Wesak Festival of Taurus Full Moon

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vesākha and Wesak

This post is about the Wesak Festival of May. When you do a search on the word, Wesak, you will learn that it comes from the lunar month named vesākha in the Hindu calendar. Further, that the Wesak Festival is the most important Buddhist festival of the year. However, the Wesak Festival which we describe here is not a religious festival but one observed by groups of spiritual practitioners all around the world. It is one of the three major full moon festivals of the year. The three Festivals are the Festival of Easter (Aries full moon), the Festival of Wesak (Taurus full moon, usually May), and the Festival of Goodwill (Gemini full moon).

This festival is quite unique in that it does not commemorate a past event, but rather an event that is taking place simultaneously at the time of the festival. And what is it that is taking place? Certain spiritual energies are being “beamed” by humans to great Minds or energetic Centers, which are sending cosmic energies to humankind on earth. This exchange is part of humanity’s growth as fully conscious beings.

Wesak was brought to the attention of the West by the mystic, Mme. Helena Blavatsky, and was further explained by Alice A. Bailey, frequently referred to as AAB. AAB, who was originally a conventional Christian minister, had two dreams of being present in Shambhala Valley high in the Himalayas. At that time, she did not understand what she was viewing, and only later through various sources did she realize that she had “witnessed” the Wesak ceremony of the Buddha, the Christ, and the pilgrims.

The Buddha represents the Light of Wisdom, while the Christ symbolizes Universal Love. There is a prophecy that humanity will achieve a higher consciousness when Wisdom and Love are co-joined.

Wesak Festival

From the Lucis Trust, the keeper of Alice Bailey materials, https://www.lucistrust.org/resources/wesak:

“The Wesak Festival, at the time of the Taurus full moon, marks the high-water mark of spiritual blessing in the world. There is an unusual inflow of life and of spiritual stimulation which serves to vitalize the aspiration of all humankind. The intuition of all who seek to serve the good, the beautiful and the true (regardless of their faith or spiritual background) is stimulated by this spiritual blessing.

“At Wesak we can visualize the aspiration of all people of goodwill being fused into a concentrated invocation to the Buddha, the Christ, and all Enlightened Beings on the inner side of life. This is a time for dedication, a time to hold ourselves steadily in the light, and above all, a time to focus on the needs of our fellow human beings and the necessity of providing a group channel whereby the spiritual forces can be poured through the body of humanity.”

“The Buddha’s annual return to bless people everywhere and to convey the message of wisdom, light and love is the outer evidence and guarantee of inner divine guidance and revelation in this present world cycle.”

See the beautiful video at https://www.lucistrust.org/productions/videos/view/wesak_video.

Alignments

At the time of the Taurus full moon, the following astronomical alignment takes place: Moon, Earth, Sun, Taurus constellation. In the figure below, note that the Earth is located in the blue orbit at the spot labelled May 21. The Sun “appears to be in Taurus” on May 21. The full Moon is not shown in this figure, and it is obviously on the other side of the Earth than the Sun, in the direction of Scorpio.

Zodiac image from Addison-Wesley Longman.

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Wesak is as well a time of alignment of consciousness. We align our human consciousness with the great consciousness of the universe. In AAB’s words, “At this time great expansions of consciousness become possible which are not possible at other times.”

 

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