Gratitude and the Sun

In your journey through life, gratitude is the first auspicious quality you have to recognise within yourself. Krutajnyata कृतज्ञता is the Sanskrit word loosely meaning gratefulness, gratitude. Krutajnya कृतज्ञ isto be grateful’. Gratitude is the fundamental way in which you change yourself. If you cannot feel grateful then you are always going to be unhappy, your spiritual progress will be blocked and auspicious things will not come your way. Feeling gratitude in some way opens up every positive quality within you.

कृतज्ञ is a compound word composed of kruta कृत and ज्ञ jnya. Being grateful कृतज्ञ means you understand that positive work that has been done for you. You recognise that some auspicious activity has been performed for you. You acknowledge that you have been given some help. Something good has been made available to you and you know it. You realise that you have gained a prize by some blessings. You are aware that some vital action has been accomplished for you. You know that  you have received something precious. You experience this magic of receiving and this elevates your soul. This is being कृतज्ञ. If you cannot experience this uplifting emotion then nothing will go right for you and if you are in trouble you will remain there. Gratitude is the basic energy which helps you from the inside out. It is your choice to feel grateful कृतज्ञ, so choose to recognise this emotion.

I am still getting so many comments with personal details. I have already written about the sure-shot remedy to all your material problems in this post here. If you cannot do even this much for 5mins daily then here is a even tinier 30sec daily practice. Do this much at least. You are doing this for your own self. If you do not do it, no one but you yourself are going to suffer. Do this for 21days and it will become a lifetime habit.

When you wake up in the morning, go to your window, look at the skies. If your window faces the east, you will see the golden disc of the Sun blazing in the sky otherwise you will see his sun-rays lighting up the world. Look at him, his sun-rays and his light with your open eyes. Fold your hands in a Namaskar. Feel his golden power entering your body, mind and soul. Thank him for being there in the sky, giving so freely of his energy. He is so utterly beautiful, pure shimmery gold. Feel his beauty, his strength, his warmth on your face. If you know any Sanskrit mantra you can recite it mentally or express your gratitude in any language you are comfortable in or just keep your mind blank, be in the moment. Relax in the pure energy he is showering over you and the world before you. Do this very simple thing as you wake up and you will change yourself from the inside out. Just for 30 seconds, daily.

There are so many deities you can pray to, use as a focus for your intention, then why the Sun? The Sun is special, he is different. He is the consciousness you can actually see with your own eyes. You cannot see Brahmadev, Vishnu, Sarasvati, Ganapati, etc with your open eyes. The other deities are worshipped in their derived forms, eg in form of Vigraha or Moorti.  They are visualised in the Sa-gun forms. Eg Shankar is visualised with attributes like a beautiful man, brilliant skin color, blue colored throat, Trishul, sitting in Kailas etc. You offer kumkum, turmeric, flowers, Akshata, coconut etc to this Moorti and thus do your daily puja. This is the simple way of worshiping the Parabrahma in the Sa-gun form. More difficult is Sadhana of the Nir-gun form of the Parameshwar. When you do your Soham mantra, you are doing the most subtle Sadhana of the Nir-gun Advaita itself. You are focussing on the pure conscious energy directly. But all this might not make sense to those people who are still struggling on the spiritual route.

So the easiest Sadhana for everyone, irrespective of anything, is to focus on the Sun. Surya is the only ‘pratyaksha devata’. He is the only symbol of the radiant consciousness which is actually visible to everyone always. You just focus on the visible golden sphere of the visible Sun. (later as you go deeper within, he will show you more subtle aspects of himself. Nature of the Sun post here)

  • प्रत्यक्ष pratyaksha – manifested, explicit, visible, direct, can be sensed, can be perceived, self-evident, real, actual, immediate, clear, etc.
  • देवता Devata – image of the Parameshwar, moorti, divinity, radiance etc.


There are atheists or people who do not follow Sanatan Dharma or ‘modern’ people who do not believe in the Non-dual Consciousness. But even these people have to believe in the Sun visibly shining in the blue skies. If not in the spiritual sense then at least in the material sense? He is responsible for Life on Earth. His power maintains the planet Earth and us on it. All the processes on the Earth from the water cycle, plant life, animal life, everything depends on the Sun. If there were no Sun, there would be no Life.

