives suffering. They create this descent jealousy of cure, food, scholarships, communion, education and many more. And they teach them the Nepali verse abbreviated and translated from that holy black book. Then they teach don’t know what and how. But believe me, travel to any corner of Nepal you will find more symbol of Cross than the number of Government office’s signboards. I’ve been to forty-one districts of Nepal which is more than 50% of Nepal. So trust me this is happening with the brute force strategy of Dear Lord!
Therefore whether we understand the true essence of religion or not, we should follow them. I’m not saying to blindly jump into it. Give some time in learning about the meaning and value of religion. Ask your parents first. If you are not satisfied with what they are saying go seek knowledge from religious scripture. Then, find a guru, a spiritual seeker/practitioner who can answer all your questions.
We are not being keen about the importance of Hinduism. We are bitching about our religion. And we are spreading negativity among our generation that religion is not a good thing. While the group of educated youths like us is running away from the meaning of Hinduism, the proactive bacteria that migrated from abroad are slowly penetrating a huge mass of remote areas with every words and sword of strategies they have. If we will not be aware and keep on neglecting things will be different in the upcoming 10-15 years. The next generation will stop ringing the bells of Hindu Temples and many will start drinking the holy water!
Events such as today’s Maghe Shankranti Celebration at Kathmandu University should be celebrated with every youth’s participation. In every religion, there are ill practices. There are a group of mafias who are always business oriented and try to commercialize religious practices. But whatever be the practices, the knowledge behind the religious philosophy is absolute. It is hard to understand for a layman and hard to believe for so-called science practitioners. The principles that a religion like Hinduism delivers, the proofs, remedies, answers written in Vedas are bulletproof. Our science cannot match those verses anytime in near centuries. So I am keen, curious and worried at the same time about Hinduism. #NoOffense!
This is the fifty-fifth blog post as a part of my daily blog writing commitment. Find more of my daily blogs here. The Journey So far is beautiful. Life is Beautiful