“Just open the window of your inner world and allow the beautiful experience of sunrise to blossom within,” writes Pratiksha Apurv in Speaking Tree, India, on January 6, 2018.

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The rising sun has great inner significance. Not just to herald the new morning right after the dark night, but also the new rhythms and vibrations within existence. The entire universe — including the trees, birds and flowers — wake up to the rising sun. When we listen to the birds chirping and see the flower petals open, we remember that the sunrise is not just a great happening on the outside. If we are alert and aware, then the sunrise is also happening deep within us. Something within ourselves is also awakened with the first rays of the sun. We just need to be sensitive and available; we just need to be receptive. Like the outside world, we need to open the inner door to let the new dawn enter within. Just open the window of our inner world and allow the beautiful experience of sunrise to radiate within ourselves — this experience is beyond anything earthly.

The New Dawn

The Surya Pranam Mantra is really blissful and has deeper meaning in praise of Surya, the Sun God: “Om Jabakusum Sankasyang Kashayapeyang Mahadutyim, Dhantaring Sarbapapeghnya, Pranatahashmi Dibakaram”— “I bow to him, the son of sage Kashyap, whose colours are like flowers, the one who is known as destroyer of darkness, all sins, and ignorance and provides life and daylight.”

The mantra is not just talking about daylight, but also of the dark ignorance within oneself. The new dawn, the rays of the sun, and fragrance within oneself, destroys darkness, creating godliness within us. The Buddha in the painting is that godliness with the new dawn, the illuminated one and the moment of enlightenment bringing sunshine that is full of bliss and consciousness. The dried branch of a tree, barren of any leaves, depicts the empty state of mind minus all its dreams and delusions. Only in this state of no-mind can the new dawn be experienced and a state of godliness discovered.

Osho says the new dawn is possible but one has to be ready for it with an open heart, total awareness and acceptance. “The sun may have risen but if we keep our inner doors closed, then it is still night for us. It may be that the whole world is full of light but we can still keep our eyes closed and remain in darkness. So remember, everything depends on us. The night is over: a part of our consciousness which was asleep becomes awake, fresh, rejuvenated, cleaner, and younger after the rest.” He also says that the night may become even darker sometime, but remember that the darker the night becomes, the closer it is to the dawn and there are moments when one should rejoice in the darkening night, enjoy the beauty of the stars and be ready for the new dawn.

Whatever is valuable, whatever is beautiful, whatever is best, whatever is true, whatever is auspicious in life is found only by a receptive mind. The grace of existence is showering continuously and one has to recognise it, one has to receive it. It has a sound but one needs to listen to the night leaves falling and the new leaves taking their place while flowering within. It is existence renewing itself with each dawn. This transformation in total awareness within us will deepen the connection with the whole of existence.

Kabir says, “Chanda jhalkai yahi ghat maahi, andhi aakhan sujhe naahi, Yehi ghat chanda, yehi ghat sur, yehi ghat gaaje anhad tur, Yehi ghat baaje tabal-nisheen, Bahira shabd dune naahi kaan”— “The moon is shining in my body and both moon and sun are within me, but my blind eyes cannot see them. The unstruck drum of eternity is also sounding within me, but my deaf ears cannot hear them.” Kabir concludes the poem beautifully by saying that “Mruga haas kasturi baas, aap na khoje ghaas.” He says the musk is inside the deer, but instead of looking within, it wanders in the forest in quest of plain grass.

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