The Guru’s description of the 12 months is not to be taken only as related to the external seasons of one part of the Earth. It is an account of the soul’s orbit in time and space.
In the last month the soul realized the need of the inner peaceful shade of truth. And to steer away from the intense heat of maya and the karma it invokes.
Now we enter the month of Saawan: July 16 to August 15
This is the rainy season in India.
For the soul that is inwardly occupied with the love of the lotus feet, the word/shabd of the Divine, and who recognises her unity with the Oneness of all, it is a happy time.
The rain represents the inner drops of nectar/amrit falling from above.
This love that is focused on the One keeps the soul bride conscious and clear. She sees the limits and corruption of worldly pleasures. And prefers to keep the company of the Sadhu and drink the Nectar of Har/God.
She feels how this inner love is rejuvenating like the rain bringing new life to the meadows and forests.
She knows this is what her mind continuously longs for and offers herself as a sacrifice to those soul-brides who have fully realised their identity with the Divine.
”Saawan is delightful for those happy soul-brides whose hearts are adorned with the Necklace of the Naam of Har.”
Going inward we may,at first cross an experience of nervous tension – the thunder and lightening of the rainy season. Thereafter is a space of emptiness’ and loneliness – the inner bed chamber without the beloved. For the soul filled with the sense of separation the suffering goes deeper than ever.
Her beloved is not at home.
She feels like she is dying and the power of nature terrifies her.
In a lonely bed and an aching heart she cries out to the Mother of all.
In the absence of Har neither she can sleep nor notice her physical hunger and even her clothes do not give her comfort.
However This suffering does not lead the soul to despair. Rather it is now very clear to her that there is only one true resolution:
”O Nanak, she alone is a happy soul-bride, who merges in the Being of her Beloved Husband (God).”