108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #39

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Om sucaye namaha, Salutations to the One who is pure, within and without.


glossary
sucaye perfectly cleansed
sucaye one who is cleansed both externally and internally
sucaye pure


To speak of one who is pure within and without means we have assessed the character of the One whom we reflect upon. When we look at the character of a person, we look to their speech and their actions (which reveal their thoughts and their values). Internal purity comes from strong self discipline, respect for parents, teachers and the laws of the land. Internal purity is the fruit of intense concentration and a powerful faculty of penetration into the truth that lies behind the veil:

Brahma sathyam
jagat mithya
jeevo brahmaiva naaparam:

(Brahman alone is true;
Creation is a myth.
The individual is Brahman itself. )

“According to the law of karma, souls reincarnate in environments befitting their spiritual attainments. Good people (even those who have veered from the spiritual path) go, when they die, to the heaven of those who do good deeds. They dwell there for a number of years and then take birth again, this time into a home that is pure and prosperous. A few of them will be born into a family that is spiritually advanced, but such births are difficult to obtain. When this happens, the good environment draws out their latent spirituality and leads them rapidly toward liberation. (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6 41-43.)

“The ones born into the pure and prosperous houses have the opportunity at first to enjoy the relatively tame desires they held in their former bodies. But as soon as those pleasures are done they feel irresistibly drawn to spirituality by the force of the good habits they strove for in the previous life. Even those who showed only a faint interest, merely inquiring about spiritual matters, progress further than the ones who merely follow the rites and ceremonies of their belief systems unthinkingly, and thus stall their true spiritual advancement. (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6:44)

Om sucaye namaha, Salutations to the One who is pure, within and without.

 

 

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