Column: Yogi Ashwani

Tuning Into The Sun’s Power

Suryanamaskar is the salutation to the Sun God, one of the major sources of prana. Prana being “The Force” in the universe, that which is responsible for creation, maintenance and transformation in the physical.

The sun’s energy vibrates at innumerable frequencies manifesting in the physical as various food/prana for various living things like trees, leaves, animals, humans etc. Our rishis, having realised the importance of the sun, gave us this sun salutation or suryanamaskar, which is a part of Surya Yog. It has its own benefits to enumerate. It is a practice to please the Sun God wherein one draws prana that is the sun’s energy through the five senses called the paanch indriyas. This is very useful in bringing about balance at the levels of the koshas—Annamaya (physical), Pranamaya (Pranic), Manomaya (Intellect), Vigyanmaya (Intuitive) and Ananadmaya (complete bliss)—of an individual, thereby bringing about the sthirta and strength from the core to the periphery. Suryanamaskar should only be practiced by people who have gone through the basic steps of Yog under the guidance and supervision of a guru. This is not for beginners as the practice requires a certain level of poise, flexibility and strength in the body.

Also absorbing the sun’s prana in this direct way has the effect of phenomenally increasing the absorption of pranic energy in the person’s body. And as our rishis believed that more is not always better and less is definitely not worse, if the capacity of the body to absorb prana is not enhanced it can cause damage. To enumerate in simple language if in an appliance of 40 watts we put 100 watts it blows out. Hence by the yogic practices like the Sanatan Kriya and Ashtanga Yog the capacity of the body is increased. This is essential because at the level you are, a state of balance is important.

Starting with the Suryanamaskar, the awareness should always be at the manipoorak chakra which is also the chakra of the suns energy.

We begin by offering water to the sun. It can be done only twice—at sunrise and at sunset as at these two times the pranic frequency of the sun is most conducive to a person’s state of balance. This finds reference in Atharvaveda (Pratham Kaand, Suktam 22). At sunset and sunrise the sun’s rays are at such an angle that they appear to be red. If someone performs Suryanamaskar at these two specific times the circulation of blood helps the person attain a reddish glow. According to Manu Maharaj if we do Surya Sadhna while chanting the Shree Gayatri Ji Mantra one can attain freedom from diseases. Such is the importance of the sun as per our ancients. 

To be continued...

—The writer Yogi Ashwini Ji is the head of Dhyan Foundation, Delhi.
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November 2006

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