The vision of the Great Eastern Sun is based on celebrating life. It is contrasted to the setting sun, the sun that is going down and dissolving. The setting-sun point of view is based on fear. We are constantly afraid of ourselves. Great Eastern Sun vision, on the other hand, is based on appreciating ourselves and appreciating our world, so it is a very gentle approach.
From “The Dawn of the Great Eastern Sun” in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, pages 55-56.