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Celebrating Akshaya Tritiya

Saturday, April 25, 2020

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 Saturday, April 25, 2020, 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 3½ 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 a merely 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 Vedavyasa 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 Pātra, the divine bowl, from Lord Krishna on this day. The Akshaya Pātra 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, symbolizing oneness.

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On Akshaya Tritiya when we sang Mahalakshmi Stotram, the hymn to Mahalakshmi, and recited Shri Guru Gita, I prayed with each verse that a cure would be found for the health crisis.

Later that evening when we chanted to Lord Krishna, I renewed my prayer. Then, in meditation I had a vision of Mahalakshmi seated in my heart, and I saw Lord Krishna, also inside my heart, in complete warrior dress and stance. He was shooting golden arrows through my heart up into the sky. With each arrow I felt a pinch of the arrow tip and then a burst of intoxication. He kept shooting arrow after arrow quickly and with strength and confidence. I sensed that his arrows were sent to the world to help defeat this pandemic. I also felt an incredible opening of my heart and lightness of being.

May our prayers and intentions fly like golden arrows and turn the tide of this worldwide crisis!

Connecticut, United States

I feel so much energy and clarity after participating in the satsang in honor of Akshaya Tritiya. It was a true reset!

New York, United States

Gurumayi asked us to look into the properties of gold, which I did immediately after the Akshaya Tritiya satsang. That evening in meditation, I experienced the light of my inner Self, which was so effulgent and radiant, so exquisite, that I had the thought, "I just can't bear it." Then, immediately I heard Gurumayi's voice from within, "You have a golden heart.”

As I remembered the properties of gold, everything fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle. I understood that I had a golden heart that was strong, untarnished, malleable, resplendent, and durable, and of course, it could bear to hold the effervescent greatness of my inner Self.

I was so grateful I had done the homework Gurumayi gave us.

Melbourne, Australia

I was so moved when I slowly read the history of Akshaya Tritiya and its connection to honoring Goddess Mahalaxmi. Throughout the day I remained aware of its auspiciousness. The result was that, whatever work or chore I did while staying at home, it was with a new bhav—a feeling of goodness and joy was bubbling inside me.
Then the highlight of the day was “being in the Temple” with Gurumayi in honor of Akshaya Tritiya. I was enveloped with a feeling of being at ease and under my Guru’s protection, and with tremendous love flowing in both directions between myself and my Guru.
I feel so blessed and fortunate to be on the Siddha Yoga path.

Nairobi, Kenya

This morning, on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya—which is also special for me because it's my birthday—I sat outside, facing the trees, to recite Shri Guru Gita. Many birds were singing before I started. In the middle of my recitation, I really felt they were chanting with me in honor of Akshaya Tritiya. I felt we were all connected—trees, birds and me—in offeroing our gratitude on this glorious day. What a beautiful way to begin this special day!

Annecy, France