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My Three Stars

Two thousand light years away, but the connection feels surreal. Have you ever noticed a beautiful line of stars in the night sky resembling a string of pearls? I was 15 years old when I first saw them. I've always felt drawn to the sky. I spent a lot of time outside at night just staring up at the stars. It was something I could do for hours on end.

One evening, as I walked back from class, the sky had already darkened into a stunning display of twinkling stars. Mesmerized by the sight, I pointed out three particular stars to my friend. From then on, it became our nightly ritual to seek out those same three stars amidst the vast expanse of the night sky.

After getting married, life took me on journeys around the world, and I made it a point to continue my tradition of searching for my three stars whenever I found myself outdoors at night. Each time, I would pause, express my gratitude, and gently kiss those twinkling lights above. Only later did I discover they were actually known as the Orion Belt, also referred to as the three sisters. Interestingly, there's a belief that these stars align perfectly above the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

In the Rigveda, a sacred text in Hinduism, the Orion Constellation is referred to as Mriga, which translates to 'The Deer.' Nataraja, often called 'the cosmic dancer,' is commonly interpreted as symbolizing Orion. Rudra, who embodies the Rigvedic form of Shiva, is the dominant deity linked with the Ardra nakshatra, a specific celestial grouping.

In terms of my lineage, I come from a Hindu Brahmin background. Our ancestor, Angiras, holds a significant place as one of the seven sages associated with the Big Dipper constellation. Angiras, also known as Alioth in the Ursa Major constellation, is also known as the Big Dipper. In the Rigveda, Angiras is portrayed as a revered figure who imparts divine wisdom and mediates between humanity and the Gods.

 

The seven sages within the Big Dipper constellation are believed to constitute a hierarchical order operating under the guidance of the highest creative intelligence, often associated with God. In Hindu mythology, these sages, known as the Saptarishis or seven mind-born sons, are considered the progeny of Brahma, the creator of the universe. They play significant roles in various cosmic narratives, embodying wisdom, virtue, and spiritual guidance.

For a while now, I've been pondering the big question: what's my purpose in life? Exploring spirituality has made me curious about my family background. I want to dig into my roots, understand where I come from, and figure out what I'm meant to do in this world. Knowing I come from a line of revered sages feels like a blessing. I hope to discover and carry on the legacy they started, embracing their values every step of the way.

I've shared with my kids the story of my three stars and told them to think of me whenever I'm not with them or when I'm no longer around.