THE SECRET POTENTIAL OF BRAHMAMUHURTA

THE POWER AT THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN  -----  Brahma muhurta

THE POWER AT THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN —– Brahma muhurta

Brahma muhurta is a period of two muhurtas , or about one and a half hours before dawn. In the Vedic tradition this period is considered as the ideal time for spiritual practices like prayer and meditation. Waking up during brahma muhurta also has many health benefits. The very first verse written in any Ayurvedic textbook while explaining about the daily regimen to be followed for health and long life is about the importance of brahma muhurta:

 

BRAHMA MUHURTA

BRAHMA MUHURTA

“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. ‘

 

POTENTIAL OF BRHMA MUHURTA

POTENTIAL OF BRHMA MUHURTA

About an hour and a half before the sunrise, a great shift in energy fills space. . Hope, inspiration and peace manifest at this time. This time is considered best for attaining bhram gyan , supreme knowledge and eternal happiness. At this time, the environment is pure and calm and soothing and the mind is fresh after sleep.Meditation at this time improves mental performance thus helps in increasing satva gunatherefore subduing mental irritation or hyperactivity and lethargy

 

POTENTIAL OF BRHMA MUHURTA

POTENTIAL OF BRHMA 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 pollution is at its minimum. The cheerful atmosphere has a considerable effect on the body and mind.In Sanskrit, the daily routine is called as Dinacharya. ‘Din’ means ‘day’ and ‘acharya’ means ‘to follow’ or ‘close to’. So, Dinacharya is an ideal daily schedule taking into account the nature’s cycle.

 

Protection Mantra

Protection Mantra

Recite the protection mantra that belongs to this simple but effective morning ritual. After reciting the mantra, sit silently with an empty mind for a few moments. Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi (In the front part of the hands, i.e. the fingertips, lives Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth) Karamadhye saraswati (In the middle part of the hands, i.e. the palm, lives Saraswati, the goddess of art and of learning)

 

Protection Mantra

Protection Mantra

Karamoole tu govinda (In the end part of the hands, i.e. the root or wrist, lives Govindam, Lord Krishna) Prabhate kara darsanam (It is auspicious to see the hand in the morning) Relax – do pranayama until the breath flows evenly through both nostrils. Meditate while centering your energy in the heart chakra or at the third eye. Take a short, slow walk in the fresh morning air. Surround yourself with simple and soothing visuals

 

Meditate and Exercise

Meditate and Exercise

Vyayama or physical exercise comprises usually of some yoga postures like Surya Namaskaror sun salutation and breathing exercises like Nadi Shodhan Pranayam. But it can be anything including a walk or a swim. Early morning exercises remove stagnation in the body and mind, strengthen the digestive fire, reduce fat and give you an overall feeling of lightness and joy as it fills your body with good prana.

 

Benefits of waking up in Brahma Muhurta

Benefits of waking up in Brahma Muhurta

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. Scientific research has determined that in brahamuhurat, the oxygen level in the atmosphere is most (41%), which is beneficial to lungs.

 

Benefits of waking up in Brahma Muhurta

Benefits of waking up in Brahma Muhurta

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.Because of the above time frames, the very first activity of the daily routine, i.e. rising, should be done shortly before sunrise in the vata period. Vata is the principle of movement, so to wake up in this period ensures that vata principle will be functioning properly.

 

Early rising is good for health

Early rising is good for health

In a recent study of 90,000 people they discovered links between the ‘morningness’ genetic make-up (more commonly found in women) and the genes connected to body weight. Early risers generally have a lower BMI (body mass index) and consequently are less likely to suffer from obesity. According to the same study, the earlier you get up the less likely you are to develop diabetes, or suffer from depression or insomnia.

 

How to program yourself to get up early

How to program yourself to get up early

According to Dr Irshaad Ebrahim of The London Sleep Centre on Harley Street, commitment and consistency are key to overcoming your genetic predisposition. If you want to wake up at a certain time on a regular basis, you need to get up at the same time every day — even at weekends. ‘Your brain needs to be trained to synchronise correctly with its 24-hour rhythm; your 24-hour sleep/wake cycle.’

 

For Productivity and Clarity

For Productivity and Clarity

The more I speak to friends, the more I hear about achievements and the sense of empowerment and productivity it has brought them. Many of them even speak of a certain mental clarity they experience, which they can’t achieve at any other time of day. “Just as we clean the temple or holy place where we worship God, in the same way, we must remove all the worldly thoughts, all the bad things from our within and clean it with the Simran [remembrance]..” (Sant Ajaib Singh ji )

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSMS

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSMS

Brahmamuhurta is part of the 24 hour time cycle. If we overlay this 24 hour cycle microcosm over the cycle of a lifetime, we would see that brahmamuhurta roughly corresponds to (at least) late pregnancy and birth in the lifecycle. Childhood would correspond to morning, midlife to midday, old age—or the twilight of life—to late afternoon through twilight, death to the fall of the night and the unembodied soul to the nighttime.

