Thursday 14th January
Shri Mataji in Her form of Form of Shri Shakumbhari Devi, as the Goddess of Vegetables and fertilization, was worshipped as the bestower of all eatables that are grown on the Mother Earth.
Vegetables and fruits were offered at Her Holy Feet and also a lot of flowers and gifts by yogis who had come to celebrate the occasion.
Following is a short excerpt from Makar Sankranti Puja, India,14.01.1987
"Today is the day where we celebrate the change of the axis of the Sun and that He moves towards the tropic of cancer. Tropic of cancer is the one which represents the motherhood, the motherhood of the earth.
This tropic of Cancer has passed through quite a big area of land while the tropic of Capricorn has not. And the area through which it has passed it has created different beautiful manifestation of the motherhood qualities on this earth. We celebrate this change because the Sun has now moved into the new dimension so that all over the world there will be the warmth of the Sun.
Warmth of the Sun represents the warmth of God’s love. This is the reason why we celebrate this festival by giving you some sort of a sweet made out of sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are given because they are also heat giving and now as we are coming from the cold, we come to the hot season, in a way hotter season, so to prepare you with that warmth of the Sun. These special things are made out of the seed of sesame to represent the oncoming warmth and the warm of the sun. Though in India the heat is too much, still people are waiting for this time to come in and they celebrate it with such a warm heart. At this time it is said that they give you this 'sesame seed and the sugar' to eat, but now you must speak in a sweet manner, 'gud - good bola' means you must speak in the sweet manner.
Speaking in the sweet manner is very important. Some people think it is smart to speak in a rude manner or is very intelligent to shout on people, but no one likes this kind of a personality. You may be intelligent, you may be very sharp or smart, maybe on a television people may like to see you, but not as companions, as friends. To speak in a very sweet manner is a sign of good breeding, good culture and fear of God. Those who fear God will never speak rudely to another person, because in another person also the same spirit is shining and why should we be sharp or angry with another person who is created by God Almighty as we are created".
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