Superb benefits for body-mind-soul through SandhyaVandanam Process

I was amazed by the quality of the comments for the earlier post.

Allow me to take you through a guided tour of SV so that you can really appreciate my experience.

As I briefly mentioned in the first part of this series, SV is to be done thrice in a day. Once in the morning just before the sunrise called Pradha SV, one at noon called Madhyanikam and the last just after the sunset called Saayam.

SV begins with a practice called Achamanam which involves sitting in a kukutasana posture, taking 3 small sips of water by uttering the Lord’s names followed by touching by finger tips 12 different parts of the body each representing one divine name of the Lord.

There are atleast 3 benefits from Achamanam that i could relate to.

One is the posture (it is really painful if you are not used to) because it involves sitting but resting on only your toes (your bottom and the heels do not touch the ground).  Earlier, whenever I performed the Tharpanam for my ancestors, (it is also done in the same posture as above) I used to feel excruciating pain on my knees and found it extremely difficult to focus on the ritual because the knees were wobbling.  This was the case even when  I recited the mantras pretty fast.  A few days back on Amavasya day, I wanted to do the Tharpanam in an unhurried manner and although it took longer than usual, I did not feel any pain whatsoever.  I got this  resilience only from doing achamanam during SV because nothing else changed in my life.  It would also be relevant to point out that this posture, by applying pressure on the toes, helps in healthy functioning of Pituatary, thyroid and adrenal glands besides maintain the rhythm of the heart.  Try it if you want to experience it yourself.

The second one is something more subtle. Do remember that our body is like the earth in the sense that 75% of our body is water.  Water is an integral part of the human system doing everything from lubricating to flushing toxins but it is not internally generated.  On the contrary, water is lost via urine, faeces and sweat.  the only way to restore balance is by consumption of water which we mostly do not pay attention to.  Over a period of time, this leads to a situation where there is acute dehydration in the system resulting in many chronic ailments.  By doing SV, although we take only a few sips during every achamanam, we do it frequently and that makes the water intake regular. And we sip the water by repeating the holy names of the lord which makes it even more potent.  (This is not mumbo jumbo that i am talking.  It has been proven that water treated with love and prayer becomes pure and more energetic than otherwise).

The tips of the fingers are terminal points of bio-electricity, the flow of which is vital for our health. Each of the finger represents an element of nature and therefore this contact of the body with the finger tips help in the balance of basic elements and bio-electricity in our body.

Isn’t it amazing to see how the earliest  scientists behind this so-called ritual of SV have very beautifully fused  highly potent energy flow  into a seemingly simple activity called Achamanam.

In my next post, I will talk about the Pranayama in SV.

28 Comments

  1. Magesh.S said,

    September 17, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Excellent and very useful information on Ancient wisdom and The Science behind the rituals designed by our Elders.Thank you very much for the superb work. Expecting more such clarity giving articles on health of Body -Mind-Soul, from ancient or current wisdom,through Yourself.

    • badrirag said,

      September 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Magesh,

      Thank you for your affectionate words of encouragement. I believe somebody said “Whatever one needs is in Thirukural and what is not there in Thirukural is not worth knowing” and I feel the same thing about our practices. Our Rishis and siddhars are remarkable people with great knowledge and wisdom. We lost the significance somewhere but while some are holding on to the rituals without understanding and some others like me left the rituals because we did not know the significance. Let’s explore this wonderful journey together.

      Anbudan

      Badri

  2. Satya Yanmantram said,

    September 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Its true and happy to read. Thanks for sharing experience. As you have mentioned Sandya Vandhanam is powerful and I wanted to experience this by doing at 06.00 hours and at 18.00 hours. Until today I could not make it to happen. My mother always tells me try to do the SV at these time, which will be more effective.

    When I worked with a Doctor during 1979-82, he use mention/ask the following from most of the patients.
    1) Are you passing urine regularly
    2) Are you passing stool regularly
    3) Are you having enough sleep atleast for 7 hours(real sleep), not going to bed
    4) Are you drinking atleast 1.5 litres of water

    Also he insist that have peaceful / calm living and try to have your atmosphere good.(atmosphere here he means, good surrounding, good people, good thinking, good talking, good air etc.

    He always says all these good things we can creat on our own

    Best
    Satya

  3. Ram said,

    September 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Badri,

    Hats off to you for creating a coversation on this topic. Thanks for getting the essence of SV present to us.

