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What is Spirituality

Spirituality deals with enlightening one's thoughts, emotions and intrinsic tendencies.It is the most evolved and comprehensive science of psychological, sociological  moral development, and ultimate progress. It brightens the intellect together with inculcation of sensitivity towards fellow beings and towards the grace of nature. There is no place of superstitions,fantasy of... Read More

How to Live Spiritual Life

Spiritual LifeArticles Related to Spirituality life हिन्दी आलेख् व किताबे  अध्यात्मिक जिवन के उपर आध्यात्मिक जीवन इस तरह जियें भौतिक और आध्यात्मिक जीवन की तुलना आध्यात्मिक जीवन जीएँ, मनोरोगों से दूर रहें आध्यात्मिक जीवन के पाँच पक्ष जीवन के परिष्कार का आध्यात्मिक प्रयोग गायत्री साधना मनोविज्ञान : तनाव का उपचार आध्यात्मिक जीवन ... Read More

What is Kundalini Jagaran

Kundalini : The Serpentine Fire of Super Vital Force One of the most talked about, mysterious and hard disciplines of spiritual yoga is the kundalini sadhana . The philosophy of this grand sadhana deals with the awakening, transformation and refinement of kama (sex-energy). The awakened power of kundalini transforms or reorients... Read More

What is Panchkosh

The science of spirituality deals with all the subtle and physical level of the conscious body. Experts of this science can perform supernatural experiments on the physical body. They experience more and more blissfulness as they realize higher and subtler levels of consciousness. The five important levels of the human... Read More

What are Gross, Subtle & Causal body

Brahma started his work and created two kinds of creation, Chaitanya (animate) and Jad (inanimate). All living beings having desire, consciousness and ego fall under Chaitanya creation. This is an independent creation which is known as Pranmaya-kosh of the universe. Chaitanya (animate) element pervades the entire universe and is known... Read More

What is Scientific Spirituality

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Materialism and Spirituality

Materialism and SpiritualityRead Following article from 1968 Akhand Jyoti .अध्यात्मवादी भौतिकता अपनाई जाय ब्यवहारिक अध्यात्मवाद की ओर... Read More

About Soul

A sincere and serious seeker of Truth, Nachiketa, inquires Yamaraj, The Lord of Death. " Yeyam prate vicikitsa manushye, Astityeke nayastiti caike Aitad vidya manushishtas twaya ham Varanamesh varastritiyah " .. Kathopanishad 1/20"Oh Lord! Some people say soul exists, some say this body itself is the soul; while others say... Read More

Science behind Samadhi

Samadhiआत्मा की अमरता कल्पना मात्र नहीं ( समाधी और् विज्ञान) प्रत्याहार, धारणा, ध्यान, और समाधि... Read More

Read or know more about Upanishad & its teaching ?

Upanishad's (Vedanta) TeachingUpanishads are invaluable repositories of vedic knowledge. These are supreme scriptures of Veda ntic Philosophy   containing the ultimate knowledge of the individual self, soul and the Brahm. Upanishads are also regarded as the source of multiple streams of Indian Philosophy . The spiritual acumen and enlightened vision of... Read More

Science behind Dream

The science of spirituality defines mind as a ‘sense organ’ of the soul . Dreams are identified as the expressions of the signals transmitted or received by the inner cores of this subtle sensor. Intensity and perspicuity of dreams and the depths of the knowledge conveyed by them increases with... Read More

Are there any restrictions on Gayatri worship ?

Q.1. Are there any restrictions on Gayatri worship ?Ans. There is a prevalent belief that the right to worship Gayatri is exclusively restricted to the Brahmans or the so called “Dwij” (which is traditionally considered synonymous with “Brahmans”, a caste in India). This is a gross misconception. If there is a... Read More

Do Brahmans have a special privilege to do Gayatri Sadhana ?

