A Vedic Prayer for Peace
Rig Veda 10.37.8-10; Raimundo Panikkar, The Vedic Experience: Mantramanjari
(Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1977) pp. 294-95.

The Rig Veda, the most ancient among the scriptures of India, venerates the sun as a bearer of luminosity and a source of vitality. In Gurumayi’s teachings the sun is honored as a symbol for the highest Truth, the light of our innermost Self, and a major force in the change of seasons that affects nature and the lives of all creatures on Earth.

Around December 21, a significant moment in the annual course of the sun takes place and this is the Winter Solstice or the Summer Solstice, depending on which side of the Equator we live. After this time, days become gradually longer in the Northern hemisphere and shorter in the Southern hemisphere.

By reflecting on these scriptural verses and using them as a prayer at the time of the solstice, we can express our gratitude to the sun for its benevolent blessings.

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