In Hinduism, we pray to the visible natural forces just as we do to the invisible ones. These are the ones maintaining our day-to-day life, after all. What could we, any of us do if the sun dimmed for a whole day? Our crops will fail, darkness will envelop the earth, and all the artificial sources of life combined won’t be enough to make up for the sun’s presence.
And that brightly-lit heavenly eye, often called Surya Dev, is one of the most prayed-to Hindu deities. And with good reason. We don’t have to close our eyes to see him. He is right there, in front of us, all day, every day. Punctual in his timings and persistent in his blessings. And the miracles Surya Dev performs aren’t hidden from the world either.
Our deeply rich Hindu Mythology portrays this powerful and fierce deity as riding a fiery chariot led by seven horses in the front, symbolizing universal consciousness and purifying the whole world with his light.
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And it’s this apparent and obvious presence that springs our soul into action. Offering water to the sun is a part of regular prayer for many Hindus because of this very reason. It is as much an act of worship as it is an act of gratitude. And today we’ll attempt to delve a bit deeper into this ritual and see its significance and importance in our lives.
Surya Arghya: The Upliftment of Your Inner Self
If you are not familiar with this particular ritual, it might feel like a stretch to you. You might question, ‘why do you need to offer water to a celestial deity that commands the whole earth itself?’
And to this we reply, it’s not a question of ‘need’ at all. It all comes down to a habit. It comes down to belief. And most of all, it’s a play of energies. Surya is the mainspring of all life. It’s the very reason you are alive. And the positivity its rays emanate is on a much higher level. So, offering water, or Surya Arghya, in the early hours of the morning energizes your soul and gives it strength to face the day ahead.
The action of putting your hands above your head and offering water to the sun stirs something deep within you. It begins uplifting the dormant energy, the power that’s long been asleep until now. And with regular practice of this ritual, your consciousness begins elevating to higher and higher states of being, showering you with wealth, health, and longevity.
The Proper Ritual.
There is a ritual to offering Surya Arghya, just as there is a proper way of doing everything else in Vedic Astrology. But why? Millennials often ask this question. Why should we follow a set procedure for every little thing?
The answer lies in the subconscious changes that happen when we do something as a part of a ritual. When you perform an act with astrological and divine connotations attached to it, following it step by step, your deeper self begins associating those acts with miracles, health, and wealth. This is why ancient rituals have such a profound effect on us.
And now, we’ll move on to the correct procedure, and ritual, to follow while offering water to the Sun.
- Wake up early in the morning. Preferably in the Brahma Muhurta. This is the time when the galactic energies commune with your inner being and allow you to rise higher and higher, spiritually and in this world.
- After bathing, go out in an open space. The terrace works as well.
- Fill a copper lotus with water. We use copper because it represents the heat, and the vibrancy of the Sun God and helps strengthen his position in your horoscope as well.
- Look east, facing the sun, and offer the Arghya while chanting ”Om Suryaya Namaha” repeatedly. Close your eyes and pray for his blessings. pray for a future as bright and life as vibrant as the sun’s rays.
- Perform the ritual as early as possible after sunrise. Make sure you complete it by 7-8 am at the latest.
Offering water to the Sun may seem like a very simple thing but it works through a lot of different layers of your psyche as well. Apart from strengthening your horoscope and helping you propel forward in life, performing the ritual also develops a sense of discipline and divinity in your life.