THERE is a lot of debate going on if the triple eclipses – two lunar on July 7 and August 6 and one Solar on July 22 are an ill omen and a sign of bad things to come, or it is all yet another facet of nature. The solar eclipse on Wednesday is the longest of the 21st century, lasting for six minutes and 38 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.
D.K. Hema and Hari, founders of the Bharath Gyan have come up with a book, “Will History Repeat Itself? – Triple Eclipse 2009,” jointly published by Art of Living and Bharath Gyan. Hari says eclipses are not a frequent phenomenon and three eclipses in one month is very rare. “This world is a part of that sky,” is a strong statement made in the book, he says adding that this is a point that the rationalists forget. Yatha pinde thatha brahmande – what is there in a tiny ball is there in the universe and man is included in that and not apart from it.
Sri Sri Ravishankar who has written a foreword to that book says the macrocosm and microcosm are interconnected. Everything affects everything else in the universe and analysing the cause and effect will open a new dimension in one’s life. While astrology indicates how helpless human life is, spirituality points out to the power within. Hari says that the earliest reference to the eclipse was in the Mahabharata twice. The data has been studied by a new field called archeo astronomy with planetarium software that in 3067 B.C.E there was a triple eclipse which Veda Vyasa observed (after which the Kurukshetra war happened) and the next was 36 years later when Krishna observed. A month later Dwaraka submerged into the oceans.
Dr. M.M. Alex, founder, Vedic India Society propagates the benefits of Agnihotra homams. He will perform a 28-day Yagam from July 23 to August 10 for world peace in the wake of the triple eclipse. A team of Tantris from Kerala will participate at the homa to be conducted at the Veda Parna Kuteeram in Palavakkam.
Prapancha Shanthi’ in Sanskrit means ‘peace of the cosmos’. The purpose of this Prapancha Shanthi Maha Yajna is to cleanse the cosmos and shield all its living organisms, protecting them from all possible disasters and to charge them with positive energies. This Yajna is based on the degree of the first breath inhaled by an individual from 360 degrees of cosmos. To cover all the 6.7 billion people across 360 degrees, during each of the 27 days of the Yajna , 13.2 degrees will be taken up each day - (www.prapanchashanti.com).
Nithya Shanti, a master of meditation says that solar eclipse is the time to engage in activities that help to lift one’s consciousness. Through a Facebook message he has called upon members of the Happiest Day of Your Life group to meditate during the solar eclipse, particular during the peak time of the total eclipse.