[Advaita-l] Question on a short suurya namaskaaram
rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Wed Feb 16 19:34:54 CST 2005
Dear List Members,
An elaborate suurya namaskaaram is performed with the aruNa prashna of
the taittiriiya aaraNyakam.
An abbreviated suurya namaskaakaram is recommended for daily
performance, which I use in my daily worship.
It consists of 4 groups of mantras:
1. udayannadya mitramaha.h, sapatnaan me aniinasha.h, ... , tasyano dehi suurya
2. udayannadya mitramaha.h, arohannutaaran divam, ... , mo ahandvishhato radham
3. aadity vaa eshha ...
4. aadityo vai teja ojo balam ...
1 and 2 are found in the taittiriiya braahmana 18.104.22.168-23. TB 3.7 is
incidentally the famous achchhidra suuktam. 2 is also found in the
R^ig veda 1.50.11-13. 3 and 4 are part of the 10th chapter of the
Now 3 and 4 have a very deep meaning. 1 and 2 can be construed to be a
request for good health. But since 3 and 4 have a deep meaning, I feel
that 1 and 2 also could have a deeper meaning. A further complication
is that in 2 the verses:
shukeshhu me harimANam | ropaNAkAsu dadhmasi | atho haaridraveshhu me |
do not make much sense to me. hariman is death or illness. But why the
request to place "my illness" in 3 birds - shuka, ropaNAkA and
hAridrava. shuka is parrot. My dictionary tells me the other two are
types of birds with the helpful description that the last is yellow in
What does shAyaNa have to say about these verses? Or does anyone have
any suggestions on what these might be?
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