SANDHYA VANDANAMSandhya Vandanam
is a specially devised efficient spiritual ritual for the realization ofthe Divinity of the Self (Atman). It is a Nitya Karma or an obligatory daily ritual whoseobject is to bring about self-purification and attunement to Cosmic Reality. It is an all-round complete ritual which incorporates the principles of the Supreme Divinity(Brahman).
RITUALS OF THE SANDHYA
Each part of the ritual is meant to give expression externally to an internal mentalattitude and spiritual feeling (Bhava). Some necessary changes are introduced in theMantras and ritual according to the time of the Sandhya-- dawn, noon, or sunset, andaccording to the Veda (Rg, Yajur, or Sama) to which the votary is affiliated. However,the main purpose as well as most of the Mantras, the procedures, and rituals are allcommon.
The procedure involve :
:Sipping a little water, in the prescribed manner, for self-purification,remembering the Supreme All-pervading Reality.2.
:Invoking all the waters of the earth which form the cause of theemergence and sustenance of all life, by sprinkling water on oneself, toenable one to be attuned to the cosmic life and reality.3.
:Regulated breathings, as per prescription, for establishing psycho-somaticharmony, using the Gayatri-Mantra.4.
:Again sipping water with appropriate Mantras for the removal of all sinsand obstacles, attuning oneself to the light-giving sun in the morning, tothe life-giving waters at noon and to the heat-giving fire in the evening,which are the means of all our life and activity, and as such are termed asthe sources of Immortality (Amrta-yoni).