The aruNaprashna occurs as the first prashna of taittiriya AraNyaka. It is also called sUryanamaskAra prashna. Out of these, aruNa and ketuka were prominent and the ritual was named after them. Cayana denotes the method of ritual piling vedic fire altar and aruNa-ketuka being one method. There are other methods, like nAchiketa cayana, sAvitra cayana, chAturhotrya cayana etc. The brAhmaNas describe various phalas for various chayanas.
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Almost all religions describe God as light. Light is the manifested form of the Super Consciousness. Sun is the single source of light and heat energies and he is the controller of weather.
He ushers in the seasons and rains. Sun is responsible for sustenance of life on earth and he regulates their active and inactive times through the phenomenon of day and night. Above all, he is self-effulgent. Not only he directs his radiance to support the earth, but also holds other planets in their orbits. Thus he is the ruler of the cosmos, the Universal God and also the eternal witness.
One who follows this practice becomes as radiant as sun himself. The practice of Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutations started from Vedic age and is still a daily practice, not only in India but across the world. AstroVed is bringing you the Surya Namskara Mantra service not only for your individual health and well being, but also as an opportunity to heal the world, using time-tested Vedic techniques.
Our priests will chant the hymns spread across in 32 passages from the Thaittreeya Aranyaka of Krishna Yajurveda. Also referred to as Aruna Paraayanam, these beautiful Vedic Sanskrit hymns are melodious chants and very effective when recited with the right accent. Our Vedic Scholars will perform the chanting, while our experienced priests will perform an elaborate Surya Homa and Ganesh pooja.
The verses of Surya Namaskara mantras have references to many scientific discoveries about the space and objects in space, mentioned in a coded format. The modern day geophysicists and space scientists have findings that mentions them as true and valid.
This text refers to the solar system, clouds and several interesting aspects of the universe. It talks about the life-giving and life-nourishing energies of the universe that is cosmic in origin. Sun is the leader of them all and hence is glorified. This portion also contains references to the certain seers who investigated and acquired this and more astronomical knowledge.
For instance, it is mentioned that there are many Suns and among them one Sun is referred to as Marthanda Ravi and is responsible for annihilation. Marthanda means one who strikes. The interesting point here is that, this coincides with the discovery that Sun is continuously combusting and expanding.
In the process, it is possible that he becomes a huge red hot ball leading to the destruction of earth. A note on how sound gets generated in space sky and how it is propagated with air Vayu as medium is also mentioned. In one place, it also states that even if one cannot chant or even understand the meaning, a mere listening can confer to the listener the blessings of long and healthy life.
This is due to the effect created in specific parts of the human brain when listening to the syllabic sounds of the mantras. You should participate in the Surya Namaskara Mantra service for a super healthy heart. A healthy heart increases the prana or the life energy in your physical body. Only a healthy body can house a mind that is free of delusions and ignorance. It destroys all sins, dispels all doubts, alleviates from worries and sorrow, anxiety and anguish. It alters your state of well being and the very nature of your consciousness to bliss and light.
It takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes to chant the hymns of Surya Namaskra Mantras that are spread across 32 distinct sections. Surya Namaskaram or physical prostrations to the Sun God also done by those who feel fit to prostrate times, or 32 times by the end of each section.
This is followed by exclusive Surya Namaskara mantra recitals. The worship concludes with yet another follow-up pooja, purnahuthi, and swirling of lamps. This special worship is performed without taking any food on Sunday Mornings.
Not only the one who chants but all those who merely participate and listen will also be conferred with the blessings of long healthy life. At the start of every section, you will be provided with a short commentary about the chants and what you should focus in your prayers during those specific chants. These are simple and easy-to-follow participation procedures provided in the tabulation below. This will serve as a ready-reckoner for you for an easy, efficient and effective participation. Fertility — the rains, rivers, seasons, pasture, growth and progeny The hymns urge us to offer complete attention to safeguarding the nature and all its resources.
