Sutak means a time of special energetic significance, where we need to follow specific rituals and protocols.
Since lunar eclipses are very potent in energy, it is considered advisable to follow a sutak if the eclipse is visible in your region. Depending on eclipse times for your region, these sutak times are provided in the Panchang* (Hindu calendar).
- It is not considered advisable to travel or conduct business activities during sutak times. Such spiritually potent energetic periods are considered unfavorable for material activities.
- Pregnant women are advised to take even more care and precautions during eclipse and sutak times.
- Even though looking at the eclipsed moon is not considered harmful, our Rishis and Sages advised against it.
- If possible, try to remain indoors. Close all windows and curtains so as to not let any eclipsed light into the house.
- It is best to take a shower or bath before and after the eclipse. Cleaning with water cleanses the aura.
- Food and drinks should be avoided during sutak period. Any previously cooked food should be discarded and fresh food should be prepared after the sutak.
- It is believed that any prayers, sadhana or meditation conducted during the actual eclipse time will bear tremendous benefits and fruits!
- Eclipses are some of the best times to do any kind of special, extended prayers- particularly for spiritual progress and heightened conscious awareness.
Mantras for Lord Shiva are:
Om Namah Shivaya || ॐ नमः शिवाय ||
or simply, Namah Shivaya || नमः शिवाय ||
Eclipse provides an opening to a powerful energetic portal. Hopefully you can follow as many of the sutak protocols as possible and utilize the eclipse time to obtain an enhanced and aware consciousness…