108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #60



Om ghrnibhrte namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the Hot and Shining One, filled with Heat. The Sun does not discriminate who will receive the shining and the heat, it is given to all. Hence, the Sun follows the eternal order of the universe, dharma.


 

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How Hot is the Sun?

The temperature at the surface of the Sun is about 10,000 Fahrenheit (5,600 Celsius). The temperature rises from the surface of the Sun inward towards the very hot center of the Sun where it reaches about 27,000,000 Fahrenheit (15,000,000 Celsius). The temperature of the Sun also rises from the surface outward into the Solar atmosphere. The uppermost layer of the Solar atmosphere, called the corona, reaches temperatures of millions of degrees. The corona is the bright halo of light that can be seen during a total Solar eclipse.

So we greet the Sun, who is the Hot and Shining One. The Sun, a massive nuclear-powered source of energy at the center of the solar system, generates the heat and light that sustain life on Earth. Without the Sun, there is no Earth, for the Sun’s light and heat binds the swirling dust and gases that form the Earth. Hence, our gratitude to the Sun, for its perpetual path of shining, with heat and light.

Lord Krishna to Arjuna

“Arjuna! Pay attention to just one fact! How warm is your body now? It may be about 98 degrees; how did it happen? Because, the Sun bears many million times this heat at that distance, is it not? Now if the Sun feels that it will not put up with all that fire and becomes cool, what will happen to mankind? Again, if I desist from Karma, this vast Viswa Karma of working in and through this universe, imagine what will be the fate? That is why I am engaged in Karma, remember. Not that I derive any profit thereby, or get any good, or any fruit.”

Ditto the Sun; the Sun does not derive any profit thereby, or get any good, or any fruit. The Sun is selfless, follows the eternal order of the Universe – Dharma – and sets the example for all else to follow. Unsullied, it is pure effulgence given to all bodies in the Solar System, and all forms of life on Earth.

There is only one sun in the sky. We can see its reflection in rivers, dams, and ponds. The Sun is only one. But wherever there is water, you see its reflection. Pour water in a plate, and you can see the reflection of the sun even in that water. When the sun is shining above, you can see its reflections in all tanks. Even where the water is dirty, you can see its reflection. This means that the Sun shines on the unselfish and selfish alike; the Sun does not discriminate in its shining and heat.

 

 


Om ghrnibhrte namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the Hot and Shining One, filled with Heat.

 

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