108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #46

Moon - a royal planet
Om bhuktidaya namaha, Salutations to the One who is the giver of pleasure and enjoyments.

bhukta: 1 Eaten, eating, (either that which is eaten, or the person who has eaten.)
bhukta: 2 Possessed, enjoyed. n. (-ktaṃ) Food.
bhukti: 1 Eating.
bhukti: 2 Possession, fruition, usufruct.
daya: 1 To give.
daya: 2 To move.
daya: 3 To take.
daya: 4 To protect.
hṛdaya 1 The mind, the seat or faculty of thought and feeling.


It is said that humans are generally slaves to their taste buds, and seek to enjoy the taste of foodstuffs (and drink) that is taken. It is important to recall that food is like the fuel we put into the tank of the motor vehicle. It is pumped up to the chamber where it is introduced to the spark and the combustion happens, which drives the motor vehicle along.

Food and drink that is taken in is taken to the liver and then to the stomach where the spark of digestion occurs. The food is separated, the gross part broken down and energy derived therefrom. The finest part of the of the food is carried by the bloodstream to the brain where it fructifies as food for the buddhi, the intellect. (Keep in mind that the buddhi is nearest the atma and derives over 80% of its illumination from the atma (the soul). So the quality of the food is most important. It is not just intake of carbohydrates, protein and calories. Food has its subtle effects also.

It is said that there is the rogi, the bhogi and the yogi. The rogi becomes ill from too much intake of food (and often food that is not sathwic, pure). The bhogi maintains the inner fire and health with two meals per day, and the yogi subsists on the finest part of the food, often one meal per day.

Om bhuktidaya namaha tells us that the Moon is the giver of enjoyments and pleasure. We keep in mind that the Moon is the presiding deity of the mind. It is the outwards-reaching mind that seeks enjoyment and pleasure. Too much of pleasure and pleasure sought for its own reward is a form of lust. Lust is one of the arishadvargas, one of the six enemies of man.

Life is not all enjoyment and pleasure. Life has its ups and downs, the life on Earth is marked by polarities, opposites: we have masculine and feminine, light and dark, yin and yang, day and night, heat and cold, immersion and isolation, good things and plenty contrasted to drought and famine. We must keep an even keel through the ups and downs of life, so that we meet both good times and adversity with balance. This can be achieved by keeping the goals of life in balance, following of right conduct, acquiring wealth to our needs, obtaining our needs and necessities, and seeking Oneness with Divinity. When we have these goals in sight and in balance, then we may fully appreciate the giving of the Moon as bhuktidaya namaha: one who gives enjoyment and pleasure.

Om bhuktidaya namaha, Salutations to the One who is the giver of pleasure and enjoyments.


Chandra - the Moon God


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