• The Six Seasons  


    The sidereal months of Sagittarius and Capricorn constitute Hemanta Rithu. ( Actually the lunar months constitute these Rithus, according to another theory ). The coldness has not left Kerala. This Hemanta Rithu will be there till the 12th of February. 

    Sisira Rithu, the sidereal months of Aquarius and Pisces, is very hot indeed. It normally starts from the 13th of February to the 13th April ! During this sixth season of India, hot spells are normal and more than 100 people perished last year due to sunstroke.

    Now it is still cold in the morning and even during midday. No need for air conditioners during this season.

    Evening is also characterised by cold winds. The Sun will be transiting Sravana, Alpha Aquilae, initiating Thiruvonam Njattuvela tomorrow. ( Jan 24 ).

    Amongst the six Rithus or seasons, Vasanta ( Chaitra & Vaishakha ) is comparitively less hot, Greeshma ( Jyeshta and Ashada ) and Varsha ( Sravana and Bhadrapada ) are rainy seasons, Sarat ( Aswina and Karthika ) is less rainy, Hemanta ( Margasheersha and Pausha ) is cold and dry and Sisira ( Maagha and Phalguna ) is very hot indeed !

    Correspondence between Music and Art 

    Herbert Read knew the correspondence between Music and Art. " All Art tends to Music", he averred. Human beings are inseparable from their surroundings. It so happens that dusk, dawn, the season, the nature, the lightning, the thunder - all these affect the mood of Man. This mood gives rise to Rasa and every possible Rasa in connection with these circumstantial surroundings has been found to be conveyed through Raga. The world of Ragas, therefore, has all the variety of Life and experiences of Man. This is so true of Indian Music. Seasons or Rithus are a dimension of the vast game of Life and Creation !

    The Six Seasons of Indian Philosophy are ruled by Planets

    For instance, 

    Vasanta Rithu is ruled by Venus
    Greeshma by Mars and Sun
    Varsha by the Moon
    Sharath by Mercury
    Hemanta by Jupiter
    Sisira by Saturn

    The Law of Correspondences state that the Six Seasons are related to the six Chakras, according to Kundalini Yoga. The Highest Chakra, the Sahasrara, the Thousand Petalled Lotus, is beyond Time and transcends everything. The lower six Chakras get mildly activated during the six seasons - 

    Ajna Chakra in Vasanta
    Vishuddha in Greeshma
    Anahata in Varsha
    Manipura in Sharath
    Swadhistana in Hemanta
    Muladhara in Sisira

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    Sisira Rithu, the Mango Season 

    Sisira Rithu ( Kumbha & Meena ) is also the mango season, when mangoes are plenty in Kerala. Mangoes are used in Fish curry, in pickles and in all curries. Mango is a substitute for tamarind in curries. Mango pickles are of many types. Tender mangoes make excellent pickle and are known as Vadu Mango Pickle. Cut Mango pickles goes by the name Chethu Manga. Mangoes are dried and pickled. Ripe mangoes are eaten. With red chilli poweder, ripe mangoes are an excellent dish. Special type of pickle comes from Andhra known as Avakkai. 

    Tender mangoes are also pickled in brine.

    India leads in the production of mangoes. 13.5 million tonnes. China is second at 3.7 million tonnes. Mango is a fruit indigenous to the Indian subcontinet and is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines. The word mango is derived from the Malayalam  manga.  

    Widely used in Cuisine, chutneys are made from sour, unripe mangoes. Mango Lassi, a popular drink in S Asia, is made by mixing ripe mangoes, curd and sugar. Mangoes can be eaten raw with salt. A cooling summer drink called panna comes from mangoes. Green mangoes can be used as mango salad with dried shrimp and fish sauce.

    Mango is rich in phytochemicals and nutrients. Also vitamins and minerals. The antioxidant vitamins A, C and E compose 25%, 76% and 9% of the DRI ( Dietary Reference Intake ) in a 165 gms serving. Mangoes also contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, other B vitamins and nutrients.


    This explains why divorces are less in the Hindu Civilization, the repentant husband and the forgiving wife !

    With tears ineffable, O Beloved
    I will confess my transgressions !
    O Lakshmi who made my mind lotus
    Forgive my mistakes against thee !

    My sinful hands will never
    Touch thy body sacred
    Nor your face divine ( like the Temple flower )
    Will be kissed by me !
    Thou art like the dark Thulasi not worn
    And me like decayed Nirmalya !

    I had become like Melancholy
    And will serve thee from now on !
    Thy servant meditating
    To know the greatness of Bindi ( Kumkum ) !
    Thou art the Song divine unsung
    And me the stuttering words !