Paul Deussen calls it, "unique in its richness and warmth of presentation", with profoundness that retains its full worth in modern times. Now as a man, when embraced by a beloved wife, knows nothing that is without, nothing that is within, thus this person, when embraced by the Prajna conscious, aware Self, knows nothing that is without, nothing that is within. This indeed is his true form, in which his wishes are fulfilled, in which the Self only is his wish, in which no other wish is left, he is free from any sorrow. A key scripture of the Vedanta sub-schools of Hinduism, its name is derived from "hidden in the Lord Self ". I am glorious like the top of a mountain. I, whose pure light of knowledge has risen, am that which is truly immortal, as it resides in the sun.
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One during sunrise when day proceeds from night , next during midday which is the transition from ascending sun to descending sun and during sunset when night takes over from day. The purpose is to activate our mind and brain and then drive away the evil spirits that are active during that period with an intention to harm us. In addition to dawn and dusk, noon is considered the third juncture of the day, and hence meditations and prayers are performed daily at those times.
But, why do Sandhya at this these times only? It is these times that one is in an empty stomach which is a condition for any spiritual exercise. The Sandhya Vandanam is so important, therefore, to guard against the evils of the Thrisandhya Union of Light and Dark etc.
As human beings, we have to be thankful to Devas — the Gods or the Pancha Bhutas with which we are made of and the entire world is made of. These are having their lords as Bhoodevi, Varuna, Agni, Indra and Vayu, who are the preceptors for these panchabhootas. As we are made up of Panchabhootas, we have to pray to these lords to give us health, peace, happiness etc. The duties enjoined in us towards these devas are called Deva Runam or debt to Devas. Just like the water in a vessel can be stabilized by keeping the vessel stable, we must stabilize our mind by first sitting in a comfortable and stable manner.
The yogic pose of Padmasana is recommended for this purpose. The Sandhyavandanam is to be performed in the following order. Against each action is mentioned the meaning and significance. Reference: From the lecture delivered by Dr.
Yajur veda sandhyavandanam - procedure