Sandhyavandan

Sandhyavandan

The Sandhyavandanam consists of recitation from the Vedas, accompanied by ritual. These rituals are performed three times a day – at morning (pratahsandhya), noon (madghyanika) and evening (Sayam Sandhya).

Sandhyavandan

The Sandhyavandanam is the oldest extant liturgy in world religion. As a practice, it may be descended from the much older daily Agnihotra ritual.

Sandhyavandanam literally means “salutation to Sandhya”. Sandhya, in turn, has traditionally been interpreted either as “the transition moments of the day” (namely the two twilights dawn and dusk), or as “the solar noon”. Thus, sandhyavandan may be defined as the ritual “salutation to twilight or the solar noon”.

The term sandhyā, when used by itself in the sense of “daily practice”, may also refer to the performance of these rituals at the opening and closing of the day.

Persons who do sandhyavandanam must have individual vessels.  Sandhyavandanam has to be done using those vessels. Sandhyavandanam should not be done hurriedly. One should perform Sandhya with Pranayamam with sincerity, without loss of mantra (pronunciation) uchranam, with total surrender of action to Parameswara with Bhakti and understanding the meaning of each mantra and Prayoga.

The Sandhya must be started at tender age around 8 years, that is after upanayan Sankar.

The benefits of Sandhyavandana:

  1. It brings down the stress levels. The Pranayama & Gayatri Mantra to be performed in 6 hour intervals can indeed calm tempers.
  2. Early morning and early evening times are most conducive for learning and children do their meditation before their studies to improve their concentration.
  3. It stresses a lot on hygiene. The rituals have to be performed after bathing and has a lot of cleaning exercises. In a crowded, dirty nation, you cannot stress enough the importance of hygiene. 
  4. It brings a discipline in us. Having to do it 3 times day on specific periods builds a sort of rhythm.
  5. It builds a bond between the elders and young guys in the home. In traditional households, the grandfathers, fathers, sons, uncles, cousins and brothers all perform the ritual at the same time and given the meanings of many mantras praying for family peace, it brings a sort of calmness to home.

 

 

Purification

Achamanam, pranayanam

Statement of  purpose

Sankalpah

Surrender and dedication

Satvika Tyaga

Purification

Prokshanam, Prasanam, Achamanam, Punya Prokshanam

Getting rid of demons

Arghyam

Purification

pranayanam

Apology for any delay

Prayaschita Arghyam

Purification

achamanam

Thanks for benefits received

Kesavadi Tarpanam

Purification

Achamanam, japa vidhih

Preparation for gayatri

Pranayaman mantra japa, gayatri aavahanam

Bringing in the Lord for protection

Gayatri Japam

Purification

Pranayamam

Realization of the the presence of the Lord

upastanam

Salutations to the sandya gods

sandyadi devata vandanam

Expression of one’s lineage

Abhivadanam

Salutations to the directional gods

Dikvandanam

Expression of one’s lineage

Abhivadanam

Surrender and dedication

satvika tyaga

Getting rid of demons

arghyam

The vedic references bring out the importance of worshipping Aditya through Arghyam and meditation through Gayatri at sunrise and sunset.

Every mantra has a specific result and purpose. The purpose and effect of Gayathri mantra is “Chitta Shudhhi” , purity of thought.  All mantras eventually lead to “Chitta Shudhhi”.  Gayatri is the straight result. Gayatri mantra is common for all three Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama).

Studies have shown that meditation has great influence on the bio-plasmic body. Brain cells are known to produce electric waves of different frequencies.