[Advaita-l] vedic mantras in nitya karmas

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Wed Sep 24 20:36:51 CDT 2008

Dear Sri Narayana Iyer
A general reading of the Sukthas you had mentioned will clear your doubts 
about the vinamrata aspect contained in them.Sri Suktham says saranam aham 
prapadye and goes on to describe the golden brilliance of Lakshmi and the 
prayer addressed to Her.Durga suktham  contains sutharasi tharase nama:It is 
more or less addressed to Durga in the form of Agni.it is also prayer to 
remove all obstacles and bless the progeny with prosperity.Sandhya mantras 
are full of vinamrata aspect only.The mantras say that all my sins-these are 
also listed -sarvam punanthu mam -papebyoh rakshantaham-.The two sins -manyu 
kruthebyah and kamo kruthebyah are again and again listed and prayed to the 
Devathas to protect one from these two very difficult sins.Whether one has 
actually committed  these sins are not still these are said to emphasise 
that these two are very difficult to overcome.Manyu is anger and Kama is 
desire.Also it is prayed that  one may be absolved of sins committed by 
manas,vak and and karmendriyas -like hands,feet,stomach and genital 
organs.All indicate vinamratha only.That is we as humans are very prone to 
commit sins at a drop of a hat as it were and we plead that we may be 
saved.It also indicates that it is very very difficult to conquer anger and 
passion.The mantra says only desire and anger have done the sins!Meaning 
human being have no control over these two emotions.How 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "narayan iyer" <z1e1b1r1a at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 1:11 AM
Subject: [Advaita-l] vedic mantras in nitya karmas

> Pranams,
> While doing nitya karmas yesterday, my mind kept wandering to the articles 
> of bhakti and karma which I had read in list archieves (of Sept. 2001, I 
> think) and to the wonderful article written by Sri K Sadananda and also 
> the quotation of HH Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Swami.
> When I applied my mind more to the task at hand and concentrated on 
> mantras, I observed that except for Sri Rudram, other mantras like Purusha 
> sookta, Narayana sookta (except once), Sri Sookta, Durga sookta etc. do 
> not appear to contain (to my very limited understanding of sanskrit) the 
> word "namaha:"  I checked with sandhya mantras (only of vedic portion) and 
> again found the same to the case.
> Of course I understand that the mantras I quoted are stuti and doesnt 
> probably require namah:, but still can someone elaborate, how the 
> vinamrata aspect is covered/implied by vedic mantras?  I mean, I can be 
> reciting the stutis and still be haughty without any concept of samarpan 
> or saranagati and not have the required Bhav.  And also, if someone can 
> explain the origins of namah:, the explicit vinamrata bhav in mantras?
> thanks and regards
> narayan
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