Q.3. Do Brahmans have a special privilege to do Gayatri Sadhana ? Ans. The professed proprietary right of Brahmans (by birth) on Gayatri worship is ridiculous. Credit for embodiment and elaboration of mysticism of Mahamantra Gayatri goes to rishi Vishwamitra,... Read More

Are women entitled to take up Gayatri Sadhana?

Q.4. Are women entitled to take up Gayatri Sadhana? Ans. For countering the oft-repeated arguments against women ’s right to Gayatri worship, let us try to understand the basic principles of ancient Indian culture . It propounds a global religion,... Read More

What are the basic reasons for the anti-women stance of some sects in India ?

Q.5. What are the basic reasons for the anti-women stance of some sects in India? Ans. During the medieval period there occurred overall degeneration and corruption in Indian society. Resources and power were usurped by a handful of... Read More

Is Gayatri worship permissible for the non-vegetarians and those who take liquors?

Q.6. Is Gayatri worship permissible for the non-vegetarians and those who take liquors ? Ans. It is said that Gayatri is a sacred Mantra and those who worship it should live a life of inner and outer purity. They should not take liquor, meat... Read More

Yagyopaveet and Gayatri worship

Q.7. Is Yagyopaveet essential for Gayatri worship? What is its significance ? Ans. It cannot be made mandatory that those alone who put an Yagyopveet can perform Gayatri Jap . However, since Yagyopaveet is an image of... Read More

How does the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ as a Vedmantra differ from other Laukik mantras ?

Q.1. How does the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ as a Vedmantra differ from other ‘Laukik mantras’? Ans. Gayatri Mantra is the primordial Mantra self-manifested by the projection of the will (sankalp) of Omnipotent Divine to bring into existence the present cycle of creation (Varah Kalpa). According... Read More

Is it permissible to chant other Mantras or worship other deities along with Gayatri ?

Q.2. Is it permissible to chant other Mantras or worship other deities along with Gayatri ? Ans. Central theme of any form of worship is meditation. The exclusive objective of Jap and meditation in Upasana is to establish an intimate... Read More

Why is Gayatri represented as a female deity ?

Q.3. Why is Gayatri represented as a female deity ? Ans. Several people say that when masculine words have been used in Gayatri how can it be said Gayatri Mata? It should be understood that the Absolute Divinity it represents, is all pervasive and formless.... Read More

What is the basis of words in Gayatri Mantra adding upto 24 letters ?

Q.4. What is the basis of words in Gayatri Mantra adding upto 24 letters? Ans. The confusion about Gayatri Mantra having a total of 23 letters only, arises mainly because of the word Nayam in Varenyam. In the composition of the... Read More

Does Gayatri Mantra conform to the rules of Sanskrit Grammar ?

Q.5. Does Gayatri Mantra conform to the rules of Sanskrit Grammar? Ans. At times points are raised about supposed grammatical inaccuracies in the composition of Gayatri Mantra . These misconceptions arise when the Shrutis (Richas of Veda s and Upnishads)... Read More

How many Omkars are included in the Gayatri Mantra ?

Q.6. How many “Omkars” are included in the Gayatri Mantra ? Ans. Gayatri Mantra is complete in itself. It is not at all necessary to supplement it by assigning three or five ‘Oms’ by way of beej Mantra or samput. This is... Read More

What are Vyahritis ?

Q.7. What are “Vyahritis” ? Ans. The Gayatri Mantra begins with enunciation of “Om” (Amen in Christianity and Aameen in Islam are its variants). “Om” is believed to be resonating all over the cosmos as the primordial sound. Spiritual-science considers it as one of the cosmic representations... Read More

What is a Beej Mantra ? How is it applied ?

Q.8. What is a Beej Mantra? How is it applied? Ans. All religions of the world make use of a part of their scriptures as a representative Beej Mantra. Thus Mohammedans have their Kalma the Christians Baptism, and the Jains Namonkar Mantra.... Read More

How is rishi Vishwamitra related to Gayatri Mantra ?

