Amavasya means no moon day or new moon day. Whenever something or somebody goes absent, one feels the presence all the more and powerful. On any other day, even the Pournami, it is there; but on Amavasya, the presence is felt even more.
The earth broods on Amavasya; entire life process is slowed down and it is a great opportunity because the integration of life happens much better on this day. When a slowdown happens, that is when you notice your body. When everything is going well and you are busy, you do not know what is happening with the body.
That is the significance of Amavasya. On that day, because a certain integration of the elements is happening, there is a slowdown of everything. If you are seeking wellbeing, Pournami is sacred. If you are seeking liberation, Amavasya is sacred. Accordingly, there are different kinds of practices and ‘sadhanas’ for those two dimensions of life. It is a day when one can become easily aware of, ‘What is me and what is not me,’ and from there on, the journey from untruth to truth begins. From Amavasya to Pournami, every month the opportunity is created naturally. Even for those who are completely unaware, there is a natural opportunity available beginning every Amavasya and moving on. For all those who are seeking absolute dissolution, Amavasya is great.
You may have heard that if people are a little mentally imbalanced on Pournamis and Amavasyas, they become more imbalanced. Why? The gravitational impact of the moon is working on our planet. So it is pulling everything up. Similarly, your own blood is trying to rise to the moon’s gravitation.
If you are happy, you will be happier; and if you are unhappy, you will be unhappier.