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Sandhyaa Heenah Asuchir Nityam Anarhaha Sarva Karamsu |

Yath Anyath Kurute Karma Na Tasya Phalabhag Bhaveth ||

One who does not perform Nitya Karma Anushtanam like Sandhyavandanam is always impure and unfit for performing any other rites. Whatever other rites he may perform, he will not obtain the fruit thereof.

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2005-05-24 : vishuji.com: Sandhyavandanam lists all the steps - very good

Book available from Sri Thillasthanam Swamy Kainkarya Sabha for Rs 35 (in India) or USD 5 (outside India)

2002 August 19 : Karmas and Diseases : A twice-born who casts away his thread, does not keep tuft, and does not perform Sandhya-Vandana gets impotence and fits of insanity.

2002 June 27 : Dr. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is quite particular in doing sandhyavandanam twice a day

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(source : http://www.angelfire.com/me2/sutras/ssrs.html) --

Gayathri Japam


1) Aachamanam

Achyutaya namah

Anantaya namah

Govindaya namah

Achamanam, that is, sipping of the water with the above mantras, one sipping for each mantra, will remove all the ills of the body-and mind. This is called Namatrayividya or the worship with the three names, which will cure all diseases, physical and mental. There is a well-known sloka to the effect that the medicine constituting the repetition of the three names of the Lord Achyuta, Ananta and Govinda will certainly cure all diseases.

2) Pranayama

Next comes Pranayama, i. e. Control of Prana.

Om Bhuh / Om Bhuvah / Om Suvaha / Om Mahah / Om Janah / Om Tapah / Om Satyam / Om Tat Saviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi / Dhiyo yo Nah Prachodayat / Om Apo Jyoti-rasomritam Brahma Bhurbhuvassuvarom.

The forefinger and the middle finger should be bent and by the thumb and second finger, the nose must be touched, on either side, the right nostril should be closed and air must be taken slowly by the left nostril and then that should be closed and after a time the air slowly sent out by the right nostril. The inhaling is called Puraka, the retaining Kumbhaka and the exhaling Rechaka. The proportion of time of these three viz. Puraka, Kumbhaka and Rechaka should be in the ratio 1: 3: 2.

3) MARJANAM

Apohishta mayo bhuvah / ta na oorje dadhatana maheranaya chakshase / yo vah sivatamorasah / Tasya bhajayateha nah / Usateeriya Matarah / Tasma arangamama vah yasya kshayayajinvatha / Apo janayatha cha nah / Om Bhurbhuvos suvah.

With the second finger of the right hand write the letter Om on Water and uttering the word Sri kesavaya namah touch the centre of the brows with that very finger.

With the first seven mantras sprinkle water on the head with the second finger. Reciting the eighth Mantra touch ,the feet with the second finger. Reciting the ninth mantra sprinkle water again on the head. Then repeating the mantra - Om Bhurbhuvassuvah make a circuit of your head.

4) ARGHYA-PRADANAM

Om bhurbhuvassuvah / Tat Saviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi / dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat //

With this mantra, before sunrise take water filling both hands and pour thrice to the East. At noon, you must stand facing north and pour water twice. At night before sunset in a sitting posture, the thumb should be apart when offering the arghya.

5) PRAYASCHITTARGHYAM

Pranayamamah // Om bhuh + bhurbhuvassuvarom Arghyam / Om bhurbhuvassuvah + dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat Om bhurbhuvasvah //

Then Pranayama should be done and then the Prayaschittarghya must be poured afterwards uttering, Om bhurbhuvassuvah. Circumambulate the head with water.

6) AIKYANUSANDHAANAM

Asavadityo Brahma / Brahmaivaasmi//

With the two hands touch the breast, close the eyes and deeply meditate on the truth that the Jeevatman and Paramatman are one.

Meaning

Asau - This Adityah - Sun Brahma -Is Brahma Aham -I also Brahmaiva -Verily Brahman Asmi -Am Do Achamanam after that

7) DEVA-TARPANAM

Adityam tarpayami/ Somam tarpayami / Angarakam tarpayami / Budham tarpayami / Brihaspatim tarpayami /Sukram tarpayami /Sanaischaram tarpayami / Rahum tarpayami / Ketum tarpayami

Kesavam tarpayami / Narayanam tarpayami / Madhavam tarpayami / Govindam tarpayami / Vishnum tarpayami / Madhusoodanam tarpayami / Trivikramam tarpayami / Vamanam tarpayami / Sreedharam tarpayami / Hrishikesam tarpayami Damodaram tarpayami/

8) SANDHYA-VANDANA JAPAARAMBHAH

Suklambaradharam Vishnum sasivarnam chaturbhujam

prasannavadanam dhyayet sarvavighnopa - santhaye//

Om bhu + Bhurbhuvassuvarom // (Pranayamah)

Mamopatta - samasta - duritakshayadwara Sriparameswara preetyartham Pratah Sandhya - Gayatri – Mahamantra-japam karishye/

9) GAYATRI AVAHANAM

Aayatwityanuvakasya Vamadeva Rishih / Anushtup Chhandah/ Gayatri Devata/

Aayaatu Varada Devi Aksharam Brahmasammitam/ Gayatri Chhandasam Mataridam Brahma Juhaswa Nah/ Ojosi Sahosi Balamasi Bhrajosi Devanam Dhama Namasi viswamasi viswayuh sarvamasi sarvayu-rabhibhoorom Gayatri mavahayami Savitrimavahayami Saraswatimavahayami //

Reciting this mantra, the Gayatri Devi should, be thought of as manifesting in the lotus of the heart. With the sign of invocation, the hands should be turned inwards in front of the heart.

