Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sandhya-vandanam

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The ritual of sandhyaavandana. The ritual in its entirety is very long. It is not possible for us in these days to spend that much time. This is easily doable in 15 minutes.

1. Aachamana 

(24 names of vishNu) - drink water during first three names leave in fourth -

ॐ केशवाय  नम:
ॐ  नारायणाय नम:
ॐ  माधवाय नम:
ॐ गोविन्दाय  नम:
ॐ विष्णवे  नम:
ॐ मधुसूदनाय  नम:
ॐ  त्रिविक्रमाय नम:
ॐ वामनाय  नम:
ॐ श्रीधराय  नम:
ॐ ह्रषीकेशाय  नम:
ॐ पज्ञनाभाय  नम:
ॐ दामोदराय  नम:
ॐ संकर्षणाय  नम:
ॐ वासुदेवाय  नम:
ॐ प्रद्युम्नाय नम:
ॐ अनिरूद्धाय  नम:
ॐ पुरूषोत्तमाय  नम:
ॐ अधोक्षजाय  नम:
ॐ नारसिम्हाय नम:
ॐ अच्युताय  नम:
ॐ जनार्दनाय  नम:
ॐ उपेन्द्राय  नम:
ॐ  हरये नम:
ॐ श्रीकृष्णाय  नम:

2. Sankalpa 

(मम: पात: दुरित:क्षय कारं प्रात: (सायं/ मध्यांन्ह) संध्याम् उपासिते) - leave water in paatra

3. Saadhan-Shuddhi aka aghamarshaNa

(अपवित्र पवित्रो वा सर्वावस्था गतोऽपि वा...
य: स्मरेत पुंडरीकाक्षम् सबाह्य - अभ्यंतर: शुची:) -

sprinkle water on self and instruments/yantras assisting in vidhi using right hand thumb and ring finger from left hand)

4. Aachaman (only first four names of vishNu) again

5. PraaNa dhyaana 
(ॐ प्रणवस्य परब्रह्मऋषि: परमात्मा देवता प्राणायामे विनियोग:)

6. PraaNaayaama - anulom-vilom praaNaayam in 1:2:4 ratio of inhaling:holding:exhaling. I chant one gayatri while inhaling, 2 while holding in, 4 while exhaling. At least 4 repetitions. 12-16 recommended

7. Arghya (surya in day and varuNa in evening)
(प्रात: (सायं) संध्यान् गत्वेन श्री सुर्याय (श्री वरूणाय) इदम् अर्घ्यम् दत्तम् न मम) - leave water in paatra 4 times

8. Gaayatri dhyaanam
(कुमारी ऋग्वेदयुताम् कुशहस्तम् पज्ञस्थिताम्
सुर्यमंडल संस्थिताम् ब्रह्मस्वरूपाम् विचिन्त्ययेत्)

9. Gaayatri shaap vimochan

ब्रह्मावशिष्ठविश्वामित्र गायत्री शापे विमोचने विनियोग: (leave water in paatra)

ब्रह्मावशिष्ठविश्वामित्र गायत्री शापे विमुक्त: भव - leave water in paatra


10. Savitru Gaayatri mantra japam - 

(प्रात: (सायं) संध्यान् गत्वेन गायत्री जपम् अहम् करिष्ये) - Leave water in paatra

(emphasis here minimum 1 malas (108). Recommended 3malas twice a day. Takes roughly 8-9 seconds to chant gaayatri once correctly. Roughly 10 minutes for one maalaa i.e 108 japa. If extremely pressed for time, at the least 12 iterations of gaayatri prescribed)

11. Phala-samarpaNa 

(अनेन प्रात: (सायम्) संध्यावंदनेन श्रीभगवान प्रीत्यर्थम् न मम) - leave water in paatra


12. Abhivaadana to surya/varuNa
(भो सुर्यदेवता (वरूणदेवता) your complete introduction - अहं अभिवादयामि )

13. ॐ तत् सत् ब्रह्मार्पणम् अस्तु ॥ - leave water in paatra

This is sandhyavandana vidhi.

After this, ishTa devata mantra japa (if given by a guru).

Thereafter PROCEED TO NITYA DEVA POOJA (if performed) or back to routine work.

Approximate time around 15-17 minutes with one praaNaayaama and one maalaa (108 iterations) of gaayatri mantra.

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