 Q.9. How is rishi Vishwamitra related to Gayatri Mantra?Ans. Vishwamitra was the first rishi of this kalpa (the present cycle of creation) who could access all powers of Gayatri .In spiritual parlance, he was the first master of Gayatri Sadhana . Rishi Vishwamitra standardised the procedures of Gayatri Sadhana for... Read More

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Why is Gayatri Mantra regarded as Guru Mantra?

Q.1. Why is Gayatri Mantra regarded as Guru Mantra? Ans. Every body knows that one can learn very well under the direct guidance of a capable teacher. This, however, does not mean that a person devoid of knowledge and character... Read More

Is Diksha necessary for Sadhana ?

Q.2. Is Diksha necessary for Sadhana ?Ans. Aspiration for salvation is the birth right of all human beings. Scriptures say that in the biological kingdom created by God three phenomena are extremely rare. One - to be born as a human amongst the innumerable species of living beings; Two -... Read More

What are the rules to be followed after taking Diksha ?

Q.3. What are the rules to be followed after taking Diksha? Ans. After initiation, the devotee is expected to maintain regularity in daily routine of worship ( Upasana ), a persistent endeavor  for developing purity in thoughts words and deeds... Read More

Inadvertent error during worship

Q.4. Will one incur divine displeasure if there are some inadvertent errors during worship ? Ans. Absolutely not. The Creator is like our Mother. The Divine Mother has only love for her children. How can She punish unless the fault is deliberate? One may contemplate... Read More

What are indications of progress in Sadhana ?

Q. 5. What are indications of progress in Sadhana? Ans. After prolonged and persistent ' Sadhana ' with faith and dedication , the following characteristics appear in the devotee:- 1. Magnetism in personality ; sparkling eyes; force in speech; a... Read More

Gayatri Sadhana regularly,I feel depressed and unsatisfied with my progress

Q.6.I have been doing Gayatri Sadhana regularly. Nevertheless, at times, I feel depressed and dissatisfied with my progress. What is the remedy?Ans. The feelings of occasional depression, dissatisfaction with progress and momentary loss of interest are not uncommon in course of Sadhana . In order to understand this paradoxical phenomenon,... Read More

Why is the Sadhak advised to keep the progress in Sadhana a secret ?

Q.7. Why is the Sadhak advised to keep the progress in Sadhana a secret? Ans. The purpose of keeping Sadhana secret is only to avoid the possibility of confusion because of multiple interactions with people, so that after dispelling all... Read More

How is Gayatri relevant for humankind in the present times ?

Q.8. How is Gayatri relevant for humankind in the present times ? Ans. Each individual is born with certain characteristic traits and IQ., all of which can not be explained as genetic inheritance. For instance, genetics has no explanation for the... Read More

What is "VAAM MARG" ?

Q.9. What is "VAAM MARG" ? Ans. Yogic Sadhana s are carried out in two ways. These are designated as the 'Dakchin Marg' and 'Vaam Marg' or Tantra. References in this book pertains to the Dakchin Marg - which is the process ( Sadhana... Read More

Gayatri to absolve one from sins ?

Q.10. According to the Law of Karma, everyone has to face the consequences of one's good or bad deeds. How is it then possible for Gayatri to absolve one from sins ? Ans. It has been described that Gayatri dispels the darkness of sin. It... Read More

What is Dream (Science behind Dream) / सपनो का रहस्य ?

Science behind DreamThe science of spirituality defines mind as a ‘sense organ’ of the soul . Dreams are identified as the expressions of the signals transmitted or received by the inner cores of this subtle sensor. Intensity and perspicuity of dreams and the depths of the knowledge conveyed by them... Read More

How to grow your child / बच्चों का विकास कैसे करें ?

Kids Development  A young child, given proper guidance, training and education can become a paragon of virtues and noble character. Whenever animal instincts hidden in inner... Read More

What are the Vedic solution to Global Warming?

Global Warming Solution in Vedas Though at a small scale, efforts of following the guidelines of the Vedic approach to environment al management and socio-economic  and cultural... Read More

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Know more about Family Development / परिवार का विकास कैसे करे ?

