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The biophysical systems on the Earth are connected to the wider cosmos in a subtle way. Vedic Jyotish, the science of influences from space, explains this idea with the help of a few corollaries. Per the first corollary, cosmic influences are directional in nature. Secondly, any influence from the wider cosmos needs a localized channel. Without a channel, no cosmic vibration can impact our planet. Thirdly, objects in our own solar system are efficient channels. They are Grahas because of their ability to draw and direct influences. The moon is the most efficient among these Grahas because of its rapid transit in the sky through different directions. The Bhagavad Gita, refers to the dynamism of the moon in verse with the phrase “ṇakṣhatrānnāṁ shashī” ( Nakshatranam Shashi ). But first, let us see a few examples.

Nakshatranam Shashi – Moon activates cosmic vibrations by its presence

Gold hidden under the Earth has no value until someone discovers it. Gold gains value when extracted out of a gold mine. Similarly, our talents talents are often hidden. Someone else notices them, first. Consequently, we learn to make use of these talents with the help of a coach, a guide or a teacher. Similarly, Scientists distinguish between two aspects of energy, namely, the Potential and the Kinetic. Water locked up in a Dam has high Potential energy. This water gushes out when the dikes open. Its kinetic energy can then drive huge turbines to generate electricity for towns and cities. Let us now turn back again to the phrase “ṇakṣhatrānnāṁ shashī”.

Moon activates cosmic impulses

ādityānām ahaṁ viṣhṇur jyotiṣhāṁ ravir anśhumān

marīchir marutām asmi nakṣhatrāṇām ahaṁ śhaśhī

आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंशुमान् |
मरीचिर्मरुतामस्मि नक्षत्राणामहं शशी || 21||

Those who do not understand the corollaries of Jyotish, misunderstand the phrase (Chapter 10, verse 21) “Nakshatranam aham Shashi”. They interpret the phrase as “the moon dominates the brightness of the stars (Nakshatra)”. This is flawed especially when we consider the phases of the moon. Certainly, star light dominates the night sky on new moon nights. The word Nakshatra is used in a colloquial manner to refer to stars. However, the word in Nakshatra in Vedic texts refers to a directionally unique part of the sky. The presence of the moon in a Nakshatra enlivens the cosmic vibration from that segment of the sky. The same is true for other planets. Vedic astrologers say this in a different way. A house or a horoscope division without aspects from Grahas is boring to them.

The power of the full moon

The activation power of the moon peaks when it is at its full. Therefore, Astronomer Rishis marked the names of lunar months by the Nakshatra in which a full moon occurs. The names of the twelve months in the Panchang sound like extensions of Nakshatra names. Besides, the kinetic energy in certain Nakshatra regions of deep space are soothing to the psyche. One among them is the Shravana Nakshatra. This Nakshatra is associated with Vishnu. The month of Shravan is revered by the devout for worshipping Shiva.

Should we interpret the other phrases in the verse based on the logic for Nakshatranam Shashi?

Perhaps, we should, especially if we get more clarity about ideas in the Vedas. For example, let us take the phrase “Jyotisham Ravir Anshuman”.

The word Ravi is taken normally as a reference to the Sun. However, Panini, the grammarian, shows “ru” (Praise or sound) as the root of the word “Ravi”. Within this clue, we notice another meaning for the phrase Jyotisham Ravir Anshuman. The praise worthy divine who is responsible for the radiation in every bright object in the universe.

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