108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #45

Moon - a royal planet

Om bhaktanamsitadayakaya namaha, Salutations to the One who fulfils the desires of the devotees.


glossary
bhakta devotees SB 3.32.40, Adi 1.108 109, Adi 3.11,
bhakta devotee Adi 4.19, Adi 6.93, Adi 7.17, Adi 7.39,
bhakta the devotees Adi 1.32, Adi 1.38, Adi 1.81, Adi 1.82,
bhakta a devotee Adi 6.100, Madhya 6.257, Madhya 24.353,
bhakta all the devotees Madhya 12.159, Madhya 15.182, Antya 1.53
bhakta of the devotee Madhya 4.190, Madhya 18.152
bhakta of devotees SB 4.12.42
bhakta the pure devotee Adi 1.61
bhakta pure devotee Adi 1.99
bhakta of a devotee Adi 6.112
bhakta a pure devotee Madhya 6.267
bhakta a great devotee Madhya 18.52
bhakta to His devotees Antya 10.1
bhakta by His devotees Antya 10.1
bhakta gaṇa the devotees Adi 4.33, Adi 4.39, Adi 4.234,
iṣṭa desirable Bg 13.8 12, Madhya 12.31
iṣṭa all desirable Bg 3.10
iṣṭa activities for public benefit SB 10.7.32
iṣṭa desired Adi 17.70
iṣṭa desirable. Madhya 3.50
iṣṭa performance of Vedic rituals SB 2.8.21
iṣṭa endeavor SB 3.7.34
iṣṭa very dear SB 4.13.12
dāyak Hin. dāyaka San. adj. granting, giving, bestowing, confering; ensuring Hin. m. a granter.
dayā kara San. dayā kar Hin. adj. showing compassion – epithet of Shiva. no hyphen!
dayākāra San. adj. showing, having compassion.

 


We may have devotion to any of the gods; the gods are departmental in nature and function and fulfil the desires of the devotees when supplicated. The moon, of course, is the presiding deity of the mind. Does this mean the Moon is the giver of wisdom?

We might unfold wisdom as accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment. Wisdom might also be explained as the trait of utilising knowledge and experience with common sense and insight. We all have common sense of one kind or other; those who cultivate devotion as a way of life will also have spiritual common sense. But what is this wisdom, is the Moon the giver of wisdom? Wisdom might the fruit of applying the mind to some or other matter: the ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight. It is often said that discretion is the better part of wisdom, what we might apply as the quality of being prudent and sensible.

The Moon is the most vulnerable of all the planets, most susceptible to affliction; these afflictions show personality disorders, difficulties in relating to other people and emotional disturbances. The Moon shows our capacity to receive, to be affected.

The Moon is a sattvic planet. It gives faith, love, openness, surrender, peace and happiness.

When wisdom prompts the urge to advance the progress of others, when a person dedicates his wealth, skill and intelligence, his position and status, he becomes truly great. This is the fruit of devotion to the Moon; desires are set aside in order to give service to mankind. When we do this, we may surrender to the Divine, to the deity, and leave our own welfare to the care of the Purusha. Therein, every desire is satisfied.

Wisdom, (vidya) must emphasise that in the name of service no harm, pain or grief should be inflicted on another.

The seeds of Bhakthi which are found scattered in the Veda samhitas, sprout in the Upanishads, and begin to grow with many a blossom-full branch in the Puranas.

Well, many are yet confused when it comes to deciding what exactly is Bhakthi, what is the nature of the attitude called Bhakthi! It is impossible for any one to demarcate what exactly is Bhakthi and what is not. Bhakthi has infinite facets. Only pure, tender, tolerant, calm and loving souls, the very cream of Sadhus, the Hamsas sporting ever in the company of kindred Bhakthas, can understand its purity and depth. Others will find it as difficult to discover Bhakthi in a person, as discovering softness in rock or coldness in fire or sweetness in neem. The Bhaktha holds the Lord dearer to him than life; and the Lord too is attached to him in equal measure. Some great men even declare that the Bhaktha is superior to Bhagavan; the ryot loves the clouds more than the ocean though the clouds only bring the ocean waters to their fields. The ocean does not come directly over their crops. This is how Tulsi Das describes the relationship between the Bhaktha and Bhagavan. The clouds bring the mercy, the love, the grandeur of the ocean and the fragrance of the atmosphere and shower them over the entire land; so too, the Bhakthas carry these great traits wherever they go. Just as gold is dug out of mines, these virtues also are part of the Divinity in man.

The sage Durvasa arrived one day in the court of Ambarisha, to test the efficacy of Bhakthi. For this purpose, he created out of his anger, Krithya, for his destruction. But the Lord’s Chakra, which demolishes the fear in the hearts of devotees, destroyed Krithya and started pursuing Durvasa to the ends of the earth. He fled over hill and dale, lake and stream, and leaped across the seven seas; he tried to take asylum in the heavens; but, the foe of a Bhaktha could get asylum nowhere. At last, he fell at the feet of Narayana in Vaikhunta, an exhausted penitent; the Lord, however, declared that He was always on the side of His Bhaktha, and that He will never give up the devotee who relies on Him as his only refuge. “I follow the Bhaktha as the calf follows the cow, for he gives up, for Me, all that is considered desirable by the worldly-minded.”

Om bhaktanamsitadayakaya namaha, Salutations to the One who fulfils the desires of the devotees.

 

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