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Gayatri in Manu Smriti
By Sushma Gupta

"One ends all sins committed during the night by doing Jap standing in the morning, and sins committed during the day by sitting in the evening." Sin here means the agitations created in our mental life by our own negative actions and the tendency to repeat the same, which is left by them as impressions upon the mind. In Manu Smriti we find very interesting and clear directions on the worship of this Mantra.

"Afterwards getting up from the bed, after answering the calls of nature, purifying yourself completely, disallowing the mind to wander hither and thither, sincerely perform the morning Jap standing on your feet and repeating the Mantra very very slowly".

Elsewhere it is stated, "In the morning worship till the Sun rises above the horizon, do the Jap of Gayatri standing and in the evening sitting down do your Jap until the stars emerge out." The Gayatri is chanted generally at each Sandhyaa, a minimum of ten times, but never is this Mantra chanted at night. Gayatri is not to be repeated after the sunset, that is the rule.

Mind and body are the sources of our activities in the world outside and they, with their likes and dislikes, their emotions and appetites, their passions and cravings, bring out from us a host of passionate animal instincts which try to conquer and destroy the spiritual essence in us - the Brahm - in us. The essential brilliance of the human intellect thus gets clouded by the approaching hosts of these passions - and Gayatri Jap and its consequent effects are like thunder and lightning descending upon those passions.

The full Gayatri Mantra has, in fact, a fourth line also. It reads, "Paro Rajase Savad Om", meaning "He who is transcending the effulgence", in this. Thus the fourth line invokes that which is beyond the effulgence, and it assists in intimate subjective experience of the devotee, his identity with it as, "that is this". The fourth line is mentioned in Chhaandogya Upanishad, Brihadaaranyak Upanishad and Brahm Sootra. This line has always been preserved as sacred and secret, and it is given out only to full-time seekers or to self-dedicated Sanyaasee. Well, this line is not so much for chanting as for experiencing in the highest moments of intense meditation in Samaadhi.


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