108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #50

Moon - a royal planetOm samagamapriyaya namaha:, Salutations to the One who delights in the songs of the Sama Veda.



glossary
Veda: knowledge, from Vid, to know.
Sama: Sama veda contains the essence of Rig and Yajur Veda set to music
Sama; the Mahavakya (great utterance) of Sama Veda is Tat svam asi, that thou art
Priya Hin., San. adj. dear to, beloved, cherished; attached to, fond of, pleasant, favourite, desirable, welcome, valued; own.
Priyam; Beloved, fondness, sweetness, sweetly.
gānā Hin. m. gāna San. n. (from gai – to sing) a song, singing, music.
gānā Hin. v. tr. to sing, chant, sing the praises of; to sing.

 


If you want the attentions of the one from whom you wish benefices, love, or their time, then you must give your time, talents and resources.

If you want the grace, benign blessings of the Lord, of the God, of the graha, the Planet, then one gives of their time, talents and resources. Some would call this sacrifice, some would call this penance (tapasya), but there is nothing for nothing in this world. If you want to love God, if you want to love another, then you give something. You give something that gives joy, pleasure, delight.

The term Vedanta is generally used by many to indicate a school of philosophical thought. But Vedanta is only a special section of Vedic literature. All the Upanishadic texts form part of Vedanta. Vedanta is the consummation of Vedic thought. The Vedas themselves are invaluable guides towards the Highest. The rks or hymns of the Rig Veda are ecstatic effusions from the spirit of man extolling the delight derived while contemplating the orderliness and beauty of Nature outside them. The Sama Veda is the precious verbal treasure which enables man to praise the Creator and His Creation in song. The mystery of this world and of the worlds beyond is elaborated in the texts which are comprehensively called Attarvana Veda; the formulae for rites and ceremonials, either beneficial or merit-yielding or sacrificial, have been collated as the Yajur Veda.

Chandogya Upanishad is incorporated in the Sama veda. It has 8 sections, the first 5 dealing with various Upasanas or forms of approaching the Ideal and the last 3 explaining the manner of acquisition of true Knowledge. Purity of the Consciousness is the essential pre-requisite for Upaasana. Single-minded concentration is essential for Knowledge of Brahman. These can be got by Karma and Upasana; thus is Brahmajnana won. That is the reason why in the Sastras, Karma is first described and Upasana next and Jnanam last.

In the First Chapter of the Chandogya, the Upasanas which form part of the Sama Veda are detailed. In the Second, the entire ritual of Sama is described. In the Third, the Upasana of Surya known as Madhuvidya, the Gayathri Upasana, and the Sandilya Vidya are all given. In the Fourth, the Samvarga Vidya, and the sixteen-phased Brahmavidya are taught. In the Fifth, the three Vidyas, Prana, Panchagni and Vaiswanara are elaborated.

 

Om samagamapriyaya namaha: Salutations to the One who delights in the songs of the Sama Veda..

 

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