Each earth is administered by a Rishi, a highly advanced Spiritual Master. Our earth is being administered by Atri Maharshi, who is assisted by six Rishis. Together, the seven Rishis are known as the Sapta Rishis in Sanskrit. Each galaxy has a Council of Light, which consists of great Masters, Rishis and Divine Personalities. All the Councils report to, and receive instructions from the Sapta Rishis who are the ultimate in command – they are The Hierarchy.
Every year, roughly from the 15th of December to 14th January, the Saptarshis – the seven great Masters, go into deep Tapas. Shoonya Masa ends the day before Sankranti. During their absence, other Rishis are invited from Higher realms of existence or Lokas to take care of matters regarding our earth. For them this month is like Brahma Muhurta (the holy hours of the day which are considered ideal for Meditation). Due to the absence of the Sapta Rishis this period is called Shoonya Masa.
Guruji Krishnananda says that every year the visiting Rishis bring new revelations and energies with them. They take only a few minutes to understand all the matters of our earth – social, economic, environmental, political, etc. They do not take major decisions but they continue the work of the Sapta Rishis. One of their works is surveying, testing and assessing at the individual and group levels on how much we have moved ahead in the New Age and submitting the report to the Sapta Rishis, who upon their return take major decisions.
Whenever a Homa or a special Pooja is arranged, a Rishi is invoked before God. The Rishis are the administrators and God does not overrule their decisions. Even blessings, boons etc. from God are processed through the Rishis. During Shoonya Masa, since the Sapta Rishis are in Tapas, activities like Homas, etc are not planned. This is why this period has been misconstrued as inauspicious.
On the contrary, this is one of the most auspicious periods for Meditations, not to be wasted on any material pursuits. That is why the Rishis chose this month. Shoonya Masa is not inauspicious. So we can meditate to our heart’s content because the Tapas of the Rishis help our Meditations.