Gayathri Japam - 2017


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Preparations for Japam

Wherever you be in the world, use the early morning time (Brahma Muhurtham) to wakeup on all days. Especially on this gaayathri japam day wake up early in the morning and take a simple bath. Do sandhya vandhanam. If you have the pavithram which is made up of two dharbhams, keep them ready to use. A pair of 'Yajgnopaveetam' also called Poonal is required for each gruhasta.
And a Single poonal is required for each brahmachari.
A place to be selected for Gayathri Japam, where there is no disturbance of TV or other entertainment players. And select a place where chidren will not come and disturb you while doing japam.
'Manai Kolam' to be drawn in the floor for each and a 'Manai Palagai' to be palced on it. The kolam also to be drawan on the palagai.
Try to keep some betal nuts or some button like objects to count japam.

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Things Requiredfor Japam

  1. Thiruman petti / Viboodhi
  2. Plate
  3. Tumbler with water
  4. Gaayathri Japam Manthram
  5. Pavithram etc.
  6. Manai palagai
  7. Beeds or nuts for counting

Gayathri Japam

Gayathri Japam is a common ritual for all brahmins.

Says the Manusmriti: "Tribhya eva tu Vedebyhah padam padamaduduham". It means that each pada of Gayatri is taken from one of the (three) Vedas. We have forsaken all else that is Vedic. What will be our fate if we give up the Gayatri mantra also?

Gayatri-japa is essential to all rites performed according to the sastras

At least on Sundays, all those who wear the sacred thread must do Gayatri japa a thousand times. They must not eat unclean food, goto unclean places and must atone for lapses in ritual observances and in maintaining ritual purity. Henceforth they must take every care to see that their body is kept chaste and fit for it to absorb mantric power.

Gayatri contains in itself the spirit and energy of all Vedic mantras. Indeed it imparts power to other mantras. Without Gayatri-japa, the chanting of all other mantras would be futile. We find hypnotism useful in many ways and we talk of "hypnotic power". Gayatri is the hypnotic means of liberating ourselves from worldly existence as well as of controlling desire and realising the goal of birth. We must keep blowing on the spark that is the Gayatri and must take up the Gayatri-japa as vrata. The spark will not be extinguished if we do not take to unsastric ways of life and if we do not make our body unchaste.

Gayatri must be worshiped as a mother. The Lord appers in many forms to bestow his grace and compassion on his devotees Mother loves us more than anybody else. We know no fear before her and talk to her freely. Of all the forms in which Bhagavan manifests himself that form in which he is revealed as mother is most liked by us. The Vedas proclaim Gayatri to be such a mother.

Let us all pray to God that he will have mercy upon us so that the fire of mantras is never extinguished in us and that it will keep burning brighter and brighter.

Below is a video for how to do Gayathri Japam Demonstration:

Gayathri Japam Video

Aachamanam

Achamanam and Praanayaamams are frequent actions done several times in any vaideeka karma. So,kindly use the below instructions and bring it in practice doing without any guide.

Take little water in a tumbler and keep it in your left hand, pour about a couple ml water to your right palm and swallow it thrice reciting the bhagavan naama given for each.

  1. Om Achudhaaya Namaha
  2. Om Ananthaaya Namaha
  3. Om Govindhaaya Namaha

swipe the lips with little water, wash that hand touch the shown limb and say corresponding bhagavan naama as mantram


Rt cheek by thumb: Kesavaaya Namaha

Lt cheek by thumb: NaaraayaNaaya Namaha

Rt eye brow by ring : Maadhavaaya Namaha

Lt eye brow by ring : Govindhaaya Namaha

Rt nose by index : VishNave Namaha

Lt nose by index : Madhusoodhanaaya Namaha

Rt ear by little : Thrivikramaaya Namaha

Lt ear by little : Vaamanaaya Namaha

Rt shoulder by middle: Sridharaaya Namaha

Lt shoulder by middle: Rusheekesaaya Namaha
Navel by 4 fingres except thumb: Padhmanaabhaaya Namaha


Middle head all 5 fingres: Dhaamodharaaya Namaha

This Achamanam is to be done twice in the starting and end of any karma.

Praanaayaamam

Sit facing East, insert two short dharbhams as seat under your legs
Wear a pavithram made with two dharbhams in the Rt ring finger and fold two extra dharbhams along with it.
Press the rt nostrils with rt thumb
Fold both index and middle fingers towards inside, shut the mouth, inhale outside air through left nostril to fill your lung then shut the lt nostrils also using ring and little finger.
recite the below manthra thrice to complete one praaNaayaama

Om bhoohu Om bhuvaha O(gu)m suvaha Om mahaha Om janaha Om thapaha Om sathyam tatsavidhurvareaNyam bhargodhevasya dheemahi dhiyoyonah prachodhayaadh Omaapaha jyotheerasaha amrutham brahma bhoor bhuva suvar Om

The inner air should be released little by little and at the end touch the rt ear by little finger while saying the end part of the manthra 'Om'.