This is a very important prayer especially for the current times. The prosperity consciousness can happen only when surrounded by positive sounds, cultivating positive thought patterns and actions. Pray for blessing you to hear auspicious news, see auspicious sights and enjoy disease free, long life.
This is can be achieved only by strong focussed minds. To be intelligent and focussed we should keep temptations at bay. Hence the prayer is to protect your thoughts.
Visualize bright blue rays of light emanating from all directions converge at your Ajna Chakra, the meeting point of your eyebrows. These verses describe various seasons. From the Vedic perspective there are 6 seasons Rutu and each has a presiding deity and their praise is sung in these hymns. The emphasis is on the health and wellbeing of each person. Respecting and conserving the planet and to fashion our lifestyle according to the flow of the seasons is the key for a complete healthy living.
Pray that he protects the world with all its living and nonliving things in the constantly changing times. Acknowledge and be thankful of his benevolent acts that are behind the growth of all auspiciousness. Pray that he keeps us protected from all calamities at all times, because both time and we are nourished by him.
This section describes the time as a huge river with tributaries from all directions flowing into it. The smaller units of time such as seconds, minutes, hours, days and bigger units such as months, seasons and solstices reach the mighty river and become one. Thus the river of Time swells in volume and never dries up or reverses its course, but only becomes bigger and larger.
Pray that the Sun, the eternal time controller positions you to be the right person doing the right thing at the right moment if time. Visualize yourself to be active and energetic all the time and making many accomplishments in your respective areas of interest. Even the seasons prostrate before such a person who has attained the status of complete surrender to the Divine. If there had been any incidents of unnatural demises in your family, pray for them.
Imagine that their souls have got healed and are in bliss. Humans have only limited vision and hence can see only those objects which are comprehendible to their mind. The inner vision can happen not through mind-centric experience, but heart-centric experiences. The physical reality and the ultimate truth are hidden behind the veil of maya or illusion. Surya is the jyothi or lamp that can remove the ignorance. This section contains prayer to Indra, the king of gods.
He rules over Indriyaas or sense organs. He has consumed the elixir of anti-aging and immortality. Visualize a clear and glowing skin. The 13th section deals with akaala mruthyu, or untimely death. How the deity of mruthyu reduces the longevity of people which is described as rising and setting of Mruthyu. Performing Surya Namaskara and sun worship during the twilight hours are described as effective ways to blunt the power of Mruthyu. This is the time to pray for the souls of all who have passed away due to violent activities of other persons.
Pray that their souls are healed permanently. At a time where explosions and shooting incidents have become frequent occurrences, this prayer for the world peace is extremely crucial. These 3 sections have a total of 6 hymns which are adorations, tribute and prayers to the Sun.
He is a self-illuminated body of energy. Therefore, he is the clearest manifestation of the formless one god. Recognizing his greatness gives great health, immense strength and energy as well as spiritual knowledge. This is the truth beyond doubt. Prayers for health- especially for good eyesight, healthy heart and to protect from blood related disorders. The above should be prayed for while chanting these verses.
These above prayers mentioned are also based on the astrological perspective. Those who suffer from lung related or any respiratory problems should visualize that golden rays from all directions enter your lungs thus healing them. Imagine your lungs or whichever part of the system is affected glows bright golden in colour.
It details on many rituals like procurement of water, construction of the platform for the ritual etc. The rituals mentioned in these hymns are very procedural and demand immense Sanskrit knowledge with a strong training and background. But it is equally effective to listen attentively to the chants and visualize blessings from Sun God or your favorite deity Ishta Devatha.
This is salutation to the Jala devatha or the water deities. This prayer is also called Manthra pushpam. The herbs, plants and creepers provide beautiful flowers and tasty fruits. Let it be a feast to the eye and satiate the hunger. This touches upon subjects like creation of the universes etc.
The entire creation has happened due to the sankalpa of the Divine. To be an achiever you should have the strong intent to be one. During these chants you are gearing up to be successful by visualizing the results.
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Surya Namaskara Mantra Service (Aruna Prasna)