Who am I? I am brahman, the veda mahavakya says “Aham Brahmasmi”. But when and how I will truly experience that I am the brahman. When and how this Veda vakya or principle will become the truth for me. There is a time when you can realize the real truth called Brahma Muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त.
Let’s understand the word, Brahma or brahman means the ‘higher consciousness, highest wisdom, the true self or the God’ and Muhurta means ‘time period’. Thus Brahma Muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त is the time period perfect to realize the higher wisdom. It is the most productive time of the day to rise higher. It is the time to practice. Truly it is the time to know who am I. Actually, this time offers the possibility or the potential to realize the “Brahman” or “the creator, the self” so that you can shape up yourself into a better individual.
The Time Period
According to hindu time philosophy night is the period from sunset to sunrise. And the last quarter of the night is the Brahma Muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त. It is the time anywhere between 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. In fact to be precise it starts 1 hour and 36 minutes before the sunrise. The time of sunrise varies each day according to geographic location, so the time of the Brahma Muhurta also changes. For example, if sunrise is at 6 a.m., the Brahma Muhurta will begin at 4.24 a.m.
What happens during Brahma Muhurta?
When we attune ourselves to the nature’s cycle we become healthy and happy automatically. This is how the nature works. Sleeping in night and getting up before sunrise is natural too. Syncing to the natural cycle balances the body and mind. Pains are relieved and mind comes at peace. You become immune and energetic.
The relationship of planets with the sun and the moon is such that certain physiological change comes in a human body.
As per Ayurveda and Science
Moreover according to ayurveda the whole day is predominant by three doshas vata, pitta and kapha. And the slot of brahma muhurta is the time for vata. Vata energy helps you in getting up and smoothes the elimination. It is also believed that the urine has certain medicinal qualities at Brahma Muhurta period. The entire body is in a certain conducive atmosphere and there is a secretion of hormone by pineal gland. Pineal gland region is the region of third eye or the agya chakra which is responsible for the taking the knowledge in. The hormones secreted by it keeps us in calm state. We should make use of this time because at this time the mind is calm and ready to receive.
Coming to ease happens naturally during this period. Therefore our sages make the best use of it, going deeper. Mind is caught up in so many things and activities all day along. Even if somebody is living a very simple life then also there are less or more activities. And to really experience the meditation mind needs to shut down. After a long day when one sits and if during the brahma muhurta one sits for spiritual practices or the studies, comparing the two we see that it is easier to focus or practice at the time of brahma muhurta. Certainly one gets the most benefit. At this time you can make yourself the way you want to be.
Why to get up at Brahma Muhurta
Ashtanga Hridayam says that one should get up at brahma muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त to protect the Ayu (the life). It is time to create yourself. Spiritual or religious activities like yoga , meditation, chanting etc done at this time have more impact than at any other time of the day. Getting up at brahma muhurta gives wisdom, health, beauty, balance, mental and physical strength and what not.
Note: Eating at this time can cause health problems. As it is the time of elimination.
Surrounding are conducive at this time and help the most to concentrate. Whether you are studying, doing meditation, performing prayers or chant all need one pointed focus. No traffic noise, no horns, no phones, surroundings are peaceful.
Brahma Muhurta – Me Time
As we get up after a sound sleep and day with the worldly affairs is still to start. This is the time when you are empty with the negativity that we collect all day. And in fact after a good sleep mind is more in receiving positive vibes. This is the time to meet the real me. It is “Me Time”. Charge yourself to face the day head on.
In scientific terms also it the time after atmosphere purify itself. When trees cleans the environment and protect the earth from getting harmful particles.
You will not miss a mesmerizing view & the song of nature
Early risers are blessed to see the rising sun. Rising sun is the dispeller of darkness with the enchanting beauty it spreads all around. Sky is full of the beautiful colours at the time of sunrise and if you wish you can offer water to Surya Dev (Sun) at the right time. Otherwise we end up doing the ritual not at the right time but waking up early makes it done. Sun is the bestower of health, enthusiasm and energy.
Long Days, More Time
When you awake early you naturally have more time to do the daily activities and to achieve your goals. As success demands time and energy.
Brahma Muhurta is the time for Amrit Bindu
Tantrics and yogis believe that drop of Amrit secretes at this time which gets burnt in the fire inside. So they do practices to restore the amrit (nectar). In another cult the time is called Amrit Bela which means the same.
Mantra for success and happiness
The people who follow this regime of waking up in brahma muhurta are found to be more successful and happy in their lives. Waking up at this time allows the body to have more energy & power. It also boosts our immune system, increases our energy levels and also helps to maintain the balance of the blood.
Things to do at Brahma Muhurta
Do Yoga not just the exercise. Mindful practices of yoga asanas and pranayama is best at this hour of day. Asana reduces the breath rate and hence act as an enzyme to make healthy mind and body. While exercises increase the heart and breath rate. Once you have mastery over asana and pranayama you can go deeper with pratyahara, dharana and dhyana till you reach to samadhi. This is ashtanga yoga, the eightfold path given by Maharishi Patanjali.
Meditation starts when you become calm and concentrated. At the time of brahma muhurta mind is calm, awareness level is at its best and surroundings are peaceful. These all make a perfect environment to dive into the ocean of meditation. And the key to realize truth is practice practice and practice patiently.
It is the most suitable time to realize spiritual knowledge and wisdom.
Contemplate and Let Go
Witness your mind and introspect the activities in which you indulge whole day. Are negative emotions like jealousy, anger, greed etc. caught you up? Let go off these emotions and empty yourself. Doing this every day will eventually reduce your tendency to give in to these emotions. As we clean our houses and body daily we need to clean the mind also. So “Release negativity.” “Know your worth, You are far beyond these small talks”!!!
The knowledge we grasp at this time stays because ability to memorize is at the highest at this time. The best time for students to study is brahma muhurta. In less time one learns, grasps and never forgets which makes studies easier and burdenless.
The freshness level during this period bestows upon you and makes the perfect time to plan the important things in your life. Be it planning the ways of earnings, scheduling meetings, making time table for studies or the to do list for the day.
Remembering or giving respect showers blessings. It is also the form of bhakti in navdha bhakti. So remember the God, parents, elders, master, nature and be grateful. Grace of them will take you to the new heights of success in spiritual and worldly affairs. Remember your parents who have made your life possible, your teachers or master who are always been your light.
Brahma Muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त in Sacred Texts
Braahme muhurte budhyeta dharmaarthau chaanuchintayet…….
Wake up from bed in brahma muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त, well before Sun Rise and meditate of Dharmaardha‘ or of spiritual wealth as also plan the day about
dhanaarjana‘ or of daily earnings.
Braahmey Muhurtey yaa Nidraasaa Punya Kshaya Kaarini….
Punya karma (Pious deeds) of one who sleeps at the time of Brahma Muhurta ब्रह्म मुहूर्त gets reduced.
Note: Pregnant women, unwell beings, children or nursing women can consider sleeping later if required.