108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #32

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Om mrytyusamharakaya namaha, Salutations to the One who is the destroyer of death, the giver of immortality.


glossary
mṛtyu: death Bg 9.3, Bg 13.8-12, Bg 14.20, SB 1.14.14, SB 7.1.42
mṛtyu: of death SB 6.12.14, SB 6.14.55, SB 6.17.23
mṛtyu: that Bg 12.6-7
mṛtyu: while dying SB 4.29.71
mṛtyu: untimely death SB 5.16.25
mṛtyu: deaths SB 6.10.33
hara: and Lord Śiva Madhya 21.36
hara: plunder Antya 15.16
hara: vanquishing Antya 16.119
hara: You take away Antya 16.133
jagat saṁhāra: annihilation of the material world Adi 5.105
jagat saṁhāra: dissolution of the universal creation Madhya 20.290
karilā saṁhāra: You have taken away. Madhya 21.77
saṁhāra-arthe: for the purpose of dissolution Madhya 20.307
saṁharat: completely eradicating Antya 3.181


The Atma is the base of individuals. The pure Consciousness becomes apparently limited into a variety of individuals. In deep sleep, the variety disappears and each individual lapses back into this “is-ness”. Then, all the manifold activities, and experiences, like, “I am Ranga”, “I am Ganga”, “I am father”, “I am son” etc., are destroyed. The sweetness and fragrance of many flowers are collected and fused into one uniformly sweet honey, where all the manifold individualities are destroyed. The names Ganga, Krishna, Ravi, are all lost when they enter the sea.

They are thereafter called “the sea”. The individual who is eternal and immortal is born again and again, as a transitory mortal; he continues to accumulate activity, prompted by inherited impulses and the activity produces consequences, which he must shoulder and suffer. It is the body that decays and dies, not the Jivi or the Individualised Soul. The banyan seed will sprout even if it is trampled upon. The salt placed in water, though not available for the grasp, is recognisable by the taste!

The individual, befogged by a lack of wisdom, is unable to recognise his Reality. Discrimination will reveal the truth. A millionaire is kidnapped and left alone in a jungle but he discovers the way out and comes back into his home. So also, the individual soul is restored to his millions! Once the individual soul reaches its real status, it is free from all the change and chance that is involved in the flow of time and space, of name and form. If he does not reach that status, then, like the happy sleeper who wakes into the confusion of the day, he will be born into the world of decay and death.

Turn to mind to the world, the happy sleeper who wakes into the confusion of the day, he will be born into the world of decay and death. Turn the mind towards the Atma, immortality and bliss are gained. The Moon is the presiding deity of the mind. Man should know that not even an iota of genuine happiness is derivable from the ‘three worlds’, the three ‘divisions of time’ and the ‘three levels of consciousness in daily life’ (wakefulness, dream, sleep). Only the foolish among men seek to satisfy themselves from the limited counterfeit happiness through worldly activities. The wise know better. Those who by-pass the lush bunches of sweet grapes and run towards bushes of thorn are ‘camels.’

Om mrytyusamharakaya namaha, Salutations to the One who is the destroyer of death, the giver of immortality.

 

 

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