Akshaya Tritiya is special because of the position of both the Sun and the Moon on that day. What makes this combination the Gold Standard? First let us understand the divisions of the Sky per Jyotish or Hindu astronomy. The uniqueness of the Sun-Moon configuration is in this context.
Ancient seers visualized several consecutive equal length arcs along the celestial circle, the ecliptic. Secondly, these are twenty-seven of these arcs. Thirdly, astronomers in the past devised simple ways to track the movements of the Sun, the Moon and the planets through these arcs. Finally, the most unique aspect of these 27-degree arc division is the assignment of distinct cosmic impulses to each. We must understand the nature of these cosmic impulses or Deva energies to appreciate a Hindu’s choice of his festival dates for Hindu. Surely, there must be a reason for making Akshaya Tritiya, a day of boundless prosperity and wealth.
Potential and Kinetic aspects of cosmic impulses
Devas influence different aspects of our bio and physio-psycho rhythms. This per the Vedic belief that the microcosm, the human body is a part of the expansive Cosmos. The 27 arcs in the sky are like signposts to specific regions of our Cosmos. The direction of these and from the Earth is the most important.
Space is vacuum, a mere holder. The arcs are signposts to cosmic energies which originate from different regions of this holder. In other words, they point out potentialities within the cosmos. Physics talks about Potential and Kinetic energies. We know potential energy is dormant and is not of practical use. How then do directional potentialities transform into their kinetic counterparts? Rishis noticed a coincidence.
The arrival of Sun, Moon and the planets seem to be the unlocking mechanism. When any solar system object lines up against a specific arc, the signpost, nature experiences a subtle shift. These shifts continue in a cyclic manner. For example, some are annual cycles and some lunar cycles. Let us review the cyclical configuration of the Sun and the Moon on Akshaya Tritiya?
Astronomy on Akshaya Tritiya
The arc positions of the Sun and the Moon on the “Akshaya Tritiya” day are unique for a year. On this occasion, the Sun is in the arc associated with Agni Deva, the primordial energy impulse. Secondly, the Moon has marched two arcs ahead. Therefore, it occupies the arc associated with Soma, the cosmic rejuvenation impulse. This combination enhances the solar and the lunar energies in the body. In fact, these energies peak simultaneously in our body-mind complex.
Yogis acknowledge three subtle energy channels. One of them is the Solar and another the Lunar. A boost in the biorhythms of these two channels creates the perfect balance on this day. The mind can experience poise and alertness on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. This is the fertile combination to notice a new solution, a new opportunity or a treasure. Besides, such discoveries can have a lasting impact. In fact, the word Akshaya means unlimited.
Gold jewelers in India commercialized Akshaya Tritiya. Gold is already the standard around the world. It is the ultimate security during market turmoil. What day can be better than Akshaya Tritiya to find that unlimited treasure which everyone chases?