108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #29

Moon - a royal planet

Om kalahetave namaha, Salutations to the One who is the cause of time.

kāla: time Bg 10.30, Bg 10.33, Bg 11.32,
kāla: eternal time SB 1.13.17, SB 1.13.19, SB 1.14.8,
kāla: the time SB 1.14.18, SB 2.8.12, SB 9.6.35-36
kāla: duration of time SB 3.11.6, SB 3.11.20, SB 7.4.20
kāla: the time factor SB 7.8.8, SB 8.20.8, SB 10.10.30-31
kāla: time factor SB 3.29.38, SB 6.12.8
kāla: portions of light SB 6.6.24-26
kāla: course of time SB 1.6.4
hetave: the root cause. SB 1.17.28
hetave: for the sake of SB 3.32.5
hetave: to cause. SB 7.1.42
hetave: for the purpose of SB 8.1.14
hetave: the original cause. SB 8.16.30

The moon presides over the mind. The mind perceives the passage of time, from boyhood to adult to middle age and senescence, old age. Yet the I within that perceives time remains the same. The moon presides over seasons, tides, days, months, years, millenia, yugas. The moon remains impervious to time perceived by the human and follows its proper duty, dharma.

Some say the Moon is the cause of ill-fortune, others say the Moon has blessed them. Good fortune and bad fortune are the fruit of one’s thoughts, words and actions – in this life and in past lives. Our prarabdha karma is written across the brow; we walk across the stage, we act out our role, we take a bow and the curtain drops.

The Moon is the measure of time. We measure years, months, days, half days, smaller units called gathi, each day, in muhurta, the measurement of time. It is all measured against the movement of the Moon. Hence, it is said, that the Moon is the cause of Time.

The individual must progress as fast or as steadily as the community. We pass through boyhood, childhood, adolescence, youth, middle age and old age; it is an imperceptible but inevitable progress…. Those who assert that the Universe is real, but, declare at the same time that the existence of God is but a dream, are only proving themselves foolish. For, when the effect, namely, the Cosmos is real, it must have a Cause, for, how can there be an effect with no cause? God can be denied only when the Universe is denied. God can disappear, only when the Cosmos disappears. What now appears as the Cosmos is really God; this is the Vision that the true spiritual aspirant will get when he succeeds in his endeavour. As a matter of fact, the Universe we experience is the dream. When we awake from the dream, the Truth of its being God will shine in the consciousness. From the beginning of time, the God whom we posit outside ourselves has been the reality inside us also. This Truth too will become steady in the faith of man.

Om kalahetave namaha, Salutations to the One who is the cause of time.



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