Why is it difficult for me to do Sandhya Vandanam regularly?

This morning while I was performing my SV, there were some thoughts and so here I am writing about them.

People have different reasons for not continuing their SV or not taking it up.  Here is an attempt to bring those questions out and address them to the best of my ability.  Request the readers to contribute from their own experiences so that others can really get the power of SV.

1.  Why should I do SV, in the first place?

Very good question because if we do not do why we are doing something, then we may either do it as a habit or not do it at all. The benefits of doing SV for the body, mind and soul have been well articulated and documented both online and offline.  I too have written a few posts such as

Fascination, thy name is SV

Superb benefits for body-mind-soul through SandhyaVandanam Process

physical movements in SVPranayama and SV and

why market SV?

My request to you is to search online and/or offline for books or material on SV written by very eminent people and scholars and if possible approach the learned people with this question and get their answers.

As an aside, it will be great if you can ask yourself questions of a similar vein like “Why am i taking coffee in the morning? why am i forcing my children to study?” etc and you might get shocked.

It is my theory that in the earlier times, the grandfather and the father will regularly do Tri-kala sandhyavandanam and actually inspire the children to do it which became a habit that none questioned.  Today, there is no grandfather in most households and the father is “too busy” to do SV and it is a real puzzle for the young one as to why do it all.  Hence this question.

2.  I do not have the time.  

Unfortunately, this reason extends for almost everything in life.  Typical situations include going for a morning walk, going to a temple, going on a long trip, playing with the son, reading a book, listening to music, meeting old friends or relatives, watching a favourite movie, getting the nomination done for a FD or a bank account and the list goes on and on.  And this has become so real for most people that they have given up on all this forever!!

We can actually do many things when we schedule each task with specific date and time but I know people would say “I don’t have time to schedule the time for the various activities” and there it goes all over again!!!

With specific reference to SV, it actually takes not more than 5 to 7 minutes (depending on whether you want to do 10 or 28 Gayathri mantras as japam) each time.  So if we really see the benefits of SV (vide qn 1 above) and are keen to actualize those benefits for ourselves, then this question of not having time does not have much power.

And I think that is the case with most things that we ignore under the pretext of “no time”, if we examine them carefully. (But then who has the time to do examine?)

There are more to come but we will address them in subsequent posts.

What are your reasons for not doing SV regularly?




  1. August 26, 2012 at 4:43 am

    […] 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 […]

  2. Govind said,

    August 26, 2012 at 5:13 am

    There is no reason for not doing it – but most people do not find a reason to do it. There are 100 reasons for not doing something – you need actually just one to do, practise and make it a habit.

    • badrirag said,

      August 26, 2012 at 5:21 am


      The Rishis gave us many reasons to do SV regularly so that we use atleast one of them to take it up. in fact, when you look at that, they have used all forms such as Sama, Dhana, Bedha and Danda to get the people to do it regularly. The modern methods of persuasion such as carrot or stick is only a subset of the universe that our ancestors used.

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