Guruji, youngsters in cities have cultivated the habit of sleeping late and waking up late. Help us to convince them and correct this situation? Can you tell about Brahmamuhurta
Our ancient tradition has always emphasised upon the importance of waking up at Brahmamuhurta. It is a period that occurs at about one and a half hours before dawn. This period is considered as the ideal time for spiritual practices like prayer and meditation. Waking up during Brahmamuhurta also has many health benefits. The very first verse written in any Ayurvedic textbook while explaining about the daily regimen to be followed for health and long life is about the importance of Brahmamuhurta.
During Brahmamuhurta, the abundantsatvik(loving) qualities in nature bring peace and freshness to the mind. At this time, a high level of prana (life energy) which is necessary for the body is adequately present in the atmosphere. The activities of the entire world and especially of the living beings are yet to start, pollution is at its minimum. This cheerful atmosphere has a considerable effect on the body and mind according to our sages and saints. Our ancestors have always told us that if we dedicate this time to wisdom, virtue and devotion, we shall gain longevity, good health, wealth, peace and contentment.When we follow this practice we find that our day is aligned perfectly to express our maximum potential and capabilities. This starts with getting up in the morning. The quality of our waking up decides the energy level for the day.
According to the AshtangaHridayam, an ancient Ayurvedic Scripture
[Meaning: One should wake up in the Brahmamuhurta for sustaining perfect health and for achieving a long life span, as desired.]
The following shloka by Sage Valmiki tells us as to how Sage Vishwamitrawoke up Lord Rama at the hour of Brahmamuhurta.
“Kausalya Supraja Rama ! Poorva Sandhya Pravartate
Uthishta Narashardoola Karthavyam Daivamanhikam”
[Meaning: Sri Rama! Kausalya’s endearing son! The dawn is rising.
You have to do yourday-to-day duties, do wake up O divine man!]
Mother Nature is constantly showing us the way to awaken to a systematic dutiful day. The musical chirping of the birds begins at 4 a.m. At 5 a.m. they chirp louder, as if telling us to wake up.
To the youth I say, “Wake up dear children, youngsters! Fulfil this life fruitfully for your own sake. Do not live contrary to nature. Wake up early and obtain your share of peace and happiness. You shall be transformed into a wonderful human being. Make your family proud of you. More than anything else, you will live a truthful life, with love, peace and prosperity, always.