Adhik Maas – A Month to Improve Yourself
The Science behind this month:
Indian Panchang is based on the movement of sun and moon, that’s why it is called Lunisolar Panchang. As per the movement of the moon, one month is equal to 29.53 days and a lunar year is equal to 354.37 days. A sun year is equal to 365 days. It means there is a difference of approximately 10 days between a lunar year and sun year. In three years, this difference becomes of 30 days, hence after every 3 years, one lunar month is added to the calendar. To be precise, this lunar month is added after 32 months, 16 days and 8 hours to keep lunar and solar calendars aligned.
What This Month Means
This ‘extra’ or added month is called Adhik Maas, or Purushottam Maas. This Adhik Maas is dedicated to Shri Hari Vishnu. There is no sun solstice (Surya Sankranti) in this month, means the sun does not change its sign.
Although we do not start any auspicious thing in this month, the cosmic energy during this month is very high. It is said in Holy Scriptures that all the qualities that are present in God, are given to this month. God is called Purushottam, means ‘best person’, this month is defined as ‘best month’, because this month helps us to bring out our best qualities. If we follow the rules provided for this month, we become the best version of ourselves. In one sentence this month can be described as, ‘the time frame that helps us, through divine cosmic energy, to bring out our best self is Adhik Maas.’
Benefits of Adhik Maas
As this time frame aligns the lunar and solar calendars, Adhik Maas helps to balance our mind and soul. Sun is the essence of our soul and Moon affects our mind, this month is inserted in the year to train our mind in such a way so as to align with the soul. It is the month to create a balance among our mind, body and the soul. It is a month to create a balance between our effort and our luck. Your efforts in this month help to dampen the problems that might come your way in the next three years.
Your luck as shown by planetary position and the remedies you want to undertake, is ten times more effective in this month. Any hymn chanting, puja or any other karmic activity are ten times more effective during this time period. Any good deed done in Purushottam Maas gives us many times more good result in comparison to any other time period.
As per Narad Puran, if we intelligently or unintelligently chant mantras, do holy bath and donation in this month, then it gives good results and ends previous bad karma and sin. There are no set rules and rituals for any worship and prayer in this month.
These four things are very important in Adhik Maas to create balance among mind, body and the soul: Fasting, Donation, Holy Bath and Mantra Chanting, including meditation.
Fasting, Donation and Holy Bath in Adhik Maas
Fasting as defined in our scriptures is done to purify our body and senses. Another meaning of Upwaas is, to spend more time with your Guru, mentor or anyone your think is more intelligent. Spending more time in religious activities is nurturing for the soul and it purifies our senses.
All of us think donation means giving away the money, but it is not correct. Our Holy Scriptures state the definition of donation as ‘giving anything that you have and is needed by someone’. Thus, if someone requires your time or compassion, giving that willingly is also a donation.
Vastu Shastra states that every place has a particular energy. Our holy bathing places have an immense positive energy that increases manifolds during Adhik Maas, hence going to these places and bathing in a holy river or pond purifies your body.
Mantra Chanting and Meditation
Chanting of mantra purifies our mind and meditation purifies our soul. Both of these purify our conscience. One should attain a higher level and understand the fact that ‘I am not this body but I am living in this body’.
अधिकस्य अधिकं फलः – Adhikasya Adhikam Falah
Means, whatever you do in Adhik Maas, you will get the result manifold. Be conscious of your actions and intentions in Purushottam Maas.
Adhik maas in 2020 – 18 September 2020 to 16 October 2020.
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