Sunrise on the Winter Solstice 冬至の日の出

Aum Amriteshwaryai Namah

The sunrise on the morning of the Winter Solstice was also quite striking.



I am a bit ashamed to admit that until I went to India, I did not understand that the solstice is the day after which the amount of sunlight slowly increases each winter. On December 21, we had only 9 hours 8 minutes of sunlight in Chicago. That is over 6 hours shorter than June 21st! In 1 week, the days will be 1 minute longer, by New Year’s Eve 3 minutes longer, and by the Spring Equinox on March 20 2013, the days will be exactly 3 hours longer than today.


So, the winter solstice marks the beginning of the end of the darkness of winter. Thus, the festival of the Sun Gods in the Greek, Roman, Persian, Syrian, Egyptian, and Babylonian traditions were all said to have been conducted around the Winter Solstice – a celebration of the “rebirth” of the light that ends our spiritual darkness.


It is interesting to note that part of the Christian tradition as we know it today, was quite likely derived from those that preceded it, which is a common occurrence in history. For Jesus’ devotees, his birth signified the beginning of the end of an age of darkness, ignorance, and selfishness.

Aum Namah Shivaya



2 thoughts on “Sunrise on the Winter Solstice 冬至の日の出

  1. Rik Veda first sooktam starts with “Agnimeele Purohitam”, an invocation to Agni, Sun and Brahman.
    Sun rise is also auspicious to those who chant the Gayatri Mantra.
    To me, a sun rise at MACC represents Amma’s love and light.

  2. Om Amriteswaryai Namah, Shantaji, Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing us the beutiful photos and the spiritual explanation about the Winter Solstice. MA center Japan held the New Year’s eve program. It was clear and sunny on Jan. 1st in Tokyo. We were even able to see the bright snowy Mt. Fuji when we visited a shrine! It reminds me of Amma, who removes darkness of our ignorance and blesses us with the bright and beautiful light. Om Namah Shivaya

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