Sacred Morning Time- Brahma Muhurta (Post No.5169)

Written by London swaminathan

 

Date: 1 JULY 2018

 

Time uploaded in London –   16-09 (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 5169

 

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Hindus consider the time before sun rise is good for prayers. The two hours before sun rise called Brahma Muhurta, roughly translated, God’s Time. Yogis (saints) recommend this time for breathing exercises, Asana postures and general prayers. They get up around 4 am in the morning and begin the Yoga exercises. Even political leaders find this time good for doing work and taking decisions. India’s first Prime Minister did wake up around 4 am and did Sirasasanam (upside down posture). Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gets up early in the morning.

 

Hindu kings got up very early morning according to Sanskrit and Tamil literature. Even some anecdotes in the life of Frederick the Great, Akbar and other kings show that they got up very early. Abul Fazl in Ain-i -Akbari says that Akbar got up very early in the morning.

 

Sadguru Dharam Chandra Yogi, former head of Vihangam Yoga Samssthan and a great yogi himself has rightly recommended meditation during Brahma Muhurta as the ultimate formula for success in life.

 

Swami Nithyananda says

brAhmI muhUrtaM uttiShTHEt swasthO rakshArthaM Ayusha:
tatra sarvArtha shAntyartham smareccha madhusUdanaM
(Ref: Ashtanga Hridayam)

The line translates as: ‘One should wake up in the brahma muhurta for sustaining perfect health and for achieving a long life span, as desired. ‘

Brahma Muhurta is also called The Nectar Time (Amrit Vela)

Benefits of waking up in Brahma Muhurta

At this time, a high level of prana (vital life energy) which is necessary for the body is adequately present in the atmosphere. The activities of the entire world and especially of the living beings are yet to be started; hence the pollution is at its minimum. The cheerful atmosphere has a considerable effect on the body and mind.

Ayurveda has given a deep thought to the daily routine, which when followed aligns our day perfectly to express our maximum potential and capabilities. This starts with getting up in the morning. The quality of our waking up decides the energy level for the day. A peaceful fresh start is always better to a dull, lethargic start with a heavy feeling.

Tuning our biological clock to the rising and setting of the sun, is the best way for reversing the aging process. Waking up during this brahma muhurta puts us in perfect synchronization to the natural clock.

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – kapha
10:00 pm to 2:00 am – pitta
2:00 am to 6:00 am – vata

According to Ayr Veda Brahma Murta is th Vata dominating time

 

Sikhs and Buddhists

Sikhs believe that the day is divided into eight periods of three hours each and the time between three am and six am is the highest energy period. Buddhists also have an early morning meditation ritual.

In Islam the first prayer of the day is before the sunrise.

Hindu calculation of time is 24 minutes is One Nazikai

48 Minutes is One Muhurta.

1 hour 30 minutes before sun rise is Brahma Muhurta ‘God’s Time.

RSS summer camps schedule start at 4-30 am. Swayam Sevaks go to bed at 9 pm.

 

There is also a widely-held belief that the early morning hours are the times the gods and angels encircle the world. They are ready and waiting to bestow their blessings. This is a time that is conducive to learning and mastering the scriptures, music and any other art form.

Whenever we want some favours form a V I P or an officer we find out their happy mood or good mood time and visit them. Gods are also in their graceful mood at this time.

Manu Smrtis and other Smrtis (law books) always insist getting up very early morning. All the saints and Shankaracharyas follow this even today.

 

Scientific Studies

Scientific studies have shown that certain hormones like the plasma cortisol which is a life protecting hormone that helps us to withstand the stress and trauma of life are secreted from the adrenal cortex under the influence of ACTH (adrenocorticocotropic harmone) from the hypothalamus. The rate of secretion of ACTH is high in the morning and low in the evening. Hence the natural ability to learn and retain or concentrate and remember is much higher in the morning. The mind is calm, fresh and relaxed then.

 

According to Ayurveda , early morning is the VATA dominating period. The circadian rhythms have been studied in vast details by biologists who believe that this period is associated with the blossoming of the mind.

Besides the atmosphere at that time of the period is quiet, serene and calm as children and youngsters are fast sleep and hence there is a felt peace and silence in the air. Most activities pertaining to religious worship are usually performed during Brahma Muhurta. Only the modern day pressures change those ancient practices slowly.

The author had attended the Ganapati Homams performed by Swamiji Krishna of Ayakkudi every day before sunset.

 

Following is the daily routine of Sringeri Shankaracharya in the early morning

 

  • 3:00 am – 3:30 am : Jagadgurus usually wake up within this time.
  • 3:30 – 4:00am : Morning ablutions
  • 4:00 am – 9:00 am ( 8:30 ) : Anushtanams ( Japa, Dhyana , Pooja ) , Vedic studies, clarifying doubts of senior students

 

Frederic the Great of Prussia

 

Frederic the Great (1712-1786) was the king of Prussia (Germany + surrounding areas). He ordered his servant that he should wake him up in the early morning. If he did not wake up even after several calls he may even put a wet cloth on his face. Once his servant tried to wake him up several times and failed in his efforts. Then he became bold and patted on the king to wake him up. Every time he tried that way, the king mumbled ‘after ten minutes’, ‘after ten minutes’. Then the servant boldly put a wet cloth on his face. The king got up with great anger, but the servant told him that he did what the king ordered  him to do. On second thoughts, the king greatly appreciated his action and praised him for doing something good for him.

 

Many of us on our student days did the same during examination period. Even when our parents tried to wake us up in the early morning because we asked them to do it, we became angry. Then we realised without their help we would not have passed the exams with flying colours.

This is to show how difficult it is to get up early in the morning. But practice makes one perfect.

 

Source: Yoga Magazines, old books and Nithyananda webppage

–Subham–

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