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All World Gayatri Pariwar

All World Gayatri Pariwar

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How to perform Gayatri sadhana
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Print (All World Gayatri Pariwar)All World Gayatri PariwarSimple and Effective daily practice of GayatriA Simple and Safe Mode of Daily Gayatri-Upasana Gayatri-Upasana can be performed mentally at any time in any circumstance. It isdoubtlessly beneficial in every condition. Nevertheless, performing it regularlyand religiously has greater significance and spiritual impact. Any experiment ortask if conducted systematically with due concentration and punctuality assurescompletion and comprehensive output. The same is true of devotional practices.The rituals associated with the daily upasana of Gayatri are devised to helpdesired mental and emotional conditioning of the sadhaka. These are simple andcould be practised by every one. It should be noted that these are not merecustoms or mechanical acts. Rather, these are derived from in-depthunderstanding of the spiritual nature of human self. For adept performance ofdaily upasana it is important to note the implications and sentiments associatedwith them as highlighted below. One is free to choose the sakara or nirakara mode of upasana as per his mentalmakeup. One needs to select an appropriate place where he or she could performthe upasana at the scheduled time every day without any disturbance. Usually aseparate room or a quiet corner of a room in the house is suitable for thispurpose. Or, one may go to a nearby temple, on a bank of a river or in a gardenand adjust the daily practice at such a time and spot which is relativelysilent…. The place of worship (pajasthali) should be kept clean. In sakaraupasana, a photo of Gayatri Mata is placed on a small stool and is worshipedevery day by flowers etc. (A special photograph for this “devasthapana” areavailable at Shantikunj, Hardwar or at any local center of Gayatri Pariwar).Nirakara upasana does not require any photo or idol, as here, the rising sun orsome subtle concept is meditated upon.Early morning is the best time for regular upasana. One should commence it onlyafter the routine cleansing of the body. In case of sickness or weatherconstraints, bathing could be replaced by partial cleaning or sponging. Thepancakarma sandhya as described below should be performed through heart beforejapa and dhyana in the daily upasana. This could be relaxed in case oftravelling etc. In similar unavoidable conditions, the daily upasana could beperformed only by japa and dhyana.Daily Upasana with Panca Karma Sandhya: Sit on a cloth or kush carpet in acomfortable posture (preferably with cross-folded legs or “sukhasana”) witherect spinal cord. Keep a kalasha or small glass full of water and lit a dipakaand agarbatti in the pajasthali. The rosary (preferably of basil or sandalwoodbeads) should also be kept handy. The upasana procedure has four parts – (1)Pancakarma of purification; (2) Deva Avhahan (Invocation); (3) Japa and Dhyanaand (4) Saryardhya-dana. Each could be performed in 2 to 5 minutes except japaand dhyana. The latter should be performed for 15 minutes at least; the sadhakacould choose a longer duration as per his convenience.(1) The Pancakarma Sandhya (or the Brahm-Sandhya): The following five (panca)rituals are meant for the purification of the body and mind and harmonizedactivation of the flow of prana: (i) Pavitrikarana: Hold some water in the left palm and cover it with the righthand and chant the following mantra. Sprinkle this water on the body while
 
