[Advaita-l] Question on a short suurya namaskaaram
sjayana at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 17 11:58:26 CST 2005
My Guruji was of the opinion that the sUrya namaskAra mantra was
not a prayer to sUrya per se, just as the durgA sUktam.h was
primarily to agni not to durgA per se.
I've always been meaning to ask him why he thought this was so
and who the primary deity of the sUrya namaskAra mantra was, and
will try and get the answer soon.
The letter is at
--- Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian
<rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear List Members,
> An elaborate suurya namaskaaram is performed with the aruNa
> prashna of
> the taittiriiya aaraNyakam.
> An abbreviated suurya namaskaakaram is recommended for daily
> performance, which I use in my daily worship.
> It consists of 4 groups of mantras:
> 1. udayannadya mitramaha.h, sapatnaan me aniinasha.h, ... ,
> tasyano dehi suurya
> 2. udayannadya mitramaha.h, arohannutaaran divam, ... , mo
> ahandvishhato radham
> 3. aadity vaa eshha ...
> 4. aadityo vai teja ojo balam ...
> 1 and 2 are found in the taittiriiya braahmana 188.8.131.52-23. TB
> 3.7 is
> incidentally the famous achchhidra suuktam. 2 is also found in
> R^ig veda 1.50.11-13. 3 and 4 are part of the 10th chapter of
> taittiriiya aaraNyakam.
> Now 3 and 4 have a very deep meaning. 1 and 2 can be construed
> to be a
> request for good health. But since 3 and 4 have a deep
> meaning, I feel
> that 1 and 2 also could have a deeper meaning. A further
> is that in 2 the verses:
> shukeshhu me harimANam | ropaNAkAsu dadhmasi | atho
> haaridraveshhu me |
> do not make much sense to me. hariman is death or illness. But
> why the
> request to place "my illness" in 3 birds - shuka, ropaNAkA and
> hAridrava. shuka is parrot. My dictionary tells me the other
> two are
> types of birds with the helpful description that the last is
> yellow in
> color (Monier-Williams).
> What does shAyaNa have to say about these verses? Or does
> anyone have
> any suggestions on what these might be?
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