108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #24

Moon - a royal planet

Om svaprakasaya Namaha, Salutations to the One who as the mind, manifests the lustre of the Self within.


glossary
Pra-kāśa: visible, manifest, clear, evident;
Pra-kāśa: bright, shining, brilliant; expanded,
Pra-kāśa: clearness, brightness, brilliance, lustre, splendor, light,
Pra-kāśa: ‘maker of light,’ an epithet of the sun.
Prakāśa-karman: ‘whose work is to give light,’ an epithet of the sun.
Prakāśa-tā: or prakāśa-tva:. brightness, brilliance, splendor, luminousness; appearance, manifestation, visibility;


The Moon is one of two Royal planets.

The Moon is one of two sources of light for the human. The effulgence of the Moon is reflection of the Sun, the naisargika atmakaraka, the second significator for the Soul. Hence, the Moon is reflecting a certain lustre, a certain brilliance, a certain splendour without. The teaching of the Vedas is iti drishti iti, what is seen reflects the seer. Hence, what is seen as reflection by the Moon without, is also reflected within the human.

It is known that the Moon is the presiding deity of the mind. The mind is not the source of the light within, that source is the Self. The mind is simply a bundle of thoughts. Saranagathi must prevail; surrender the grasping, the Self shines forth.

It is all days when the mind of man,whose presiding Deity is the Moon, is Full (poorna), with cool refreshing rays, which is receives, in the first instance, from the Sun (Intelligence). The Mind must derive illumination from the Intellect, the discriminative faculty, and not from the senses, which are the deluding forces. When sensual desire tarnishes the mind, it cannot earn peace and joy.

Om svaprakasaya Namaha, Salutations to the One who as the mind, manifests the lustre of the Self within.

 

 

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