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SHIVASANKALPA MANTRAH - शिव सङ्कल्प मन्त्रः

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(Yajurveda Adhyaaya 34, Mantrah 1 to 6)

Before a Vedic Yagna a set of 28 Mantras, selected from all four Vedas, are recited.

This set is known as Shantikaran. 12 Mantras out of these 28 are from Yajurveda, of

which last six are from Chapter 34. These are called Shivasankalpa Mantras.

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These six Mantras have been recommended for reciting, esp. before going to sleep.

These Mantras help in calming the mind, and in avoiding disturbing dreams. One enjoys

sound sleep, and gets up next morning more fresh & rejuvenated.

The Mantras cover the facets of the powerful mind, and the functional characteristics

of these facets; as tabulated below.

Mantra : Facets of Mind : Characteristics

1. : DAIVAM : Subtle & divine powers of the lustrous mind determine the

activities in awake, sleep and deep sleep states.

2. : YAKSHAM : Venerable, it influences all that is around by performing

all Karmas-the model ones & others requiring perseverance.

3. : PRAGYAANAM : By active participation with the sense organs the mind

acquires all knowledge, and without mind nothing can be done.

4. : AMRITAM : Mind stores past actions & knowledge, and contemplates on

both-present & future. All benevolent acts are performed by

bringing together the five senses, Manah and Buddhi.

5. : SARVAMOTAM : The one in which all knowledge resides, and in which, by

Sadhana, the Omnipresent Ishwar appears to the devotee.

6. : AJIRAM : As a skilled & ever-present Saarathi, the mind can drive the

chariot of life with great speed and take it's owner,

the Soul, in the desired path.

The human body and mind are two very powerful tools given to man. When the mind's

powers are utilised in positive directions, the devotee can be immensely benefited. Hence

at the end of each Mantra he prays; " ..TANME MANAH SHIVASANKALPAMASTU".

"May my mind, O Ishwar ! by your grace, always be engaged in good & positive thoughts !"

( Based on "Vedic Nitya Karma Vidhi" by Pandit Yudhishthir Mimaansak)