[Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana
rkmurthy at gmail.com
Mon May 17 05:26:40 CDT 2010
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 elements
Perhaps the "original" (or one of the earliest) forms of the
yajurvedic sandhyA is the one prescribed by bodhAyana. It runs roughly
1. Achamana using prANAya svAhA...(not achyuta, ananta..)
2. prokShaNa using dadhikrAvNo..., ApohiShTha...,sUryashcha/agnishcha..., 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 evening.
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.
On 17 May 2010 08:06, ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com> wrote:
<< 3.Albiet not an excuse, is there a shortened version of
sandhya-vandana for those who are dharmically weak or times of
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