The Vaisakh Festival
We have just entered into the full moon phase of Taurus, which culminates tomorrow at 05:36 CEST. This full moon is considered to be of a particular importance in spiritual circles, being called the Vaisakh (Wesak) Full Moon of Buddha Purnima, the full moon, where Buddha found enlightenment. It is also worshipped as the full moon of Spiritual Hierarchy, the Masters of Wisdom, which are the guiding Light for humanity. I tried to illustrate these central ideas in a painting I did last year, called “Taurus – Receiving the Milk of Wisdom”:
In the Vedas Taurus, the Bull, represents the sound principle. Creation is also called the roar of the bull whose sound fertilises consciousness.The roar, the influx of energy into our system, is coming from Rohini or Aldebaran in Taurus. The bull thus also symbolises the Divine Word which is received by Spiritual Hierarchy in the month of Taurus as the Plan for the year. Allegorically the bull is represented as Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Incessantly he looks at Lord Shiva who sits there in the form of a lingam.
So for the picture I took a photo of the constellation of Aldebaran in the constellation of Taurus, then placed the head of the bull, from an Indian temple, in the upper centre and on the head of the Bull a picture of Buddha. I made a photo of a lingam and arranged a waterfall on it. Then I placed around it many pictures of the great Masters of Wisdom, with Lord Maitreya, the head of the Hierarchy, and his team of co-workers in the middle. All is done on the background of deep blue, symbolising the energy of Love and Wisdom. The cosmic wisdom is regarded as the milk of the Divine Cow, the universe, and here it is flowing down from the cosmic heights.
You can read hear some inspiring texts from Sri Kumar about the Vaisakh Festival, as a help for your full moon meditation. And the following video shows scenes of the festival in a valley near Mount Kailash, where it is celebrated since times immemorial. So it substantiates that it is not, as has been supposed for a long time, a fanciful idea of esotericists.