Beach 7: The Art and Science of Spiritual Love
Wave 9: ADVAITA BHAKTI THROUGH CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE OF NARAYANEEYAM
Note: You may want to read the Introduction, if you have not already seen it.
Sloka No.2. (Ref. nAryaNIyaM: 92 – 9)
gangA gItA ca gAyatry-api ca tulasikA gopikA-candanaM tat
sAlagrAmAbhi-pUjA para-puruSha tathaikAdashI-nAma-varNAH /
etAny-aShTApy-ayatnAny-api kali-samaye tvat-prasAda-prasiddhyA
mAM sajjayethAH //
Tr.: Oh Supreme Lord! there are just eight items, namely, Ganga, Gita, Gayatri, Tulasi leaves, sandal paste, the worship of sAlagrAmaM, (the fast on the day of) Ekadasi, and Divine names. These eight, declare the sages, are the easy and quick means of salvation, in this age of kali-yuga, as they secure Thy abounding grace. May I be intensely devoted to them all!
Comment: This asks for karma-yoga with the stamp of bhakti. There is a folk-lore sloka which says:
gangA gItA ca gAyatrI govindeti catuShTayaM /
catur-gakAra-samyukte punar-janma na vidyate //
Meaning, ‘when the four that begin with
the consonant ‘ga’ are integrally present, the four being gangA
In the orthodox traditions initiated by
Adi Sankara, five main divinities are worshipped through a sophisticated ritual
meaning, worship at five altars. Here the divinities are worshipped not in
their human-like forms but in certain symbols in the form of stones, which are
nothing but certain rock formations available in specified locations in
The gAyatrI is the most important mantra of Hinduism. It encompasses within itself the three fundamental urges of man, namely, to exist and survive, to enquire and know, and finally, to enjoy and be happy. These three urges are only the finite expressions of their infinite counterpart-principles, namely, Existence, Knowledge and Bliss. Also the gAyatrI is a comprehensive mantra which has in it all the three parts of a human relationship with the Supreme Absolute: namely,
One: a combination of awe, wonder and glorification of the Supernatural - in its first line;
Two: a combination of worship, communion with, and surrender to the Supra-mental – in its second line ; and
Three: a combination of self-negation, identification with, and prayer to the Almighty – in its third line.
See The three fundamental Urges of Man for an elaboration of these.