My family and I just returned from the beach yesterday. Due to a cracked car wheel, a two-night jaunt became a five-night excursion. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to really talk with my kids while bobbing in the ocean and walking the beach. They grow up fast. Time to share our thoughts and feelings is precious.
My favorite time at the beach is early morning. Then the five elements seem to be in perfect balance.
Akasha (space), ruled by Vishnu, is the open sky above… cool and brisk in the early a.m.
Air, ruled by Surya, is delicately palpable as the rays of the sun twinkle the air and radiate gentle beams upon which Surya’s seven horses run… looking just like the pictures of Him on his chariot coming straight out of the sun.
Fire: The rising sun creating a display of liquid golden clouds in the horizon… Mother Divine’s soft presence of celestial fire causing every beach goer to stop for a least a moment to gaze in awe.
Water: Ganesh, the ocean, thrives before you… feeling His presence lively… abundant… dynamic… powerful, yet pacifying.
Earth: the solid sandy terra beneath your feet and between your toes connecting your being to solid earth… Shiva.
Walking on the beach pacifies the five elements within and all around you.
Returning home to Mount Soma was a joy. The air was sweet, the mountains pristine, the vegetation lush and thriving. Even my younger daughter smiled at how we all delighted and commented on the serenity of the mountains as we drove the last mile and through the gate upon our return home.
Shiva dwells in these mountains. Parvati is known as the Goddess of the Mountains. Here, late at night and in the early morning, you can even feel Sat Yuga whispering the promise of its return.