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Celebrating Akshaya Tritiya

Friday, May 14, 2021

by Shambhavi Christian

Celebrating Akshaya Tritiya

On the Siddha Yoga path, our Gurus have taught us to perceive each moment as the bearer of auspiciousness. In India, the word “auspiciousness” is respected, understood, and embraced as something highly significant and sacred. Therefore, celebrating Akshaya Tritiya, on Friday, May 14, 2021, is immensely powerful. Why is this so? The Indian scriptures extol this day and explain that every moment of Akshaya Tritiya is auspicious.

Akshaya in Sanskrit means “eternal” or “imperishable.” And in the Indian lunar calendar, tritiya is the third day after the new moon in the month of Vaishakh. Akshaya Tritiya is considered one of the three and a half most auspicious days of the year.

According to Indian astrology, the sun and moon are most beneficially aligned and radiant on Akshaya Tritiya. Many devout Hindus choose this day to hold significant functions, such as weddings, and to begin new projects and business ventures. People who are on a spiritual path also make a pilgrimage to visit their Guru and offer dakshina.

As always, on the Siddha Yoga path whenever it’s an auspicious day, all Siddha Yogis know that this is the best day to perform sadhana, spiritual practice. The reason is that the effects of one’s practice multiply exponentially on such a day. This is not merely a metaphorical statement. There is a heightened energy that permeates the atmosphere on an auspicious day.

The Indian scriptures abound with legends, stories, and auspicious events associated with Akshaya Tritiya. Depending on the scriptural text, one can read about various Indian deities, sages and seers, and sacred places. For example, the birthday of one of the greatest sages, Parashurama, the immortal warrior who was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is celebrated on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya is also the day the revered sage Veda Vyasa began composing the Mahabharata. And according to the Puranas, this day marks the beginning of Treta Yuga, the second of the four yugas, or ages, of humankind. An extraordinarily beautiful story in the Mahabharata tells how the Pandavas received the Akshaya Patra, the divine bowl, from Lord Krishna on this day. The Akshaya Patra provided unlimited food for the Pandavas during their time of exile.

For this reason, people believe that anything acquired on this auspicious day will multiply exponentially. Therefore, according to another story, on Akshaya Tritiya the devout worship one of the Devis, Goddess Mahalakshmi. They buy gold and silver coins and ornaments, replicating the light of the celestial bodies in their own lives, making the connection between heaven and earth, the Divine and the individual soul, and symbolizing oneness.

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My heart opened as I read and reread about Akshaya Tritiya. The detailed explanation of this auspicious day has inspired me greatly. How generous of Gurumayi to share with us the wonder of this day; my entire spirit is uplifted. As the challenges of the days continue to occur, the knowledge of today's uniqueness fills me with gratitude to Gurumayi for revealing this to me—and with gratitude for the Siddha Yoga path.

California, United States

Now I know why the chants that I play during the day—Kundalini Stavaha, Shri Guru Gita, Shri Rudram—sound so exquisitely beautiful today! I am in bliss, there is total sweetness in the air, my breath makes me dance in the sweet bath of my Guru's grace.
How fortunate I am to be on the Siddha Yoga path!

California, United States

Yesterday I felt drawn to pick up and read the beautiful book "One Grain of Rice," which my child once received as a gift during an Ashram visit. At that time, Gurumayi explained to us that if you give one grain of rice to your Guru, the Guru gives you back thousands. Today on the Siddha Yoga Path website I discovered that we are celebrating Akshaya Tritiya. When I saw the illustration of a bowl of rice commemorating the Akshaya Patra, the divine bowl given by Lord Krishna to the Pandavas, I felt so grateful for my inspiration to read the book. This synchronicity reawakens my gratitude to Gurumayi and inspires me to practice dakshina.

Versailles, France