More barriers in doing Sandhya Vandanam regularly

Let us now look at some more reasons that we give to ourselves or to our near and dear ones when confronted with a demand or request or desire to do SV

 I want to but there is no one to teach me.  

A very valid reason and fortunately there is a real and easy solution.  If you have this problem and are reading this post, then you can access videos, audios and files that explain SV step by step with the mantras.  This is more relevant when you are not in India or not in places like Chennai where there are still people available to support.  There are also CDs and cassettes that take one through the entire process.   Please do not wait any longer.

I want to do it properly/ perfectly rather than do it as a chore.

While this appears to be a very noble reason, it is mostly a pretext for not doing most things.  If you are saying this for SV, then you may be saying the same things in other areas of your life.

I know this because when I follow-up with my customers who have purchased our Software Enrich to manage their incomes and expenses, I often get “I want to start on the 1st so that it will be proper” as the reason for not using the software.  Chances are very high that they will not do it on the 1st and then it will be a very distant memory.

Rather than waiting to do it perfectly, it is better that we start doing it and continuously improve and evolve.  If we are serious about doing SV, then waiting for the perfect day is not workable at all. While it is highly desirable to do it right the first time, it is better to do it @ 25% effectiveness rather than not do it at all!

The same reason comes in different forms and shapes as we will see shortly.

I don’t believe in any rituals.

Don’t.  SV is a ritual but not to be done ritually.  This might appear to be a contradiction so allow me to explain.  SV is a ritual in the sense that there is a clear structure which includes a set of actions like achamanam, pranayamam, argyam, japam etc.  But it is not to be done mechanically or without awareness (like we brush our teeth or take our bath).  In the earlier times, it was not considered necessary to explain the “tatparyam” and neither was it deemed to be appropriate to question on the significance.  There is enough material available that explains the basis for each of the elements of SV and hence it will make sense to understand it and do it.  In the previous post, we have addressed the issue of “why do it at all?”

So don’t relate it to as just a ritual!

There are more to come and so please stay tuned!!




  1. Kannan Anananthanarayanan said,

    August 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I certainly agree with your remarks about SV. It is path to correct to your time frame and fall in tune with the time. It is not forced on you. But this option of taking or leaving it is only for your betterment. I would recommend first to fake it and them make. Habits die hard. Elders in family should try to have more say this area than make younger ones go after rat race in the process of learning western thought and culture

    • badrirag said,

      August 26, 2012 at 6:56 am


      The elders in most families have done it more as a habit and are not able to explain the reasons and the significance in a way that the younger ones can understand and appreciate.

      In some families, it is worse. The fathers have not done it and hence do not have the moral authority to even ask the son(s) to do it regularly. I was in this space and started doing it initially with the idea of being able to ask Anirudh to do it but right now I have started enjoying doing it. The reason for doing it is no longer to get Anirudh on the path but making a difference to myself and my environment. Incidentally, he might do it on his own which is more long lasting than being asked to do every day.

      Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ram said,

    August 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I am regular in my Sandhya Vandanam today. Till about 2 years back, this was a ritual to me & hence was not perfoming at all. Until one fine day, it dawned upon me that I was the creator of such excuses or barriers.

    Let’s understand the meaning of barrier – “any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective”. It’s not that someone created this condition in us, it’s we who created it! The moment you realise this, you can take on anything in life.

    Don’t give in to excuses please. Discover the power of yourself.

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