Family- life is the backbone of the entire social organization. Happiness, peace and heavenly atmosphere of prosperity depend only on its excellence.In this section the mantras which can make our lives bright and praiseworthy have been given. These mantras explain the importance of a happy family, a confident and cultured... Read More

What are the vedic solution for modern problems ?

Vedic Solutions to Modern Problems The Vedas preach ’Atmavat Sarva Bhuteshu’ i.e. ’Regard every being like your own self.’ The key feature of the approach of the Vedic sages (rishis) in propounding this noble thought was to implant it in peoples’ hearts (emotional core) and minds by linking it with... Read More

Is Spirituality help for Resolution of the our age problem ?

Spirituality The Key to the Resolution of the Problems of Our Age The modern human society is engulfed by challenging problems such as pollution, environmental imbalances, unethical practices, religious intolerance, terrorism, etc. on the social and global fronts and stress, fear, job uncertainty, etc. on the personal front. Even birds,... Read More

What is the significance of Yagya in spirituality ?

Q.1. What is the significance of Yagya in spirituality? Ans. Gayatri has been regarded as the mother and, Yagya as father of Indian spiritual tradition. Yagya finds place in all sacred and auspicious ceremonies in Indian... Read More

Is it necessary to perform Yagya along with Jap of Gayatri Mantra?

Q.2. Is it necessary to perform Yagya along with Jap of Gayatri Mantra ? Ans. Gayatri and Yagya form an inseparable pair. One is said to be the mother of Indian culture and the other, the father. They are inter-linked.... Read More

Is it necessary to perform Yagya daily ?

Q.3. Is it necessary to perform Yagya daily? Ans. Gayatri and Yagya constitute a pair. Gayatri has been called righteous wisdom and Yagya as righteous act. Coordination of both gives wisdom to solve all problems. Yagya may be performed as... Read More

How many Kunds are required in a Yagya?

Q.4. How many Kunds are required in a Yagya? Ans. On a small scale, the members of the family may offer 2400 (cumulative) Ahutis in a Single Kund Yagya . If neighbors, relatives and friends also wish to participate,... Read More

What is bali deva dakshina yajna ?

The scriptures have directed the usage of Swaha and Swadha while offering the oblations. In a praise of God (Yajna Purusha) it has been said: "Tvamekam Sharanyam" (you are the one and only Refuge for us), "Tvamekam Varenyam" (you are the one and only Choice for us). In the worship... Read More

What are the application of yajna for healing ?

Amidst the fascinating achievements of the modern era of science and technology in improving our comfort levels, stress and pollution have posed the major challenges for our well-being. The world is beginning to realize that the comforts provided to us by modern science and technology do not necessarily always make... Read More

What type of Prasad is recommended during Poornahuti?

Q.5. What type of Prasad is recommended during Poornahuti? Ans. In the existing circumstances, it is advised to replace Brahmbhoj with Brahmadan, wherein instead of sweets, literature pertaining to Gayatri Sadhana is distributed as Prasad to the deserving participants.... Read More

What is the necessity of collective-Yagyas?

Q.6. What is the necessity of collective-yagyas? Ans. Yagya s at a larger scale are required to be performed to purify the subtle environment and destroy pollution permeating the atmosphere. It infuses religious sentiments and enthusiasm in persons who... Read More

Is Agnihotra during the nights justified for matrimonial functions ?

Is Agnihotra during the nights justified for matrimonial functions ?Ans. In fact scriptures advise performance of marriages and associated Agnihotra ( Yagya ) during the day only. However, it has become customary in India to perform marriages during the night because of the convenience and leisure of participants. Agnihotra associated... Read More

What type of clothes are recommended during performance of Yagya?

What type of clothes are recommended during performance of Yagya ?Ans. During a Yagya , the purifying energy emanating from the Agnihotra stimulates the outer skin and permeates the body through the physical perforations, bringing out sweat and other impurities from within. It is therefore, advisable to wear loose clothes... Read More

Is Akhand Yagya permissible?

