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Recitation of manthras

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Recitation of manthras

o A Hymn or mantra is a prayer (with words and alphabets
specially chosen) addressed to God or deity. It is supposed to
posess mystic and super natural powers. For best results correct
recitation of the mantras is necessary.

o The energy from the universe is present everywhere. By
reciting a mantra either orally or mentally, we tune ourselves to
receive this energy. This is very similar to tuning a radio receiver
to receive the electromagnetic waves around us.

o Our sages through meditation have asessed the power of the
various mantras and their applications to different situations and

o The Chandas explains the potential of the mantra or the
power it can create in our body by reciting it. It is for this
purpose that the mantras must be recited in sanskrit only (as given
by sages) and any equivalent translation will have no effect.

o The mantras should be recited with due weightage to the
characteristics of the alphabet namely Hasva (short), dheerga
(long), alpaprana (less weightage), Maha Prana (heavy weightage).
The vibration characteristics of a mantra are very important. The
words and alphabets have been chosen to achieve this objective. This
is akin to combining the seven notes to produce different ragas or

o Every mantra is preceded by a verse indicating the name of
sage, chandas, deity to whom the hymn is addressed and the purpose
for which the mantra is used. The name of the sage indicates the
sage who has achieved god realization through this mantra. The
chandas indicates its potential. The purpose is also indicated as
the same hymn can be used in different contexts.

Science, electricity and health

o There is a flow of electricity in the human body (this
characteristic is used in ECG electrocardiogram). This is referred
to as bio-electricity. Electric currents pass through10 sets of
lines corresponding to 10 fingers and toes. Finger tips and top of
head constitute terminal points of these electric lines. Bio-
electricity gets charged through water, earth, ether etc.

o It must be appreciated that Sandyavandanam is not just
reciting hymns or mantras, but it includes certain actions like
stance, touching or making contact of different organs etc.

o All natural therapies are based on the principle that human
body has a self healing property. Further if the flow of bio-
electricity is normal the body remains fit and healthy. Every person
has a natural aura around him (an invisible body of charged
particles also called bio-plasmic body). Flow of electricity within
our body causes emission of electrons which in turn causes the aura.
This field has been photographed through a process known as kirilian
photography. This was known in ancient India and was used for
health. The inner aura follows the contour of the body while the
outer aura is shaped like an inverted egg. and may stretch away from
the body some 8-10 inches. Our sages have developed a science known
as Vastu shastra where by an environment conducive to this
electromagnetic field will help in better concentration, meditation
etc. This ancient Indian science has been taken up by modern
scientists. A new subject known as geo-biology based on the above
priciples is being used in the design of factories etc. to improve

o The best application of this principle is in health which
was also practiced in ancient india. This ancient science has been
developed by one Choa-kuk-sui (The ancient science and art of pranic
healing Cho-kuk-sui pub. Health Accecories Manila, Phillipines) for
curing diseases also known as pranic healing.

o The healing method is one of the naturopathy systems.
Detailed investigations and kirilian photography have shown that any
disease first enters the bio-plasmic body and then our visible
physical body. Hence the healing process attempts to rectify the bio-
plasmic body through induction of bio-energy at specific points of
the body known as chakras. Remedial measures also include use of
energised water.

o Studies have shown that meditation has great influence on
the bio-plasmic body. Brain cells are known to produce electric
waves of different frequencies.

o In ancient india, one more system of natural therapy i.e.
acu-pressure therapy existed. This system also recognises the
existence of electricity which is responsible for our health. This
system recognises our palm and finger tips as control boards for
manipulation or alteration of bio-electricity. Healing is achieved
by applying slight pressure to specific points.

o In vedic rites water is used for purification. Modern
scientists by passing sound waves through water have produced gas
bubbles emitting blue light with very high temperature inside. These
studies indicate the capacity of sound waves to energise water.

o A vedic rite known as udakashanti is performed in which
water is kept in a copper vessel and vedic hymns are chanted by a
group of vedic scholars, some vedic scholars have found that the
temperature of water in the vessel has gone up substantially.
Punyahavchanam is another vedic rite where in water is energised
through vedic hymns. This approach in a miniature has been used in
Sandyavandanam i.e. prokshanam, prasanam, achamanam etc. Hence while
performing these rituals sound waves must be produced emnating from
the mouth.

o Vedic rituals like pranayanam or japam have impact on bio-
electricity. Electro cardiograms taking in a normal state, during
pranayanam and during pranayanam mantra japam have been taken and
they indicate substabtial changes during prnanayanam and japam
confirming the fact that we absorb bio-electricity during these

o Sandyavandanam is essentially prayers to the Supreme Lord at
sandya time. Though god realization is the main objective the
importance of healthy body and mind have been duly recognized. Apart
from reciting hymns it also includes karanas - namely stance,
touching different parts of the body etc. They help to achieve the
twin objectives of god realization and health.

>From Book: Sandyavandanam by Sri Visistadvaita recearch centre

Compiled by:
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchari Sadagopan
Srinivasan Sriram


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