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!