New Moon this Monday

An ancient system from Vedic antiquity which invokes the Sanskrit tradition of soli-lunar calendar calculation to determine the time of the new year and the timing of auspicious transitions. This calculation yields a dynamic calendar with several checkpoints for adjustments already built in. Modern astronomy confirms the validity and accuracy of this dynamic calendar. Nevertheless, with respect to our modern solar calendar, this soli-lunar dynamic time frame keeps on shifting and thus the new year start date varies based on the position of a particular new moon.

The soli-lunar new year begins this coming Monday on the day after the upcoming new moon. This transition is based on the rhythms of nature and cycles of time as they relate to the movement of heavenly bodies, including lunar asterisms and the zodiac. The synergy effects make it pertinent that we synchronize our affirmations and routines based on the cosmic time calendar given to us by the extant Sanskrit literature and its calculations. The soli-lunar calendar maps the diurnal rhythms with respect to luminaries and planets in deep space while the movement of these heavenly bodies retains a relationship with our breath. During one regular breath by a human being, the heavenly bodies move in space by one minute of arc, obviously related to the rotation of earth. Thus the affirmations made during these transitions of key space-time coordinates become more meaningful. The Sanskrit-based soli-lunar calendar is the daily prāna (life-force energy) calendar mapping the biorhythms and linking our breath with cosmic movements.

     Wisdom teachings from the Sanskrit heritage guide the seeker towards a daily meditation practice that transcends the barriers of emotional remnants from performing prescribed duties. Mindfulness during actions that serve a noble purpose leads the seeker to conception-based meditation or meditation that precipitates cosmic proportions and subtle feelings of divinity into daily lives, known in Sanskrit as upāsanā. Both devotional upāsanā on God and yogic technique-based upāsanā on the Self need to mature and fructify before the seeker can reach realization of ultimate truth through the highest knowledge. Herein, meditation mends the mind by overcoming emotional and physical disturbances. However, the greater virtue of meditation lies in the continuous purification of the chitta (mind, ego and intellect) in the subtle heart. Sanskrit texts define this subtle heart as the soul, which can be seen in deep meditation (seeing without the use of subtle sense organs!). Daily meditation allows one to fructify the end-result of upāsanā which is an important step before realization through pure knowledge as outlined in the shruti verses of Sanskrit philosophy.

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