Tithi is the Sanskrit word for one full day of the Lunar month, as opposed to the 24-hour solar day familiar to most of the modern world. There are thirty tithis in one lunar month. The fifteen tithis leading up to and including the full moon day are known as the Shukla Paksha and the fifteen tithis following the full moon are known as the Krishna Paksha.
A majority of Vedic customs take into account the phases of the moon because of the distinct subtle energies generated during each phase. Of particular significance, the energies generated by the moon during the Shukla Paksha are auspicious for spiritual practices and other important life events. Knowing the phase of the moon allows us to maximize the benefits of our spiritual practices.
Each year we post these lunar dates for the year so that students who take the Dhyanyoga Centers Vajra Panjar teaching retreat series and/or other teaching retreats can incorporate them into their practices as instructed by Anandi Ma and Dileepji.
During an eclipse, the celestial light of the Sun or Moon is blocked. In our spiritual tradition, this is considered to be a time when tamasic qualities like negativity, confusion, decay, and heaviness are dominant. Anandi Ma and Dileepji advise that we stay indoors during eclipses that are visible in our area, avoid viewing the eclipse, and focus on practices for the duration of an eclipse.
In fact, eclipses are an excellent time to do spiritual practices because eclipses amplify the positive effects of practices. Group practices are especially beneficial, but if not possible then individual practices are recommended.
During a prior Sunday Program Satsang, Anandi Ma and Dileepji spoke about eclipses, the recommended practices, and specific eclipse guidelines for disciples. Click here to watch it again in preparation for the next eclipse.