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Surya Upanishad is a very powerful veda mantra from Atharva Veda.Atharva Veda is well known for the Upanishads.Namely, Ganapathi Upanishad,Narayana Upanishad and this well-known Surya Upanishad.Each of these mantra expounds the related deity as Para-Brahman ,the source of creation and all glories.
Contents of Surya Upanishad.
As Surya Upanishad is a veda mantra,you should understand as to how it was founded.Veda mantras are cosmic sound vibrations perceived by sages who were in meditation.These vibrations were orally chanted and taught to disciples.
Origin of Veda Mantras ? What are Veda Mantras - Click here
The Sage ( Rishi ) who received Surya Upanishad is Bramha.Gayatri
Chandah ( the metre used.Vedas are chanted in particular tone and length known as 'metres' ).
These details are found at the introduction of Surya Upanishad.
Then,the form of Lord Surya, seated on a chariot with 7 horses,having four arms bearing two lotuses,the others bestowing promise of refuge and boon,
set in the red lotus is described.
Then comes the Gayatri Mantra.Gayatri mantra invokes the energy of the Sun.
Lord Surya is later glorified as the manifestation of the entire creation and the source from which creation existed.
He is also described as the senses,motor organs and bodily functions.
Surya is also described as the energy from which all creatures were born and who will merge back into.
Effects of Chanting Surya Upanishad.
These are taken from the Upanishad itself.
(1) If this mantra is chanted facing the Sun,one is released from the fear of great diseases
(2) His poverty perishes
(3) He becomes free from various sins such as eating forbidden foods,having forbidden sexual relationships,indulging in conversation with people having no character.
(4) At midday, if one recites this facing the Sun,he is released from the great 5 sins.
(5) One should be careful when imparting this knowledge to undeserving people.
(6) He who chants at dawn becomes fortunate,gets livestock,masters Vedas
(7) When recited during three periods namely, dawn,mid-day and dusk, one gets the fruit of performing hundred Yagyas.
(8) Reciting this when the Sun is in Hasta Nakshatra,one conquers death.
Sun worship has been a very prominent part of our ancients.Even today,many of you would be carrying the traits of affinity to solar energy.Chanting the surya upanishad can stir this inbuilt memory within you to its fullest potent.
Lord Surya's energy played an important role in Mahabaratha.Kunti Devi conceived Karna - a prominent character of this Ithihasa through Lord Surya's energy.
The manifestation of Surya's energy expressed through Karna's mystical and superhuman traits.
In Ramayana, Rama and Lakshamana were intitiated into the secrets of sun worship by Sage Vishwamitra.Lord Rama recited a hymn known as 'Aditya Hrdayam' which guaranteed His success in the war.
By chanting the Gayatri.( Remember that Gayatri addresses the Solar energy and is chanted in Surya Upanishad.This is something not many know of ) .Sage Vishwamitra could summon powerful weapons.
Lord Rama belonged to the Solar Dynasty.
Correct way to chant and the benefits of Gayatri - Click here
Unfortunately, Sun worship has declined evidently today.
Why is it important for Sun worship ?
You function with solar energy itself !
The Sun exists as an objective physical phenomenon.The Moon and the Earth are there.The Earth has come from the Sun.The Moon has come from the Earth.Both the Earth and the Moon have come from the Sun.They are fragments of the Sun. Without the Sun the world cannot exist ; there can be no birth or death.Nothing can exist without the Sun. This was the reason the ancients worshiped the Sun as Divine. Elements of the Sun are present in every human being.Everyone has originated from the rays of the Sun.The light within each one is derived from the Sun.As His light is present within us,we are a fragment of the Sun.Each one of you carries the imprint of the Sun within you.
When the Surya Upanishad refers to the Sun,it is not just the physical Sun.It also refers to the inner Sun- the embodiment of the spiritual light within.The physical Sun we observe everyday.But the inner Sun,the Sun of divinity that we have inside us,we may not observe unless we learn to look within. The physical Sun gives us light that nourishes and purifies.The inner Sun gives us illumination and spiritual wisdom that removes the darkness of ignorance.
The intense heat of the physical Sun scorches everything and kills germs.The spiritual wisdom of the inner Sun has the power to burn out evil desires,dears and harmful attachments.
The physical Sun is very far from the planet Earth.When we observe the Sun from here,we see a tiny disc,but we know how bright and vast it really is.Similarly,the inner Sun that we have deep within us,is very far from us and it seems very tiny and insignificant.But when we approach our inner Sun we realise just how infinite it really is.Experiencing this infinity,we are illumined and transformed. - Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
In a nutshell...
Sun worship should be appreciated once again.As a deity, Surya is visible to our naked eyes as a star.Chanting the Surya Upanishad and the Gayatri to this visible form of God will elevate us highly.
Remember that most of us carry a dense affinity to solar energy as our ancients were ardent worshipers of the Sun.This genetic makeup can hasten our progress in tapping this energy.
May the chant of Suryopanishad fill the atmosphere as dawn peels over the sky to kiss our forehead with its nourishing rays.
Surya Upanishad Recitation