Om Anantaya Namaha, Salutations to the One who is immortal and has no end.
ananta: (an+anta) San. adj. endless, infinite, limitless, free and unbounded M. ‘the infinite one’ – the cosmic serpent (representing eternity or suspended time) who supports Vishnu on his endless coils on the ocean of milk between successive world-periods. ‘Among the serpents, I am Ananta.’ (Bhg. X:29) Also epithet of Vishnu and Krishna as the infinite immortal Absolute. (VSN. 659, 886)
anantaya: the unlimited SB 5.17.17
anantaya: unto the unlimited Lord SB 7.8.40
anantaya: who are everlasting, transcending the three phases of time (past, present and future) SB 8.5.50
Immortality is free from attachments and sense-desires of any kind. The Moon, as presiding deity of the mind, guides the mind to stillness and detachment. The Moon is peerless in the act of following dharma, giving the example of right conduct. None can give the example of steadiness in following dharma like the Moon.
We must exercise discrimination and be always seeking in search for Truth. Wants and desires are the highways and byways that distract us from the ultimate goal. Truth is the basis of the Universe, and we must ever be steady in this search for Truth. The mind is outward going in nature and like a child, seeks to grasp all that it sees. So does the mind seek again and again to acquire the objects it has given up.
Do not yield to the vagaries of the mind. Turn back, even forcibly, from sensory attachment. Why, even prayer cannot be done, according to the mind’s vagaries. One has to stick to the same place and time! Then the mind can be led gently toward the proper goals of life. The Atma itself will sustain such spiritual seekers and give them strength and steadiness. This is the path to immortality, not the path that leads to satiation of desires and wants.