Suryanamaskar and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

by Aranyakananda

I just watched the strangest movie I’ve seen in a while. Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is what it was called. It is about a married couple who cannot conceive a child. So naturally, they write out all the qualities they’d like their child to have and put them in a box, which they then bury in the ground. The rains come crashing down that night, and out from the ground rises a near-adolescent boy named Timothy. Naturally.

Timothy is a strange child. He has leaves growing out of his limbs, for one thing. And every time the sun comes out, he stops everything he is doing, faces the sun and raises his arms to the sky.

This reminded me of the Hindu practice of Suryanamaskar, literally a salutation (namaskar) to the sun (Surya). As the giver of light, heat, food and energy, the sun is worshiped by Hindus as a physical and visible manifestation of God. God is all, and the sun most aptly represents the creative, protective and transformative presence of God in every day life.

Timothy is part-tree evidently, according to this odd plot, and as such, he gravitates toward the sun just like any plant does. So it is not really a Suryanamaskar that he is performing. But all living things, plants and animals (including humans) are infused with prana. All owe our life-giving energy to the same source, the sun, and the same Source behind the source, Brahman. Performance of the suryanamaskar may be a recognition of our same-ness with all life forms. Brahman in all of its multiplicity of forms. And I think this film, odd as it was, demonstrated this clearly.

Jai Hari Aum!

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4 Responses to Suryanamaskar and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

  1. shree says:

    Lord Surya indeed is a beloved amongst hindus.He was the vedic guru of lord hanuman.He taught the Aditya Hrudayam to Sage Agastya (who taught it to Lord Rama who used it to energize himself to defeat Raavan. Ancient yogic sages have been known to use his energy and require little to no food to survive.

    His spiritual son Karna became one of the most famous characters in the Mahabharata and people these days pray to him for fame, owing to the fact that Lord Surya is the most famous of the 9 Navagrahas and his spiritual sons like Karna also achieved everlasting fame.

    What they seem to miss out is that Surya Bhagwan isnt famous because he sought fame.But because he gives and gives without expecting anything in return.He gives light and energy to the whole world,without discrimination, without holding back.His fame is a by product.

    Karna too was known for his giving nature,even giving to his own enemies to his detriment.All hindus, should give praise to Lord Surya in their own way.

    • treadmarkz says:

      Thank you for adding context Shree. I myself have never performed the Suryanamaskar but I give obeisance to the sun in my own way.

  2. shree says:

    i dont do the suryanamaskar myself.i do set aside some time for him before i pray to my ishta devata offering a beautiful pink lotus as well.Am currently trying to learn the aditya hrudayam. You can learn about it in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oIrgLehqKA .quite a sloka.

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