108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #36

Moon - a royal planet

Om kṣīnapāpāya namaha, Salutations to the One who lessens, reduces and destroys sinfulness within.

kṣīṇa exhausted SB 3.32.21
kṣīṇa reduced SB 4.9.35
kṣīṇa being reduced SB 6.10.26
kṣīṇa thin Antya 13.4
kṣīṇa-kalmaṣāḥ who are devoid of all sins Bg 5.25
pāpam sins Bg 1.44, Bg 3.36
pāpam sinful reaction Bg 2.33, Bg 2.38
pāpam sin Bg 5.15, Bg 7.28
pāpam sinful activities SB-4.21.43, SB 9.15.38
pāpam vices Bg 1.36
pāpam reaction of sin SB 1.18.44
pāpam sinful act SB 1.18.47

The Moon has two cycles per lunar month, the bright half leading up to Full Moon or Purnima, and the dark half, leading to no moon day or Amavasya. These cycles are called waxing (for gaining brightness) (shukla paksha in astrology or the panchang) and waning (for losing brightness) (krishna paksha in astrology or the pangchang). (Krishna means ‘dark one’.)

As the Moon is the presiding deity of the mind, these cycles affect the mind. In the dark half, the night light of the Moon dims, the mind becomes dark, the mind can entertain dark and sinful ideations, desires and attitudes. A dark mind does not emanate positive energy for growth, for human flourishing. We need the journey toward the light, the light has to come into the darkened room or basement.

In the bright half or fortnight, the moon grows brighter and brighter, bringing higher and higher energy to the mind, energy that can be utilised for positive effect – personally or for the world (loka seva). Group meditation at Full Moon is very strong and can direct positive energy where it is needed on the Earth. The mind is susceptible to waves of energy in the higher and lower dimensions. When the Moon is waxing, the mind is stronger, the light is within, we can hold the light, and like a candle, use the flame to light many other flames. We can encircle our world with light, we can defeat the sinful tendencies within.

We are not sinners born in a sinful state, we are all children of immortality, amritputrya. We are all divyatmaswarupa, embodiments of the self-effulgent Atma radiating eternal, endless light.

The saddest part of the story is that man, though he sees and hears, suffers and falls does not get quite convinced that sin is a dangerous experiment; that it unmistakably brings on its harvest of tears. The energy (guna) of ignorance and delusion draws a veil over the truth and hides the mouth of the pit into which the unwary sinner falls again. Of course, when grief overtakes you, and pain has you in its grip, the Lord does not always announce the exact sin for which that particular experience is the punishment. You are left to deduce in a general way that every experience is a lesson and every loss is a gain.

Why drag out your existence as a mere consumer of food, as a moving burden encumbering the earth? Eat, but transform food into good deeds, good thoughts and Sweet speech; move, but do not cause pain to others or add to their misery. Do not condemn yourselves as weak, sinful, conceited, wicked, outlawed, mean etc. When you so condemn yourself, remember you are actually condemning Me, who is your Inner Self. Live, so that with every breath and step, you come nearer and nearer to Me.

Om kṣīnapāpāya namaha, Salutations to the One who lessens, reduces and destroys sinfulness within.



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