10) GAYATRI NYASAH

Savitriya Rishirvishivamitrah / Nichrudgayatri Chhandah/ Savita Devata //.

Meaning

Savitriyah - Of the Savitri mantra (i.e. the Gayatri mantra) Rishirvishwamitrah - Vishwamitra is the Rishi. Nichrugayatri Chhandah –The Nichrud Gayatri is the metre. Savita Devata - And Sun is the deity.

Om Bhurbhuvassuvah Tatsaviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo yo Nah prachodayat

11) GAYATRI-UPASTHANAM

Pranayamah /

Praatah Sandhya, (Aditya), (Saayam Sandhya) Upasthanam karishye // Uttame shikhare Devi bhoomyaam parvata-moordhani /

 Brahmanebhyo hyanujnaanam gachha Devi yathaa sukham //

After the japam of Gayatri, the prayer to that deity to go to her own place is called Gayatri Upasthanam. First of all the Pranayama must be done.

12) SURYA UPASTHANAM

Mitrasya charshani dhritah sravo devasya saanasim / Satyam Chitrasravastamam// Mitro janam yaatayati prajaanan Mitro daadhaara Prithivee mutadyaam / Mitrah krishtee - ranimishaabhichashte Satyaaya havyam ghritavadvidhema//

Pra Sa Mitra Marto Astu Payaswaan Yasta Aditya Sikshati Vratena / Na Hanyate Na Jeeyate Twoto Nainama-gumho Asnotyantito Na Dooraat//

After japam fold your hands and stand facing the East; then worship the Paramatma inside the Solar Orb with the following mantra: -

13) SAMASHTYABHIVAADANAM

Sandhyaayai namah / Saavitryai namah / Gaayatryai namah / Saraswatyai namah / Sarvaabhyo Devataabhyo namo namah // Kamokarsheenmanyurakaarsheennamo namah

After Japam the mantras Sandyaayai namah etc. should be uttered folding the hands beginning with the quarter, which one faces at the time of the japam. Finally looking to that very quarter Sarvaabhyo Devataabhyo namah and kamokaarsh- eenmanyurakaarsheennamo namah should be uttered with folded hands.

14) DIGDEVATA VANDANAM

Praachyai Dise Namah // Dakshinaayai Dise Namah / Prateechyai Dise Namah // Udeechyai Dise Namah // Oordhwaaya Namah // Adharaaya Namah // Antarikshaaya Namah Bhoomyai Namah Brahmane Namah // Vishnave Namah // Mrityave Namah

Beginning from the quarter facing which the japa was done, the four quarters are saluted as well as the upper side and lower side and the middle portion and the Gods or the quarters, and afterwards the earth and the three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and, Siva.

15) YAMA VANDANAM

Yamaaya Namah Yamaaya Dharmarajaaya Matyave Chhantakaaya cha // Vaivaswataaya Kaalaaya Sarvabhootakshaaya cha //

Oudumbaraaya Dadhnaaya Neelaaya parameshtine // Vrikodaraaya Chitraaya Chitragupaaya Vai Namah // Chitraguptaaya Vai Nama Om Nama Iti //

This mantra should be uttered facing the South.

16) HARIVANADANAM

Ritagum Satyam Param Brahma Purusham Krishna-pingalam // Oorddhwaretam Viroopaksham Viswaroopaya Vai Namo Namah // Viswaroopaaya Vai Namo Nama Om Nama Iti //

Facing the north and standing with folded hands this mantra should be uttered.

Meaning

Ritagum -The beauty in things seen

Satyam -The basis of sight.

Param Brahma -Para Brahma (Supreme Being)

Purusham -Dwelling in all bodies.

Krishna Pingalam -The dark Lord Krishna and the red Shiva united as Harihar

17) SURYANARAYANA VANDANAM

Introduction

Namah Savitre Jagadeka Chakshushe Jagat-prasooti-sthiti-naasa-hetave, trayee mayaaya trigunaatma-dhaarine Virinchi Naamayana-Sankaratmane, Dhyeyah Sadaa Savitrumandalamadhyavartee Naarayanah Sarasijaasana-Samnivishlah //

Keyuravan Makarakundalavaan Kiritee Haaree Hiranmaya-vapur-dhritha sankha-chakrah.Sankha-Chakra - Gadaapaano Dwarakaanilayaachyata // Govinda Pundareekaaksha Raksha Maam saranagatam //Aakaasaat patitam toyam yatha gacchati saagaram// Sarvadeva namaskarah kesavam prati gachchati // Sreekesavam prati gacchatyon nama iti // abhivaadaye ... Asmi Bhoh //

18) SAMARPANAM

Kaayena Vaacha Manasendriyairvaa Budhyaatmana Vaa Prakriteh Swabhaavaat // Karomi Yadyat Sakalam Parasmai Naraayanaayeti samarpayaami //.

Kaayena -By the body.

Vaachaa -By speech.

Manasaa -By the mind.

Indriyairvaa -or by the senses

Budhyaatmana Vaa -or by the intellect


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