The BijaAkshar

Pranawa and Bija Mantra:
Pranawa (AUM), Bija Mantra, Surya Mantra and the Surya Namaskar are all complementary to each other. Each one enhances and ensures the positive results of the other. Some exercises in Pranayam are considered the part of Surya Namaskar to treat certain diseases.

Pranawa / AUM is pronounced before the Bija Mantra. It is pronounced in three segaments. The articulation of these parts is long longer longest, in the ascending order. (Aaaaaa Uuuuuuuuuu Mmmmmmmmmmm. ) Lips closed at the last segment. The three segments of AUM activate stomach, heart and brain respectively. The articulation of AUM creates vibrations at the Manipur Chakra, the Anahat Chakra and the Adnya Chakra. Digestion, respiratory & sensory activities go through the powerful lens of AUM turning intellect and memory into sharp, powerful, pointed weapons.

Bija-mantra: The Bija Mantras are six in numbers. The cycle of the six Bija Mantra is repeated, of course, in sequence to cover the twelve names of the Sun God. The Bija Mantras are as follows:

Aum - Hram Hreem Hroom Hraim Hroum Hrahaha.

The Bija Mantras can also be written as follows:

Bija Mantra is pronounced together with the name of the Sun God. The position of the Bija Mantra is between the sound Aum and the name of the Sun God. For example:
Aum Hram Mitraya Namah.

Bij-akshare: The root alphabets of the Bija Mantra and the sequence of their pronunciation are as follows:

1) h = It represents Akash. It is Suryabij, SuryaTej in miniature. It is also called Mahapran. Heart is the source of its pronunciation. It empowers the heart to perform all its functions in a better manner.

2) r = It represents the element Fire hence it is called Agni-Bij. The centre of the forehead is the source of its pronunciation. The palate and the brain are gently buffeted by the vibration. The result is good taste and better intellect.

3) Swar (Vowel) is a sound pronounced with minimum friction in the vocal cord. When long Eeee?is uttered the minute vibrations work upon the palate, the vocal cord and the nasal area making the passage clear of mucus, soft and strong.

When long Uuuu?is uttered, the minute vibrations work upon the stomach, small intestine, pancreas making the digestive system strong.

When the combined vowel is uttered, as in Hraim, the minute vibrations work upon kidney and urinary passage making the organs strong and sensitive.

When this combined vowel, as in Hroum, is uttered the minute vibrations work upon excretory system making the organs strong and sensitive.

4) Anunasik. Anunasik is a sound vibrations created in the nasal area. These vibrations keep the nasal passage clean soft and wet.

5) Visarga. ( : ) The sound vibrations created by Visarga work on the chest and the vocol cord

Combination of Pranawa ? Bija Mantra ? Surya Mantra:
Some people perform the FIRST SERIES of twelve Surya Namaskar with the pronunciation of each name of the Sun God / Surya Mantra in sequence before the start of every Asana of the Surya Namaskar. (The bunch of twelve Surya Mantra and twelve Asana is ONE Surya Namaskar.)

The SECOND SERIES of twelve Surya Namaskar is performed inserting a Bija Mantra in between the AUM and the Surya Mantra, before each Surya Namaskar.

  • Aum Hram Mitraya Namah.

  • Aum Hreem Ravaye Namah.

  • Aum Hroom Suryaya Namah

  • Aum Hraim Bhanave Namah.

  • Aum Hroum Khagaya Namah.

  • Aum Hrahaha Pushne Namah.

  • Aum Hram Hiranyagarbhaya Namah.

  • Aum Hreem Marichaye Namh.

  • Aum Hroom Adityaya Namah.

  • Aum Hraim Savitre Namah.

  • Aum Hroum Arkaya Namah.

Aum Hrahaha Bhaskaraya Namah.

The THIRD SERIES of TWELVE Surya Namaskar is composed in the following way:
Each Surya Namaskar

  • AUM + 02 Bija Mantra + 02 Surya Mantra for 06 Surya Namaskar

  • AUM + 04 Bija Mantra + 04 Surya Mantra for 03 Surya Namaskar

  • AUM + 12 Bija Mantra + 12 Surya Mantra for 03 Surya Namaskar

  • The closing Surya Namaskar of the performance:

  • Aum Shri Savita Surya Narayanaya Namah for 01 Surya Namaskar

Note: If you want to perform more than three series of Surya Namaskar (each of twelve SN.), the methsod indicated in the SECOND SERIES is repeated.
The last method clearly demands good mental concentration, better slow-heavy breathing and the best use of all physical abilities. At the same time the time gap between two SN ensures steady heart beats and stable use of physical efforts.

I would suggest you to use FIFTEEN minutes to perform THREE Surya Namaskar at the beginning. As you practice ahead the number of Surya Namaskar will reach to TWELVE while the span of time will remain the same.

Use other fifteen minutes to perform one more series of SN. Gradually you achieve the ability to perform 24+01 SN in thirty minutes, of course, utilizing full physical ability. Thereafter you can take care of time & speed; rhythm & breathing. The speed of performance should fulfill all the aims and objectives of each and every Asana of Surya Namaskar.

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