108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #14

Moon - a royal planet

Om viraya namaha – Salutations to the One who is with tremendous inner strength, like a mighty hero.


glossary
vira: O hero SB 3.13.10, SB 3.14.16,
vira: O great hero SB 4.25.34, SB 4.27.24,
vira: O warrior SB 1.7.39, SB 3.14.5
vira: O valiant King SB 3.21.56
vira: of the heroes SB 4.10.18-19
vira: O great hero SB 5.10.9
vira: O King SB 5.10.13
vira: O heroic King SB 8.24.24
vira: my dear hero SB 4.25.41
vira: hero. Adi 5.184
vira: chivalry Madhya 19.187
vira: O hero of charity Antya 16.117
vira: mighty, a hero;
vīrya: San. n. manliness, virility; tremendous inner strength; deliberately willed courage, heroism.

It is taught in Vedic Astrology that the Moon turns malefic when it is within 60° degrees of the Sun, waning and waxing. In other words, when the Moon approaches the Sun, it loses positivity and becomes malefic until it has passed the Sun by 60°. Why? We might consider that we are here because of unsatisfied desires and wishes; we are here because of actions we have taken in a past life that must return completed and fulfilled. That much of this is not of happiest nature might be obvious to many, and others have the experience the consequences of actions that hurt others in lives before. So there is cause for the Moon, the presiding deity of the mind, to be malefic and deliver energy at this time, for fulfilment of human life.

This is not a matter of predestination. This is not a matter of weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is not a matter of sitting on the dung hill scraping boils with shards of pottery like the prophet Job. This is simply a matter of human choice. We are not puppets on a string, we bring across our karma, our vasanas, our tendencies to action, and our attitudes. It is the Moon’s task as presiding deity of the mind to deliver the light energy, the magnetic energy to our forms that bring matters to fulfillment.

The Moon is strong, the Moon is energy, the Moon is one of the royal planets and reflects the light of the Sun, which illuminates with coolness. The Moon follows dharma and does not deviate from its path. Learn lessons from the Sun, Moon, the clouds, the sea – all are teachers of the prime importance of discharging one’s duty, without complaint.

Full Moons are times when strong and plentiful energy floods the Earth. This energy, directed by the Full Moon – may be taken and used for benefit. The ancients – rishis and acharyas said that the times of the Full Moon are times when energy is magnified, and multiplied. Groups sitting together – or individuals sitting alone – in meditation on peace, harmony, goodwill towards all have a manifold affect on the energies surrounding our planet when they do this on the Full Moon day. If it is not possible to do so on the actual day, then, we have been told, the day before or the day after will also serve as days of excellence in sending out positive harmony, peace and helpful energies to all places on our Earth.

Om viraya namaha – Salutations to the One who is with tremendous inner strength, like a mighty hero.

 

 

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