Basant Panchami 2021: All around us, we have started to see nature turning a new leaf, filling up the bare branches on the trees with foliage, flowers that have started to bloom and air filled with fragrance emanating from these flowers, the skies that have becomes less ominous, static rivers start flowing again as the sun finally reaches the mountains that happily open their arms and release their icy demeanour. Nature, thus is blissfully announcing that after the damp cold winters, spring has finally arrived.
The chirping of birds and the moonlit nights have both become pleasant to hear and watch. The sky takes on a new hue of blue and the air becomes light and refreshing. This indeed is an important season for farmers, as their crops begin to ripen in the fields and it is about time for harvest. Beauty of this season gives a much-awaited lease of energy to all living beings to start afresh. Spring due to its many positive and happy qualities, is thus considered the king of all seasons.
Everyone celebrates the festival of Vasant or Basant Panchami on the arrival of Spring. Announcing an end to the Winter season, Spring season is a pleasure for all living beings, as temperature remains equanimous during the entire season, neither too cold nor too hot. But then it slowly but surely starts to heat up, as the summer season begins showing it’s strong presence. There are many festivals that are celebrated in India and several parts of the world at the time of gloomy winter into a blooming spring. These are different everywhere, connected to numerous traditions, religions, cultures, days and various predominant deities are also worshipped. Basant Panchami is one such festival celebrated especially in Northern India.
Basant Panchami 2021 (Vasant Panchami) Date
The festival of Basant Panchami 2021 is on Tuesday, 16 February this year.
Meaning of Basant Panchami
The word Basant is taken from the Sanskrit word Vasant which means spring and Panchami means fifth. According to Hindu Panchang, this festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of shukla of Magh month according to the Indian calendar. On this day, Goddess Saraswati, the Godmother of Knowledge, is worshiped with all pleasantries and rituals.
Significance of Basant Panchami
This festival marks the arrival of Spring and is also celebrated as the Festival of Kites. On this day, most of the people wear yellow colour clothes and various yellow coloured delicacies are cooked in every home (yellow colour is considered a symbol of prosperity, energy and warmth), significantly associated with sunflowers and mustard that grow in the fields of Punjab and Haryana.
Yet, all these activities are done without them being inscribed anywhere in our holy scriptures. This is due to the fact that people are not familiar with the way of True worship, which has been validated by knowledge given in holy scriptures as well.
History of Basant Panchami
Basant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati. She is the daughter of Brahma ji ( the eldest son of Kaal and Durga ) and is considered as the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and art. As per Hindu mythology, Saraswati had appeared from the mouth of Brahma on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of Magh month. Because of this reason, it has become a ritual to worship Saraswati on Basant Panchami. It is believed that if one worships her on this day, Goddess Saraswati is pleased with the devotee. But this is wrong as a person gets only that much in his life as it’s written in his destiny by Dharmrai until he worships supreme God Kabir.
Why Is Basant Panchami Considered Auspicious?
The festival of Basant Panchami is also considered auspicious for the education of children. In school, colleges and in many educational institutions this festival is celebrated by organising various cultural programs. The songs and performances are especially devoted to the Spring season or Basant and Goddess Saraswati.
No emphasis on Girls Education
In earlier times there was no emphasis on girls education. Ironically, on one hand Indians worshipped Goddess Saraswati who is herself a woman, on the other hand, the girls and women in the families were not allowed to go out to study and follow their passion. It was as if the human mind was buried under the veil of ignorance, which had just begun to rise a few decades ago. Whether one believes it or not, all this has happened only by the grace of Almighty Kabir Sahib.
All the darkness surrounding the human soul is beginning to see the light of a new dawn of consciousness. There is a big reason behind why education has become so important now, which is clearly mentioned with proof, in the pious book “Gyan Ganga”, a Pandora box of true spiritual knowledge or Tatvagyan based on all scriptures, which has been opened for us by the grace of Jagatguru Tatvadarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj.
Deities Also Worship God Kabir Sahib
There are crores of Gods and Goddesses worshipped in every nook and corner of India and the world by all races and creeds of human beings, who have actually forgotten the Supreme Power (Kabir Saheb). Though, all these deities also worship the One Almighty Kabir Saheb. This strange phenomena is due to the memory lapse and false subjugation of the soul by Kaal or the Devil and his illusion (Mayajaal) consisting of the Aadi Maya or Durga and their three sons, Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh.
