108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #12

Moon - a royal planet

Om jyotiscakrapravartakaya namaha – Salutations to the One is the originator of the discipline of light within.

cakra , (var. chakra) the wheel of a carriage, the wheel of the Sun’s chariot, or (metaphorically) the wheel of Time (in these senses sometimes as, m. in Ved.); a potter’s wheel; a discus or sharp circular missile weapon (especially applied to the favourite weapon of Viṣṇu); an oil-mill; a circle; any circle or ring (e. g. kalāpa-cakra, the circle of a peacock’s tail); a form of military array (in a circle); circular flight (of a bird &c.); a circle or depression of the body for mystical, astrological, or chiromantic purposes, (six of these are enumerated one above the other, viz. 1. mūlādhāra, the parts about the pubis; 2. svādhiṣṭhāna, the umbilical region; 3. maṇipūram, the pit of the stomach or epigastrium; 4. anāhatam, the root of the nose; 5. viśuddham, the hollow between the frontal sinuses; 6. ājñākhyam, the fontenelle or union of the coronal and sagittal sutures: various faculties and divinities are supposed to be present in these hollows); a general N. for a diagram of various circular forms used for astrological or astronomical purposes, a sphere or astronomical circle in general (e. g. rāśi-cakram, the zodiac); a cycle, a cycle of years, the cycle of the seasons; the horizon; a particular constellation in the form of a hexagon;

Jyotiṣa: relating to the heavenly bodies, astronomical, astrological; (as), m. an astronomer, astrologer
jyotiścakra: The zodiac.
jyotiścakra: n. The lunar mansion
jyotiścakra: jyotis planet, and cakra a sphere.
pravartaka nama: the introduction called pravartaka. Antya 1.134
veda-pravartaka: one who can speak with the authority of the Vedas Antya 5.140
pravartakah: an inaugurator. Madhya 20.1
pravartakah—named: pravartaka. Antya 1.135
ayuh-veda-pravartakah: the inaugurator of medical science, Ayur Veda SB 9.17.4
yoga-pravartakaih: the authors of the yoga system SB 3.32.12-15


From the glossary, we have an interesting unfolding. Jyoti meaning the science of light (which the body has from the atma – that which is both within and self effulgent; cakra meaning chakra, of which there are many in the human form, and pravartaka, that which presents or announces a particular form of knowledge or discipline.

If you stare at the sun for a second and then turn your eye to other things around you will find that there is a dark patch over them and you cannot recognise them . Similarly, once you get a vision of the Purusha, who is more effulgent than a thousand suns, you can no longer recognise the multiplicity called Prakriti. The world is black, it is blocked; indeed, you can no longer recognise or deal with variety once you have had a vision of the basic Unity. Take the screen in the cinema theatre. When the film is on. you do not see the screen, you see only the play; when the show is over, you see just a screen, a screen that has no message – neither voice nor name nor form nor colour nor creed. That is Brahmam. The entire rope gives the appearance of a snake in the dark; here, the entire screen was lost in the picture. Brahmam is Sathyam: Jagath is Brahmam. That is Sath, this is Chith. Knowing this and dealing with both is Anandam. I was asked once how any one can accept the two seemingly opposite statements: “Brahma Sathyam Jaganmithya” and “Sarvam Vishnumayam Jagath.” This was My reply:

The powers of man are limited by his experience and his knowledge. He is just a Pinda, while the Lord is Anda, the Force pervading the entire Universe. The Anda-Pinda Lingam symbolises this Body-Limb relationship, the Part-Whole aspect of Madhava and Man. The Sada-Siva Lingam represents the ever-auspicious Atma, which is beyond all dual aspects and concepts, immanent in all beings and everywhere. It is not negated by time; it is Sada or always Sivam or Beneficial, Auspicious. the Jnana-lingam is the sign of the attainment of Jnana, when the last vestige of the delusion of “I” is wiped off; even the feeling “I know” is gone; then you are the Atma, pure and whole, entire and enduring – then Your condition is best represented by the symbol of the Atmalinga.

You have, each one, the tremendous Shakti of the Atma in you. Some are able to draw upon it; others just know it is there; others are unaware of the method of tapping it or even of its existence. It all comes in time, through steady Sadhana. The child, in time, grows into the father; the father becomes the grandfather and he in turn ages into a great-grandfather. The Sadhaka rises up by step towards the highest Bliss by adhering to the instructions of the Guru. 22-10-61

Om jyotiscakrapravartakaya namaha – Salutations to the One is the originator of the discipline of light within.



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