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Celebration of birthday – Vedic method

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Than any festival that we celebrate, the most happiest and dearest festival is the day we are born, for which we wait eagerly trough out the year and celebrate it with full enthusiasm. As major of our culture is invaded or dominated by the western culture of celebration, so is birthday celebration too. Our ancestors also celebrated birthday, but in purely different method – Vedic Method.

What ever is done with vedic method has its own significance and scientific reason behind it, birthday celebration also has its own significance.

Nowadays birthdays are celebrated as per the English calendar. Celebrating birthdays as per the tithi (lunar day according to Hindu almanac) is more auspicious and has more spiritually beneficial. Let us find out the spiritual significance of celebrating birthday as per vedic method.

Birthday has its own spiritual significance.

A. Birthday is for expressing gratitude to God

Celebration of a birthday is for expressing gratitude to God for providing the opportunity to perform spiritual practice in the year gone by and praying to Him to continue granting similar grace in the coming year.

B. Birthday is the day to assess the spiritual progress of an individual

Birthday is the day of evaluating whether the sanskars that the individual has been exposed to, has been imbibed in its subtle-bodies. From a spiritual perspective, it is the day of assessment of one’s own individual spiritual progress. The day spiritual progress takes place signifies the true birthday.

C. Birthday is the day to enhance the ability to imbibe Chaitanya (Divine consciousness)

Birthday is the day to enhance the ability of an individual to imbibe Chaitanya through the benevolent waves obtained through the blessings of Deities upon invoking them. The individual harmonizes with the external atmosphere that has become sattvik due to Chaitanya-based process, and thereby attains internal stability.
History of birthday celebration:
In Satyayug, Tretayug and Dwaparyug (Third in the cycle of the four eras), spiritually evolved individuals were either invited to bless the person on his first birthday, or the child would be taken to such individuals for their blessings. The evolved individual would perform aukshan (Ritual of waving a lit lamp in front of the individual) of the child and, making an unexpressed resolve, would shower akshata (Unbroken rice grains smeared with saffron and used in ritualistic worship) on various parts of the child’s body, thus activating the chakras in those areas.
Saints would assess the spiritual progress of a person during the year and then bless

In Tretayug and Dwaparyug, several spiritually evolved individuals would visit a person and would bless it for rapid spiritual progress or the person would visit Saints to seek their blessings. After receiving blessings from the spiritually evolved, the individual would make sincere efforts towards spiritual progress. On the subsequent birthday, when the individual would go to seek the blessings of a Saint, He would evaluate the spiritual progress made by the person during the year and only then bless him.

Importance of celebrating the birthday as per the tithi

Blessings and good wishes bestow maximum benefit

Our vibrations match the tithi of our birth most. As a result, the blessings and good wishes of relatives and well-wishers are most effective on that tithi. Hence, the birthday should be celebrated as per the tithi.

Developing the prowess to combat obstacles in life

The waves present in the Universe on the birthday as per the tithi are conducive to the temperament and the attitude of the person. As a result, the sattvik and Chaitanya-enriched rituals performed on that day leave a deep impression on the subconscious mind of the person. As a result, the person develops spiritual prowess and the ability to combat obstacles in its future life.

Benefits of celebrating the birthday as per the tithi,as against the date of birth according to the English calendar

    • Effects on the body:
      • Since this act is related only to the physical body, the person benefits very little from the sattvik waves. As a result, the possibility of reduction in the covering of Raja-Tama on the person is less.
    • Effects on the nadis (Spiritual energy channels):
      • Even after performing aukshan, the sattvikta in the subtle-body of the person does not increase sufficiently, due to which mostly the Surya-nadiand, at times, the Chandra-nadi (Moon channel) gets activated; however, the person does not benefit spiritually.
    • Effect on the attitude of the person:
      • Since there is no rise in the sattvikta of the person, its extroverted attitude increases.
    • Effects on the body:
      • Sattvikta of the subtle body increases
    • Effects on the nadis (Spiritual energy channels):
      • Every moment after the commencement of the tithi, a person receives sattvik waves matching its subtle-body and which are necessary for the purification of the body. Hence, after performing aukshan, the Sushumnanadi of the person gets activated. If the spiritual level of the person exceeds 60%, the Sushumna-nadi remains active throughout the day.
    • Effect on the attitude of the person:
      • Due to increase in sattvikta of the person there is increase in its introverted attitude.

Ill-effects of celebrating birthday as per date

  • Celebrating birthday according to date means celebrating it according to English calendar. The English months are created by man. This count began from the birth of Christ. Since there is no Divine planning in it, individual does not get any spiritual benefit by celebrating birthday according to date. Besides, the English months being created by man, they contain active vibrations of ego too.
  • Due to the inappropriate acts performed by the people who celebrate the birthday according to date,Tama-predominant vibrations are attracted towards the individual whose birthday is being celebrated, a black covering develops around its body and it becomes extroverted : It is because of the acts such as wishing on the previous day at midnight, cutting a cake on birthday, blowing out candles etc., that Tama-predominant vibrations are attracted towards the individual whose birthday is being celebrated and a black covering develops around its body. All such actions lead to an extroverted attitude.’

Benefits of celebrating birthday as per the tithi
The subtle benefits of celebrating birthday as per the tithi and performing aukshan are as follows:

  • The vibrations at the time of the birth of a person are favorable to it.
  • Janma-tithi (lunar day of birth) makes available the favorable principles that were present at the time of its birth and the person benefits from them when aukshan is performed.On Janma-tithi, the position of stars and constellations is same as that during person’s birth. Therefore, the yearly Janma-tithi of a person helps obtain favorable Principles that were present at the time of its birth, which the person obtains after performing aukshan on that day.
  •  By utilisation of tithis the person obtains Chaitanya: The creation of tithis (Months and constellations) and their planning is done by Sages, ancient astrologers and mathematicians according to a certain plan of God. Therefore, a person receives more Chaitanya through them. On the contrary, English dates and months are created by man and their use does not give any spiritual benefit to the person.
  • Aukshan performed on a janma-tithi makes a person introverted and he begins to think about what all he or she achieved in the year gone by and what next he or she has to achieve in the coming days.
  • A person receives Sattva-predominant Principle from God on his janma-tithi which removes the black covering around it and one constantly receives those Principles throughout the day.


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