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2005 Upakarma vidhi

2005 Upakarma vidhi

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 Aavani-avittam
19/20 August 2005
 Japa vidhi and mantra for Sandhya vandanamYagnopavitha dharana mantramKamokarishi Japam SankalpamGayatri japa sankalpam
NOTE:
Brahmacharis must wake up early, have bath perform Sandhyavandanam, havea hair-cut then again have bath and then perform Samidadhanam. Followed byKamokarishi japam, Maadhyanikam, Brahmayagnyam, Mahasankalpam and then abath. Change the poonal (Yagnopavitham dharanam), Do the Kaanda Rishi tarpanam,Vedarambham and prostrate before God and elders and complete the Upakarma.Householders (Grihasthas) do not need a haircut nor need to perform Samidadhanam.
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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 :
1.
Achamanam
:Sipping a little water, in the prescribed manner, for self-purification,remembering the Supreme All-pervading Reality.2.
Apo-Marjanam
: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.
Pranayama
:Regulated breathings, as per prescription, for establishing psycho-somaticharmony, using the Gayatri-Mantra.4.
Punar-Achamanam
: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).
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5.
Punar-Marjanam
:Again sprinkling water over oneself with the Gayatri and other Mantraspraying for welfare here in the world and highest spiritual attainmenthereafter.6.
Aghamarsanam
:Repeating the cosmic creation Mantras, feeling oneself as a part of it, toremove the limitations of personality.7.
Suryopasthanam
:Invoking the Sun-God who brings life and light to the world and attuningthe mind to the Divine in the Sun and to all the cosmic surroundings.8.
Gayatri-Upasanam
:First the Divine Gayatri is invoked as the source of the Vedas and then thedifferent Worlds and the Supreme Divinity are located in the variouslimbs of one's body by touching them while uttering the Gayatri-Mantra,along with the Vyahrti (Bhuh, Bhuvah, Svah). This process of locating isknown as Anga-Nyasa.This is followed by the Japa and meditaion of the Gayatri-Mantra for aslong as one can do conveniently, fixing, however, a decent minimumnumber of times for the Japa. For meditation Gayatri is conceived in theform of a luminous Goddess illuminating the Heart and removing alldarkness of Ignorance.9.
Visarjanam
:Valediction. Praying to the Goddess to retire, to return again wheninvoked. Salutations are offered with devotion.10.
Antya-prakaranani
:Ending. Now, concluding the Upasana, protection against all wrongs andevils is sought and salutations are offered to the Sun-God and otherCosmic divinities. Forgiveness is sought for any flaws or lacunae in theuttering of the Mantras and the performance of the rituals and theSupreme Being is remembered to make them complete. The Upasana isconcluded with the offering of salutations.
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