Q.9. Is Akhand Yagya permissible? Ans. Scriptures do not permit Akhand Yagya . Yagya should be completed in a fixed time during the day only. The reason being the possibility of insects, worms etc. getting killed in the sacred fire,... Read More

What is the difference between daily Upasana, Anusthan and Purascharan?

Q.1. What is the difference between daily Upasana, Anusthan and Purascharan? Ans. Daily worship is a part of routine day to day living. Anusthan is a worship of a higher order in which the devotee is bound by many restrictions... Read More

What are the types of Anusthans? How much time is required for each ?

Q.2. What are the types of Anusthans? How much time is required for each? Ans. There are three types of Anusthan s small (Laghu) medium (madhyam) and Big (Uchch). The counts are as follows : 1) Small Anusthan : 24000... Read More

What are the pre-requisites for an Anusthan?

Q.3. What are the pre-requisites for an Anusthan? Ans. Cleansing of body, clothes and implements of worship; the six rituals; 'Panchopchar'; Jap ; Meditation ; 'Suryarghdan'; (A small Kalash with water and incense are kept along with a photograph or... Read More

What are the basic rules of an Anusthan?

Q.4. What are the basic rules of an Anusthan?Ans. The set of rules to be followed are :- (1) As far as practicable, regularity of time and number in the Jap should be maintained in the routine with minimum possible deviations. (2) The five basic principles i.e.... Read More

Is it possible to have an Anusthan performed by someone else?

Q.5. Is it possible to have an Anusthan performed by someone else? Ans. To get Jap performed by others on payment on one's behalf amounts to purchasing labor and deriving advantage out of it. This earns no merit. There are... Read More

Does one himself benefit by doing Jap-Anusthan for others?

Q.6. Does one himself benefit by doing Jap-Anusthan for others? Ans. It is true that like helping the needy through one's own resources, a person reaps spiritual benefits while performing Upasana -Tap for others ("Distant therapy"). The only condition... Read More

Is acceptance of a donation is permissible in lieu of an Anusthan done for others?

Q.7. Is acceptance of a donation or gift in cash or kind is permissible in lieu of an Anusthan done for others? Ans. It is sanctioned to the extent of minimum amount for bare sustenance. Very little benefit accrues when an Anusthan is performed for others... Read More

What is the time of the day recommended for Jap during an Anusthan?

What is the time of the day recommended for Jap during an Anusthan? Is it necessary to complete Jap at a stretch? Ans. Mornings are best suited. Otherwise, one may complete the count in installment at different periods of the day.... Read More

What to do if there is some irregularity during the Anusthan ?

Q.10. What is the significance of Havan (Yagya) in an Anusthan? Ans. There should not be any apprehension about incurring any divine displeasure as a consequence of an unavoidable irregularity during the Anusthan . Nevertheless, it is advisable to seek... Read More

What is the significance of Havan (Yagya) in an Anusthan?

Q.10. What is the significance of Havan (Yagya) in an Anusthan? Ans. Jap and Havan are basic ingredients of an Anusthan . After initiation (Dikcha) the worshipper (Sadhak) makes a total surrender to Gayatri and Yagya (his spiritual parents), which... Read More

What are the number of Ahutis prescribed for various types of Anusthans?

Ans. In ancient times, it was convenient to oblate one tenth of the total number of Jap s in the Havan in an Anusthan . In the present circumstances, it is sufficient to offer one hundredth number of 'Ahutis'. The number thus amounts to :- (a) Small Anusthan - 240... Read More

How are the number of Ahutis distributed during the Yagya in course of Anusthans?

Q.12. How are the number of Ahutis distributed during the Yagya (Havan) in course of Anusthans? Ans. Havan may either be performed each day or on the last day of the Anusthan . Oblations required each day are equal to the number of 'malas', (cycles... Read More

What is the ideal Bramhabhoj after completion of the Anusthan ?

