Great message in this simple incident. Please ensure we are not chanting Gayathri Mantra normally, has to be done with Sandhyavandanam. Mantras have restrictions (time, place, cleaniness, etc.) so does this Gayathri Mantra. That is the reason for Trikaala Sandhyavandanam we have to do three snanams and then do Aachamanam, Maarhjanam, Punar Marjanam Manthra Prokshanam, Pranayamam, etc. which cleans us externally and internally before we do Gayathri Mahamantra Japam. Thanks to Shri Raghu for the share. Ram Ram
Experiences with Maha Periyava: “Problems arose because you all gave up Sandhyavandanam!”
Once over forty Brahmins from the area, Vanniya Teynampet in Madras came to have darshan of Maha Periyava. After their obeisance to the Sage, they expressed their common mental agony that Brahmins were not able to go around in that area with respect as some atheists made fun and showed animosity whenever they came across the hair tufts, sacred threads, and Vaishnavite marks that adorned the body of a Brahmin.
As He heard this, Sri Maha Periyava asked them, “Do you people do the Sandhyavandanam every day?” There was silence. He then advised them, “Continue to do the Sandhyavandanam and Gayatri Japam daily. Everything will be all right.”
As advised, they started doing the Sandhyavandanam and daily. Within two months the situation changed to their complete satisfaction. They met Periyava happily and conveyed the news. Periyava told them, “All the problems are due to your giving up the Sandhyavandanam and Gayatri mantra. The power of Gayatri mantra is immeasurable.”
If each one of us followed our respective Dharma sincerely, daily, then society will respect everyone (not only Brahmins) automatically.
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