108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #18

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Om dustaduraya namaha – Salutations to the One who is far from the taint of wickedness. We should flee wickedness whenever it presents itself to us. We should adore God and abhor sin.


glossary
dus-, dush- dur- Hin., San. prefix difficult, hard, arduous; evil, bad, mis-; wicked, wrong.
dusht Hin. dushta San. adj. wicked, vicious, evil; corrupted; uncontrolled; faulty; guilty.
dusht (dushton) Hin. dushta San. m. a wicked person, villain; a wretch.
dushkirtii = adj. declared evil
dushtha = mfn. spoilt, corrupted; defective, faulty; wrong, false; bad, wicked; malignant, offensive, inimical; guilty, culpable S’rS. Mn. Yâjñ. Sus’r. MBh. &c.; sinning through or defiled with (cf. {karma} {mano-}, {yoni-}, {vAg-}); m. a villain, rogue; a kind of noxious animal Vishn. xii, 2; ({A}) f. a bad or unchaste woman L.; u. sin, offence, crime, guilt Hariv. R.
dushthataa= f. or badness, wickedness


We are guided to follow dharma in our lives; when we awaken, when we dress and take breakfast, attend study or work, or take up our service in the home or to others in the region we call home. In all these acts – and for the remainder of our day – we are asked to seek dharma – that which is the basis of order in the Universe, and order and right living in our hearts.

When our hearts are pure, then we have purity of thoughts, words and actions. The antar-karana, the interior instrument of action is pure. This is tri-karana suddhi, the triple purity that is the signature of dharma in thought, word and action. Such thoughts, words and actions attract the very protection of dharma itself: dharmo rakshati rakshitaha.

Day by day we are challenged with the world as it presents both good and evil to us, to the senses, and the mind. Many a guru, nay, even paramaguru tell “do not be taken by the news, the gossips, the stories”. The world will be perfectly safe in the hands of the purushotamma itself. What you need to keep safe and pure is your own mind. So do not let it become polluted with the ills of the modern world; do not let it be polluted by social media and its cacphony; do not let yourself be polluted by the opinions of others in the media. Turn to your heart where dharma is the inner resident and take your news from there. News is NEWS, North, East, West and South: the news should have balance.

Why be put out when you see wrong? Why be attracted when you see evil? Remember evil has in it the potentiality to become good; good has in it the liability to turn evil. There is no fire without a wisp of smoke; there is no smoke without a spark of fire. No one is fully wicked, or fully infallible. Take the world as it is, never expect it to conform to your needs or standards. Maya envelopes the good with the blemish of the bad; it makes the evil glitter with the shine of the good.

Discriminate to the best of your capacity, and develop your capacity to discriminate. Struggle to win, that is the best that you can do; few can say, ‘I have won’. Your conscience knows the real source of joy; it will prod you towards the right path; your business is to take it as ‘guide’ and not disobey it every time it contradicts your whim or fancy.

So be like the Moon, cool and pure, forever following its own dharma, and free from pollution and wickedness. Remember, the Moon counts no other planet as its enemy. The Moon is the pure one, far, far from wickedness.

Om dustaduraya namaha – Salutations to the One who is far from the taint of wickedness. We should flee wickedness whenever it presents itself to us. We should adore God and abhor sin.

 

 

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