We understand the concept of Time, Kaal with reference to the Sun. Colors, light, warmth, all concepts that we know are in relation to the Sun. Everything that we understand or do has the Sun as the reference point, either subtly or visibly. Without the Sun in the skies, we are nothing.

Sun, the Surya, is the original Jyotirlinga. He is auspicious, pure, the brightest light that we all see always.

  • Jyoti ज्योतिः is brightness, fire, eye, celestial realms, dawn/Sandhya, lightning, life etc.
  • Linga लिङ्ग is image, token, power of generation, power to cause change, spot, sign, reason, proof, a invariable mark which proves the existence of something, evidence, conclusion, mark, movement etc.

We all believe in the power of the Sun in some way or the other. It is only irrational and illogical people who perhaps don’t. Sun is the visible source of energy in every way possible. So acknowledge this strength, be grateful to him and give him this 30 sec of your undivided attention daily.

I have written a lot on the Sun. He is always available in front of you and his worship is the easiest, ie you offer him Arghya, plain regular water. It takes just 1 min to offer him Arghya. What could be more simpler? But if you feel this to be random superstition, then at least accept that his warmth keeps the Earth and you alive. You are here on the earth and you can see the Sun in the skies. Be grateful for this fact. Acknowledging it is just 30sec of your time daily. This is the beginning of gratitude, कृतज्ञता, your first step towards real understanding.

The tiniest things done with positive intention have tremendous cascading results. In Sanatan Dharma, practice is given prime importance. And no spiritual practice is small or big, all are valid paths. Choose something simple and do it daily. Keep reminding yourself of your pure connection to the Divine. Practice so that you Experience. Experience so that you can Transcend. And know that you are the Advaita yourself.


Today is a special day for me so thought of sharing this simple practice.

41 thoughts on “Gratitude and the Sun

  1. Vishakha January 23, 2021 / 10:16 am

    Dear Tejaswini, Hari Om!

    Your last line, that today is a special day for you, has prompted me to reply. Whatever may be the reason for this special day, may you be blessed a hundredfold for it.

    I am new to your blogs. I love them and feel from your writings that you are a blessed, authentic soul walking amidst the world to be Durga’s instrument.

    May the Sun that you have worshipped today through your words bring more and more Tejas upon you. Wishing you a very special ‘special’ day! Warm regards

    On Sat, 23 Jan 2021 at 12:30 PM, psychologically astrology wrote:

    > astrologerbydefault posted: “In your journey through life, gratitude is > the first auspicious quality you have to recognise within yourself. > Krutajnyata कृतज्ञता is the Sanskrit word loosely meaning gratefulness, > gratitude. Krutajnya कृतज्ञ is ‘to be grateful’. Gratitude is the fundam” >

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    • Amu January 23, 2021 / 11:24 am

      Wow amazing you are just a beautiful soul. Whatever you wrote I am experiencing everything in my life right now. I am ketu and learning everything with gratitude. I am 36 years old like u said in your article. A big thank-you for showing a ray of hope that I am on right track. But one thing is always a big confusion for me with rahu .. they people are doing bad, manipulations, lust .. and they are very happy .. enjoying every moment and we r struggling can u please explain why they r doing bad and still enjoying… We ketu get lots of lessons which make us cry with those thoughts create too much pain in head and neverending questions?

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      • astrologerbydefault January 23, 2021 / 12:17 pm

        Hi there
        why should you bother about what is happening to someone else? How do you know if he is really enjoying it or not?
        Everyone follows the law of karma which the inner conscience operates.
        focus on yourself, your life lessons, your karma and your progress, ignore the rest.

