The Sun -
Life giving, Golden rayed, the eternal watchful eye called "the beginning" & "the ultimate truth" by wisdom, is also the earliest acknowledged doctor of mankind. We have turned to him for healing since ages - since our very beginnings.
Light - (A 12th century Christian hymn used for the Sunrise office)
By: Nerses Shnorhali
Light! Creator of light,
Primal light, who resides in unapproachable light:
Heavenly father, blessed by the ranks
of the ones adorned in light,
Make the rays burst forth in our souls
of Thy wisdom's light.
Little Sun - (A song sung by the people of Finistere in France, in the last century, to welcome better weather)
Little Sun of god,
Rise up quickly over the world,
Put on your violet hat
And come on your rounds.
Amaterasu - (This is a description of the Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu)
By: Motori Noronaga (the scholar)
She is without a peer in this whole universe,
Casing her light to the very ends of heaven and earth and for all time...
This Goddess is the splendour of all splendours.
Varuna depicted in the Rg Veda -
The horse of the yonder Sun
who rises from the water
like a spark of life at day break
and vanishes at sunset,
before rising again the next morning.
Excerpt from: Ibo diviner chant - (The Sun is associated with the truth in Sub-Saharan oral traditions.)
What will it be today?
Success of failure? Death or Life?
Ha! The flood cannot run uphill.
What is the evil spirit that throws its shadow between me and the truth?
I hold my sacred staff against it.
Here is the east, there is the west;
Here the Sun rises...
See the truth come riding on the rays of the Sun.
African poem - depicting Doondari (the primal fertility cow) being given her form by the Sun. She goes on to create the universe and man)
At the beginning there was a huge drop of milk
Then Doondari (the creator deity) came and created stone
Stone created iron;
and iron created fire;
and fire created water;
and water created air;
Doondari descended a second time;
and she took the five elements and shaped them into man.
©Copyright 1998 Elizabeth
Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra.