108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #61

Moon - a royal planetOm niramayaya namaha:, Salutations to the One who is without blemish or defect.

nir without
may Hin. comprised of
maya San. m. adjectival suffix inherently full of, consisting of, made up of, embodying, like …


Lord Krishna taught that the mind accompanies the soul from body to body. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying teaches that when the chakras stop spinning, a mental movie starts playing on the sky of the heart. Sri Sathya Sai has explained that at the end of life, the dominant thought of our lifetime rushes up and fills the mind, unbidden. We are consumed by vasanas, desires, wishes and whatever was forefront of the mind in our lives. We are filled with these blemishes which are somewhat responsible for causing life to be taken up again, with blemishes. The key here is management of the mind (Moon) and detachment (Moon) from the external world and its three day carnival. Hence, the Moon is worshipped as one without blemish, one without defect – of thought, of vision, of action. To be without defect is to be in a state of dharma and purity.

Buddha was seated alone one day, and later, some men gathered around him. One among them who did not like his teachings and the effect they had on the people got up and started a tirade in very vulgar terms against him. Buddha sat smiling listening to all that calumny, without a single gesture of disapproval. The man got frothy in the mouth through rage, his vocabulary was fast getting exhausted, his tongue began to show signs of overwork, but Buddha only asked him with a smile “Brother, have you finished?”. The man said, “You have no sense of shame; you do not show any trace of resentment.” Then Buddha said, “If a kinsman comes to your door from a far distant place, and when you see him, if you so much as say, Hullo, he will enter in, deposit his things in the house. and stay on as your guest; but if you do not notice him, if you ignore his arrival, he will return along the road that brought him and you are rid of him. aren’t you? So, too I shall take no notice of this tirade; let it go the way it came”. Praise and blame are but twists of verbiage, the magic of words in the clever hands of flatterers or traducers. Treat both with a grand indifference, then your real worth will become patent. – Dasara 1965: 4-10-65


Om niramayaya namaha:, Salutations to the One who is without blemish or defect.


Chandra - the Moon God


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