    I admit I was indifferent to SV after my upanayanam in 1977 until my son Akshay’s upanayam happened in 2009. Both of us are regular in our SV since then. But we manage only twice a day – morning & evening. I am irregular while travelling though I do manage to perform once a while.

    I am happy performing my SV regularly & experience inner peace. And I will continue performing this.

    Look forward to your further udpates

    Cheers

    Ram

    • badrirag said,

      September 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      Ram,

      really nice to know that you and akshay are doing SV regularly even if only twice a day. And you said it “experiencing inner peace”.

      God bless

      Anbudan

      Badri

  4. September 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Badri,
    Just awesome and wonderful blog. It reflects your personality with that grace and patience, and resilience. More than your body’s resilience by SV, I found your mind more resilient. SV helps body and mind, both and it can never be otherwise.
    “helps in healthy functioning of Pituatary, thyroid and adrenal glands besides maintain the rhythm of the heart.”– YES, With years of Yoga and Nature Cure experience I dare say that is very true. The Achamanam pose really helps further in preventing and beginning stage of piles, and bringing elasticity to muscles in the pelvis portions. Every posture has its own importance.
    SV is a wholesome Yoga and Holistic experience but over a long period of civilisation, it became outdated and forgotten. SN, SuryaNamaskar has been revived by many (RamDeoBaba) and that too helps in overall maintenance.
    Purakam,Rechakam, and Kumbakam are very important today in lowering blood pressure. They oxygenate our blood and streamline breathing.
    SV must be having more accent on breathing we dont know, we lost everything. Very simple doorways and pathways lead us away from hell and to heaven! And thanks for reinforcing the good ideas !
    - d parameswaran

    • badrirag said,

      September 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      Dear Paramji,

      Thanks for all the nice words and coming from you makes me feel very happy. I am just wetting my feet in the sea water by standing in the beach and I am really wondering all the great things that are available to us and are just ahead of us. If only we make that effort!!

      Anbudan

      Badri

  5. k.s. sreekanthj said,

    September 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Dear Badri,

    Very nice of you to have taken time and effort to highlight the effects of our ancient practices, not theoretically, but from your own experience, which makes it really reach the inner precincts in oneself.

    I recently saw an excellent documentary involving the research done by Japanese, Americans and I think Germans.The team collects pure water from a waterfalls in chile by going there in a helicopter and taking care that the water is not touched by any human.They study the structure(not the chemical one, for all the water is H2O only)using powerful instruments and find that the water molecules are in perfect geometrical shape like a pyramid.They then study the ordinary water you and I use, and find that the molecules are distorted and have lost the power to assimilate energy to be passed on to the several vital parts of the living organism.The most interesting part is that they study the ordinary water,energised thro manthras, which are nothing but pure love and regard for the element, pronounced thro words together with the required emotion and spirit.The molecules of this water regain the shape of pyramidal structures, glowing and shining like diamonds!And more interestingly, when asmall quantity of this water is poured into a tank full of water, the molecules of the entire water turn perfectly crystallised, fully energised and brilliant!On witnessing this wonderful phenomenon, I was immeditely drawn to our ancient practices of punyavachanam,kumbhabhishekam,as also the drinking a few droplets of energised abhishekam water,achamanam water,etc. When a tankful of water can be converted thro the magic of a few drops of energised water, the same principle works in our body,consisting of 80 % water!This research done by foreigners must have involved millions of dollars, but is it not a wonder that our ancestors have made it so pracatical even for an ordinary man? I saw the documentary in “Sathya Yoga” and let me see if we could see it togetheralong with some of our other friends. Our culture is worth researching and the valuable knowledge disseminated.

    Regards

    Sreekanth

    • badrirag said,

      September 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Dear Sreekanth,

      Thanks for sharing the details of the experiment on different kinds of water and the efficacy of prayers and manthras.

      Anbudan

      Badri

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  9. AmazingR said,

    August 18, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I really enjoyed this informative read. I might use some of this info in my speeches. I will have to do research myself as well to get more information on the scientific aspects of SV. I think the yoga posture that one sits in for SV is padmasana and not kukutasana.
    Thank you and god bless you

    • badrirag said,

      August 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

      While doing SV, you need to constantly sit, squat and stand. While doing Achamana, one adopts a kukutasana whereas while doing pranayama one can sit in artha padmasana. I do not think Padmasana is suitable because you must again get up to recite the sankalpam and do the nyasam etc. Again, I am not an expert and my posts may have factual errors. do write in to point out the mistakes.

