[Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana
shyam_md at yahoo.com
Tue May 18 12:02:57 CDT 2010
Just to clarify.
You said 1000 times or 100 with 10 times pranayama. Did you mean 1008 and 108 respectively? Also your "vyahrti-s prefixed" - are you referring to the pranavah japah(bhuradi saptavyahrtinam, etc)?
Is th10 pranayamas and the vyahrti mantras not considered standard regardless of the number of gayatri chants?
The only conceesion I am aware of is substituting the 10 pranayamas with three.
There is a much longer penultimate mantra (namah savitre jagadekachakshuse) that I have come across in Vaishnavite versions that may go along with your musing.
--- On Tue, 5/18/10, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian <rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian <rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana
> To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
> Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 4:32 AM
> Dear Ramesh,
> The idea of an "Ur-sandhyavandanam" assumes a unanimity
> among all people on
> how to do sandhyAvandanam at some remote point of time, and
> also assumes it
> was recoreded by someone faithfully. This is a Western
> historical analysis
> and the hypothesis is not necessarily sound in the Indian
> context. Whys is
> worship of viShNu post vedic?
> On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 6:26 AM, Ramesh <rkmurthy at gmail.com>
> > This may not fully answer any of your questions but
> may have some
> > bearing on your third question.
> > The sandhyA varies a lot depending on region, ancestry
> and such
> > factors, and in most cases has a lot of post-vedic
> accretion. For
> > example, the modern yajurvedic sandhyA as practised in
> southern India,
> > even by smArta-s, has a lot of paurANika vaiShNava
> > Perhaps the "original" (or one of the earliest) forms
> of the
> > yajurvedic sandhyA is the one prescribed by bodhAyana.
> It runs roughly
> > as follows:
> > 1. Achamana using prANAya svAhA...(not achyuta,
> > 2. prokShaNa using dadhikrAvNo...,
> > etc
> > 3. gAyatrI 1000 times (or 100 times with
> prANAyAma or 10 times with
> > the seven vyAhR^iti-s prefixed)
> > 4. mitrasya...in the morning / imam me varuNa...in the
> > It is clearly much shorter than the current version
> and contains
> > almost no vaiShNava references.
> > On a different note, I don't think a sandhyA without
> the gAyatrI would
> > be acceptable to a smArta.
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