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Stars in Religions

December 20, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 20   Category: Inspirational Stories    Views: 467

Christmas is a festival of crib and star. The Magi followed the star and reached Baby Jesus. Stars have special role in all religions. It is an interesting theme to think of the stars when the world is in a festive mood of stars.

         

It is hard to see a Christmas decoration without a star. Christmas stars have been a part of most popular Christmas decorations since a very long time. Nowadays different shapes of attractive stars adorn the yards of people during this season, irrespective of religion. It has become a symbol of harmony in many places.

Stars have been attracting humanity from the very beginning of its existence. It is interesting to note that stars have important roles to play in all religions.

Star in Christianity

Christian traditions as well as the Gospels say about the Star of Bethlehem, which is also called the Christmas Star. Jesus Christ is called star of David. Gospel of Matthew says how a star revealed the birth of Jesus to the magi, or "the wise men of the east", leading them to Bethlehem. Luke describes the appearance of an Angel in the sky announcing the shepherds the "good news of great joy". The Bible describes stars in many places as signs of extraordinary occurrences as well as source of light.

Star in Hinduism

Hinduism which is full of rituals and traditional customs gives much importance to stars. Each and every star has its own importance in Hindu rituals. For example, showing the star Alcor of the Ursa Major constellation, which is called Arundhati, is the second important ritual of Hindu wedding. This ritual in which the groom shows the bride the double stars of Vashista and Arundhati as an ideal couple, is a symbolism of marital fulfilment and loyalty. It is believed that the star is visible only to those who will not die in the near future. Togetherness of these binary stars emphasize loyalty and mutual understanding in marital life.

Star in Buddhism

Stars play important roles in Buddhism. It is said that it was with the rising of the morning star on a full moon day that Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one. Buddhism attributes much importance to the celestial movements and believes that stars have an important role in shaping the destiny of human beings.

Star in Islam

Needless to say about the importance of star and crescent in Islam. Many of the Muslim nations have this symbol in their national flags and other emblems. Islamic traditions and the scholars say that Allah created stars for three reasons: first, to give light and adorn the heavens, second to drive away the devils and third for using them as signs for navigation.

Stars in ancient civilizations

Stars had a vital role in ancient civilizations. Ancient Israel had the influence of the star and crescent which had been associated with the Moabites. Star and crescent symbols were common features of ancient Sumerian iconography. The ancient Egyptians believed that the movements of stars had utmost importance to the destiny of their kings.

This holiday season, filled with stars of decoration in and around houses, should remind us to live as stars in leading others to light and happiness. It is to bring together all in a life of harmony.

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