Most religions describe God as being the light. Light is the manifested form of super consciousness and the sun is the greatest source of light energy. It supports life as we know it and we live each day by it’s rise and fall across the sky.
The sun sustains all life on Earth with its effulgent rays and maintains order in the cosmos with its massive orbital pull. Creating seasons and weather and healing power for humanity, it is no surprise why worshipping the sun is practiced by so many. To worship the sun is to become radiant from within.
Sun Salutations and worship – Surya Namaskara Mantra
Surya – meaning one who is incessantly luminous and Namaskara – meaning to bow down, is a daily healing practice that started from the Vedic age.
The verses in the Surya Namaskara mantras are filled with references to the cosmos, the life-giving energy and nourishment of the universe, its origin and how the sun(s) are the glorified leaders of all. In the verses, there is also mention of one Sun – Marthanda Ravi – the one who strikes and who is responsible for the annihilation of Earth by devouring it through a huge combustion.
The Phonemic Sounds of Surya Namaskara
It is also mentioned in the verses of these mantras, how sound is created in space and how it is wise to not only chant, but how even just listening can bring blessings and health to the human brain through syllabic sounds found in the mantras.
Why practice a Sun Worship?
Surya Namaskara Mantras can create a healthy heart and prana energy within the body. Only a healthy body can have a mind that is free from ignorance and delusion. These verses can illuminate your thoughts and elevate your well being, your consciousness to bliss.
How to Practice
By chanting the 132 hymns of Surya Namaskara Mantras, while prostrating 32 times at the end of each section. It takes around 60-75 mins to complete.
Try this mantra at home.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat
The Gayatri Mantra may be translated as follows:
OM (OM) – We meditate (DHEEMAHI) upon the Spiritual Effulgence (BHARGO) of THAT Adorable Supreme Divine Reality (VARENYAM DEVASYA), the Source (SAVITUR). May THAT (TAT) Supreme Divine Being enlighten (PRACHODAYAT) our (NAH) Intellect (DHIYO), so that we may realize the Supreme Truth.
Om (ohm) – Primordial Sound
Bhur (boor) – Earth
Bhuva (boo-VAH) – Sky
Swaha (SWAH-ha) – Ether, Heaven
Tat Savitur Varenyam (tot sah-vee-TOOR vah-REN-yahm) – Glory and splendor
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi (bar-GO day-VAHS-yah DEE-mah-hee) – I contemplate its brilliance
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat (dee-YO YO-nah prah-CHO-dye-yaht) – May the Sun inspire me and merge my intellect with the Light.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam
OHM BUR BOO-VAH SWA-HA TAHT SAH-VEE-TOOR VAHR-EHN-YUM
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyoyona Prachodayat
BHAHR-GO DEH-VAHS-YAH DEE-MAH-HEE DEE-YOH YOHN-AH PRAH-CHOD-DAH-YAH