The spring equinox is approaching, the days are gradually getting longer and soon the light will prevail. We will enjoy the warmth of sunlight and the beauty of blossoming nature. Once again we are having a chance to partake in a revival of life.
The rejuvenating power of spring embraces all aspects of life. There are many celebrations related to it. I would like to draw your attention to one – resurrection. In Christianity the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated at Easter (which is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox). In Ancient Egypt, it was a spring equinox when the goddess Isis breathed life into the dead body of heavenly Osiris and engendered their son Horus (though the most well-known Osiris celebrations were conducted in autumn). In spring there was a festival celebrating the resurrection of the Phrygian god Attis. The list of such festivities is endless.
The renewal of nature reminds us of the unity of Life beyond the duality of change. But this renewal is not just a cyclical repetition of the same thing, it is another turn of the helix of evolution. When a god is resurrected, he does not remain in the same world, he ascends to a higher realm opening a path to eternity for those who follow.
When Osiris – the just and wise first mythical ruler of Egypt and, according to legend, a great civilizer of the whole world – was revived by the magic of his spouse Isis, he became the ruler of the world beyond, the Lord of Eternity and Maker of Everlastingness. From then on he presided over the judgment of the soul, and welcomed to his realm everyone whose heart is as light as the feather of Maat, the Goddess of Justice.
The Christian story tells of the resurrection through which Jesus redeemed the sins of the whole of humanity and opened the possibility of eternal life. He conquered death and brought salvation.
The celebration of resurrection is a special experience through which a person rediscovers within that which is imperishable, and on that basis renews and rebuilds their life. The old order and everything connected to it, like habits and mechanical mind-sets, is not possible anymore as a new order is born. It is a chance to purify and transform the burdens, the trials and the challenges of the past, and to let the new you come to life.
Let us embrace the spring with all its mysteries, purifying ourselves from the old perishable materials we carry, and open our heart and mind to the power of renewal.
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