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      • amukaur3 January 23, 2021 / 12:27 pm

        I love your articles. Wow I am so happy to see beautiful souls like you helping others so gracefully. Thanks a lot for everything 😊😊😊


      • Amu January 23, 2021 / 12:20 pm

        I will try my best to ignore…. But when someone has done bad to you …. U can’t ignore sometimes… But I will follow what you say. Thanks for replying and motivating me


      • amukaur3 January 24, 2021 / 1:50 am

        Thank-you for a such wonderful article. I feel blessed that I got the opportunity to read your articles. It seems as if u have learned a lot inside which has given you a power to help people. I am trying my best to forgive and learn how to utilize the skills I have. So much going on inside me. Too many questions. Sometimes I recognize the blessings sometimes I cry for my mistakes. But your articles are answering my questions not all of them. It will take time I am exploring my inner world right now and it’s so beautiful. Thanks a lot . You must have same feeling when you came to know everything is inside.


      • amukaur3 January 24, 2021 / 7:07 am

        Once again thank-you … Very powerful article …. I think I will be to forgive one day may be soon … I am going to learn meditation. I read the way to do … In ur post…. I am ready to change …. But I feel I am blessed to have you on right time. ❤️❤️❤️


  2. Saroj Kumar Nayak January 23, 2021 / 10:56 am

    Thank you Ma’am… God bless you with all happiness and prosperity


  3. S January 23, 2021 / 11:00 am

    Such a timely post! I have been doing all the things you have recommended in all your earlier posts. Wakeup before sunrise, bath and take a moment to look at the beauty of the sunrise with gratitude not just awe and say om suryaha namaha. I really want to do arghya but have to get over all the mental blocks that have been put on us – only certain people can do it/men only can do it etc. I’m so hesitant to even recite the Gayathri mantra because of this. Have to get over so many fears and blocks that have grown so deep over the years due to lack of right information. Everything you say makes absolute sense..


    • Dr Yugal Tak January 23, 2021 / 11:31 am

      Respected. If you find arghy and Gayatri not feasible, than can do Aaditya Hridaya stotra . Equally working.
      Dr Yugal Tak


    • astrologerbydefault January 23, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      Hi there
      recite om, recite soham, recite the name of your family deity,
      any mantra/stotra that makes you feel happy on the inside.
      and there are no rules against women reciting the gayatri mantra
      but if you are a woman then you must follow the rules during your monthly cycle. that is the only rule. i wrote a post on this part.

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      • S January 24, 2021 / 12:22 am

        Thank you! The day I landed on your blog will always be the day that changed my spiritual life. Somedays there is fear because of all the new experiences I’m undergoing which at times are scary but I read and reread your posts and strongly stick to my stage 1 dhyan, 108 breaths and mantra and simple habits. Hoping it grows. Lots and lots of gratitude from me.


  4. Shala January 23, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    Gratitude is the most beautiful emotion I have known. I think if we turn to nature it can show us examples every single day. Some years ago, when I had to leave home to stay in college hostel for education, I was miserable in the sharing room alloted. It was cold dark damp and lot of other things which only hostel rooms can be.
    There was a tree outside my room window where in a little bulbul family was building it’s nest. I used to rush up to my window after evening classes to see them.
    One late evening there was a huge downpour, and the next day there was no trace of that little twig nest. But my room was still standing strong and I was safe from the onslaught of the rain.
    That day I sat down and prayed for those birds and thanked my stars for the roof over my head. Also was the last time I thought my room was not good enough. So yeah, nature always teaches us lessons in gratitude, if only we pay attention. 😀🙏


    • Viju January 24, 2021 / 12:28 am

      A very touching sharing…. I was moved to tears reading about the bulbuls. Life is so fragile. I am glad you prayed for the birds. Nature teaches a lot, but yes, we must stay aware. Otherwise we miss the lesson.

      Whatever inadequacies we may feel, there is a lot to be grateful for.


  5. Shankar January 23, 2021 / 1:06 pm

    Thanks for this deeply meaningful and moving post, and I am grateful that I came across your writing during a particularly difficult phase in my life. Thank you for the positivity Madam.


