108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #94



Om suryaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the the eternal flow of all that comes and goes.


 

glossary
su-jātayā — easily brought forth SB 6.3.32
sur Hin. sura San. m. the vedic solar demi-gods. Later, sura came to include all the divine inhabitants of heaven.
sūrya Hin., San. m. (aruna, bhānu, bhaskara, marīchī, prabhā-kara, ravi, sūr, sūraj, swar, vivaswant) the sun, the life-force of creation. (V. 883) ‘Of luminaries, I am the sun.’ (Bhg. X.21) ‘If a thousand suns were to rise in the heavens at the same time, the blaze of their light would resemble the splendour of [the] Supreme Spirit.’ (Bhg. XI.12) The sun is God visible (sūrya pratyāksha devata), and the measurer of time. Sūrya is a leading vedic god; being the symbol of higher consciousness and enlightenment, he rules and illumines the intellect (buddhi).
rita San. n. the divine cosmic order, through which God, man and the rest of the created world move in a universal pattern; the sanātana dharma, the established moral order, divine truth; righteousness.

 

The Sun symbolises the eternal order in the Universe. It also signifies those caught up in action have to experience the consequences of those actions if they do not abide the eternal order of the Universe. These experience coming and going, change and decay, old age and atrophy of the wisdom faculty.

The eternal order (ritam) reflects the flow of creation: jagat means coming and going; all is change, everything is in a state of change. There is no permanence in duality, the impermanence imposed on the fullness, the source, the sustainer and the receiver of all that exists.

When we light a lamp, the flame always flows upwards. It does not seek a downward path, nor a deviated path; it will always shape to an upward flame. To otherwise and block this flow is adharma (against dharma), the failure to allow the flow of creation, and hence, action against the eternal order of the Universe. Such action evokes reaction.

There is yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Sun is not shining yesterday and it is not shining tomorrow. The Sun is embodying the flow of creation in the present moment, which is omnipresent. All time, past, present and future exist in this moment of now.

 


Om suryaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the the eternal flow of all that comes and goes.

 

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