Q.13. What is the ideal Bramhabhoj after completion of the Anusthan ? Ans. In an Anusthan the last ritual is Brahmbhoj after Poornahuti in the Havan. Traditionally it requires feeding Brahmans or young maidens. Qualified, deserving Brahmans are not... Read More

What should one do in unfavourable events ?

Q.14. What should one do if some unfavourable unforeseen events occur during an Anusthan? Ans. Under such circumstances one may discontinue the Sadhana , Jap etc. for the period and resume it later from the count of disruption. However, a mental recitation, without a rosary, is... Read More

Why is an idol or picture used for worship of God, who is formless?

Q.1. Why is an idol or picture used for worship of God, who is formless? Are there more then one Gayatri? Ans. It is an oft-repeated question. It should be understood that basic purpose of worship is meditation and contemplation; and name and form... Read More

Why is Gayatri visualized as a young woman with its peculiar ornaments?

Q.2. Why is Gayatri visualized as a young womanwith its peculiar ornaments? Ans. One should not be under the illusion that Gayatri is a living being with one mouth and two arms or five mouths and ten arms. Woman has... Read More

In what way the twenty-four emanations of Divine Mother (Matrikas) represent Gayatri?

Q.3. In what way the twenty-four emanations of Divine Mother (Matrikas) represent Gayatri? Ans. As various organs perform specific functions in the human body, the primary divine energies inherent in the Primordial Supreme Power (Adyashakti) of God have been conceived as twenty-four motherly emanations... Read More

Are Gayatri and Savitri different ?

Q.4. Are Gayatri and Savitri different ? Ans. Not exactly. They are different expressions of the Supreme Power of God . As such they are opposite faces of the same coin. Gayatri (idolised with nine faces)... Read More

What are the specific divine emanations associatedwith Gayatri and Savitri?

Ans. As mentioned in the answers to Q.No. 4, Gayatri and Savitri are two sides of the same coin. Gayatri has been referred to by innumerable names. Amongst its significant twenty-four thousand aliases, 24 represent its principal emanations. Twelve of these have been idolized for practical spiritual growth and... Read More

Why is the Primordial Divine Energy (Gayatri) represented in so many forms ?

Q.6. Why is the Primordial Divine Energy (Gayatri) represented in so many forms (idols) ? Ans. God is omnipresent. The primordial Divine Energy symbolized as Gayatri take up numerous forms and functions in innumerable ways. The analogy of an actor will illustrate the point. An... Read More

Why is Gayatri represented as a deity with fivefaces?

Q.7. Why is Gayatri represented as a deity with fivefaces? Ans. Descriptions of deities and characters in mythology showing many heads and arms are common and may appear odd and paganish to a person not familiar with the... Read More

Why is Gayatri known as Tripada-Trinity ?

Q.8. Why is Gayatri known as Tripada- Trinity ? Ans. Gayatri is Tripada- a Trinity, since being the Primordial Divine Energy, it is the source of three cosmic qualities known as “Sat”, “Raj” and “Tam” represented in Indian spirituality by the deities... Read More

Why is Gayatri designated as Vedmata, Devmataand Vishwamata?

Q.9. Why is Gayatri designated as Vedmata, Devmataand Vishwamata? Ans. Gayatri has been called Vedmata because it is the essence of source of Veda s. It is called Devmata because there is perpetual growth of divinity and righteousness in its devotee.... Read More

What is the relationship between Gayatri Mantra and other powers of God?

Q.10. What is the relationship between Gayatri Mantraand other powers of God ? Ans. According to Savitri Upnishad, from the eternal omnipotence of God represented by Om, seven streams of divine power, known as Vyahritis, emanate. Three amongst these (Bhur ,... Read More

What is Savita?

Q.11. What is Savita? Ans. The deity for meditation on Gayatri Mantra is ‘Savita’. Savita is the cosmic power of God which provides energy to all animate and inanimate systems of the cosmos. In the Sun and other stars, for instance,... Read More

Why is Gayatri Upasana considered supreme ?

