Agnir jyotir ahah suklah 8.24



agnir jyotir ahaḥ śuklaḥ ṣaṇmāsā uttarāyaṇam

tatra prayātā gachchhanti brahma brahma-vido janāḥ


agnir – the fire of the sun

jyotir -the light of the rays

ahaḥ -the day’s

śuklaḥ -whiteness

ṣaṇmāsā -honor by paying respects to (sanmanam)

uttarāyaṇam-the raising of the sun in northeast

tatra -thereupon

prayātā -attempt at (prayatna)

gachchhanti -reaching the destination of

brahma -brahma

brahma-vido janāḥ- for the people the way to or path to brahma


full meaning

The fire of the sun, the light of the rays, the day’s whiteness honor by paying respects to the raising of the sun in the northeast thereupon attempt at reaching the destination of Brahma, for the people, the way or path to brahma.  

What does it say in Gita?

It says in Gita, fire, light, day-time bright fortnight, six months of northern course of sun-the knowers of brahman who depart along this path attain to brahman. If you don’t care that much for how you look at it this could work. So here are the questions I have. So fire, light, day-time, bright fortnight, six months of northern course of sun all make you knowers of brahman? And you depart along this path? What path is that? You attain brahman, who here on earth can say they are knowers of brahma (God) in this way?

In the ancient Indian culture there is the practice of surya namaskaram. You quite frequently see people doing ritual worship or studying the Gita or memorizing sanskrit prayers, but how many people in this world or Hindus actually practice in the age old tradition of surya namaskaram? My grandmother always did surya namaskaram after her puja and that is typically the time.  The initial reaction to this translation was rejoice! I did not know one can attain brahman with surya namaskaram, and I am not saying one could either, but I see the validity of this Sanskrit verse, if one did attain it would have to be revolutionary. I do not think you could not go wrong by praying to the light of this universe. I prayed to sun God, because I did not know how to do a puja, I did not understand the Gita in the way it is published in English translation. My eyes since I opened Gita for the first time 10 years ago was seeing profound knowledge of sanskrit and I did not get that feeling from the English translation of the books I dabbled into. My higher prayer was to want a book to read in my sadness, anger and solitude, yes all! I am liberated from that experience and the truth I was seeking showed me happiness. I want to go back to the verse and say this, if you practice atleast one of many principles mentioned in Gita on your own, would you be able to attain your spiritual goal? An experience solely for you to realize on Brahma (God).

About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious. veena kodali

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