[Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana
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Mon May 17 22:13:51 CDT 2010
Sri Gurubhyon Namaha
Manasika sandhyavandanam is allowed only in apatkala that is when there is a real reason, you should not do manasika or abridged versions if you have the means and time for waking uop early and doing it. The only point that i not to this mainly during travel that too in the air, if you are travelling by train u still have the possiility of doing regular sandhya.
If by any chance you miss the timings you will have to do prayaschitta which comes in sandhya vandanam, but again this should not be a habit and reason to skip off for waking during brahmi muhurta.
Prathah sandya and madhaynika sandhya combining into one cannot be done pratha sandhya has to be done before sunrise preferably during brahmi muhurta and the madhyanika can be done 2.24 hrs after sunrise. If you are in any other place apart from India thuis gets a bit tough as sometimes you never see the sun , so it is better to do it at that time with prayaschitta than forsaking it completely.
One should not combine morning and afternoon mantras or the other way there is no combination allowed. If you want to follow shruti follow it completely, how long will it take to say the mantras completely not more than 10 mins for each sandhya, of course the mantra sadhana might take some time depending on the number.
Never ever miss sandhya, the only things that we miss every day or can afford to miss are our prayers, try missing your lunch or dinner but perform sandhya. My 2 cents, i am a lot younger than most of you members but just thought that i would share what i know.
Raghavender R Ganti
From: Ananth Padmanabhan <padmanabhan_ananth at hotmail.com>
To: advaitha Vedaanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Sent: Tue, May 18, 2010 7:55:46 AM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana
Namaskaram to all
I have 3 questions in this regard.
1. I have to travel for my work and many times while on the plane or driving to work during the sandhya time, I used to perform the 'manasika sandhya' (Krishna Yajur veda) from the 'aachamanam thru ApOhishta, Suryascha.../Apafpunanthu../agnishcha.., dhaDhigrAvinnO.., ArkyaprAdhanam,asAvAdhithyo..., Gayathri mahAmantajapam, Upasthanam.. until adhyAnO dEva...yadh bhatram thanma Asuva Om Tatsat brahmArpanamastu|| simulating mentally the rituals of prOkshanam/mArjanam/arkyam/dhikvandhanam etc associated. I am happy to learn that I am NOT doing the wrong thing -knowingly or unknowingly. I request the learned members to comment.
2.I also used to combine the prAtha sandhya and mAdhyAnnikam while performing the prAthasandhya, whether doing the traditional way or mAnasika method as I may not be able to perform during the appointed time (at work ). Is it okay?
3. If for any unforeseen reason, I miss my Prathasandya/mAdhyAnnikam, I make it a point to chant the Suryacha../Apafpunanthu.. along with agnischa.. during my sAyamsandhyA and also chant the 'mithrasya...andhidhOnadhoorAth' and 'AsathyEna...pasyEma saradhassadham...' (backspacing myself mentally to the past morning) prior to 'imammE varuna...'. Is it allowed?
> Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 03:55:44 +0530
> From: v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
> To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Gayatri Mantra and Sandhyavandana
> On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 8:06 AM, ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com>wrote:
> > Namaskara to all:
> > I have a question re: Gayatri Mantra
> > 1.Can it be recited outside of sandhyavandana ?
> > 2.My understanding is that before it is recited, Gayatri Shaapa-Vimochana
> > Mantra must be recited first, which is what I do.
> > 3.Albiet not an excuse, is there a shortened version of sandhya-vandana for
> > those who are dharmically weak or times of exigency (aapatkaal).
> There is the provision to do sandhyAvandanam mentally, mAnasika, in times of
> ApatkAla like when one is traveling during the sandhya time. In this mental
> mode, the entire process of sandhya vandana is 'run' through mentally, from
> beginning to end, without leaving out any part. The Sringeri Acharya HH Sri
> Abhinva Vidyatirtha MahaswaminaH has said this in the Tamil book:
> 'SandhyAvandanam' with His detailed explanation.
> During times of 'aashaucha' like the period of 'impurity' owing to someone's
> death or birth, the sandhya is done in a very shortened way. This depends
> on family practices. Some do just the number of Gayatri without the other
> I have also observed in the case of 'shiShTa' s that when one is seriously
> ill and unable to do his sandhya, someone else sits near him and does the
> sandhya on his behalf. Of course, if the patient is mentally able, he can
> do it in the mAnasika mode lying / sitting in the bed. Even snAnam is
> permitted in various concessional modes. Just prokshanam of water with
> mantra is mantra snAnam. Applying bhasma with the mantras is bhasma
> snAnam. With this kind of purity, a patient too can perform sandhya.
> Many such matters are discussed in that Tamil book priced at Rs. 50. It
> even contains a CD for the entire mantra portion of the Yajurveda sandhya.
> Published by Sri Vidyatirtha Foundation, Chennai.
> Best regars,
> > I have read there are Madhva versions of a shortended SV but what is
> > appropraite for those belonging to Smartha sampradaya ? I have seen a
> > shorter version that after giving arghya, it proceeds to the point of
> > reciting Achutayanama, Anantayanama, Govindayanama; then Kaayena vaacha etc
> > and then giving respects to Bhoomi Devi at the end. Now this method omits
> > tarpana to Navagrahas, Dasha-Pranayama, nyasa, Gayatri Mantra, salutations
> > to Mitra/Varuna, Yama, and lords of thee directions.
> > Dhanyavaad,
> > Ravi Chandrasekhara
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