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
ṣaṇmāsā -honor by paying respects to (sanmanam)
uttarāyaṇam-the raising of the sun in northeast
prayātā -attempt at (prayatna)
gachchhanti -reaching the destination of
brahma-vido janāḥ- for the people the way to or path to brahma
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 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).