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Awakening to the Sun: The Gayatri Mantra

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The Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the holiest verse of the Vedas. It describes the bhargah (the solar spirit), who is the essence of Savitri (the solar being), who is yet the inner identity of Surya (the sun). The Gayatri Mantra as a prayer is a petition to the infinite light of pure consciousness. This article by Yoga + Joyful Living magazine clearly explains the meaning and significance of the Gayatri Mantra.

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Course After Death by Swami Krishnananda

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Swami Krishnananda’s discourse on The Chhandogya Upanishad teaches about the journey of the soul after the death of the body. Ancient seers of India taught that the soul journeys to the sun after death. A properly evolved soul would be allowed passage through the sun and into higher spiritual realms. Teachings on prana, nadis, nerves, and kundalini are included in this discourse.

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Suryayog helps one find solutions within oneself

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Surya Swami gives this interview to The Times of India on June 6, 2003.  Surya Swami teaches Suryayog a yoga practice that includes gazing at the sun with naked eye, chanting mantras, deep breathing, a few yogic postures and bowing to Nature.

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Swami Surya perspective on life, death, and the Soul

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Suryayog is for penetrating darkness of gross materialism to find the enlightened domain of inner self. The healing powers of the Sun’s rays and love-energy bring about balance and harmony of body, mind and soul.

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Open Your Heart, Let in the Light of the Sun

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This article by The Times of India shares the connection between the Love and the Sun, as taught in India’s greatest spiritual texts.  Connection are made in the teachings of Jesus, Tagore, and the Torah.

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Here Comes the Sun: Surya Namaskar (1 of 2)

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That most familiar of asana sequences, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is as rich in symbolic and mythic overtones as it is in physical benefits. Part 1 of this article in Yoga Journal magazine shares the History and Practice of Surya Namaskar.

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Surya the Healer And Energiser

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This article published by The Times of India writes of the spiritual power of the Sun (Surya) and the pracitce of Suryayog.  Suryayog is a dynamic spiritual yoga which brings us in tune with nature and the inner self. We are drawn towards eternal light, from the human to the Supreme. Read the rest of this entry »

Symbolisms of the Sun – The Sun Dieties

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The sun has been the inspiration of mythologies and symbolism, rituals and beliefs in all cultures throughout history. Part 2 of this article explains the various sun dieties of various cultures and their stories.

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Relax and Surrender With Suryayog Sun meditation

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Doing Suryayog daily will balance the five elements in the body (fire, earth, ether, air and water), the seven chakras and planetary vibrations, purifying the halo of light. One can reach the divine through Suryayog, which is the enlightened form of prayer-cum-meditation.

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Proper oil for Trataka Meditation

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To begin the practice of Trataka meditation, a flame from an oil lamp is often used. However in more advanced levels of Trataka, the rising and setting sun becomes the object of meditation. This article from Bhaktivedanta Ashram provides detailed instructions on how to perform Trataka meditation yoga in a safe and effective way.

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Surya Namaskar sequence

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Surya Namaskar is the famous Sun Salutation exercise of yoga. Traditional Surya Namaskar is a combination of movement and stretching asanas, combined with breathing pranayama, yoga bija mantras, chakra concentration, and bhakti devotion. Surya Namaskar was developed as a complete spiritual practice that integrates every major system of yoga. Surya Namaskar is considered by many experts to be the most complete exercise in the world.

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The Mysteries of the Sun – Serapis Bey

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In his audio book The SOLution, Wayne Purdin presents the history of sun gazing and sun worship, starting in Ancient Egypt and continuing through the 21st century. This article features the Ascended Master Serapis Bey, who lived as the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep II.

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Yoga Plus – Candlelight Insight

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The Hatha Yoga practice of trataka is a simple technique that has a purifying, invigorating effect on the mind and improves concentration, paving the way for a deeper meditation practice. Trataka also nourishes the subtle flame at the navel center, promoting vitality and inner health. In its more advanced form, as the Himalayan master Swami Rama said, “The practice of trataka eventually merges into surya sadhana, meditation on the solar energy.” Learn more about this power solar energy technique taught by Swami Rama in this Yoga Plus article.

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Abodes of Surya – Suryanaar Koyil

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India’s sun temple Suryanaar Koyil is located near Kumbhakonam in Tamilnadu. This sun temple was constructed by Kulottunga Chola in the 1100s, to aid visiting dignitaries from Kanauj in sun worship.

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Aditya Hridayam – Meditation of the Sun in the Heart

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The Ramayana is India’s most famous ancient Sanskrit epic, consisting of 24,000 verses in seven books. The 107th chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Ramayana contains a hymn dedicated to the Sun God, Lord Surya. In this 31 verse hymn we learn of the praiseworthy qualities of the Sun and it’s affects on the human mind, body and spirit.

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We come from the Sun, We return to the Sun

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In his Coast to Coast AM radio interview, psychologist Christopher Holmes discusses his “most mind-boggling” subject – that humans beings are spiritual beings that come from the sun and return to the sun at death.

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Suryayog Sun Talks

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Suryayog is the yoga of the Sun.  It is an ancient yogic technique that has recently re-surfaced in India.  Suryayog involves just 3 steps: Sungazing, Meditation and Circle of Light, and can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or faith.

This article reminds us of the importance of the Sun in our lives. If there is a wonder drug or cure-all it would be the Sun.

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Agnya Chakra – Light of Love

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This article from Light of Love: Sahaja Yoga Meditation News teaches about the significance of the Agnya (Ajna) Chakra and Jesus Christ. Learn how Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Agnya (Ajna) Chakra, which corresponds to the Sun – evidenced from early depictions of Jesus Chirst in religious artwork and the significance of the dates of his life. Learn how the Agnya (Anja) Chakra works with sunlight to create the spiritual change that Jesus Christ embodied.

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Surya by Sri Chinmoy (part 3)

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This article by Sri Chinmoy shares the Hindu teachings on Surya, the sun god, found in the Vedas and Upanishads of India.  Part 3 discusses the famous Gayatri Mantra – a prayer to Surya, the sun god, for spiritual purification and enlightenment.

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Japanese method of Simplified Surya Namaskara with Reiki

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In Japan, a modified version of the yoga technique Surya Namaskara – the Sun Salutation – has been created for the elderly who face physical limitations and find it difficult to practice the 12 postures of the traditional Surya Namaskar of Sun Salutation. This blog post created by Shreedhar shares the 7 stages of Simplified Surya Namaskara.

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Surya Namaskara by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (video)

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Swami Satyananda Saraswati has written an extensive book on the practice of Surya Namaskar, the yoga Sun Salutation. This book teaches the complete Surya Namaskar technique, including the correct sequence of asanas, breathing pranayama, concentration locations, mantra, and bandhas. The inner meaning / esoteric science of Surya Namaskar is also explained. This book is highly recommended by Sunlightenment to deepen your Sun Yoga spiritual practice and improve your health.

Included in this post is a video example of the Surya Namaskar yoga practice, including the sacred bija mantras for each asana movement.

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This website is dedicated to the free discemination of information on the healing powers of the Sun and the spiritual practices of Sun Gazing and Surya (Sun) Yoga. All information is given in the spirit of the Sun, whom shares its Light and Love without restriction. May all of humanity benefit from the enlightening energy of the Sun and the wisdom of all beings who share in this service of Sun Yoga.


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