Mauni comes from the Sanskrit word Mauna, meaning silence or absolute silence. As the name suggests on this day people take a pledge to observe one day fasting by not uttering a word throughout the day.
Mauni Amavasya is the last Amavasya before Mahashivaratri, the importance of silence in life. According to the North Indian calendar, Mauni Amavasya falls in the middle of Magha month and also known as Maghi Amavasya. However, this day is also believed to be the birth of Manu Rishi, due to which this day is celebrated as Mauni Amavasya.
Mauni Amavas is the last Amavasya in the whole year before Maha Shivratri arrives. On this day bathing in rivers such as the Ganges is considered holy. It is believed that on this day the water of the holy Ganges River turns into nectar.
As per Mauni Amavasya rituals, a person should do charity according to their strength. Which items should be donated? Things like sesame, black clothes, oil, blankets, shoes, warm clothes, etc can be donated. The Sun and the Moon are found in the zodiac sign of Capricorn and on Mauni Amavasya day, Sun stays in Capricorn native for a month and the moon for around two days.
The existence that is able to see, hear, sniff, taste, and touch through the five senses is essentially a play of sound, nad. The human body and mind are also reborn. But body and mind are not an end in themselves – they are just the outer shell of a possibility. Most people do not go beyond the peel; They sit on the threshold of their whole life. But the purpose of an entrance is to enter. The practice of silence is called silence to feel that which is beyond this gate.
The English word “silence” doesn’t really say much. There are many words for silence in the Sanskrit language. “Silence” and “Nishabd” are two important words. “Silence” means silence, as we generally know – you do not speak; This is an attempt to make a word. “Nishad” means “that which is not sound” – beyond body, mind and all creation. Beyond sound does not mean the absence of sound, but the transit of sound.
It is a scientific fact that existence is a rebirth of energy. All vibrations in human experience translate into sound. Each form of creation has a similar sound. We are experiencing this complex amalgamation of sounds as creation. “Sound” is the basis of all sound. “Silence” is an attempt to move from being a piece of creation to the source of creation. This attribute-less, dimensionless and infinite state of existence and experience is the aspiration of yoga: union. Nishad does not suggest anything. The word “nothing” has a negative connotation. You would probably understand it better if you put a hyphen in the middle of something; This is a non-issue.
There is a difference between practicing silence and becoming silent. If you are practicing something, then obviously you are not that. There is a possibility of silence, by aspiring for silence.
Sound is on the surface, silence is of the core. The core is the total absence of sound. The absence of sound means rebirth, life, death, absence of creation; The absence of creation in one’s experience leads to a vast presence of the source of creation. So, a place that is beyond creation, a dimension that is beyond life and death, is that which is called silence or nishbad. Nobody can do this; Only one can be made.
There is a difference between practicing silence and becoming silent. If you are practicing something, obviously you are not that. There is a possibility of silence, by aspiring for silence.
Mauni Amavasya is the one after the winter solstice or before Mahashivaratri. It is also a commonly known fact for illiterate farmers in our country that during the Amavasya or Amavasya period, the growth of sprouted seeds and plants slows down. The sap in a plant faces a difficult task to reach the top and so it is in a human who has a vertical spine. During these three months, from Sankranti to Mahashivratri, phase one of Uttarayana, in latitudes ranging from 0º to 33ºN, both the full moon and Amavasya have an enhanced state of influence.
Either riding a cycle of time or getting stuck in an endless cycle of time is the choice that has to be made. This provides a great opportunity for time and day transit.
There are various processes of using this aid in Yogic traditions that nature offers. One of these is to maintain silence from Mauni to Mahashivaratri. During this period all water bodies and water vortices are greatly affected. It should not be forgotten that our body is the most intimate water body that we know, it is more than 70% water.
The cycles of the solar and lunar systems are the basic concept of time in human experience. Either riding a cycle of time or getting stuck in an endless cycle of time is the choice that has to be made. This provides a great opportunity for time and day transit.