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Gayathri

What is the efficacy of Gayathri Mantra? What are the rules to be followed during the sadhana?And who are eligible to perform this?Are non-dwijas eligible to perform this sadhana?

I think the following thing

I think the following thing about your matter:
In this mantra we are praying to the God that please give us knowledge.Just reciting this mantra will not lead to gain of knowledge.We will have to work hard to get it.
You should sit on a good and peaceful place to perform this.This question has been asked on the Ved mandir website,so in order to get full detail about it you should go to that.
It is not like this that only Brahmans can perform this Sadhana.As all can read Vedas,so all can perform this sadhana.So you should not woryy whether you are a dwij or not.Kshtriya,Vaishya and Shudras,all can perform sadhana.As everyone has right to perform havan,everyone has the right to perform this sadhana.In havan mantras you know that Gayati Mantra is recited.And everyone has to perform havan,so everyone has to do this sadhana.
Thank you very much.
Vinay Arya
Age-nearly 16

बहुत ठीक

बहुत ठीक लिखा विनय आर्य जी ने |
श्री सुर्जन जी आप भी बहुत समय पश्‍चात इस साइट पर वापिस लौटे हैं, और आपका विश्‍वास भी अद्वैतवाद में है, तो थोड़ा आश्‍चर्य होता है कि आप क्यों इस प्रकार का प्रश्न पूछ रहे हैं ?
I am sorry, I don't know if you can understand Hindi font or not ? With your belief in Adwaita, is it not a bit unnatural to ask such questions ?
I would like you to consider this question in a different way, than what the shastras, you have under consideration say on this.
For every thing there is a rule, so that one can make a best use of any thing. So can we have some rules for getting the Best out of Gayatri Mantra. But why you have asked, who can perform this ? Can any one who has the capability to perform sadhna be restricted from doing it ? If we have the eyes, can any one stop us from looking, when the sunlight is available. If we have the ears, can someone stop us from hearing, similarily, if we have a brain, can any one stop us from doing the Jap of Gyatri or doing Sadhna or getting the vast knowledge available in the world??

Gyatri Mantra is a great Mantra, which makes us grasp the Infinite Sat chit Anand swaroop Parmatma in side our hearts or ATMA, and thereby transforming our intellect and filling it with the qualities of Paramatma, so that all our actions are directed towards the right path, and we are able to achieve our ultimate goal.

There can't be a fixed way for doing such sadhna for every one, because these fixed methods or rituals, divert the attention from the main goal towards just fulfilling the outer requirements. But the essential steps are always there. As Maharshi Patanjali tells us about the eight steps to achieve our ultimate goal The first two steps i.e., YAM & NIYAMA are the fundamental requirements to be followed before doing any Sadhna.

Anand

@anand bakshi well thank you

@anand bakshi
well thank you so much.and i am always an advaita vedanti.there is no doubt in that one ok.as u always know i need to know some of the things that are followed by the arya samajists their ideas,policies and especially opinions about various issues.some months ago i asked arya basant about the caste system in arya samaj in a google chat.U people know about that right if u remember.and so i was trying to know the opinion and ideas by arya samajists regarding the Gayathri Mantra.
and especially wanted to know is sacred thread essential to perform this sadhana because many of my friends belong to non-dwija families.

And oh yeah i do understand hindi. मै हिन्दि समज् सक्ता हु.except but some words.

Thanks Srujan ji Your

Thanks Srujan ji
Your curiosity for search of Truth is commendable. Regarding your querry about Yagyopavit or sacred thread as we call it, we wear them as they make us associate with our ancient Vedic Parampara, Wherein our Rishi Munni's devised ways to achieve a very high standard of life. To start the Studies of Vedas the 'Upnayan Samskara or Vedarambh Samskara is carried out. This is a signal of second life, the first was from mother & father and this one being from the Guru or teacher, who takes the child as his own child. This is a great token , whereby he gets the right to participate in Yajnas and do his studies. So this is essential in this context.

Regarding how to do the real use of Gayatri Mantra, pl read below.

