Monday, July 25, 2016

Sandhyavandhanam by Sringeri Bharathitirtha Swamigal



Sringeri Jagadguru on doing Sandhyavandanam

In several Anugraha Bhashanams, Sringeri Jagadguru emphasized the importance of doing Sandhyavandanam. A rough translation below:

"People say they don't have any time to do Sandhyavandanam. But they have time to watch television, read newspaper and engage in gossip. So to say that there is not enough time for Sandhyavandanam is wrong.

The Shastras prescribe two pakshas: Mukhya Paksham and Gouna Paksham

To do 1008 Gayatri Japam is Mukhya Paksham. People used to do this for 3 kaalas in the olden days.

If there is not sufficient time, then the Shastras prescribe Gouna Paksham of doing 108 Gayatri Japam.

If there is further little time, then the Shastras prescribe doing at least 32 Gayatri Japam.

But people usually ask for an alternative and a way to leave Sandhyavandanam. For that, there is no other alternative.

For a person who has had Upanayanam and Brahmopadesham (according to Shastras), he has to do Sandhyavandanam till the end.

If he says he can't do or has no time to do, it will become a grave mistake.

The reality is people don't have the will to do Sandhyavandanam and hence give various reasons.

In Kannada, there is an old saying: "Where there is will, there is way." (Manasu irindal margam irukum)

What one needs is real Shraddha to do Sandhyavandanam and not other reasons."

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