Q.12. Why is Gayatri Upasana considered supreme as compared to other forms of worship ? Ans. Gayatri is the fountainhead of all streams of divine powers personified and designated as deities (Lakhyami, Durga, Saraswati etc.) Thus by invocation of Gayatri the Sadhak starts accessing divine... Read More

What are the basic aims of Gayatri Sadhana?

Q.13. What are the basic aims of Gayatri Sadhana? Ans. The science of Gayatri Upasana has been developed to help human beings in ridding themselves of base animal instincts and replace them with the divine virtues. Adherence to the laws of... Read More

What is the relevance of Gayatri Upasana in the modern society ?

Q.14. What is the relevance of Gayatri Upasana in the modern society ?  Ans. During the last few decades concepts of religion have been increasingly distorted by vested interests. The deliberately induced misconceptions about religion led to the miraculous... Read More

What is significance of correct pronunciation of the Mantra?

Q.1. What is significance of correct pronunciation of the Mantra? Ans. All Ved Mantras have a poetic composition (syntax) with specified musical notes. When a Mantra is recited acoustic vibrations surpassing ultrasonic frequencies are produced. These waves travel in an... Read More

What is the methodology of chanting of Mantra during Jap ?

Q.2. What is the methodology of chanting of Mantra during Jap ? Ans. During the routine , solo Jap, the Mantra is pronounced in such a way that although there is a slight movement of lips, larynx and tongue, it... Read More

For whom the pronunciation of the Mantra is some what difficult ?

Q.3. How is it possible for illiterate persons and children to do Gayatri Sadhana, for whom the pronunciation of the Mantra is somewhat difficult? Ans. Illiterate persons who cannot utter Gayatri Mantra correctly, can perform Jap of Panchakshari Gayatri "Om bhoor Bhuvaha Swaha." If they... Read More

What is the most suitable time of the day for Upasana?

Ans. Brahm Muhoort i.e. an hour before sunrise in the morning, and just before sunset in the evening to an hour thereafter bring forth maximum result. During day Upasana may be carried out any time according to one's convenience. Although a fixed routine in timings is recommended yet it is... Read More

Is Gayatri Jap permissible during night time?

Q.5. Is Gayatri Jap permissible during night time? Ans. Sages had advised Jap during the day-time for two reasons. One: the nights are meant exclusively for rest. Any activity during the night (including Upasana ) is likely to affect one's health . Two: since Sun is... Read More

Is Jap permissible along-with other activities ?

Q.6. Is Jap permissible along-with other activities? Ans. One may perform Jap even while walking or without taking a bath or during other physical activities. On such occasions, however, it should only be a mental process without movement of lips, larynx and... Read More

Should one deliberate on the meaning of the Mantra during the Jap?

Q.7. Should one deliberate on the meaning of the Mantra during the Jap ? Ans. As regards contemplation on the meaning of Mantra during the Jap, it is recommended that one should only meditate on the deity during Jap. The... Read More

Is taking a bath essential prior to Jap ? What should one wear during the Jap ?

Q.8. Is taking a bath essential prior to Jap? What should one wear during the Jap? Ans. It is more appropriate to sit in front of an altar after taking bath, wearing clean clothes and perform worship in the morning with... Read More

On what should one concentrate during Upasana?

Q.9. On what should one concentrate during Upasana? Ans. Those believing in Divinity 'with form' (Sakar) are advised to concentrate on an idol or picture of Gayatri , whereas those having faith in formless God (Nirakar) may concentrate in the... Read More

How does one meditate on Savita?

Q.10. How does one meditate on Savita? Ans. Spiritual tradition in India considers Gayatri as the most powerful medium for invocation of Savita, the omnipresent cosmic energy of God operating the natural functions in the animate beings (flora and fauna)... Read More

How can I raise the level of my day-to-day Upasana to get the benefit of Anusthan?

