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Sandhyavandanam And its importance

Yagnopavitham in Indian languages:

Yagnopavitham in Indian languages

Deliverance from Suffering :

Deliverance from Suffering The causes of all suffering are: ( 1) ignorance (2) infirmity and (3) in-adequacy.

Freedom from Suffering:

Freedom from Suffering A person becomes happy to the extent he is able to remove these  causes of suffering from within him. Gayathri japa is the cure for

Astonishing Power of Gayathri Mantra :

Astonishing Power of Gayathri Mantra The cyclic enunciation of this mantra stimulates the subliminal power centers of the inner being .

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Meaning of Gayathri Mantra We meditate (Dhimahi) on the Spiritual Effulgence (Bhargas) of that Adorable Supreme Divine Reality (Varenyam Devasya), the Source or Projector (Savitr) of the three phenomenal world planes the gross or physical (Bhuh), the subtle or psychical (Bhuvah), and the potential or causal (Suvah) both macrocosmically (externally) and microcosmically (internally). May that Supreme Divine Being (Tat) stimulate (Prachodayat) our (Nah) intelligence (Dhiyah), so that we may realise the Supreme Truth .

In simple terms:

In simple terms Om  bhurbhuvah swah  tatsaviturvarenyam  bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah  prachodayat Om! Brahma or Almighty God Bhuh embodiment of vital spiritual energy (Pran) bhuvah destroyer of sufferings swah embodiment of happiness tat that savituh bright, luminous like the Sun varenyam best, most exalted bhargo destroyer of sins devasya divine dhimahi may imbibe dhiyo intellect yo who nah our prachodayat may inspire

In short:

In short it is a prayer to the Almighty Supreme God, the Creator of entire cosmos, the essence of our life existence, who removes all our pains and sufferings and grants happiness beseeching His divine grace to imbibe within us His Divinity and Brilliance which may purify us and guide our righteous wisdom on the right path.

Gayathri is Kamdhenu :

Gayathri is Kamdhenu One who sincerely invokes, adores and worships Gayathri, He gets rid of suffering created by ignorance, infirmity and scarcity and all his righteous desires are fulfilled.

Achamanam Suklam... Pranayama Sankalpam Marjanam Prasanam again Achamanam Punar marjanam Arghyam Navagraha and kesavadi Tarpanam again Achamanam Suklam.., pranayama, Sankalpam, rishi devata chandas for Pranayama mantra, Ten pranayama, Gayathri Avahanam, Gayathri Dhyanam, GAYATRI JAPAM, :

Achamanam Suklam... Pranayama S ankalpam Marjanam Prasanam again Achamanam P unar marjanam Arghyam N avagraha and kesavadi Tarpanam again Achamanam Suklam.., pranayama, Sankalpam, rishi devata chandas for Pranayama mantra, Ten pranayama, Gayathri Avahanam, Gayathri Dhyanam, GAYATRI JAPAM, Pranayama Gayathri Upastanam Aditya Upastanam dig devata vandanam Abhivadaye Tri murthi vandanam Yamaya apasarpa Ritam satyam Suryanarana vandanam abhivadaye kayena vacha Achamanam, arpanam om tat sat..., etc. Steps involved in Sandhyavandanam

Importance of Gayathri Japa Time:

Importance of Gayathri Japa Time Nadis and the Sandhya time Sandhya means the time of union of the day with the night. They usually are in the evening and early morning. But, why do Sandhya at this these times only ? It is these times that one is in an empty stomach which is a condition for any spiritual exercise.

Time importance:

Time importance Sandhi is the time when the sun and the stars are together visible. The practical thing therefore will be to start In the morning before sunrise, give Arghyam( explanation later) during sunrise and finish just after sunrise. In the evening, begin before sunset, give Arghyam during sunset and finish later.


Achamanam Achamanam means partaking of a small quantity of water. The health experts of our times have come to a conclusion that taking large quantities of water at any time is harmful. They advice only sipping small quantities.

Achamanam and its uses:

Achamanam and its uses Achamanam removes the ill effects of today’s hectic lifestyle such as Constipation, Stress, fatigue etc.


Pranayama Pranayama is the next. Pranayama is to be done with mentally chanting the extended Gayathri. The Puraka, Kumbaka and Rechaka type of Pranayama was originally suggested and practiced but nowadays even the Puraka and Rechaka themselves are sufficient to derive benefit. The Kumbaka has to be learnt only with the help of Gurus.

