108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #59

Moon - a royal planetOm niraharaya namaha:, Salutations to the One who has no need to eat


Glossary
nir without
āhāra eating Bg 6.17, Madhya 3.73, Antya 8.67-68
āhāra eatables. Madhya 4.29
āhāra eating. Madhya 25.274
āhāra food Antya 8.85

 


When we speak of one that has no need to eat, we may be speaking of those who are fasting for the day, pradosh-vrat. Well, that is one interpretation of it.

Another interpretation is living on prana, that is to say, living on the soul force alone.

The Source of the All, the Paramatman, has explicitly intimated that there are none who can teach how to live on soul force alone. No one can teach you how to do this. It is something that the soul knows how to do. It cannot be taught, it cannot be forced. Like the kundalini, it activates of its own nature.

Ditto the Moon; the Moon is one of the Royal Planets and follows dharma. It keeps its own cycles, its own effects upon the earth and activates the soul-force within so that the prarabdha karma selected for the present lifetime may unfold and begin to take the embodiment of the divine atma down the path it behooves to walk in this life. None teaches the soul how to do this, this is the svadharma of the soul alone.

 

Om niraharaya namaha:, Salutations to the One who has no need to eat.

 

Chandra - the Moon God

 

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