In today’s world, everyone is trying to take control of their life by having a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just about the absence of disease or illness in life, it is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Therefore being healthy should be part of your overall lifestyle. According to great sages and yogic texts, Brahma Muhurta is considered auspicious and powerful to perform yoga, meditation, mantras, and prayers and lead a healthy life.
Brahma Muhurta is a Sanskrit word that literally means the creator’s hour. Brahma refers to the creative force present within us and God’s creation. According to our Vedic astrology, a day is divided into 30 muhurtas with each muhurta being 48 minutes long. The last 2 Muhurtas before the sun rises are considered to be extremely and special as during this time the mind enables us to achieve a deep meditative state. This time is called the ‘Brahma Muhurta’.
The importance of Brahma Muhurta
After a good sleep at night, the mind gets refreshed and tranquil when we wake up. Getting up in Brahma muhurta will free your mind of thoughts, worries, and anxieties of everyday life. With a peaceful ambiance and calm and soothing atmosphere your concentration power increases. The atmosphere outside remains silent, and there are no disturbances.
By practicing during this period, we tend to make quicker spiritual progress, as both the mind and the world have qualities of Sattva. Brahma muhurta is considered to be the time that you can use to create yourself. Apart from these, there are a zillion other reasons why Brahma Muhurta is important.
- Self Awareness– Brahma Muhurta is considered as the best time for attaining Brahma Gyan i.e. supreme knowledge and eternal happiness. In a soothing atmosphere, the mind remains calm and good thoughts and incredible ideas come naturally.
- Pursuit of Knowledge– Brahma muhurta is the best time for the pursuit of knowledge. During this time, the mind is blank like a sheet of paper. Thus it is capable of absorbing knowledge much better than any other time of the day. Mental Fitness- The mind stays fresh during Brahma muhurta as the environment is pure, calm, and soothing. It creates a path for relaxing stress and indulging in something that the person really enjoys.
- Health Benefits– People who wake up at this time experience a vital drift in enhanced health, strength, and spiritual luster. The toxic, anxiety, vexation, negative impulses all get driven away and they become more contemptuous and show a positive attitude towards life.
- Increased Productivity– People who following the Brahma muhurta regime are more productive. This gives their body a good energy boost and helps them to keep up with the hectic day.
- Anti-aging effects– Waking up in Brahma Muhurta helps in controlling aging effects. It also delays the symptoms and health hazards related to aging.
According to Ayurveda, there are 3 kinds of Doshas in the human body. They are Vata (Air and Ether), Pitta (Fire and Water), Kapha (Earth and Water). These doshas have different periods of predominance throughout the day. Depending upon the cycle of time and change in the environment each of the Doshas increases or decreases in the human body. The last part of the night is dominated by Vata Dosha which wakes up in the morning with enhanced flexibility, functioning of organs, and a balanced body and mind.
It is also believed that our body contains three forms of Gunas: Rajo Guna, Satva Guna, and Tamo Guna. Satva Guna becomes active and benefits us with positive qualities during the Brahma muhurta.
Exact Time of Brahma Muhurta
Two Muhurta before the sunrise is considered to be Brahma Muhurta. It is about 96 minutes before sunrise. Each Muhurta is about 48 minutes and has 30 Kalas. So, the Muhurta generally lasts for 1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise and ends 48 minutes before sunrise. The time of Brahma Muhurta differs as the time of sunrise differs each day. Being the last stage of the night before sunrise it is considered tremendously favorable and powerful. Spiritual activities accomplished during this Muhurta it is believed to have a greater effect than in any other part of the day. It is also said that any practices performed at this time will yield Therefore, spiritual activities are recommended at this time.
Some Do’s and Dont’s of Brahma Muhurta
- Meditate: This time proves to be an excellent time for mindfulness meditation. As the mind is at peace it can be easily molded during this period, and you’ll find it easier to focus
- Read books: Reading spiritual books or ancient scriptures can be another wonderful way to start your day. With no distractions around, your mind will be able to grasp and absorb the sacred teachings better.
- Exercise: You can also take up practicing Yogic stretches or poses, which will ensure that you have a healthy body
- Eating: Avoid eating during Brahma muhurta as it can be detrimental to your health and may cause illnesses.
- Strenuous activity: Avoid doing anything which requires a lot of mental work.