The Mantra Tantras of Sandhya Vandanam – Samarpana and Raksha

Background

In the last blog on Surya Narayana Mantra, I had talked about Namaskara and Samarpana.

We perform Namaskara to Elders from whom we learn. We perform Namaskara to submit ourselves physically and mentally, so that we are ready to receive their advice and suggestions.

Most of the Blessings that Elders are supposed to give are actually words of advice and not mere ‘wishes’ of elders. Since youngsters (at all times) don’t like advice, they package the advice as a blessing and give it.

When we prostrate before our parents and they say ‘Ayushman Bhava’ or before a very elderly person and he/she says ‘Chiranjeevi bhava’, we need to take it inside us.

Let’s say we consider them as an ‘elderly wish’, then we won’t take it or work on it. We will leave out their words.

But then if we take it as an advice, then we will work on it. So when we are told ‘Be with Long Life” or ‘Have eternal life’, we need to reflect on how we can work on them.

We will have a long life if we are healthy. So we need to care about our health. We can never have an eternal life, but we can leave the foot-prints of our life on other people. In that way we can be eternal.

In fact most benedictions, if we carefully observe them are of ‘advice’ kind. They tell us what we need to aim for or how we should act.

This is the secret of Namaskara. When we do a Namaskara, we are supposed to learn from the elders and evolve ourselves.

After we offer salutations to the various forces that helped us evolve, we did a Namaskara saying that it goes ‘upto’ the Adi Kesava, so that we learn from all the Devas from the Adi-Kesava time.

And in fact if we carefully read, we learnt a lot from various devas during the TSV procedure.

Samarpana – The Mantra Part

Take a small quantity of water recite the following manthra and pour it on the ground

Kaye na vacha manase indriyair va

Budhyathma nava prakruthai swabhavat.

Karomi yadyat sakalam parasmai ,

Narayana yethi samarpayami

KAya – principal

Ena – that

Vaca – expression

Manase – hidden, intellect

Indriyaiva – is the Power

Budhya – Awakened

Atmanava – upon Atman

Prakrute – is the Matter’s

Swabhavat – nature

That Principal expression (Atman) manifests as the power of intellect (hidden consciousness), by the awakening of Atman in Prakruti (matter) by nature

Karomi – I do

Yadyat – whatever

Sakalam – Everything

Parasmai – beyond me (Paras mai)

Narayanayeti samarpayami – I dedidcate to Narayana

I dedicate to Narayana all actions that I do (in my reach) and everything beyond me (out of my reach or actions by us that happen out of our control).

The power of hidden intellect or consciousness is caused by the natural awakening of that Atman (which is the first expression) in prakrti (matter). Hence we dedicate to that Narayana (Kesava on which Atman resides) all the actions that we do consciously and actions that we perform out of our control.

In other words, our consciousness is the manifestation of that Atman and hence all our actions and reactions (we wish) to be aligned to the Atman.

Then do aachamanam

Samarpana – The Tantra Part

In the TSV procedure, we rose from the place where we are (made a mental flight) to the abode of Atman. We cleaned ourselves first, then invoked the Savitr to manifest in us as Self-Confidence, offered our dedications to the ancestral devas who evolved us from the Atman (essentially went back tracing our evolution), traced the evolution of Universe from Atman, controlled our body and mind through pranayama and japa and entered the abode of Atman.

There we recognized the Atman by the Characteristics of Atman (Self-Confidence (Savitr), Being Nuetral (Gayatri), Change (Sandhyai), Movement/Knowledge (Saraswatyai)), Saluted the Atman and introduced ourselves to the Atman. Then we started the descent.

En-route, as we descended, we saluted the Spatial dimensions that emanated from Atman, saluted Yama the implementer of dharma (which I mapped as ionizing radiations that also manifest as biological clock in us), saluted the Purusha the creator of dharmas (which I mapped as dark matter), entered the Solar System and saluted the Surya and Narayana (embodiment of Atman) in that Surya.

Then we do a touch-down in Samarpana and Raksha.

Samarpana is this process of descending down.

As we descend to ground, we dedicate all our actions, willing or forced or circumstantial to Narayana, the embodiment of Atman, so that we are aligned to the wishes of that Atman. It is because the our consciousness is the manifestation of that Atman.

We dedicate our actions, to Narayana, the embodiment of Atman because we want to align ourselves with the evolutionary process of Atman.

