Mode of performing the rite of Gayatri Nyasa ||36||
1Hari said: -Hear, O Rudra, I will now describe the rites of Sandhya which destroy all sins, Having practised Pranayama, (suppression of vital airs), thrice the worshipper should bathe at the period of conjunction.
2That process of Yoga is called Pranayama in which a man, having controlled his vital breath, reads thrice the Gayatri with Pranava and Vyarhiti .
3By the yogic process of Pranayama a twice born one destroys the impurities of the mind, speech and body and therefore practises it during all hours of the day.
4Then reciting the mantram “Sayam Agni (fire in the evening)” as well as “Pratahi Surya (the sun in the morning)” he should drink water.
5Thep duly touching water in the noon and by reciting the RK Apohishta he should rub his body with the water of Kusha blades. Then adding to this mantram Pranava he should sprinkle water at every step.
6With nine he should destroy the nine-fold impurities originating from Rajas (darkness), Tamas (ignorance), Moha (stupefaction), from waking state, dreaming state and that of dreamless sleep, those originating from speech, mind and action.
7Taking up water in his two palms and reciting the Gayatri he should throw it quickly thrice, six, eight or twelve times. It destroys all sins.
8He should stand facing the sun and recite it. It destroys immediately all sins which a man commits day and night.
9Sitting in the west he should recite the first Sandhya-the Gayatri, consisting of the great Vyarhrti and Pranava.
10Gayatri destroys sins committed before in ten or a hundred births, and in three or a thousand yugas (cycles).
11Gayatri is crimson-coloured and Savitri is white-hued and Sarasvati is dark blue. These are called the three Sandhyas.
12-13Having assigned the letters Om, Bhur to the heart he should assign Om, Bhuvahi to the head and Om, Swar to the tuft of hair on the head. A learned man should assign the first word of the Gayatri to the coat of mail, the second to the eyes, the third to the limbs and the fourth to everywhere.
14Having made this assignment at the period of junction he should recite the mother of the Vedas.
15-18This Gayatri consists of three padas and is identical with Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesvara. Having learnt its application, saintly author and verse one should begin it recitation. Being shorn of all forms of sins he repairs to the region of Brahma.