Explore the Romanian Martisor Tradition with Subtle Connections
On this snowy day in Canada, let’s feel and remember the hidden potential of the coming Spring! The Festival of Martisor is always celebrated on March 1st in Romania and one can draw many connections to the subtle knowledge offered by Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Just mentioning a few on the spot: March is the month of Mars, the planet that is associated to 1st Chakra – Mooladhara, called as Root Chakra as well) – and its energy is represented by Shri Ganesha that governs the Innocence and Purity of the Eternal Child within us. The various statues or representations of Shri Ganesha are adorned in India traditionally with red flowers. On March 1st when the Martisor Festival starts in Romania, lasting for about 2 weeks, one can see that predominantly the Red & White are used together to mark its presence everywhere. As alike with Valentine’s Day it seems to be, actually Martisor is all about Pure Love & respect that (mostly) men show in small and innocent gifts to the ladies in their lives: not only to their mothers, sisters or daughters but also to their co-workers, neighbors, etc..
Indeed, it’s really nice and sweet when the innocent love, friendship and appreciation find their way into the Romanian society in such a collective and positive expression.
Shri Mataji, was saying: “The Nature is so nicely built up, absolutely harmonious,-when it is winter time the leaves drop out because the Mother Earth requires nutrition and the leaves are not getting so much of sunshine so there should be less surface exposed. The same nutrition is taken up again and again in the Spring you find again the beautiful leaves breaking through. It’s so beautifully worked out, the whole situation, the whole Universe is so beautifully made and the Infrastructure is so made that it receives all the blessings of the Divine without any difficulty.”
(Excerpt from Shri Mataji’s Lecture offered during a Public Program in Hampstead, UK, on July 22nd, 1982)
Do not miss the end of the article with the Poem and the Amazing Image dedicated to a Snowdrop’s Inner Strength or we can say, dedicated to its Kundalini Power.
Of course, as usually everywhere 🙂 , ladies also offer gifts to each other, as loving gestures of their sisterhood. There are so many spring flowers offered as gifts and there are so many little shops with Gifts of Martisor and flowers are everywhere There is plenty of creativity and joy in offering and buying these gifts that are mostly hand made. Indeed this very old tradition has a powerful sahaj core in its expression and symbolism. Now, let’s complete our Journey by rediscovering this poet that was appreciated by Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga; the poem featured in this article is connected to the Martisor theme indeed!
Rediscover Wordsworth’s Poem
To a Snowdrop, by William Wordsworth
Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they
But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May
Shall soon behold this border thickly set
With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing
On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;
Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Article! On this day of early March, I simply wish to all of us, Seekers, to remain as resilient and graciously powerful in pursuing our Self Realization, as Snowdrops are in following Spring’s Call.