MANTHRAM BEGINS FOR VADA KALAI

Om asmath gurubhyo namaha. Sreemaan venkata naathaaryaha Kavithrkika kesari Vedaanthaacharya varyome; Sannidhattham sadhahrudhi. Gurubhyaha - thath gurubhyascha namovakam atheemahe Vruneemahecha thathraadhyau dhampathi jagadhampathi Swasesha bhuuthena maya sveeyai:(hi) sarva parichathai:(hi) Vidhathum preetam aatmaanam deva:(ha) prakramadhe swayam.

MANTHRAM BEGINS FOR THEN KALAI AND SMAARTHAA AND CONTINUES FOR VADA KALAI

Suklambharadharam vishnum sasivarnam chathur bhujam Prasanna vadhanam dhyayedh sarva vigna upasaanthaye. Yasyadhvradha vakrathyaha paarishathyaaha parassadham Vignam nignandhi sadhadham vishvaksenam tham aashraye.
keep the left hand as open in right thigh, place the right hand on it as closing Hari:(hi) Om Thath(u).
Sri Govindha Govindhagovindha Asya sri bhagavadha:(ha) Maha purushasya Sri Vishno:(ho) ajgnaya pravarthamanasya adhya brahmana:(ha) dvidhiya parardhe sri swedhavaraha kalpe vaivasvadha manvanthare kaliyuge prathame padhe
For people in India Jambhu dweepe Bharadha varshe bharadhakhande
For people outside IndiaYou can replace the word 'Vishnu' in all places for which you dont know the names of dweepam, varsham and kandam Example: Vishnu dweepe, Vishnu Varshe, Vishu Khande.
Manthram continues for all
Sakaapthe meroho dhakshine paarswe asmin varthamane vyavaharike Prabhavaadhi shasti samvathsaraanaam madhye .....

Sankalpam for 08-08-2017 - Tuesday:

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Gayathri Japa Sankalpam :

Vadakalai : Sri bhagavadhagnaya Sriman Narayana preethyartham

Thenkalai : Sri bhagavadhagnaya bhagavath kainkarya roopam (Use this convention in all the places)

Smaarthaa : Mamo partha samastha durithakshaya dwara , Sri Parameshwara preethyartham

Both kalai and Smaarthaa:

mithyaadheetha prayaschithaartham samvathsara praayaschithaartham
Ashtothra sadha sankyaya - for 108 times
Ashtothra Sahasra sankyaya - for 1008 times
gaayathri maha manthra japam karishye!
Note:- (This is called sankalpam, after this leave the short dharbhams on your left side i.e in north)
Vadakalai only say: bhagavaneva swasesha bhootamitam gAyatri japAkyam karma swasmai swapreetaye bhagavan swayameva karayati. (sAtvika thyAgam).
Both kalai and Smaarthaa: stood up and sprinkle some water at the place where you going to sit for gAyatri japam and say "om bhurbhuvasuvaha"
Pl. Note some changes are there between Sama Veda and Yajur Veda the changes for sama veda is given in different color and background with starting Sama: as prefix. If nothing mentioned, that part is same as yajur veda.
Touch your fore head and tell :
'Asana mantrasya prutivyA meruprushta rushi:'



Touch your nose tip and tell :-
'sutalam chandaha'




Touch your chest and tell :-
'sri koormo devadhaa'





Roll in both the palm towards your chest and roll inwards and tell :
'Asane viniyoga:'



Keep hands as doing namaskaaram (Kai koopikkondu) and tell
"prutividwya loka devi tvam vishnunA dhrutA tvamcha dhArayamAm devi pavitram kurchasanam"
"koormasanAya namaha, kamalasanaya namaha1, vimalAsanAya namaha, padmAsanAya namaha"

Now sit on that place and start nyAsam as below:

Pranavasya rushi brahma;

Devi Gayathri Chandaha

Paramaathmaa sriman naaraayaNo devadha

bhooraadhi saptha vyaahrudeenaam adhri, brugu, kuthsa, vashista, gowdhama, kaashyapa, angeerasa rushayaha
Sama: adhri, brugu, kuthsa rushayaha


gayathri, ushnig, anushtup, bruhati, pangthi, thrushtup, jagathyaha chanda(gu)msi
Sama : gayathri, ushnig, anushtup chandamsi

agni, vaayu, arkka, vaagheesa, varuNa, indra viswedeva devataaha
Sama: agni, vaayu, sooryo devataaha

savithriya rushihi viswaamitraha

Devi gayathri chandaha
Sama: Nichrudh Gayathri chandaha

savithaa devadhaa

gaayathri shirasaha brahma rushihi
Sama: Avoid this

anushtup chandaha
Sama: Avoid this

paramaatmaa sriman naaraayano devadhaa
Sama: Avoid this

sarveshaam praaNaayame viniyogaha

Do Praanaayamams three times.

