I am pleased to begin this new blog at this festive season of Christmastime, just after the Winter Solstice and Uttarayan.
Uttarayan, in India, is perceived as an auspicious time of year, one of my teachers, Sadhguru has talked a little about this time of year and it’s conducive character towards receiving grace from the Cosmos and Enlightenment.
In China, the Winter Solstice is celebrated with a festival, Dongzhi, where yin is at its greatest (dark), but it is known and realised that yin must recede and for yang to ascend day after day leading into spring. In Taoist practice, this time of year is central to the theme of returning. Deng Ming-Dao offers a short poem on the “darkest day”;
“Every year has its darkest day;
each dark day is followed by light”
We know this. But often amnesia strikes and it is unfortunately forgotten; just as we made it through the winter solstice, we can make it through the mind’s dark days.
The Winter Solstice in the Celtic tradition too, Alban Arthan, is of magical character, a time to begin afresh and also where the Light, the Light of Wisdom and Clarity, can be observed and realised most easily through the prominence of the darkness.
Since tomorrow is Christmas Day, I thought I might theme posts around “The 12 Days of Christmas” only with of course a dharmic spin, so a kind of parody on the song. I hope you enjoy!
Wishing you well on your path during this festive season, wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing,
A lotus for you, a Buddha to be,