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QUESTION: Respected Guruji,

I sit in Meditation during the early morning hours fresh .( Also the chill weather does not permit practice of asanas in the open)
Later on after sunrise  hour I practice yogasanas  followed by short meditation.
Is this in order.
Thanking you

ANSWER: Dear Vasudevanji,

Namaskar.

Yes, this method is in order.

With best wishes,
Swami Narasimhananda

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QUESTION: Respected Swamiji,

It is said that Gayatri Mantra comprise twenty four syllables.
I am unable to correlate the twenty four syllables in the Mantra.
Pl advise.

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Dear Vasudevanji,

Namaskar.

The metre of the Gayatri Mantra is Gayatri Chandas which has twenty four syllables or matras. A deergha svara is two matras and hrasva svara is one matra. However, the Gayatri Mantra has only 23 syllables.

With warm regards,
Swami Narasimhananda

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A Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order. Writes and speaks on Hinduism, Gita, Upanishads, Vedanta, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Sarada Devi.

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