  6. Sakshi January 23, 2021 / 4:38 pm

    I was confused weather I need to do surya namaskar and how to do it after I read one of your other blogs about combust planets…tada…today early morning I got the answer through this post…Thankyou🙏😊


  7. Malu January 23, 2021 / 9:04 pm

    Thank you ma’am 🙏


  8. JD January 23, 2021 / 10:01 pm

    This made me happy. I have been doing this for years and my kids have started doing it to. I watched my dad to did and I copied that’s how it started for me.
    Wishing you a very special day! And many many more.


  9. Viju January 23, 2021 / 11:54 pm

    Dearest Tejaswiniji,

    I hope you had a most happy and memorable special day😊🎁💐 Wishing you many, many happy and blessed days ahead🍀

    Thank you for another great article👍🏻♥️ Actually there is always something to be grateful for everyday! Its a beautiful emotion to thank our beloved Sun for never failing to rise. And besides our Ishta devata we have our Supreme Parabrahma, the Formless Creator to thank for His love, guidance and blessings.

    I have loved all your other articles on Sun💖 I have also loved all your articles and your perspectives♥️♥️♥️♥️ Your blog is a great treasure and I have learned so much from it and continuing to learn. None of your articles are a one-time read, they are so profound, yet written in a beautifully simple, clear and captivating way! Many times in a day I mull over an article you have written. There are very few people in this world who share everything they know. Saying “thank you” feels somehow inadequate to express the depth of my feelings🙏🏻 Infinite thanks 🙏🏻 May God bless you always 🙏🏻

    Lots of love and gratitude


  10. A January 24, 2021 / 11:53 am

    Really grateful to have stumbled upon your blog 3 months ago at the right time it was most needed and it’s no surprise..

    And thank you so much for your willingness to share your precious rare & purest knowledge 🙏🙏


  11. Madhuri January 24, 2021 / 6:19 pm

    Amazing ! Your soul_felt perspective of experience that Lord Sun has on you has touched me Tej.

    Millions of feelings of Krutajnyata to you 🙂

    Often when i do the practices that you mentioned .. there is a sense of more meaning of life unto me on individualist level .


  12. Chaitali January 24, 2021 / 6:44 pm

    Immense gratitude ma’am for all that you share…for being that true guiding light!!


  13. A January 24, 2021 / 7:30 pm

    Really grateful for having stumbled upon your blog 3 months ago when needed the most and it was no surprise..

    Thank you Tejaswini ji for all you do and your willingness to share your immense rare & purest knowledge with millions of needy ones 🙏🙏


  14. ahambodham January 25, 2021 / 3:15 am

    Tons of gratitude Tejaswini ji 🙏🙏🙏

    Harih Om🙏


    • amukaur3 January 25, 2021 / 8:55 am

      Thanks a lot mam❤️❤️❤️


  15. Chaitali January 25, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    Dear Ma’am, how do we read planets sitting at 0 degrees in a sign. I have Venus at 0 degrees Aries, so would like to know how to understand this. Also ascendant at 0 degrees cancer and Sun at 0 degrees pisces. Thank you.


    • astrologerbydefault January 25, 2021 / 1:42 pm

      Hi there
      To begin with
      Check bhav chalit
      Check avastha
      Check if loser in graha yuddha
      Will partly affect 15 deg on either sides, so check if conjunction affects anything.

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  16. Simmi January 25, 2021 / 1:09 pm

    Dearest Tejaswini,

    How to tackle this if I life in a south facing apartment, no access to east. Will it work if we go argha to a sun deity photo ?


    • astrologerbydefault January 25, 2021 / 1:39 pm

      Hi there
      No windows facing east?
      Then face east visualise him and give it.
      Not to photo.


      • Simmi January 26, 2021 / 7:29 am

        Unfortunately just one window facing south. Also , is there any rules about where the temple in the house should go ? My apartment is quite small and all these vastu rules seem to be for houses that are big .

        What can we get away with in terms of placement etc ?


  17. Shala January 25, 2021 / 4:08 pm

    Maam, a lot of top political leaders charts across the world have a sun in libra or moon in Scorpio or sun or moon in dushtanas. As sun moon and ascendant Lord are pillars of a horoscope, does these placements have some role in the kind of governance we see across the world today, where personal power takes precedence over governance of people.?