Sit facing East, insert two short dharbhams as seat under your legs
Wear a pavithram made with two dharbhams in the Rt ring finger and fold two extra dharbhams along with it.
Press the rt nostrils with rt thumb
Fold both index and middle fingers towards inside, shut the mouth, inhale outside air through left nostril to fill your lung then shut the lt nostrils also using ring and little finger.
recite the below manthra thrice to complete one praaNaayaama

Om bhoohu Om bhuvaha O(gu)m suvaha Om mahaha Om janaha Om thapaha Om sathyam tatsavidhurvareaNyam bhargodhevasya dheemahi dhiyoyonah prachodhayaadh Omaapaha jyotheerasaha amrutham brahma bhoor bhuva suvar Om

Aayaadhithi anuvaakasya vaamadeva rushi:



Anushtup Chandha:



Gayathri devadha



Gaayathri aavaahane viniyoga:



Keep hands as doing namaskaaram (Kai koopikkondu) and tell:
"Aayaadhu varadha devi aksharam brahma sammidham, gaayathreem chandhasam maadha idham brahma jushasvana: ojosi, sahosi, bhalamasi, braajosi, devaanaam dhaama naamasi, viswamsi, visvayu: sarvamasi, sarvaayu: abhibhoorom gaayathreem aavaahayaami, saavithreem aavaahayami, sarasvatheem aavaahayaami"


Saavithriya rushi: viswamithra:

Devi gaayathri chandha:

Savitha devadha

Keep hands as doing namaskaaram (Kai koopikkondu) and tell:

Chankachakra dharam devam kireetaathi vibhushidham Suryamandala madhyastham dhyaayeth swarna ruchim harim; Yodeva: savithasmaakam dhyodharmaadhi gochara: prerayeth thasya yathparkaha: thathvareannyam upaasmahe.

Do gaayathri japam 108 times or 1008 times as per your option selected previously during the sankalpam.

"Om!! Bhoorbuva suva:!! Thathsa vithur varaenyam!! bargo dhevasya dheemahi!! dhiyoyona: prachothayaath!!"

After the completion of the japam - do praanaayamam.

Shut the right nose using right thumb.
Wear a pavithram made with two dharbhams in the Rt ring finger and fold two extra dharbhams along with it.
Press the rt nostrils with rt thumb
Fold both index and middle fingers towards inside, shut the mouth, inhale outside air through left nostril to fill your lung then shut the lt nostrils also using ring and little finger.
recite the below manthra thrice to complete one praaNaayaama

Om bhoohu Om bhuvaha O(gu)m suvaha Om mahaha Om janaha Om thapaha Om sathyam tatsavidhurvareaNyam bhargodhevasya dheemahi dhiyoyonah prachodhayaadh Omaapaha jyotheerasaha amrutham brahma bhoor bhuva suvar Om

The inner air should be released little by little and at the end touch the rt ear by little finger while saying the end part of the manthra 'Om'.

Gaayathri Udhavaasana sankalpam:


Vadakalai : Sri bhagavadhagnaya Sriman Narayana preethyartham

Thenkalai : Sri bhagavadhagnaya bhagavath kainkarya roopam (Use this convention in all the places)

Smaarthaa : Mamo partha samastha durithakshaya dwara , Sri Parameshwara preethyartham

Both kalai and Smaarthaa:

gaayathri udhvaasanam karishye!
Uththama idhi anuvaakasya vaamadeva rushi:

Anushtup chandha:

Gaayathri devadha

Gaayathri udhvaasane viniyoga:

Keep hands as doing namaskaaram (Kai koopikkondu) and tell:

"Uththame shikare devi bhoomyaam parvatha moorthani, brahmanebhya: hyanujgnanam gachcha devi yathashukham."
Pranamya (do shaashtaanga namaskaaram)
Abhivadhya (do abhivaadhi).
Pavithram visrasya (remove and untie the pavithram)
Aachamya (do aachamanam)

Keep hands as doing namaskaaram (Kai koopikkondu) and tell:
"Kaayena vaacha manese indhriyairva, bhudhya, athmanaava, prahruthe: subhavaadhu, karomi yathyathu, sakhalam parasmai sriman naarayanyethi samarpayami." Sarvam Sri Krishnaarpanamasthu.

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