A real Sun Salutation – Suryanamaskara

There are numerous references of praising the Sun for the purpose of good health and prosperity, in the Veda. Some of these Vedic hymns were incorporated into Nitya Vidhi (Daily mandatory routine for a Hindu) for the well being of an individual, through salutations to the Sun. These daily procedures were termed as Surya Namaskara (literally translates as “sun salutations”). Physical prostration to Sun, showing complete surrender of oneself to God, is the main aspect of these procedures. The forms of Surya Namaskar practiced vary from region to region. Two such popular practices are Trucha Kalpa Namaskarah and Aditya Prasna.

Origins in the Taittirya Aranyaka:

There are ten chapters in the Taittirya Aranyaka, of which, one to six form the Aranyaka proper. The first two chapters are part of the aṣṭau kāṭhakāni (the “8 Kathaka sections”), which were not native to the tradition of the Taittiriya shakha. They were adopted from the Kāṭhaka shakha, and mostly deal with varieties of the Agnicayana ritual.

Chapter 1, is a very late Vedic chapter, which even has some Puranic names; it is usually called the Āruṇa praśna for the particular style of fire-brick piling dealt with in the text. It is also referred to as the “Surya namaskara chapter” by South Indian Brahmins who have created a ritual of reciting it with surya namaskar exercises after each of its 132 anuvakas.

In the constellations:

The zodiac starts at 0 degrees aries. The sun creates the twelve signs as it traverses every 30 degrees. Each of these areas in the zodiac is called a Rasi. Surya (the sun) takes 12 forms in each of the rasis (signs) , these forms are called Aditya. These are the 12 names of the Sun. They are the 12 givers of everything.

A sun salutation only has 12 steps to it in conjunction to the 12 mantras that are chanted as part of the Surya Namaskar.

This is also how disconnected American yoga is from any form of what yoga really is as well as the effects that it really has and the why it is performed.

American yoga is only Western exercise, not Yoga.

It take far more than a 200 hr yoga teacher training based in western exercise to understand anything about the real details of yoga.

This stuff goes so amazingly deep.

The 12 poses that are done in Suryanamaskar are ritual energetic poses to the sun as it travels through the constellations. If you look at each pose in order you can see how it is done directional to the sun as it travels.

This is simply a superficial explanation and it goes much deeper. This is why the sun salutation is only 12 steps ever and why Modern yoga isn’t yoga at all. When you try to mix Western exercise theory into no understanding of any depth of just asana, you come up with something that is not yoga, doesn’t give the results of yoga, defeats the purposes of yoga, and actually causes disease from the very fundamental understanding of yoga. Yet the egoic yoga world in America continues to think that they are actually on a spiritual path.

Take a mule and a horse and breed them. You’ll get an animal that can neither run fast nor work hard. Pretty useless.

The mantras and the names of Aditya are:

ॐ मित्राय नमः
Om Mitraaya Namah
ॐ रवये नमः
Om Ravaye Namah
ॐ सूयार्य नमः
Om Suryaaya Namah
ॐ भानवे नमः
Om Bhaanave Namah
ॐ खगाय नमः
Om Khagaaya Namah
ॐ पूष्णे नमः
Om Puushne Namah
ॐ हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः
Om Hiranyagarbhaaya Namah
ॐ मरीचये नमः
Om Mareechaye Namah
ॐ आदित्याय नमः
Om Aadityaaya Namah
ॐ सवित्रे नमः
Om Savitre Namah
ॐ अर्काय नमः
Om Arkaaya Namah
ॐ भास्कराय नमः
Om Bhaaskaraaya Namah


And there is even 12 higher mantras of the sun in each constellation.





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