We dedicate not just actions that we perform knowingly, but those that we perform out of our control. Instead of asking for ‘what we want’, we say ‘let us do what you want’. This is the key concept of Samarpana.

We want to be aligned to ‘His’ will, we want our actions that we perform with control or out-of-control to be aligned to ‘His’ wish, so that we find ourselves on the path of evolution and not get sidelined or thrown out.

This is the concept of Samarpana.

After Samarpana, we do Achamanam to indicate we have aligned with Atman and become the abode of Atman.

Raksha – The Mantra part

Sprinkle some water on the place where japa was [performed reciting the mantra below, then touch the ground with ring finger and place it between the eyelids

Adhya no deva savithapraja vath saavee soubhagam

Para duswapneeya suva

Viswani deva savitha –durithani paraa suvaa

Yad bhadram thama asuva

 

Adhyano – Praying, wishing, meditating (opulent, wealthy)

deva savitha – force of Savitr (the self-confidence, the arouser)

prajaVath – fruitful (with progeny)

savi – good, correct or great

soubhagam – prosperity

Meditating the force of Savitr (that manifests as Self-Confidence in us) for progeny (future, evolution), great prosperity

Para – Outside

Duswapneeya -bad-dreamy state

suva – set in motion (drive out)

drives out the bad-dreamy states

Viswani – Universal, worldly

Deva Savitha – force of the arouser

Durithani – bad times, difficult times, sinful activities (times at which sinful activities are made to perform)

parA – outside

suva – set in motion (drive)

Universal force of the Savitr (that manifests as Self-Confidence in us) drives out the difficult times

Meditating the force of Savitr (that manifests as Self-Confidence in us) for progeny (future, evolution), great prosperity, drives out the bad-dreamy states. The Universal force of Savitr (that manifests as Self-Confidence in us) drives out the difficult times.

Raksha – The Tantra part

Raksha is the ‘touch-down’ process. With Samarpana, we are descending to the Ground. With Raksha we actually do the ‘touch-down’.

Raksha means protection. Raksha is the reality. We can mentally ascend to the domain of Atman and come back. We wish that we do what Atman wants.

But then in the mortal life that we live we have difficult times and bad dreamy days. Yet we want progeny and prosperity. How does one get this protection to drive out difficult times and achieve progeny and prosperity..?

We meditate on the force of Savitr. Savitr manifests as Self-Confidence in us. This we already realized in ‘Prayaschita argyam’.

Hence we invoke this Savitr, that manifests as Self-confidence in us to protect ourselves to drive out bad-times and bring in progeny and prosperity.

We learnt to be neutral, self-confident, strive after doubts and banes, become striver of the striver to overcome our obstacles and lead towards wellbeing of us and others, during the course of TSV procedure. We dedicated all our willing, forced and circumstantial actions to that embodiment of Atman. We wished that we are in alignment with wishes of that Atman.

With this the TSV Procedure Ends.

Easwaro Rakshatu!

Next in Series

I plan to write an easy-to-practice TSV procedure in particular for kids and middle-aged men who would want to do it, but not have time.

Any person doing TSV regularly will feel an inner bliss always at all times. This is the need for TSV. We will learn not to hurt ourself in the ways of life. We will feel blessed, happy and blissful internally even in the most tiring and hurting circumstances of life.

Not many are doing it now-a-days. Even those who claim to be‘religious’, ‘pious’ and those who claim to propogate or believe in Vedic systems do not do TSV. Many people who proclaim themselves as ‘Vedic Scholars’or proclaimed as ‘Scholars’ in the outside world do not do their basic Niyama of TSV.

On top of it, today we have so many different systems that claim ‘Vedic relevance’ just because they involve some form of pranayama and meditation. Such systems have become popular. While all these systems are recent inventions, TSV is the only authentic procedure handed down to us for several generations.

TSV is not for Brahamins or males only. TSV, if one read my interpretations, is for the physical and mental well-being of all men, women and kids. TSV is ideally learnt under a Guru. But modern ‘Guru’s themselves learnt and do TSV as a ‘hurried-up’ procedure or they don’t do at all.

Hence my endeavor to write a simplified version of TSV that retains its original ‘meaning’ so that everyone can enjoy that internal bliss as we go thru our daily struggles.

-TBT

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