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

While we could look at any one of these corresponding time pairs, we are interested here in the particular importance of Brahmamuhurta as it relates to pregnancy and birth. If the former is in fact the microcosm of the latter, we would suspect that there would be some deep similarities between the two. And indeed there are. One striking similarity is that both times are governed by Vata.

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSMS

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSMS

In Ayurveda, Vata governs all sandhis, or joints, such as the transitions from birth to death, death to birth, day to night and night again into day. Vata governs the hours of 2am through 6am, or through dawn, which we know embraces the “joint” of night into day and encompasses brahmamuhurta.. Prana, another one of the five subsets of Vata, is that mystical and practical intelligence responsible for assembling a baby’s cells, tissues and organs during pregnancy.

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

The same Apana that is active during dawn is also responsible for successfully delivering the baby into the world. So we can see that the same force—Vata—is dominant during both time cycles. If the healthy functioning of Prana assures optimal organization of energy and physical matter in the developing person, and healthy Apana delivers the complete person into the world in an optimal manner, then it goes to follow that these principles apply to the microcosm of brahmamuhurta as well.

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

During the early morning hours, for example, the active Prana would be organizing the intelligence of our physical and mental stotas or pathways, as it does during pregnancy and delivery. Healthy Apana would allow us smooth entry into our day. It would also stand to reason here that damaging or healing influences on Prana, Apana and the other subsets of Vata would be particularly significant during brahmamuhurta, as they are during pregnancy and birth.

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOSM

We may take advantage of the fact that the organizational and delivery principles are particularly active, available and subject to influences at this time and we can provide healthy influences. Healthy influences would be any that would pacify Vata and facilitate the free flow of Prana.We have seen that there is a window from the microcosm of brahmamuhurta to the macrocosm of our life in utero and delivery. It may be through this window that we have an opportunity to reformat those patterns ..

 

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOS

COMBINING BRAHMAMUHURTA WITH THE LAW OF MACROCOSMS AND MICROCOS

It would seem therefore, most beneficial to follow the advice of the saints and spend brahmamuhurta meditating or doing our spiritual practices, in an alert, loving, relaxed manner.Each new morning we have another opportunity to establish healthy pathways that will either replace the negative ones created during our pregnancy or birth, or to reinforce the positive ones that may have been created. Each new day ushers in new possibilities and a shower of second chances.

 

Benefits of Brahma Muhurta

Benefits of Brahma Muhurta

“Never understand meditation as a burden. Always do it lovingly.” As with anything the saints say, there are secrets to this that go deeper than the obvious meaning. The obvious meaning here is that love and longing pull us closer to the Divine, However, it is possible that approaching our sadhana with love can also aid our physical, mental, emotional well-being and serve to reformat negative patterns that may have been established in utero or during birth.

 

Benefits of Brahma Muhrta

Benefits of Brahma Muhrta

This loving attitude will exert a healing influence on the Vata that is predominant during brahmamuhurta and the relaxation will allow for the smooth flow of Prana. Prana is the equivalent of “Qi” in Chinese Medicine and martial arts and it is well known in these paradigms that qi can not flow if the practitioner or patient is not relaxed. This is also a common understanding in the practice of hatha yoga: that if the practitioner is not relaxed, prana will not be able to flow.

 

Benefits of Brahma Muhrta

Benefits of Brahma Muhrta

So, if we are tense and result-oriented or rushed while we do our spiritual practices in the morning, the qi or prana cannot flow and this results in disturbance in the body, mind or spirit, where prana flows. On the other hand, if we are so relaxed that we sleep through these hours, we encourage tamas, or the force of inertia in our lives, to create obstacles to the free flow of prana.Each new morning we have another opportunity to establish healthy pathways.

 

Benefits of Brahma Muhrta

Benefits of Brahma Muhrta

“Never understand meditation as a burden. Always do it lovingly.” As with anything the saints say, The obvious meaning here is that love and longing pull us closer to the Divine, while doing sadhana as a chore may render it little more than an exercise. However, it is possible that approaching our sadhana with love can also aid our physical, mental, emotional well-being and serve to reformat negative patterns that may have been established in utero or during birth.

 

CONCLUSION

CONCLUSION

. Each new day ushers in a cascade of new possibilities and a shower of second chances. “So we realize the secret potential of Brahma Muhurta.Let us try to fully benefit from this early hours before dawn for healthy and productive life.Let us listen to and follow Saint Kabirs lines…. “O traveler get up; it is dawn-it is not right that you continue sleeping.One who awakes, he finds, One who is asleep, he loses.Get up and open your eyes from slumber and meditate on your Master.-Kabir

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