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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.

If you want to read more about the spiritual significance of Taurus, see here the Letters on Spiritual Astrology. You can also download here the painting in a high resolution.

6 Responses to “The Vaisakh Festival”

  1. Kaliprasad. Says:

    ThanQ very much my dear Brothern “Flowers on the Wayside” for posting such an wonderful & High Valued Spiritual and Divine Message in respect of “Vaisakha Poorrnima” i.e. Full Moon day of the “Taurus” …

    With Divine Love,

  2. Flowers on the Wayside Says:

    Thank you for your kind comment. With Light and Love

  3. Julie Oxford Says:

    We love your Vaisakh “Buddha-Bull”, thank you, thank you.

  4. Fred Says:

    But where is Buddha, Maitreya and Sanat Kumara?
    Where is Buddha as a light-point for eight minutes?

  5. Flowers on the Wayside Says:

    Buddha you see at the very top of the picture above the bull, Maitreya just below the bull on top of the lingam. A picture representing Sanat Kumara can be seen at the left side of the lingam in the middle. For details you might use your visualisation.

  6. Fred Says:

    I meant in the Video, not the painting picture.

    At the website is to read:

    “The chanting and the rhythmic weaving grows stronger, and all the participants and the watching crowd raise their eyes towards the sky in the direction of the narrow part of the valley. Just a few minutes before the exact time of the full moon, in the far distance, a tiny speck can be seen in the sky. It comes nearer and nearer, and grows in clarity and definiteness of outline, until the form of The Buddha can be seen, seated in the cross-legged Buddha position, clad in his saffron-colored robe, bathed in light and color, and with his hand extended in blessing.”

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