108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #1

Moon

Om Srimate Namah – Salutations to the one possessed of all auspiciousness. Auspiciousness is that quality of favourableness, positivity, a successful outcome.


glossary
śrīmat — the all-glorious Adi 12.3
śrīmat — full of wealth Madhya 20.375
śrīmat — most auspicious Madhya 22.137-139
śrīmat — all-beautiful Antya 20.155
auspiciousness – the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result
Noun. 1. auspiciousness – the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result. propitiousness. advantageousness, favorableness, favourableness, profitableness, positiveness, positivity – the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome.


 

The Moon is the presiding deity of the mind. The Vedas declare, Chandrama manaso jaathah; chaksho surya ajaayatha (the moon was born out of the mind and the sun out of the eyes of the Supreme Being). The real strength comes from our own inner self. This strength is unparalleled. In spite of his education and intelligence, a foolish man will not know his true Self and a mean-minded person will not give up their evil qualities.

The Moon: Chandra:

Chandra, (lit. “shining one”) The Moon, is one of the Gods and a most important planet in Vedic Astrology. He is described as young, beautiful, fair; two-armed and having in his hands a club and a lotus. He rides his chariot (the moon) across the sky every night, pulled by ten white horses or an antelope. Although the antelope is the animal most commonly depicted with Him in iconography, the rabbit is also particularly sacred to him and all rabbits are under his protection. He is connected with dew, and as such, is one of the gods of fertility. As Soma, He presides over Somvar or Monday.

As the Sun (Surya) represents the Self and its goal of no rebirth, the Moon represents the Mind and where we have come from. The Sun is the God or Deva, the Moon is the Goddess or Devi; the Sun is Shiva, the Moon is Shakti. Together they represent the duality of masculine and feminine, mind and body, day and night, will and love. The Sun is Divine Father and Creator; the Moon is Divine Mother and Creatrix. As the Sun rules Time, the Moon governs Space; the Sun rules Fire, the Moon rules Water.

The Moon is the Lord of the Mind, closely aligned to the senses and the emotions, and those who worship him assiduously lose their diseases and become happy. Lord Shiva wears the Moon on his forehead, and some say this makes the Moon one-eight incarnation of Lord Shiva. The Moon is the father of Mercury, and Mercury is the father of a prestigious lineage of innumerable kings and warriors, which includes Lord Krishna.

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that The Moon is the presiding deity of the mind. In elaborating further on The Moon, in 1958 Sri Sathya Sai Baba said the following:~

First and foremost, control your thoughts. The clouds of these thoughts are moving about in the sky of your heart. The clouds, as they move, will cover the sun called the intellect and the moon called the mind. It is said, Chandrama manaso jataha (the moon was born out of the mind). The moon reflects the mind’s nature. The intellect is the reflection of the sun. Both of them move about in the sky of the heart.

Sometimes, our own thoughts form “dark clouds” – more so in the youthful stage. The “dark clouds” are water-borne, meaning they are associated with desires. When such “dark clouds” gather, the sun and the moon are hidden by them.

It is only in the youthful stage you are troubled by an excess of thoughts. You will be drowned in them, literally, and will forget your very humanness. Hence, first and foremost, you have to remove those “clouds”.

From where do these “clouds” come? They are formed on account of your sankalpas (resolutions) and vikalpas (indecisiveness). Hence, first and foremost, you have to control your thoughts. If you are able to do it, then your mind and intellect will shine brightly.

The mind is a bundle of thoughts. When the thoughts and resolutions are controlled, it will be clean, like a placid lake.

When we control the mind and the dark clouds that enter therein, we engage in auspiciousness, Om srimate namah. Thought creates reality, what we think and how we manage the mind is how we create the world which we live in. Hence, mind-management is essential for an auspicious life. Master the mind and be a mastermind.

Om Srimate Namaha – salutations to the One who is possessed of all auspiciousness.

 

 

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