ON ECLIPSE OF
THE MOON AND THE SUN
Question: The astronomical phenomena, the eclipse of the
moon or the sun, visibly stirs the Hindu world into great
religious activity. Why is such an occurrence as an eclipse
deemed opportune for a fresh flux of religious ferver,
particularly in the matter of perfecting some mantas?
Answer: The eclipse is purely an astronomical phenomena
and needs no explanation. There is, however, a germ of
spiritual truth behind the grotesquely colourful imagery of gods
and demons, their squabbles and jealousies for the nectar of
immortality, all ingeniously concocted by the priest-class to
flabbergast the superstitious masses and incidentally to fleece
The spiritual aspect of the question is this. The whole universe,
known and unknown, has come out of a point in the
microcosm which may be called the Creation point.
Simultaneously with this emanation two processes come into
play The Evolution and the Production.
The differences between the two processes is rather significant and must be
clearly understood. The process of Production is dependent
on the process of Evolution in sequence of causation, but
not in sequence of time. Evolution depends on the 'Creation
point' for cause, but Production is dependent on Evolution.
Evolution connotes spiritual progress and Production
signifies material growth and change, organic or inorganic.
It is scientifically acknowledged fact that the stellar regions,
planets and stars, do exert an influence on the life and activity
of this planet the earth. And since this earth of ours has the
highest evolved organic life, the human happens to be the
nearest to the spiritual plane; the phenomenon of eclipse does
indirectly affect the world spiritually.
The Rishis of old knew too well the astronomical basis and the
spiritual influence of such an heavenly occurrence. Looking at
the average mentality of the masses of their time, the Rishis
could do no better than issue cut and dried instructions as to
prayers, penance and austerities, investing the whole affair with
a religious importance rather than give a rational and spiritual
In course of time the religious 'do and don'ts' of
the wise Rishis were very cleverly woven round by self-seeking
priests, with a picturesque and awe-inspiring legend of the
gods, demons, nectar, the moon in travail and its subsequent
(Moksha) freedom for purposes too patent to thinking minds.
Such legendary superstitions persist and flourish with
ignorance and illiteracy, but now people are daily outgrowing
such childish beliefs.
There is, however, no denying the fact that a few prayers and
ordeals undergone with keen concentration, concurrently with
the eclipse of the sun or moon, do result in great spiritual
benefit to the individual concerned.
Originally from Meher Baba Journal
vol. 1, no. 4, February 1939, pp. 76-77
QUESTIONS MEHER BABA ANSWERED, pp. 56-57
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