Mouni Amavasya – The Silent New Moon

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Afraid of the dark? Running towards light?

On a new moon, the Sun and the Moon are overlapping and aligned with respect to the Earth, signifying the imbuing of light in the emptiness of the mind and consciousness is revealed. One who meditates during this time is ready for the conception of the light of consciousness having conquered not only the emotional and physical disturbances but also the remaining subtle desires.

Mauni Amavasya Vrata is a unique fast that is done on this day when one is not allowed to utter even a single word or noise. It is very difficult if not impossible for most people to do. Observing a fast that prohibits the speech has some very relevant logics behind. Controlling yourself from speaking useless things and having control over what is expressed through speech. The faith of people in god defines the meaning of Mauni Amavasya from a religious context. Texts state that the name of lord must be taken from heart rather than chanting it loud. The importance of prayers increases to a greater extent when we remember from our heart instead of mouth.

Bathing in holy rivers is considered pious on this day as during the churning of ocean in ancient times, a pot filled with amrita came out and drops of the amrita fell down in the rivers.

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In some traditions the new year starts on a new moon known as the mouni amavasya or the new moon of inner silence.

This new moon is on the evening of the 7th of Febuary in the USA and on the 8th in India. A meditator who becomes completely absorbed and attains higher realization is known as a muni. This root word transforms into mouni or the great silence of deep meditation. When added with amavasya, denoting the new moon, this word mouni amavasya implies the silence of the great void and a silence attained only through deep meditation whereby all remaining internal chatter and imagery are conquered. The limit of perception is reached after overcoming all thought waves from subtle impressions. This metaphor of darkness is connected with the new moon.

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Practicing continuously with breath brings about an understanding of the entrapments from the experience of the world. Having a daily meditation practice defined by structured techniques manifests the highest purification of internal tendencies and latent impressions lodged in the mind stuff (chitta suddhi). The ultimate knowledge of being that transcends subtle feelings and that thoughtless void can then be held by the purified mind. This journey is outlined clearly in texts. It helps to know that our affirmations become real when we synchronize them closely with what creates time and those coordinates based on a dynamic calendar that is correct instead of making things up or by a time which isn’t actually reality except to one’s ego or a calendar that is not accurate to time in this universe. The spiritual life being lived and daily meditation based on this greater synchronization are actually necessary.

A liberated being has no sense of time to feel bored when anchored in the inner silence. Free beings do not cultivate wishful desire fulfilling thinking or get unnecessarily busy with the world. That is why it is not a coincidence that the new year in many traditions begins at a point of transition based on a new moon. A new moon is symbolic of no mind or no thoughts and no mental images. While prayers and blessings bring about benevolence and boons, it is the right knowledge that is the opposite of ignorance, and removes ignorance. When your voluntary action is guided towards a structured meditation practice, you may obtain liberation in the same birth by way of right knowledge revealed that is rendered pure through meditation.

5 thoughts on “Mouni Amavasya – The Silent New Moon

  1. Thank you. What calendar indicates the correct new moon time for mauna?. The calendar I am referring to shows no moon time at Feb. 8 for Los Angeles time zone starting at 6:38 am. Please share why you mention the evening before as the starting time. Nancy

    • http://www.drikpanchang.com/amavasya/maghi/mauni-amavasya-date-time.html?year=2016

      Four Navarātri meditation periods in 2016 (Pacific Time in the USA)
      07 February 08 – 16 Feb 17 February
      New Moon mouni-āmāvasyā
      9 days (or nights) māgha-gupta-navarātri
      10th day dashami
      Four 9 night periods right after four new moons are celebrated by invoking contemplation, introspection, meditation, austerity and rituals. The final day is dashami. Victory Day on dashami of the growing phase of the Moon has significance the fruit of ones austerities. Navaratri celebration is divided into each days specific prayers also into three 3 day periods which is the trinity of Shakti. Rigveda with MahāKāli for the first three days, YajurVeda with MahāLaxmi for the middle three days and SāmaVeda with MahāSaraswati for the last three days. There is alot to all of this. This is in brief. The vedic calendar or Panchanga is vast with all of its calculations of details of astronomical data. it is very detailed and needs to be studied for a long time to understand it completely. Examples: 1. When does a day start? Western it starts at midnight, in a panchanga it starts when the sun breaks the horizon, the light is the day, night is when the sun sets, the sun astronomically is what it is based upon. Timings of doing special pujas, mantras, etc are based upon exact timings of things. 2. A tithi is basically a lunar day. The phases start at different times not measured by the sun. Therefore when is the moon day start? When the tithi starts although this would be any time during the 24 hrs of the day? Nope, it is started when the sun breaks the horizon and whatever tithi is at that time is the entire days tithi. A tithi is smaller than a day so there is even times when a tithi starts after the sun rises and ends before the day is over meaning that tithi just vanishes from the calendar or is kshaya. There is so much to understand and all of it is felt by someone in the deep knowledge. Certain deities are worshiped on certain days specific for specific detailed reasons paticular to those times as well as tithis have their lords too.
      The evening time or even midnight local time is the time for selected during these days for meditation and rituals and the tenth days meditation should be finished up before the set of the sun on the tenth day.

      The start of the amavasya tithi is the reason for amavasya being on the 7th there.

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