Meditation on the Sun: Intuiting the Essence of Our True Nature
One of the inspiring things that could be focused upon in meditation, is the sun. Besides providing life to all living beings on our planet and keeping the solar system nourished and in its place, it also has a spiritual significance. In ancient cultures, sun was often regarded as god, or a chief ruler, to whom offerings were given. It seems that people in those days were more connected to the sun and to nature; living somewhat more in harmony with its sacred principles. In modern times, many people still feel a special connection to it, and still regard it as a sort of a god, in their own way. Offerings are given to the sun, as well as prayers. Many people try to connect to it in a deeper way, knowing that behind the sun is a great mystery of life.
According to the esoteric teachings, the sun is related to the Christic force, the second principle of Creation – that which creates and nourishes existence; the maintainer and the giver of life. The ‘innermost’ of the Sun is also referred to as the Logos, an important figure of our spiritual unfoldment on the path to Liberation.
As we are approaching the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is at its strongest point at this time of the year, and the nature is vibrant and awakened. Meditation on the sun can be done in every season of the year, but trying to connect with it at this time when the sun is so prominent in the sky could provide with some additional benefits.
Connecting with the sun can give us a boost of spiritual energy that will circulate in our system and remain in our consciousness as an insight and understanding; it can give us needed force for the inner work. By connecting with the sun in meditation, the sun gives us its spiritual force, and we can enter a state of communion with it. By giving us its light, we share this light with others through our inner work. Being helped in our inner work more, we move closer to its radiance and in that way everyone around us benefits; the light within us can kindle the light in others, and like that we contribute to making our planet and our Solar System more radiant.
To meditate on the sun, close your eyes and enter the state of a quite or serene mind in your meditation, and bring the focus on the sun, on that which is spiritual within it – the Christ principle. By focusing on the sun in that way, you may start noticing a heightened energy inside you, or a flow of understanding, or that a certain type of communication is taking place.
It could be beneficial to do this meditation in nature, sitting by a river, a lake or an ocean, at the time of the day when you feel peaceful and relaxed, and having a view of the sun or feeling its warmth on your skin.
When entering in such a state of connection with the sun, it could also be useful to bring in the Gayatri mantra, which is one of the principle mantras dedicated to the sun, from the ancient Vedic text called the Rigveda. The original goes like this:
om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
There are many translations of this mantra; but one that sounds particularly interesting has been put forth by William Q. Judge (the co-founder of the Theosophical Society):
“Oh thou, who gives sustenance to the universe
From whom all things proceed
To whom all things return
Unveil to us the face of the true spiritual sun
Hidden by a disc of golden light
That we may know the truth
And do our whole duty
As we journey to thy sacred feet”
To include this prayer in the meditation on the sun could bring us a stronger connection to it; a deeper communion with its spiritual principle. Intuiting the Christ force in the sun could help us to see this same force within ourselves, because, as one of the ancient maxims of wisdom states, the entire Universe and the whole Creation in it is also inside every person. In that way, feeling the connection with the sun, the Unity of life can be more perceptible and tangible; we could draw more from this spiritual force that the sun is, in order to build a stronger connection with divinity within us and outside of us.
HDP, June 2020.