[Advaita-l] Meaning and Significance of nyAsA

Gautham Shenoy R gautham.vedanta at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 05:46:20 CST 2011

Namaste Subrahmanianji,

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 04:39:36PM +0530, V Subrahmanian wrote:
> Namaste.
> In general, nyAsa is invoking the deity in the various parts of the
> body.Kara nyAsa is offering namaskara to the Lord through the fingers of
> both the hands.
> A japa exercise involves all the three chief instruments: manas(mind), vAk
> (word/speech) and kAyaH (body).  All these instruments are divinised through
> the nyAsa ritual.  In my understanding, the anga-nyAsa for 'hRdayam'
> (hRdayAya namaH) is the one addressed to the 'mind'.  The vAk is taken care
> of the 'chandas' nyAsa.
> It also provides a protection, a protective shield to the person doing the
> japam (kavachAya Hum and astrAya phaT)

Thank you for the explanations!


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