The Significance of Dakshinayana
As we move into Dakshinayana, Sadhguru tells us the significance of this period of the year.
 
 

As we move into Dakshinayana, Sadhguru tells us the significance of this period of the year.

Sadhguru: Dakshinayana is the time when the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the Earth’s sky in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Dakshinayana is significant in the life of anyone who is doing any kind of yoga. In this phase, your relationship with the planet is very different than what it is in the northern run. Particularly for those of us who are living in the northern hemisphere, it is very significant that the sun is now moving south and the planet is moving in an anticlockwise direction. These together produce a certain impact on the human physiology. All the practices we do have been structured keeping this aspect in mind.

It was during this time of the year that Adiyogi turned south and became a Dakshinamurti – he began to transmit the fundamentals of the yogic science to his first seven disciples, who are now celebrated as the Saptarishis. It was not on a whim that he decided to turn south. He turned south because the sun turned south. The southern run of the sun became significant because this was the first phase of the teaching. This became the sadhana pada where he taught the Saptarishis what they should do. The northern run or Uttarayan is referred to as the samadhi pada or kaivalya pada. It is a time for realization.

These six months are the sadhana pada and this time is important because now you can do the right things.

The sadhana pada is always more important because in the process of making anything happen, the most important thing is to do what is in our hands right. What is not in our hands, we only have to wait. Sadhana is something which is in our hands – we can do something about it. It may be a lesser dimension than the other but it doesn’t matter, it is in our hands. It becomes important because we can make it happen.

Watering and putting manure to a plant is important. Flowers will come as a consequence of that. It is not our doing. This is just like that. These six months are the sadhana pada and this time is important because now you can do the right things. If you do the right things, when the time to harvest comes, the right kind of harvest will come.

Editor's Note: Check out the lyrics of the song, Dakshinayanam, in English and Tamil.

 
 
 
 
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4 years ago

Earth’s axis is not perpendicular to the Sun. This means the Sun does not lay always directly above the equator.In fact, it is sometimes to the north and sometimes to the south of the equator. The alternation of these configurations creates the seasons on Earth. tilt in the axis has on the length of days and nights at various latitudes in the two hemispheres. So with respect to earth the sun apparently will seam to move south during this period, due to the tilt in axis in which earth rotates

5 years ago

Thank you for sharing the wisdom Guruji.. However, would you please share what should be done? The article speaks of doing the right things.. may be a naive question... however, an answer to my ignorant and less wise question will be highly appreciated...

4 years ago

It was said in a relative context( Dakshinayana is the time when the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the "Earth’s sky" in the northern hemisphere of the planet.), watch The Tide of Time by Sadhguru

to know the immensity of him. Trying to find a fault will not make idiots like you intelligent. Get a life for yourself

4 years ago

Such clear thoughts and directions can come only from realised beings! Thank you, you made my day..

5 years ago

"... it is very significant that the sun is now moving south...", Sun moving around the earth!, which century Sadhguru lives in?

4 years ago

I don't want to go in this discussion as yet, but to give you a tip on the new science that is emerging, Space time is curve because of gravity so is the earth!!!

5 years ago

" Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the Earth’s sky " , if you see the point of sunrise and try to draw a graph, you will find that the trace will be towards south. Does it mean that sun is rotating around earth? I don't think so

1 year 2 months ago

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5 years ago

the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the "EARTH'S SKY" .. read it carefully , it is understood that it is written with reference to earth not the solar system..

5 years ago

Notwithstanding the correctness of your point, but that is a line taken out of context, so it reveals a completely incorrect information, as Sadhguru is used to in his communication of suggesting how we would perceive as Dakshinayana is happening (sun is moving southward), which is not technically correct, but we need to get the essence, else he knows it well that earth moves and sun is stationary.

5 years ago

But to one on the surface of the Earth, it is moving south.

5 years ago

Subhash, do you know how seasons are formed (if not read a science text of class 4, to know it)
There is a phenomenon called summer solstice (Utharayana) and winter solstice (Dskinayana).

As regards to your centuries question, if you are born in Bharat (India) even in previous centuries, you would know that, earth was round (as in kurmavatharam of dasavatharam) and that earth revolves n rotates - Dharthi (something which moves), unless you are born in western culture where they believed earth was flat, even as Copernicus was poisoned to death for his discovery.

4 years 11 months ago

Subhash, during sunrise turn towards east and note the point of sunrise with respect to the Earth. Now after few more days or once in a month note the point of sunrise again. Do it for a year. You would notice that the point of sunrise moves towards south(I dont mean Sun raises in the south) but the point of sunrise moves slowly towards south direction.Similarly it moves towards north in another part of the year. These are changes that are referred to Uttarayana and Dakshinayana. Now after one year you can turn towards east and draw an imaginary line in the horizon from south to north which the sun had traced. Well, I observed long back when i was a kid say less than 12 years of age or so.

4 years ago

am a student of Space science and technology from Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden. Its world known phenomenon, that the Earth is moving around the sun, But when you look from the Earth's sky, ( that is what he apparently mentioned ), the Sun is revolving around the Earth. Even we engineers will take it that way for simplifications of the calculations.

Do this : Look at the sky daily. Take a snap shot of the Sun at any particular time, say 17.30 in the evening, at the exact place daily and plot it on a graph for an year. You will get it get a graph called Analemma. Look at the Image 1. If you take the snap shots daily and join it, you will get the image 2. This is like Shape 8. The topmost point is where the Summer solstice takes place at June 21. The bottom most point will take place at Dec 22. This is the wintter solstice. The crossing point at 8, which would take place for 2 times is called the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes some times around April 15 and August 31. So Dakshinayana mean, the sun virtually moves form the top point on the graph to the bottom point. If you do the same procedure on Mars, you will get some thing like Image 3. Hope you have understood.

Moral: We need to do some little reading and internet search before commenting on what elders have said. Sumam answered the century question rightly! Have you need more scriptural proof, with chapter number and verse number, I can provide you !