साधारणतया भक्त लोग माला हाथ में लेकर गायत्री मन्त्र को बोलना गायत्रीमन्त्र का जाप समझते हैं, परन्तु ऐसा जप व्यर्थ है | गायत्री मन्त्र के जप करने की एक विशिष्ट पद्धति है जो हजारों वर्षों से लुप्त हो गई थी | ऋषियों के ग्रन्थों के प्रमाण सहित वह पद्धति यहाँ लिखी जाएगी | उस पद्धति के बिना जो कोई गायत्री का जाप करता रहा या करेगा वह गायत्री के जप से कोई लाभ न उठा सकेगा | यह बात एक उदाहरण देकर समझाई जा सकती है , अर्थात जैसे एक घड़ी या कोई भी छोटा या बड़ा यन्त्र यदि बिगड़ जाए और उसको एक डिब्बी में बन्द कर दिया जावे, उस डिब्बी को एक एक डिब्बे में बन्द कर दें, फिर उस डिब्बे को एक सन्दूकची में बन्द कर दें, फिर उस सन्दूकची को एक सन्दूक में बन्द कर दें, फिर उस सन्दूक को एक कोठरी में बन्द कर दें | ऐसी स्थिति में कोई व्यक्ति यदि उस घड़ी आदि को ठीक करना चाहेगा, तब उसको उस कमरे से वह सन्दूक निकालना होगा और सन्दूक में से छोटी सन्दूकची निकालनी पड़ेगी , फिर सन्दूकची में से डिब्बा निकाला जाएगा, फिर डिब्बे में से डिब्बी निकाली जाएगी तब डिब्बी के अन्दर से घड़ी निकालकर और फिर उसको भी खोलकर घड़ीसाज घड़ी को बनाएगा | ठीक इसी प्रकार हमारा जीवात्मा भी शरीर-इन्द्रिय-मन-बुद्धि-चित्त-अहङ्कार के अन्दर इस प्रकार स्थित है कि इन सबके प्रकट सम्बन्ध रहते जीवात्मा गायत्री मन्त्र का जप नहीं कर सकता, अतः ऋषि लोग जब गायत्री मन्त्र का जप करते थे तब प्रथम अपने आत्मा को शरीर-इन्द्रिय-मन-बुद्धि-चित्त-अहङ्कार से पृथक करके, तब गायत्री का जप किया करते थे | उसकी पद्धति वे जानते थे | उनका अपना अनुभव था कि किस साधन से जीवात्मा गायत्री मन्त्र के जप करने के समय तक शरीर आदि से पृथक रह सकता है, अतः गायत्री मन्त्र के जप को प्रारम्भ करने से पूर्व वे सारी क्रियाएं करनी ही पड़ेंगी, जिनके द्वारा कुछ काल को जीवात्मा शरीर-इन्द्रिय-मन-बुद्धि-चित्त-अहङ्कार से पृथक स्थित होकर स्वयं अपने स्वरूप से गायत्री का जप कर सके |..... अतः गायत्री के जप से पूर्व शरीर-इन्द्रिय-मन-बुद्धि-चित्त-अहङ्कार के लिए छह अनुष्‍ठान करने पड़ेंगे | उसके अनन्तर किया जप सफल होगा और गायत्री के जप के जो लाभ शास्त्रों में लिखें हैं वे प्राप्त होंगे | गायत्री के जप को छोड़कर जो लोग अन्य नामों के जपने में लगे रहते हैं वे भक्त लोग ईश्‍वर के प्रति सच्ची श्रद्धा रखते हुए भी समय नष्ट कर रहे हैं | भगवान राम और भगवान कृष्ण के काल में केवल गायत्री का जप था | जब इस जप को भूल गये तब अन्य जप आरम्भ हुए, उससे जप के प्रति श्रद्धा स्थिर रक्खी गई |" (आचार्य विश्‍वश्रवाः वेदानुसन्धानकर्त्ता रचित "सन्ध्यापद्धतिमीमांसा" से साभार उद्धृत)
So the vidhis as reffered above for isolating the Atma from mind, intellect, memory, Ahmkara have to be learned & followed to get the benefit from the jap of Gayatri Mantra. The steps to achieve such a state are the ones we do in Sandhya, the Vedic Prayers.
I think, this gives you an idea of what AryaSamaj means with the jap of Gayatri Mantra.

Anand

Anandaji,how can we become

Anandaji,how can we become free from mind,body.We can become free from these only after death.If soul will be seperated from these,the body will rest in peace.So,there is no chance of becoming free from these untill death.
The Gayatri mantra is from Rigveda.In this the God orders us to take knowledge.So,I think taking knowledge is the best jap of this mantra.

Thanks Anandji very valuable

Thanks Anandji very valuable information.especially felt very surprised
when u have mentioned that during the times of rama and krishna there was
only one kind of japa that is of Gayatri Mantra.Thank you so much for the above information.

Oh ! a very practical

Oh ! a very practical question. Well first point is to know the Truth and thereafter try to apply that truth. The Vedas tell us what we are i.e., the soul, the chaiten entity who has been provided with this body consisting of body, Pranas, mind, intellect chit & ahmkara by the help of which we can enjoy this beautiful Sristi. Further we have been provided with the Jyan - the Vedas, by the help of which we know how to use this body mind Pranas, intellect etc. Also who we are, what is Sristi & how to make use of this Sristi. Where lies the Ananda. What are the secrets of finding this source of Ananda. After knowing these few things one would like to see the Truth himself to believe it, the same way as you also raised this question. So lets see how we can realize this truth that Atma is different than the rest of the body parts. For this sit in a simple asana or padma asana. Now close your eyes and throw out the Pranas as much as you can & force them to remain out. . See what is happening due to this action of yours. The mind will demand that the Pranas may be taken in, Body & senses shall also demand the Pranas to immidiately come back in to the body. But your action keeps the Pranas to remain out against the will of - Mind & body. This is the Soul in action, who can thus command the mind body to act according to its own will & according to knowledge of VedMantras. This also shows that mind can be controlled by contolling the Pranas. This is the Secret of controlling the body mind & thereby doing the marvallous acts & to enjoy the Ananda of Parmatma with the help of Vedic Mantras & ultimately the BLISS of Parmatama as told by Parmatma through the Gayatri Mantra.

