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.

オーム・アムリテーシュワリエイ・ナマハ

冬至の日の出は素晴しいものでした。

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.

冬至点から日が長くなって行く、と言う事実は、ちょっと恥しいのですが、インドに行くまで知りませんでした。12月21日のシカゴでは、日照時間がわずか9時間8分でした。6月21日より、何と6時間以上も短いのです!日照時間は、今から1週間後には1分間、大晦日には3分間、そして2013年3月20日の春分の日にはちょうど3時間長くなります。

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.

冬至は冬の暗闇の終焉の始まりを表しています。よって、ギリシア、ローマ、ペルシア、シリア、エジプト、そしてバビロニアと言った古代文明では冬至日に太陽神を祭るしきたりがあったと語られています。それは、我々の精神的な暗闇の終わり、つまり光の「再生」を祝うものでした。

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

歴史ではありふれたことではありますが、面白いのは、現代のキリスト教のしきたりの一部が古代文明に由来していると思われます。イエスの帰依者にとっては、イエスの誕生は暗闇、無知さ、そして身勝手さの終焉の始まりなのです。

オーム・ナマ・シヴァーヤ

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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