      Thank you for your response and gold bless

  10. Aditya said,

    August 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Respected Sir,I am having CA classes in the morning and College in the evening and I am able to do sandhyavandhanam only in the morning and evening.I skip my afternoon sandhyavandhanam.Will this have any effect on me.ie.will i have any benefits by doing it twice ?

    • badrirag said,

      August 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Dear Aditya,

      its great that you are doing it twice a day. it will be certainly be excellent if u can do all the three but two is better than one and one is better than 0. in fact, you can do your madyanikham along with your morning so that it is not missed. i do not know if that has the sanction of the powers to be but i have seen that being done by many people. wish you all success and god bless

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  12. M BALA KRISHNAN said,

    November 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I BELONG TO BHRAMIN COMMUNITY DOING SANDYAVANDANAM REGULARLY. BUT I DONT GET ANY BENIFITS

    • badrirag said,

      November 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Dear Bala,

      Great that you are doing SV regularly. continue to do so without expectation of any tangible benefits and you will receive them. You would have got some benefits but they are not visible enough for you to consider them so. What tangible benefits do we get by brushing our teeth every morning or taking bath? We will know (or others will know!!!) when we stop doing these things and likewise you may even experience the benefits of SV when you stop for a day or two (I do not recommend).

      Thank you for sharing.

      Badri

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  14. v sivakumar said,

    August 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    It is very nice to share his realistic approach of a person in this commercial world

  15. August 25, 2013 at 4:21 am

    This is bit of a long one
    When we do sandhya vandhanam after 3 namahas we do kesava, narayana ryt.

    After i learnt varma i correlated and found some analogies. I thought of sharing it with the group

    kesava, narayana – the right and left cheek – pinvetti varmam
    brightens the face and cured mandible pain due to continuous recital or speaking

    madhava, govinda – jus below the posterior corner of eye – natchathira kalam
    clears eye problem and strengthens lacrimal glands for continuous exposure to smoke

    vishnu, madhusudhana – the nostrils – komberi kalam
    clears breathing problems

    thirivikrama, vamana – the ears – kurunthukuthi varmam
    gives tejas to the face and cures hearing related problems

    sridhara, krishikesa – shoulder joint – buya poruthu varmam
    strengthens hands and improvises mobility

    padmanaba – below the sternum – unthi varmam
    regularises digestion and helps in digesting high fat diet

    damodhara – mudisoodi adangal
    the important point of all varmas. activates all the 12 nadis of the body

    • badrirag said,

      August 25, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Shri Raman,

      Thank you for sharing such a deep connection between the Achamanam process and overall health and well-being. For all of us who look at Achamanam as bereft of any deeper meaning and hence did not give it the importance it deserved, this is a wake-up call.

      Even amongst purohitas, I find a very low appreciation of the steps like Achamanam and Pranayamam given the very low time they allocate for it, especially during ceremonies like Upakarma and Srartham. They ask the kartas to do Achamaniyam and before one could even do 50%, they say ‘pranayamyam’ and even that it is cut short with the sankalpam.

      Thank you once again for increasing the significance of SV.

      Badri

      • Ganesh said,

        November 7, 2013 at 5:57 am

        Namskarams
        I just happaned to look into this awesome site. I have started performing morning SV regularly. As far as purohita cutting short Acahmanam and Pranayamam, I insist & perform Achamanam and Pranayamam in the right way even if they try to cut short. Some time I even tell them before hand that I will follow the right way and most of them oblige.
        Thanks
        Ganesh

      • badrirag said,

        November 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

        Dear Ganesh,

        Thanks for your compliments. Great that you have resumed SV and also that you insist on following the process correctly.

        Please share our blog posts about SV with your friends and relatives so that they can also benefit. you can use the share buttons in each of the posts to spread the word in your social network.

        Regards

        Badri

  16. Ram said,

    August 27, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Shri Raman,

    Many thanks for sharing. This helps us all to understand the significance of SV even better. It also helps me explain better to my son. Thanks once again. And please keep sharing.

    Ram

  17. Bhagyesh said,

    November 15, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Sir / Madam ,
    I want to start SV but i dont know how to go about doing it .. i am in gujarat , can u provide me with easy step by step process in sanskrit / english also can u u suggest which SV to practice i.e Rig Veda or Yajur Veda is there any video link so that i can watch and learn or pdf file format to take a hard copy


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