[Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Tue May 18 03:32:29 CDT 2010

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> wrote:

> 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
> as follows:
> 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.

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