Been doing sandhya since upanayanam. (And samidaadaanam till vivaaham.)
Full praatha sandhya with 108 gaayathris should take about 25 minutes, if you are practised and proficient, Without rushing or cutting corners. Gaayathri should be chanted in silence, with your counting hand covered by your uttareeyam. This applies to all three sandhyas.
S Narayanaswamy Iyer
1. Gopalan Sir is an asset to our forum. He patiently clarifies the doubts raised by members.1. Sri Gopalan is a local expert of the forum and highly respected for his contributions in many areas such as ritual & details. ....................
2.If too many rules are imposed thinking children will rebel and go in opposite direction when they get a chance.
hiSri Gopalan is a local expert of the forum and highly respected for his contributions in many areas such as ritual & details.
I interpreted his statement that it takes 15 minutes to mean ball park estimate so that one is not discouraged.
The number of Gayatri mantra recited for morning, afternoon and evening has to be viewed as a goal to strive towards. It is more important that the Nithya Karma is done at a regular time.
For one studying in a Veda Patashala, Sri Gopalan has provided the details of what would be desired as well.
It is most useful when one understand the detailed significance of each of the steps. This is beyond what is stated in a book one can buy at Giri Trading such as those by 'Anna'. It will be useful to learn the significance of the Gayatri Mantra by learning from a qualified teacher who can go over the Sankara Bhashya on Gayatri Mantra in depth.
In other words, there are many ways to benefit from Sandhyavandanam. For starters learning to recite the Mantras properly with Shraddha and doing Sandhyavandanam once a day is excellent in my opinion.
If too many rules are imposed thinking children will rebel and go in opposite direction when they get a chance.
just info....i studied in veda patashala.....i was vedic studies more than seven yrs...nobody thought the meaning of
Gayatri mantra in veda patashala...we learned later in our life....veda patashala is teaching is different from shakara
bhashya learnings later stage in life...
"In todays life of a brahmin grhasta, with all his other engagements and yet to chant 108 Gayatri three times a day may be a difficult thing to adhere to."
Not at all.
First, get the facts right. Then put pen to paper. (Or take to the computer keyboard.) You DO NOT chant 108 gaayathris three times a day. You do that once. In the morning. At noon you chant 42, at sunset 64.
As a gruhastha I have had, and am having, NO DIFFICULTY performing sandhya vandanam as it should be performed. As I wrote earlier in this forum, cultivate the self-discipline to get up two before sunrise every day. You will have plenty of time for gaayathri japams for praatha sandhya and maadhyaahnikam. Set aside 35 minutes before sunset. That will enable you to do your saayam sandhya without rushing. Reserve these times as a vital priority.
Second, please note that self-praise is no praise. It is all very well for Vaishavaites to thump their chests in this forum. It only provokes, tempts, encourages shaakthaas, shaivaites, gaanapathyaites, kaumaraites to prick the balloon. Thirumanthiram is superior to mahaa-gaayathri? What a laugh! Aalvaars superior to Naayanmaars? Why start a controversy in your enthusiasm?
"naaraayanaaya vidmahe vasudevaaya deemahi, thanno vishnoo prachothayaayaath" is a gaayaathri we all know. There are other gaayathris s well. Read Book IV of the Thayithireeya Upanishad. Mahaa Vishnu is not the exclusive possession of self-proclaimed Vaishnavaites.
This is clearly standing the matter on its head. The correct advice is: measure the time needed for chanting the gaayathri: 108 at sunrise, 32 at noon, 64 at sunset, and set aside this time in full without stingeing. Then attend to your other laukeeka matters. As a responsible gruhastha, set an example for the brahmachaaris in your household to follow. Do not shrink.
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