  18. Directionless Fish January 28, 2021 / 12:32 pm

    Hello Ms Tejaswini- I hope you are having great day.

    I had a question about dream. Kanchi Periyava ( easily googled) came in my dream about 7 years back and and asked me to repeat a mantra to Him. I started wearing a single rudraksha about 2 years ago and it came off about 3 days ago. Not that I have become a better person because of any of these though I still cannot believe how merciful God’s grace has been to me.

    Your cancer acendent stuck a chord because my sign is cancerian not sure about ascendancy though and I am at a point last week or so where I seem to be disinterested even doing the bear minimum religious and spiritual practise that I was doing just short while ago

    I stopp d saying shiva shiva which was quite regular for me after I felt I committed a pretty grave mistake against kanchi Periyava

    What is it that you would recommend that I do get back into to get Periyava grace?

    I know it’s totally unrelated but with His mercy something will show me the light.


    • astrologerbydefault January 28, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      Hi there
      i have written posts on birth moon in cancer and birth moon in watery signs

      why do you feel that your Guru has stopped blessing you?
      a Guru is always with the shishya, in every situation. you can forget him but he never never forgets you.
      A Guru is the Parmeshwar, the Advaita, the Nirvishesh Brahma, always within you
      do the rituals/mantra prescribed by your Guru
      or do the simple things like, putting his photo as your phone wallpaper, or his photo on your desk etc,
      from my experince the simplest things are the most powerful. Visualise your Guru within your heart, it is the simplest and most powerful practice

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  19. Aprajita January 28, 2021 / 6:29 pm

    Hi Tejaswini Ji,

    I was reading your post on Mantras, Thanks a lot for explaining minutest details about Mantras, so just wanted to confirm that mantra ” Om Shri Guru Bhagwate Namah ” is a mantra given by our sages or is a new age mantra.

    Gratitude & Regards


  20. Aprajita January 29, 2021 / 1:40 pm

    Hi Tejaswini Ji,

    Thanks a lot for your kind response.
    Few days back I took Diksha from one of an old age Swami disciple of Ma Anandamayi of Bengal,

    She left her mortal body in 1982, and while she was alive She had given authority to 4 people to give Diksha, she never intiated herself.

    So now all 4 of them are not in their moral frame thatswhy I dun had option to get any direct Diksha from Ma herself or those 4 instructed disciples from her.

    This Babaji is also dikshit from her, so I took Diksha from him in which he gave this mantra to us.

    So now I am really confused because I also haven’t come across this Mantra ever.

    Is there any harm in chanting it?

    Gratitude and Regards 🙏

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    • astrologerbydefault January 31, 2021 / 10:39 am

      Hi there
      No one can comment on what your Guru/ Diksha Guru has taught you.
      It’s between u and him.

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  21. S January 30, 2021 / 2:31 am

    Respected Madam,

    In one of your earlier posts I read that if the energy channels are blocked and if you give more energy it may lead to a mini “healing crisis”

    1.How do we find out if we any of our energy channels are blocked?

    I’m asking this because I have always had a overheating problem with my physical body – random blisters, unexplained cuts…. I chalked it to be generally being pitta dominant. I never considered the birth chart part of it. I see that my 6th house has sun that has combusted mercury ( mercury itself is retro) If Sun has taken up another planet’s energy and it has become a massive ball of energy so we still focus on rebalancing Sun’s energy through Surya namaskar and also using the planet (that has combusted) mantra?

    Sorry I’m trying to understand –
    Sun has excess energy so we try to give it a channel to express like writing, painting, knitting etc
    Mercury has no energy – so we strengthen it through its mantra on Wednesdays?

    Thanks and much regards

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    • astrologerbydefault January 30, 2021 / 1:14 pm

      Hi there
      whatever you have in excess of find a outlet for it, else it will damage you,
      i had mentioned this in my posts on mangliks

      if some planet is low on energy, you give it more power consciously , eg mantra
      how do you know if its low on energy? look for pointers from its the house, sign, ashtakvarga, shad-bala, avastha etc,

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