Play of the Elements

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

At both Sat Chandi Mahayajna and Yoga Poornima, I noticed the play of the tattwas, the elements. In the Sat Chandi Mahayajna, two opposing elements were active - water and fire. Water came in the form of rain. The flames in the vedi were extremely high. The pandits said they had never seen flames go up so high in any of the previous yajnas. I thought the straw roof would burn because of the high flames, and we started throwing water into the fire to control it. Every day was like a wild fire. Inside the vedi was the play of fire and outside the play of water. Water and fire are not complementary but opposing forces. Water means life and fire means vitality. Therefore, the energy of the Sat Chandi Mahayajna was vitality and life, and it gave us a new sense of hope in life and a new commitment to our dharma.

In Yoga Poornima, Shakti represented the wild aspect and Shiva the passive aspect. The strength of God is felt not in the raging storm but in the gentle wind. Yoga Poornima represented this gentleness. The raging storm and fire were the play of Shakti. The gentle and soothing power was felt in Yoga Poornima. It was subtle, transformative and all encompassing. The energy was auspicious and conducive to awakening faith, conviction and the determination to become better and reach higher.

—Ganga Darshan, 23 December 2010