pachai maamalai pol mene

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thoughts on Sandhyavandhanam..

ब्रह्मणो हृदयं विष्णुः विष्णोश्च हृदयं शिवः
शिवस्य हृदयं सन्ध्या तेनोपास्या द्विजोत्तमाः॥
brahmaNo hR^idayaM viSNuH viSNoshcha hR^idayaM shivaH
shivasya hR^idayaM sandhyaa tenopaasyaa dwijottamaaH..

The heart of Brahma is Vishnu and the heart of Vishnu is Shiva.. The heart of Shiva is Sandhya and therefore it is prescribed that the learned men should not fail to propitiate Sandhya. Sandhyadevata is actually a force residing in our hearts. We should always remember that we are propelled to action only because we are one with that Sandhya. While doing the oblation to Sandhya and the upasana to Gayatri, this should be the only thought in our minds.. the oneness of the Self and Sandhya. Every episode of oblation to Sandhya is performed to cleanse ourselves of the sins committed by us in the interregnum of a few hours after the ealier episode. The sins are so contagious. The arghyas given through gayatri are for the welfare of the Sun and the entire universe. The beneficiary of each episode of Sandyavandanam by anyone is the whole Universe. Once a person is initiated to Gayatri, it is presumed that his eye of enlightenment is opened. So the person carrying Gayatri should live upto the lofty standards expected of Him.
Even when one is observing aasaucham on account of a death of a near relative, He should not fail in offering arghyam in Sandhya. If one is seriously ill but is still alive, Sandyavandanam should be performed by a representative on his behalf. It is a sacred duty ordained on us and cannot cease until our death.