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Rehraas In Summertime


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Traditionally rehraas was done at sun set (from what I understand). Do those of you that keep nitnem do rehraas later in summer, closer to when the sun sets in the day?

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In Egypt and in India each hour was associated with a particular Astrological God and certain times were auspicious to do certain things. This is not mere superstition but part of a science that has been forgotten or covered up. Reading certain Bani's at certain times will affect your physiology differently. As the microcosm is related to the macrocosm unless you have the power to influence the surroundings it is best to try and harmonise yourself to the rhythms of nature. REading JapJi as the Sun is just rising is different to reading it in the predawn hours. Not just because of the impression gained from the specatcle of sunrise, but due to the affect internally on the vital airs in the body at this certain time. There are stories of Rishis that due to their austerirites identified with the macrocosm quite perfectly as a result the Sun would not rise until they had offered water to Him. In my view this is to understood literally as when atma identifies with Brahm it becomes Brahm - although on a smaller scale - then you get siddhi to mould nature. But for the rest of us non-Rishis we must work in harmony with the cycles of nature.

The idea of certain times and hours affecting events has been proved by CG Jung in his essay Synchronicity an Acausal Connecting principle. Bani is a very powerful tool it should not be used indiscriminately but with strict guidance.

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No need to bring devtay into it. It is proven fact that the body works differently at different times. We do have 'internal clocks', not only in our brain but apparently independent ones in some of our organs. For instance, it has been shown that your liver will produce more cholesterol at night time. Recently, biological researches have found the pancreas has an internal clock also.

So it stands to reason that bani will effect us differently at different times, if we believe it has some physiological as well as spiritual effect (providing it is done properly).

Also, prior to the very recent invention of the mechanical clock, humans did quantify a day through the natural cyclic rhythms of nature. This is our natural form, not the quartz or mechanics enabled rigid time frame. But we can't knock the modern conception of time too much, using it, we have been able to quantify medical treatments with precision. Sadly though, with capitalism, time has become a commodity that is only valued in terms of our worth to the 'big machine'.

The elaborate myths of the past concerning figures corresponding to lunar or solar cycles were essentially used to explain or simplify the various events, sort of exoteric or explicit mathematical or astrological knowledge. That is not to say some esoteric knowledge hasn't been embedded into these tales through various elaborations.

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Many cultures and faiths including Buddism, Taoism, Indic Schools, Semetic Schools etc all believe in the sacredness and sanctity of pre-dawn prayer and meditation. It's a universally accepted fact in the world of religion that this time of day (amritvela) is the most powerful in terms of effort towards God (internal), namely (and on a more practical side) because the forces that be (obstacles), are at their weakest.

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