chanting the terminating segment – “Punatu…” of the mantra with a feeling thatthis water energized by the spiritual vibrations of the mantra is purifying yourbody externally and internally.The Mantra: Oan Apavitrah Pavitro Va Sarvavstha Gatoapi Va,Yah Smaret Pundarikakshan Sa Bahyantarah Shucih |Oan Punatu Pundarikakshah, Punatu Pundarikakshah, Punatu ||(ii) Acamanah: Hold some water in the right palm; chant the first mantra anddrink the water with the chant of “swaha”. Repeat the same with the second andthird mantras. The Mantras: Oan Amratopastaranmasi Swaha |1| Oan Amratapidhanamasi Swaha | 2|Oan Asatyam Yashah Shrirmayi Shrih Shrayatan Swaha |3| These three acamanas are performed with an intense feeling of drinking the Hrin,Srin and Klin currents of Gayatri Shakti; as though an infant is gaining vitalenergy by sucking his mother’s milk.(iii) Shikha Vandana: Tie the shikha or touch this central spot (above thesuture) on the skull. Close the eyes and chant the following mantra with adetermination that the divine radiance of Gayatri attracted thereby is beingabsorbed in the brain and is inspiring righteous thinking and illumination ofmind.The Mantra: Oan Cidrapini Mahamaye, Divya Tejah Samanvite |TiÌÚha Devi Shikha Madhye, Tejo Vraddhin KuruÌva Me || (iv) Pranayama: Pranayamas are well known breathing exercises for harmonizingthe breathing. A simple pranakarÌana pranayama is performed in the pancakarmaafter enunciating the following mantras. For this, inhale slowly at a steadypace with a feeling that the prana shakti of Gayatri inspissated around is beingdrawn-in with the breath. Hold the breath for few seconds to absorb thismahaprana that is sparkling like immense glow of the rising sun… Now exhale thebreath at the same pace with a firm belief that the impurities and vileassimilation from inside are being expelled forever. Hold the breath out for fewseconds with a feeling that the mahaprana is spreading out in the infinity afterdestroying the vices and sins inside. Repeat this cycle three times. Theduration of holding the breath is normally maintained as half that ofinhalation/ exhalation in each cycle…. The Mantras:Oan Bhah, Oan Bhuvah, Oan Swah, Oan Mahah, Oan Janah, Oan Tapah, Oan Satyan |Oan Tatsaviturvarenyan Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah Pracodayat ||Oan Apo Jyotih Rasoamratan Brahn Bhur Bhuvah Swah Oan ||(v) Nyasa: In this process, the fingers of the right hand are successivelysoaked in the water hold in the left palm and touched upon (from left to right)to the mouth, nose, eyes, ears arms and thighs after chanting the respectivemantras. The water remaining in the hands is sprinkled over the entire body inthe end. The Mantras: Oan Vaógme Asyestu | (mouth). Oan Nasorme Pranorastu | (nose).Oan Akshnorme Cakshurastu | (eyes). Oan Karnayorme Shrotramastu | (ears).Oan Bahvorme Balamastu | (arms). Oan Urvorme Ojoastu | (thighs).Oan AriÌÚani Meóagani Tanustanva Me Sahsantu | (whole body). The process of purification by the pancakarmas signify that only thosepossessing the piety of body and mind are worthy of deva pajana (worshiping the
 
God). It may be noted that all the pancakarmas could also be performed bychanting only the Gayatri Mantra.Deva Pajana begins after the pancakarmas.(2) Deva Pajana: Prathvi pajana is the first step here.We are born and brought-up in the lap of mother earth. Our life has no existencewithout its shelter and support. This motherland is thus like a devata to us.Therefore the earth (prathvi), the motherland is worshiped before the principalGod (iÌÚa devata) of the upasana. As a mark of gratitude, one spoon of water issacrificed to the earth and it is worshiped by flower etc and paid regards(pranama) while chanting the following mantra – with the sentiments that weshould also be endowed with the endurance, generosity and forbearance like theearth.The Mantra: Oan Prathvi Twaya Dhrata Loka, Devi Twan Visnuna Dhrata,Twan Ca Dhareya Mam Devi, Pavitran Kura Casanam |Invocation of Gayatri:Invocation of the Adi Shakti Gayatri is then prayed through the following mantrawith the intrinsic feel (through the depth of the heart) that the divine powerof Gayatri is descending and consecrating in our inner self.The Mantra: Oan Ayatu Varade Devi, Tryakshare Brahmvadini,Gayatri Chandasan Mata Brahmyone Namostute |Oan Shri Gayatryai Namah| Avhahyami, Sthapayami, Pajayami, Dhyayami|Tato Namaskaram Karomi|Invocation of the Guru: Guru is an angelic reflection of thy-glow that guidesthe righteous evolution of the devotee… With a prayer for the blessings of ourdivine gurusatta – Rev. Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya and Van. Mataji Smt.Bhagavati Devi Sharma – for the adept performance of the upasana, we invoke thegrace of the guru by the following mantra: Oan Gurbrahma, Gururvishnu, Gurureva Maheshvaro |Gurureva Parabrahn, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah|| Akhanda Mandalakaram, Vyaptam Yena Caracaram|Tatpadam Darshitam Yena, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah||Oan Shri Guruve Namah| Avhahyami, Sthapayami, Pajayami, Dhyayami|Tato Namaskaram Karomi |The spiritual experiment of Japa and Dhyana begins at this stage. (3) Japa and Dhyana: Japa means rhythmic enunciation of a mantra at a consistentamplitude and frequency. Several types of japas are described in the ancientscience of mantras. The upanshu japa is most suitable for the daily upasana. Theenunciation of this japa is such that – the lips and tongue move but the volumeof voice is kept so low that even the people sitting besides would not be ableto hear it. This type of japa avoids disturbing others and it also supportsmental concentration of the sadhaka. Minimum three rosaries (3 X 108 times) japaof the Gayatri Mantra should be performed during the daily upasana (at anaverage frequency, it takes about 6 to 8 minutes for 108 times upanshu japa ofthe Gayatri Mantra). If possible, the number of japas could be increased furtherby some more rosary counts; usually the experienced sadhakas practice up toeleven rosary counts at a stretch. The regularity (fixed number and pace) ofjapa should be maintained every day.

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