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Upanayana Sandhyavandana and Gayatrimantrajapa

Upanayana Sandhyavandana and Gayatrimantrajapa
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Item Code: IDJ325
Author: Swami Harshananda
Publisher: Ramakrishna Math
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788178234533
Pages: 40
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 5.4" X 4.3"

To The Reader
The Upanayana sacrament has somehow survived among the dvijas (the 'twice born' class) and that too among the brahmanas even now. However, unfortunately, neither an awareness of its significance nor a reverent faith in its performance is seen among the votaries. The reasons for this are two: The elders themselves lack a basic knowledge about it, nor do they seem to entertain much love for it. Hence they are not competent enough to enlighten their inquiring children about it. Secondly, even among the priests, whose duty it is to keep alive these religious traditions in the society, a basic knowledge about them as also austerity in personal life are fast disappearing. Consequently they too have failed to deliver the goods.
This booklet is a humble attempt to mitigate this deficiency.
All those who cherish a fond faith for Hinduism-the Eternal Religion-are requested to read it and give it to others, especially the boys undergoing the sacrament of upanayana.

 

CONTENTS

 

UPANAYANA   9
What is Samskara?   9
Sixteen Samskaras   10
Meaning of the Word 'Upanayana'   11
Important Steps of Upanayana   12
SANDHYAVANDANA   19
Meaning of the Term   19
Various Steps   20
a) Acamana   21
b) Pranayama   21
c) Marjana   22
d) Arghyapradana   22
e) Gayatrijapa   23
f) Suryopasthana   24
UPAKARMA   25
GAYATRI-MANTRA-JAPA   27
What is Gayatri?   27
The Mantra and Its Meaning   28
Purascarana   30
SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS   32
EMOTIONAL INTEGRATION OF THE HINDU SOCIETY   40
 

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