This is the reason great stress has been made by Maharishi Dayanada to do the Pranayam as stated in the Yog Shastras. This is a marvellous way to controll the mind. Now after we practice this, we do jap of Sandhya Mantras to gain other achievements as Dhyana in various body parts & mind actions. Slowely and steadily actuate the body mind to act according to Mantras, realize the realities of the Brahmand, visualize the Parmatamas virtues &then pray to Parmatma to enter in to me or enlighten me with your light. And let this enlightenment be passed on to my intellect and all my actions then be as per your laws only so that I achieve my goal of this precious human body.

well you must do Swadhyaya & practice Pranayam & do Sandhya for atleast one hour daily twice a day as our Rishis want us to do, to achieve this in reality and ofcourse follow the Yama's & Nyamas before you start with your Sadhna.

Anand

Anandji,I already know that

Anandji,I already know that soul is different from mind and body.But thank you for one more proof.My question is:How can we seperate soul from body?Not just realising that soul is different from mind and body.When soul will be seperated from the body,the man will die.But his soul will go into the body of other living beings.I know all this.But how to get seprated from mind and body.The soul(jeevatma)has been tied by the God in the nerves.It cannot become free.And you said that seperate it.I think you tried to say something but you cuoldn't type out that thing.Or You have typed the right thing but I couldn't read that deeply.So,can you explain how to get seperated from mind and body.Suppose,a container has been filled with invisible gas.So,the gas is in contact with the container.It cannot be seperated from the container untill or unless one does not open it.When it is opened,the gas comes out of the container.This is the sepration of gas from container.Have you understood?

Your question is "How can we

Your question is "How can we seperate soul from body?" For this pl. reread the following lines "अतः गायत्री मन्त्र के जप को प्रारम्भ करने से पूर्व वे सारी क्रियाएं करनी ही पड़ेंगी, जिनके द्वारा कुछ काल को जीवात्मा शरीर-इन्द्रिय-मन-बुद्धि-चित्त-अहङ्कार से पृथक स्थित होकर स्वयं अपने स्वरूप से गायत्री का जप कर सके |" There is no talk of leaving the body here. To acually feel separate from & controlling the body mind as required is what is meant here as separation . there is no question of leaving of body here. One very simple example may clarify the requirement of soul. When the house lady prepares the dough by mixing the dry ingredients with water, she takes care that the hands remain free from dough. An unexperienced person will get his hands fully muddeled with dough. The example of gas filled container quoted by you has a gas in the container , but if it has not reacted with cylinder walls, it shall be called as a separate thing lying inside the cylinder.Similarily when soul is able to visualize itself as separate from mind, intellect body, prana it is called as the state of lying in self .
To achieve such a state one must keep his/her body thoroughly clean from outside & inside. One has to keep his mind also clean from useless thoughts and achieve the stable position of body i.e., having no tensions of any sort inside the body & mind, to achieve the stability of Asana as prescribed in the third step of Ashang Yoga.

Anand

Always accept the truth and

Always accept the truth and decline the false
Okay,sorry Anandaji,I misread.You are not saying that soul leaves body.Then you are right.
Thank you
Vinay Arya

IF WE PERFORM PRANAYAM AND

IF WE PERFORM PRANAYAM AND MEDITATION PRIOR TO GAYATRI MANTRA WILL THAT BE OF HELP?

Pranayam is always a must

Pranayam is always a must and is the basic to Meditation
Gyatri Mantra is the Mantra in which we desire the virtues of Sat, Chit, Anand Swarup Parmatma to enter our heart, to enlighten our heart by doing a lot of manan & chintan of His virtues and then these virtues to actuate our complete body actions, complete body components by actuating the intellect accordingly. All this is done automatically , when we do japa, we have not to do anything at all from outside to let these things happen.

Yam Niyam & Asan must be practiced simultaneously. The body must be thoroughly clean , light & mind become pure, only then shall we be able to achieve substantial progress through the jap of Gayatri Mantra. The more we understand it the more we achieve from it & the more we achieve from it the more we understand it. This process is an endless process till we reach the ultimate stage. What I want to say is that the progress that is possible is unlimited. Therefore one must try to understand the real meanings of each word by doing a lot of Swadhyaya

This is what my little knowledge tells me.
Anand