Towards Progress in Life…
Resolve to take your life towards Uttarayana i.e. towards elevation, towards Light, towards Enlightenment.
(Excerpts from the Satsang of Pujya Bapuji)
The dawn of Uttarayana marks the onset of Brahmamuhurta of gods. And it is with the onset of Uttarayana that the propitious period of attaining secular and spiritual knowledge is supposed to begin. All auspicious acts and those intended to attain perfection or powers are undertaken after the commencement of Uttarayana, the Brahmamuhurta of Gods.
‘The enlightened yogis, who after their death proceed through the path in which are stationed the all-effulgent fire-god and the deities presiding over daylight, the bright fortnight and the six months of Uttarayana in that order, are successively escorted by the above gods to the abode of Lord Brahma.’
(The Srimad Bhagwad Gita: 8.24)
Grandsire Bhishma’s body was pierced all over by arrows which served as his bed. He noticed that the sun was in Dakshinayana and hence it was not the best time to embrace death. Hence he waited 58 days for Uttarayana while lying on the bed of arrows. Bhishma Pitamaha had attained a boon from his father Shantanu that death would befall him only when he desired it.
The rule of waiting till Uttarayana may not be applicable to all. Those who have realized the Brahman here in this world itself, who know Supreme Brahman like Lord Brahma does, need not bother about Uttarayana and Dakshinayana. Ordinary people also have nothing to do with Uttarayana and Dakshinayana.
Those who aspire to go to heaven or the worlds of their chosen deities don’t need to die in Uttarayana. But those who have been initiated into the path of Brahmajnana and want to go to Lord Brahma’s abode proceed through the path of Uttarayana after death.