Pranayama uses:

Pranayama uses These Nadis Ida and Pingala are the paths of flow of Prana or life force. They are in a continued state of agitation during the daytime but, tend to follow a uniform path during the Sandhya periods. Hence such periods were chosen for Sandhyavandanam to derive maximum concentration, regulates the temperature of the Body .

Arghyam :

Arghyam Garuda purANa states that a kind of asuras called mandeha , who originally reside in an island called aruNa are trying to destroy Surya in the day at daybreak and sunset. The arghyam given at these times serves as a weapon to destroy them. Look at the following slokas (1-213-62)

Philosophical significance of Arghyam:

The philosophical significance is in the symbolism. The Mandehas are nothing but the Mandehas or mind - body which are clouding the sun of resplendent atman in us. The Gayathri purifies us by this offering so that the inner light can be perceived by us . Philosophical significance of Arghyam

Scientific Significance :

Scientific Significance The scientific meaning is even more interesting. The work of Mr. Masaru Emoto of Japan who did some critical experiments with water. He took a glass of water and spoke 'thank you' to it. He then freezed the water. When he magnified the crystallized water, he was amazed to see symmetric patterns. Curious, he then cursed a glass of water with , " I hate you" and crystallized it . This time the magnified image of crystals were ugly and random. It was here that I wondered at the wisdom of our Maharishis. All of our Sandhyavandanam is water based. We either partake or offer water while uttering sacred mantras. Imagine the effect of these mantras on the water ! During Arghyam, we chant the greatest of all mantras- the Gayathri.

Importance of Anganyasa and karanyasa:

Importance of Anganyasa and karanyasa Of all the japas, Gayathri mantra japa is considered as supreme. No japa-mala is used in Gayathri japa. Counting the mantra is done by the thumb moving over the parts of other fingers. This method has all the trappings acupressure in activating some important centers of the body and brain

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Perhaps the counting activity is an additional feature to buttress the effect of mental awakening.ctivity that seems to have some curious connection to acupressure is the way Achamanam is done. The 12 names of Bhagawan are recited by touching different body parts in different ways. The thumb and the fingers and the divisions of the fingers come into contact in a specific fashion while touching the various body parts . For example it is done like this for ' Keshava '. The index finger touches the second phalange of the thumb while the thumb touches the cheek bone .

Very Important meditations:

Very Important meditations We should contemplate and meditate on these three prayer-filled meditations slowly and pausing for a moment on each word and an imaginary picture of that word should be drawn in the mind.

Three important :

Three important 1. “The Almighty God, who is known as Prana pervades all the three Lokas, viz, Bhooha-lok, Bhuvaha-lok and Swaha-lok . He is Omnipresent. The cosmos is physical manifestation of God who pervades its each and every particle. I am seeing Him everywhere. I would always refrain from evil thoughts and evil deeds and perform true worship of God by extending cooperation in promoting happiness, peace and beauty in this universe which is His creation”.

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2. “This (tat) God is extremely bright (savitur) , most exalted (varenyam) , devoid of sin (bhargo) and divine (devasya) . I visualize this Divinity within me, in my soul. By such contemplation, I am      becoming illumined, virtues are growing  in all the layers of my being. I am being saturated with these virtues, these characteristics, of God.”

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3. “That God may inspire (prachodayat) our (naha) intellect, wisdom (dhiyo) and lead us on righteous path. May our intellect, the intellects of our family members and of all of us, be purified and may He lead us on the righteous path. On getting righteous wisdom, which is the greatest achievement and is the source of all the happiness in this world, we may be able to enjoy celestial bliss in this life and make our human life purposeful.”

Gayathri Japa:

Gayathri Japa The Gayathri chanting part is the central part of the Sandhyavandanam and many volumes can be written on this alone. Gayathri is a most sacred and mysterious mantra that can activate twenty four spots of the human body. Look at this picture where the individual sounds of the Gayathri are marked on the body of the sadhak. The working of Gayathri is very subtle and it was said that a Brahmin need not do any sadhna if he does Gayathri.

Dedicated to lotus feet of Moola Rama:

Dedicated to lotus feet of M oola Rama by Madhva Raj m