8. Makara Shankranti-5.
In fact, the sun itself symbolises all that the Pongal festival stands for.
The message of the sun is the message of light, the message of unity, of impartiality, of true selflessness, of the perfection of the elements of Karma Yoga.
The sun shines on all equally.
It is the true benefactor of all beings.
Without the sun, life would perish on earth.
It is extremely regular and punctual in its duties, and never claims a reward or craves for recognition.
If you imbibe these virtues of the sun, what doubt is there that you will shine with equal divine lustre!
He who dwells in the sun, whom the sun does not know, whose body the sun is, and by whose power the sun shines—He is the Supreme Self, the Indweller, the immortal Essence.
Tat Twam Asi—“That thou art”. Realise this and be free here and now on this holy Pongal or Makara Shankranti day.
This is my humble Pongal prayer to you all.
To be continued ...