Today is the Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. It is the day of Uttarayana when the Sun turns daily more and more towards the north for a six-month period which is considered holier than the other six months. Pongal means boiling over, spilling over of milk, that is to say, the heart must spill over with delight at the great lessons that the Uttarayana teaches us. The Sun is the presiding deity of the eye as well as the intellect, and when the Sun turns north we must also decide to turn towards the holy path of God- realisation. When Arjuna and Duryodhana were together with Sri Krishna to seek his help during the Kurukshetra war, Arjuna chose the path of God while Duryodhana preferred the path of material power. The more riches you accumulate, the more bound you become, and the more worry, anxiety and fear you get into. If one has God on one side, what can one not achieve! (Divine Discourse, Jan 15, 1979)
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