Now as we all are educated, we can decipher fact from fiction and begin understanding who is the One Supreme and what is written in our scriptures about Him. The fact is that, it is not actually the Goddess Saraswati who imparts knowledge but it is exclusively the One Supreme (Kabir Saheb).
What Is the Aim of the Soul Taking Birth in a Human Body?
Human beings have forgotten the most essential aim of taking a birth in this human body and are wasting time in decking themselves up, e.g. with yellow coloured clothes on Basant Panchami. It has been stated by Kabir Sahib that a devotee should not fall into these false practices which are nowhere mentioned in our scriptures.
The main aim of human beings is to attain salvation (Moksha) by practising True worship which is scripture based. Almighty Kabir Saheb mentioned in His verses that one should take Naam Diksha (initiation) from a Tatvagyani or an Enlightened Guru. Without it (the secret threefold mantra) the purpose of the soul getting this precious human birth is futile. It is as futile as a farmer preparing the field for the next crop, then leaving it without sowing seeds.
Naam bina soona nagar, Padya sakal mein shor|
Loot na looti bandagi, Ho gaya hansa bhor||
Adli aarti adal ajooni, Naam bina hai kaya sooni|
Jhoothi kaya khaal luhaara, Ila pingla sushman dwara||
It actually does not matter whether one consumes yellow coloured delicacies on Basant Panchami or don’t. There is no real logic behind it, as it is nowhere mentioned in our scriptures to do so. One should thus, avoid following such false practices which are against our religious scriptures and should take the refuge of a True Saint, to learn and decipher what the scriptures are actually telling us, the Tatvagyan or deep spiritual knowledge hidden in our holy texts.
Supreme God Kabir Saheb mentions that right now you are enjoying this delicious food, the physical strength, power and position as a human, but after becoming an animal in next birth, you might even have to eat the faeces from the streets.
Nar se fir pashuva keejae, Gadha-bael banayi|
Chappan bhog kahan mann baure, Kitte kuradi charne jaai ||
Who Is the True One Supreme Whom We All Should Worship?
Knowledge about the One Supreme and His way of worship, is clearly mentioned in our scriptures. There is clear evidence that the One True God is none other than Kabir Sahib. Moreover, it is validated by Saint Garibdas, Guru Nanak, Saint Dharamdas and many other saints who have themselves seen the Satpurush/ Parameshwar/ Akaal Purush/ Aadi Raam (i.e. Kabir Saheb) sitting on His throne in Satlok/Sachkhand/Amarlok/Shashvat lok.
Saint Garibdas has glorified the beauty of Satpurush in His verses. He mentions that only Kabir Sahib is the One Supreme Power who has created the Universe and only by following Him one can attain True knowledge about the One True path that will lead to Supreme Salvation (Poorn Moksh).
Bhagvad Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 4 states that one should search for that Supreme God in the Supreme state who is the One who created this Universe and all souls. Once the pious souls, through true worship, can cut through the web of (old paap karmas) sins which are the main hurdles in attaining salvation, they do not return to these lower worlds of Kaal.
What Are the Attributes of a True Saint?
The principal attribute of a True Saint is that He describes the true way of living of this totally fragile and temporary human life and the pathway to attain true salvation (Poorn Moksh). The Tatvagyan or True Spiritual knowledge given by Him is proven from all religious scriptures.
Saint Garibdas has mentioned the same in His Verses that the True Saint would have complete knowledge of all the holy scriptures:
Satguru ke lakshan kahoon, Madhure baen vinod|
Chaar ved shat shastr, Kahae athaara bodh||
And true to the words of Garibdas ji, Tatvadarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the only one who has explained the true essence and hidden knowledge in all scriptures, 4 Vedas, 6 shastras and 18 Puranas.
Oh, pious Souls, without wasting a single moment, make true efforts to understand this precious knowledge and take Naam Diksha (Initiation) from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj. It is only through this True path that the soul can return to the Eternal Kingdom, and attain freedom from the clutches of Kaal Niranjan/ the Devil by finally cutting through all the illusions created because of his Mayajaal.
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