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Beyond the Bunnies: A Multifaceted View of Easter

As the arrival of spring brings new life and new beginnings, it's no wonder that many cultures around the world have celebrated the season with festivals and holidays. One such holiday is Easter Sunday, which is widely observed in Christian communities worldwide.

Easter Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox, usually falling between March 22 and April 25. This day marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was crucified on Good Friday. Christians observe this day with special church services, family gatherings, and by exchanging Easter eggs and other treats.

Similarly, in some parts of the world, particularly in Vedic cultures, the lunar calendar is used to determine the timing of various festivals, holy days, and universal astrological findings that has led to a deeper understanding of the cosmic rhythms and their impact on our lives.

One such lunar phase that happens to fall on the same day as Easter Sunday is the Krishna Paksha, which is the waning phase of the moon. Krishna (Sanskrit: कृष्ण) is the Sanskrit word for "dark". Krishna Paksha is a period of 15 days, which begins after Purnima day (Full Moon), culminating on (New Moon) day (Amavasya). Krishna Paksha is considered inauspicious, as the moon loses light during this period.

Ancient Vedic traditions were very aligned with the astrological understanding of the planet and developed disciplines to overcome the internal effects of environmental trauma, interactive trauma and their own personal mental trauma. By understanding the environment, they were able to cultivate a holistic approach to healing that integrated physical, mental, and spiritual practices to promote health, happiness, and balance in life. This approach emphasized the importance of connecting with the rhythms of nature, balancing the elements within oneself, and cultivating a deep sense of self-awareness and inner peace.

Ekadashi is an important observance in the Vedic calendar that falls on the eleventh day of both the waxing and waning phases of the moon. It is known that during this time, the subtle energy levels in the body and in the environment are heightened, and observing a fast and engaging in spiritual practices can help one access these energies for personal and spiritual growth.

In Vedic astrology, the period around the equinoxes is believed to be a time of heightened planetary activity, which can lead to negative effects on individuals. Observing Ekadashi or fasting during this time helps to mitigate these effects and bring positive energy into one's life.

The practice of observing Ekadashi involves abstaining from grains, lentils, and other certain foods for the entire day and night. Fasting is known to purify the body and mind and also helps to develop self-discipline and control over one's senses. It is also known that abstaining from certain foods can help one focus more on spiritual practices and connect with a higher consciousness.

In general, Auspicious work is prohibited in Krishna Paksha, it is believed that whenever there is Krishna Paksha, it is not appropriate to do any auspicious work during that time. Actually, the decreasing phase of the moon has been told in astrology behind this.

The question would then mean, what do I mean by in general?

Living an auspicious life under the umbrella of auspicious activities is not general practice by the mass of people. Many people today are focused on achieving material success and fulfilling their desires, often at the expense of their overall well-being and spiritual growth. This focus on material success and desire fulfilment has contributed to a society that is often stressed, anxious, and disconnected from its spiritual roots. In addition, the planetary movements, particularly the phases of the moon, have a significant impact on the psyche and emotional well-being of individuals.

Scientific research has shown that the moon's gravitational pull affects the Earth's tides, as well as the human body's water content, which can influence moods and behaviours. The lunar cycle is also believed to affect hormonal balance, brain function, and sleep patterns, all of which can impact emotional and mental health.

In Vedic astrology, the moon is considered to be one of the most important planets, as it represents the mind and emotions. Its movement through the zodiac can have a profound impact on an individual's emotional state, as well as their decision-making and behaviour.

For example, during the full moon phase, emotions can be heightened, leading to greater sensitivity, impulsiveness, and mood swings. During the new moon phase, on the other hand, there may be a greater sense of introspection and inward focus.

By understanding the impact of planetary movements, particularly the moon, on our emotional and mental well-being, we can cultivate greater awareness and make more conscious decisions about our actions and behaviours. This can help us align with our spiritual values and live a more balanced life.

From a Western astrological perspective, this time period is also significant, as it marks the beginning of the astrological new year and the Aries season. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, representing new beginnings, leadership, and boldness.

During this time, there is a strong focus on taking action, pursuing goals, and asserting oneself. It is a time for taking risks, stepping out of one's comfort zone, and initiating new projects.

However, this can also be a time of heightened tension and conflict, as individuals may feel more impulsive and assertive. It is important to balance this energy with mindfulness, self-awareness, and consideration for others.

In Western astrology, the planetary movements during this time also have a significant impact on individuals' lives. For example, the positioning of Mars, the ruling planet of Aries, can indicate the level of passion, aggression, and assertiveness in one's life.

Overall, whether from a Vedic or Western astrological perspective, this time period represents a powerful opportunity for growth, transformation, and spiritual evolution. By cultivating awareness, self-discipline, and a deep connection to the divine, individuals can navigate this time with grace, wisdom, and compassion, and create a life of meaning and purpose.

This is where it gets sticky!!!

When it comes to the Western perspective of Easter, there are a few points of interest to consider. Firstly, it is important to note that the word "Easter" does not appear in the Bible. This has led some to question the origins and significance of the holiday.

Secondly, it is widely believed that the celebration of Easter has roots in pagan rituals that predate Christianity. The spring equinox was an important time for many ancient cultures, symbolizing rebirth and renewal. It is possible that some of these traditions were later incorporated into the Christian celebration of Easter.

The name "Easter" is believed to have been derived from the pagan goddess Eostre, who was associated with the spring equinox and the renewal of life. Many of the symbols and rituals associated with Easter, such as eggs, bunnies, and springtime flowers, also have their roots in pagan traditions.

Thirdly, during these times, many people engage in activities that may not align with their spiritual values, causing spiritual damage and inhibiting personal growth. For example, excessive drinking, overindulgence in food, and other activities that promote negative energy can create an environment that is not conducive to spiritual growth and well-being.

However, it is important to note that Easter, like any other holiday, can be celebrated in a way that promotes positive energy and spiritual growth. By focusing on the themes of rebirth, renewal, and forgiveness, individuals can use this time to reflect on their spiritual journey, connect with the divine, and cultivate positive energy and virtues.

Through prayer, meditation, and service, individuals can use the energy of Easter to deepen their spiritual practice and align themselves with their highest potential. By focusing on positivity, love, and forgiveness, Easter can become a powerful time for personal and collective growth.

Tarun Hari Das

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