RATHYATRA- An elucidation
Blog :A Life
Date: 6/21/2012 11:27:00 AM
Rathyatra the annual festival of Lord Jaganath with brother Balbhadra and sister Subhdraa takes place from Shri Mandira to Gudicha Temple at Puri, in Bhuneshwar. All over the country, the celebration of Rath yatra is celebrated to remind us necessity of cleansing the self. The origin of ten days festivity dates back to 11th century. The aim of festivity is linked with the uplift of positive energy of the world. Rathyatra represents our inner journey of body, mind and spirit(soul). The inspiring festival starts at the 2nd day of bright full moon phase. The presiding deity of Rathyatra is Lord Jaganath. Lord Jaganath is identified with Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Lord Vishnu –the kal purusha,the nurturer and sustainer of world. The one who takes care of body, mind , soul and cosmos. His sudrashana chakra (su-sunder, beautiful; darshana-vision) has the ability to eliminate negativity and boon longevity, health and knowledge. Sudarshna chakra has power of sun which cuts the ambition and greed. Lord Krishna is the “bliss of self”. Krshna (kri meaning greatest; na meaning pleasure) or -the sacc-cid- ananda ,the real self. So , this is the occasion to work on and regain our real pristine self by enhancing positive energy of body. For true healing and adequate bliss the healing of body mind and soul are required. The physical body can be healed by fasting, yoga and japa etc. It is the soul which carries karma of past lives with perception or memories through fine bodies which acts as obstacle in present lives as well. Thus attention should be given to heal the of fine bodies and soul. The sun energy of second day of Sukla Paksha is appropriate time to start and enhance the positivity of sun energy which heals body, mind and soul. “The Rath Yatra signifies that the body is the chariot and the soul is the deity installed in the chariot. The wisdom/ awareness acts as the chariot to control mind and thoughts.”
The interpretation of Rath Yatra is infinite beyond the comprehension of limited human perception. Every year, the occasion of Rathyatra appeals me to take necessary actions for better sailing.
Let commit the ten days in cleansing the self. May the ten days festivity bring wisdom and positiveness in all spheres of our lives!