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Mauni Amavasya

Mauni Amavasya is the new moon day in the Hindu Magh month (January – February) and is an important bathing date at the Magh Mela. In 2017, Mauni Amavasya is on July 27. The word ‘mauna’ or ‘mauni’ means silence and several Hindu devotees keep complete silence on the day. The day is also of great significance during the Kumbh Mela.

‘Mauna’ or silence is an essential part of spiritual discipline. It gives us an opportunity to introspect and initiate a dialogue within oneself. In silence, you can carefully observe how your mind works. Keeping the mouth shut and letting the mind wander aimlessly is more dangerous than blabbering. The best method to keep the mind quiet is by investigating what triggers a thought.

On Mauni Amavasya day, large number of Hindu devotees join kalpavasis at Sangam (Allahabad) and meditate the whole day. Mauni Amavasya is an important bathing date during the annual Magh Mela and during the famous Kumbh Mela. Related Thoughts on Silence in Hinduism

Sri Sri Ravishankar on Mind and Soul

The mind is like the wave and the Soul is like the ocean. And the connection between the two is that the mind cannot be without the soul, but the soul can exist without the mind. So in meditation you drop the mind, you become one with the totality that is the ocean. Therefore both exist together, the mind as well as the soul, like the wave as well as the ocean.Your concept in the mind that things should be a certain way causes pain in the mind. The cause of distress is set concepts in the mind.Sri Sri Ravishankar