Aum Bhaaskaraya Namah
The word Bhaskar means Prakasah, Tej; one who is Prakashman or Tejaswi. The sun is not God-like but HE is THE GOD of the universe. HE has covered the entire universe with His light. There is the sun light inside and out side of our body. HE is the witness to all our deeds mental and physical. HE observes all of our actions and gives us joy and sorrow accordingly. HE leads assists and inspires us to do noble works. When we accept HIS help and perform our work accordingly we become happy inside and out. In order to get this divine happiness and self-satisfaction, bow to the Sun God and perform Surya-Namaskar.
- Namaskar Mudra:Breathing normal.
- The vital point: The Anaahat Chakra.
- The colour of the Chakra: Yellow as that of the rising sun.
- Location: At the level of the heart.
- Ruling element: Vayu, the wind.
- Relation to body: Touch. Skin.
- Objectives: To increase the elasticity of chest.
- Refer to Aum Mitraya Namah. Pranam-asan.
- Close your palms. (Aadnya Chakara)
- Put the closed palms in the middle of the forehead.
- Keep the shoulder-distance between the elbows.
- Raise up your head to look at the rising sun.
- Complete submission – body, speech, mind, heart – to the Sun God.
This is the last position of Surya-Namaskar.
This is the ready position for the next Surya-Namaskar.
SuryaNamaskar is a prayer to the Sun God. You can call it ‘Action Prayer’. A prayer means ‘thanks giving’. “The thanks giving” is for what you have already received. You express gratitude to the Sun God for the previous day that was granted to you and expect HIS blessings for the coming day. Prayer is not begging for blessings. You are going to get what you deserve. You are bound to get success and joy equal to your efforts – in the present and the past. So ‘best of efforts’, in every action, should be your motto.
Start every of your day with SuryaNamaskar. Pray the Sun God early in the morning before the sunrays enter your house. HE is the first visitor of the day to your house. And the guest is not an ordinary one. HE is the GOD that we can actually see. HE is the model example for you to follow. Receive the guest wholeheartedly. Shake off your sleep. Get ready to welcome HIM. Isn’t it absurd to welcome the guest after he has entered your house?
Adityasya namaskaran ye kurvanti dine dine
Janmantar-sahashreshu daridrya nopajayate
Namah dharma-vidhanaya namaste kruta-shakshine
Namah pratyaksha devaya bhaskaraya namah nama-h.
आदितस्य नमस्कारान ये कुर्वंती दिने दिने
जन्मांतरसहस्त्रेषु दारिद्रयं नोपजायते ।।
नमोधर्मविधानाय नमस्ते कृतसाक्षिणे
नम: प्रत्यक्षदेवाय भास्कराय नमोनम: ।।
One who performs SuryaNamaskar regularly gets no poverty (Poverty of wealth, health and intellect.) lives after lives.
Oh! Lord Bhaskara. YOU are the Dharma incarnated. (YOU yourself are all the divine virtues.)
YOU are the soul witness to all my deeds, good and bad.
YOU are the only God in shape and form. I bow to you (with all my body, mind and soul.)
The daily practice in SuryaNamaskar gives you health. You become healthy mentally and intellectually. Healthy body performs more work. The working hours are increased. The work is done with ease and confidence. You become successful in your work. The success leads to success. The success, of course, gives you happiness and wealth too.
The Sun God is the Dharma incrnated. With His own example He tells us what Dharma is. HE is the only god that we get to see everyday, everywhere. HE is the only god in shape and form. HE is the witness to all your deeds. HE showers happiness according to your deeds. I pray the Sun God with all my heart.
अनेन सूर्यनमस्काराख्येन कर्मणा भगवान्
श्रीसविता सूर्यनारायण: प्रियतां न मम्।।
Meaning: In this way the practice of SuryaNamaskar is over. With great reverence I dedicate the act of SuryaNamaskar, performed in His honour, to Lord SuryaNaaraayn (the Sun God). HE has given me the inspiration and the physical ability to carry out the action and got it done from me.
Significance: Nothing is mine. Everything belongs to HIM. The possessive sense of ‘me-my-mine’ is to be put on regressive mode.
Aachaman: Open the palm straight. Keep away the thumb and the ladyfinger. Close the remaining three fingers and raise them a bit. A scoop is formed on the palm at the end of the fingers. Take a spoonful of water in the scoop. Release the water, from the wrist end of the palm, in your mouth. And say:
अकालमृत्यु हरणं सर्व व्याधि विनाशनं
सूर्य पादोदकं तीर्थं जठरे धारयाम्यहं।।
Meaning: Oh Sun God! Let the sip of water keep away from me all the diseases and the untimely deaths.
Significance: It is a sort of promise to be confirmed by self-instruction. If you practice SuryaNamaskar daily, it relieves you from minor illness, disorders, and other ailments. All these discomforts, if not taken care of, may turn into serious diseases leading you to the death point.