(Chinese translation below)

There is an annual silence day in the traditions of India. It is called Mauni Amavasya. Mauni means ‘of or for silence’, and amavasya means ‘no-moon day.’

It occurs on the no-moon day of the Maagha month in the Hindu calendar when sun and moon are both supposed to enter the sign of Capricorn (makara rashi).

It is held in the tradition as the day when Manu, the Archetypal Man first appeared on earth; he wedded Shata-roopa (She of a Hundred Beautiful Forms) and generated humankind.

This year it falls on 30th January by the western calendar.

Last year it was also part of the grand kumbh mela and thirty million people are expected to take the holy immersion on that day at the sangam (meeting place of three holy rivers) in Allahabad.

Whether you accept the story or Manu or not, we do need to institute a day of silence every year.

On the other hand, if you prefer to be true to some western tradition you may research if there was a day sacred to Harpokrates, the Greek god of silence whose statues have been found as far away as the Gandhara country (present day Afghanistan). Harpokrates was derived from the Egyptian god Harpa-khruti, the child Horus, representing the daily new born sun, the source of light.

Of course, there is an amplitude of Christian saints who have taught silence and there are numerous monasteries of various orders dedicated to silence.

As I have entered the five-year vow silence, I would like many of my friends to set aside at least one day to share the silence with me just as you have shared the full moon day for an hour each month for more than a decade now.

So, please note:
2014 the day of mauni amavasya is now on 30th January.
2015 the day will be on 20th January.

If you plan from now, you can arrange your worldly affairs in such a way that they do not interfere with your one-day vow of silence.

On that day, no driving (except for emergencies), no TV, no conversation, just self-observation, contemplation, japa and learning (1) to give love in silence while (2) learning to love silence.

May I ask all our swamis, initiators, spiritual advisers, teachers, centre leaders to kindly popularize this concept and take this year to prepare the people to undertake this one-day vow of silence.

Editor’s Note:

Mauni Amavasya Silence Retreats are planned each year to take place at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India. For more details, please see Upcoming Events: http://ahymsin.org/main/events-maps-schedules/upcoming-events.html

Chinese Translation

by Francine Kuo

印度傳統上每年有一天的靜默日,稱為Mauni Amavasya, Mauni 意為靜默的或為了靜默,而amavasya意思是月蝕之日。

印度年曆中的Maagha月份(西洋月曆的一二月)中的月蝕之日,太陽和月亮會同時進入魔羯星座(Makara rashi)





另外,如果你比較能接受西洋史,你們可以去研究是否在同一天,也是希臘祭祀荷波卡拉帖斯Harpokrates, 希臘的靜默之神的日子,他的雕像遠至干達拉國(阿富汗的古名)都能被看見。荷波卡拉帖斯源自埃及的神Harpa-khruti,孩童荷魯斯,象徵每天新生的太陽,光的源頭。





在那一天,不開車(除非有緊急事件),不看電視,不交談,僅做自我的觀察,沉思,持咒和學習這兩件事情: (1)在靜默中給予愛 (2)學習愛上靜默


斯瓦米韋達 帕若堤