Q.12. How can I raise the level of my day-to-day Upasana to get the benefit of Anusthan? Ans. It requires five hundred thousand Japs a year at the rate of 15 Malas per day. Sadhana of this type is known as an Abhiyan Sadhana . Although this... Read More

What are the rules of Abhiyan Sadhana?

Ans. The basic rules of Abhiyan Sadhana are given hereunder:- (a) The time of commencement: All days are considered auspicious for initiating a good work. However, for this purpose a Parva (religious auspicious period) would be the best choice. Amongst the auspicious festivals, one may choose days like Basant Panchami,... Read More

What is the purpose of self-control in Abhiyan Sadhana ?

Q.14. What is the purpose of self-control in Abhiyan Sadhana? Ans. Tap is meant for conservation of life -force and utilising it for elevation of soul to higher levels of consciousness. The three outlets through which about 80%... Read More

What are the rules of Akhand (unbroken) Jap?

Q.15. What are the rules of Akhand (unbroken) Jap? Ans. Akhand Jap is performed on special auspicious occasions like Gayatri Jayanti, Guru Poornima, Vasant Panchami etc. There are two ways of doing it. It may be performed either for twenty-four... Read More

What to do if there are disruptions during Jap?

Q.16. What to do if there are disruptions during Jap? Ans. If one is required to go to toilet in between a sessions, the Jap can be resumed after cleaning of hands and feet. Taking bath after each such disruption... Read More

What are the restrictions on Upasana during the inauspicious days (birth or death) ?

Q.17. What are the restrictions on Upasana during the inauspicious days (birth or death in family etc.) ? Ans. On such occasions, although regular chanting of Mantra with rosary and standard rituals are forbidden, mental Jap and meditation may be done. The objective is two-fold. On the... Read More

Should women discontinue Upasana during menstrual periods ?

Q.18. Should women discontinue Upasana during menstrual periods? Ans. While undergoing menstrual cycles, women are both mentally and physically under exertion. Besides, they are unable to maintain the required degree... Read More

What is the posture recommended for turning the rosary (Mala) during Jap?

Q.19. What is the posture recommended for turning the rosary (Mala) during Jap? Ans. 1. For Jap, select a secluded, noiseless place beneath a tree, in a temple, or at the bank of a river. 2. Be seated in an... Read More

Is Gayatri worship conditioned ? (Is Gayatri keelit)?

Q.1. Is Gayatri worship conditioned? (Is Gayatri ‘keelit’)? Ans. There are two methods for invoking powers of Gayatri . One the simple divine method for spiritual progress and the other an intricate method of ‘Tantra Shastra’ for immediate... Read More

Truth behind curse on gayatri mantra by rishis

Q.2. What is the truth in the belief that God Brahma, and rishis Vashistha and Vishwamitra had laid a curse (shaap) that success will elude the practitioner unless he/ she recites certain verses (shlokas)?Ans. That this is baseless, is established by the following references from the scriptures:-a) Gayatri is well... Read More

Is Guru mandatory for Gayatri worship?

Q.3. Is Guru mandatory for Gayatri worship ?Ans. Gayatri is also known as Guru -Mantra i.e. to achieve a higher level of spiritual accomplishment, one needs an experienced Guru as a spiritual guide and protector. Let us draw an analogy from other fields. Some fields of learning require only books,... Read More

I have already taken Diksha from a Guru. Will it be proper for me to seek another Guru?

Q.4. I have already taken Diksha (initiation) from a Guru. Will it be proper for me to seek another Guru ?Ans. There are no restrictions on choosing more than one Guru . It all depends on the type and level of achievement sought for. Ram had Vashistha as his family... Read More

Is audible chanting of Gayatri scripturally permissible ?

Q.5. Is audible chanting of Gayatri scripturally permissible ?Ans. Some people say that Gayatri Mantra being a “secret” Mantra should only be whispered in the ear during initiation. This may apply to Tantrik Mantras but not to Gayatri Mantra . According to scriptures the Ved Mantras should be chanted loudly... Read More



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