For those who are hearing this term for the first time, SandyaaVandanam (SV as it will be referred to in this post) is a ritual required to be performed thrice daily by all Brahmin males after their upanayanam (a religious function where one wears the sacred thread around his body).
Although my upanayanam was in 1983 (27 years back) I wasn’t regular in my SV because it seemed like too much work and it did not make any sense. I did not bother to ask any learned people about its relevance or significance nor read any book on the subject.
And in March 2008, we performed the upanayanam of my elder son Anirudh and to motivate / support him in doing the SV, I started doing it but like most things I do, it didn’t last for long. Eventually, my son also gave up and I had lost any moral right to ask him to do it regularly. My mother and my wife were exhorting me to do it regularly atleast so that it might inspire Anirudh but all that fell on deaf ears. I had even bought a book that explained the different aspects of SV but it was lying in my library, unread.
And then suddenly in mid 2010, I got interested in creating a software (that’s my profession – making and selling software products) to help Diabetics record and analyze their test results. What started as an idea of an offline-software quickly developed into a website where the software would be offered as a service. Faced with the daunting task of creating other elements of the website besides the software, I started talking to people about treatment for Diabetes and a whole new world opened up for me. I came in contact with different streams of Treatment & Therapies that bordered on spirituality. (I will write a series of blog posts on my journey regarding Diabetes later)
I read a fascinating book about water being a cure for most chronic ailments, relaxing the mind and de-stressing as an antidote for most of the health-related problems including Diabetes, developing a long breath to fill our blood with more oxygen and of course walking as a solution to most physical problems. And then there were the aspects of gratitude and prayer that were powerful healers. But all of these seemed very disparate until I started my SV earnestly.
And what I realized astounded me to no end! And that is the reason for this blog post.
SV, I saw for myself, is much more than the individual components that it was made of because it is an integrated and holistic ( a much abused term nowadays) approach to Life itself. What am I talking about?
All of us know that the 5 elements of nature viz water, air, earth, space and fire are major constituents of every life in the universe and SV had encompassed 4 of them, with the exception of Agni and that too in a seamless manner..
Let me post some of my experiences and my learnings tomorrow.
And by the way, it is time for my evening SV.