Hari Om !
This year in February, we already had one Annual Solar Eclipse on Feb 07, 2008 approximately lasting for an hour. Another Eclipse, Total Lunar Eclipse is going to occur on Feb 20, 2008 in US and Feb 21, 2008 in India.
Eclipse is an auspicious time for spiritual seekers. It is not just auspicious, but it is exceedingly rewarding. Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj has specified in his “Japa Yoga” book, that few malas of Japa done during Eclipse time with concentration, devotion and faith (or any sadhana for that matter), will be more than hundred times powerful. For Spiritual upliftment, overcoming the inner enemies of various negative tendencies that are obstructing our progress, this is God-given opportunity for us to appease Him more. If He is appeased, then the whole word is !!
If One Eclipse is not used, we have missed one golden opportunity in our spiritual life. Let us keep this in mind, and with all renewed enthusiasm plunge into whatever sadhana we are doing with more vigor on this eclipse day.
1. In Central Standard Time, Eclipse begins at 7:43 pm and ends at 11:09 pm on Feb 20, 2008. Refer to the map here:
2. For all other times in USA, refer to here:
Generally, it is not that the effect of sadhana during eclipse is possible only when it is visible to us. I don’t have any arguments to say no, but I personally think that we should look ourselves as tiny points and this earth as a small ball. Then there is no question of being visible or not. We will Definitely be influenced by the Eclipse even if it is not visible to us.
Yours, In Service of the Lord, and Gurudev,