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 9 Feb 2017 20:36 UTCThu 9 Feb 2017 - 8:36 pm UTC 

Hello All

I came across this term: Brahma-Muhurta

It's the 48 minutes from 1 hr 36 min to 48 min before Sunrise


Origin- India

Question- Is rising early specifically identified/ celebrated in doctrines, across various cultures as is Brahma-Muhurta?

Just wondering... no long answer required.

Thank you






 10 Feb 2017 01:16 UTCFri 10 Feb 2017 - 1:16 am UTC 

Hi Bru,
When I saw your name and "early bird", I immediately thought:  No, he can't be asking about hummers before the end of April.  Besides, right now you have a real storm blowing. 

I wonder how the Hindus back when identified 96 minutes before sunrise, but they were/are right:  "the best time to meditate is one and a half hours before dawn, because the mind is inherently still at that time, enabling one to achieve a deeper meditative state." 
I do it every day, just don't call it meditating. 

What about Roman Catholic Matins: 

In Islam, the first praying is before dawn:

Defined this way:  " This is what is referred to in the verse in which Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)” [al-Baqarah 2:187]."
   and other websites. 

(I learned something, having misunderstood that it is when one could tell a black thread from a white one, maybe about the same time, but not what the verse meant.)

Buddha apparently also called for pre-dawn meditation: 

I like the line about the 2nd watch:  "having contemplated the thought of rising (uṭṭhānasaññaṃ manasikaritvā)" 

I am already very good at that, seldom before dawn, however.

Cheers,  Myo


David Sarokin 


 10 Feb 2017 01:41 UTCFri 10 Feb 2017 - 1:41 am UTC 

I'd say myo has given you an awfully good answer already. I'll just add that Wikipedia, of course, has a somewhat related entry:

Waking up early

"... The philosopher Aristotle said, "It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom."[citation needed].."




 10 Feb 2017 10:58 UTCFri 10 Feb 2017 - 10:58 am UTC 

Good day Myo

Yes indeed we are experiencing a "shut down the island" winter storm. As of this hour snow plows haven't been sent out on the highways due to high winds.

As for hummers they are still basking in the southern sun. Their northern migration usually starts at the end of this month. Did you know that both sexes do not arrive at the same time? I wonder how they communicate with their sweetie to let them know all is well and it is time to return home.

Thank you for your research. Interesting: "the best time to meditate is one and a half hours before dawn". Many, I am sure, would argue that their best pondering comes while in the shower.






 10 Feb 2017 11:29 UTCFri 10 Feb 2017 - 11:29 am UTC 

Good morning David

I agree Myo has put forward some good information. It is amazing he got in before Uclue's esteemed Researchers.

The Wikipedia link is appreciated. Testing Brahma Muhurta I rose in the dark to read some of Benjamin Franklin's "Early to Rise" book found there. Thank you. It goes well with a good cup of coffee.






 10 Feb 2017 13:04 UTCFri 10 Feb 2017 - 1:04 pm UTC 

Hi Bru, 

Glad you and David liked my offerings, and, yeah, I was worried that while I was finding links, someone would beat me out.  I hope, David, that you hadn't been rummaging around for the same information. 

I didn't know anything about hummers, other than they can hover and are pretty. 
Now I do: 

Wow, they can also fly 25 mph for 500 miles nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico!  And the migration map shows that they get to PEI in the second week in May, as you used to report on GA.  Spottings from eastern PEI are probably from you. 
Why do the males set off first?  I reckon they had enough of home life in Mexico and wanderlust hits them, but then "distance lends enchantment", and they are pleased a few months later when their old girlfriend catches up with them - at your feeder..

I have flashes of insight under the shower, but I don't consider that meditation or pondering.  Not many people were interested in my posting on Quezi about that.

Thank you for your question, like old times. 

Best, Myo


Roger Browne 


 10 Feb 2017 21:43 UTCFri 10 Feb 2017 - 9:43 pm UTC 

Proverbs 31:15 “She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions [tasks] for her servant girls.”

The Proverbs 31 Woman Rises Early

But early-rising-woman must not wake up her neighbors: "A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!"

Proverbs 27:14

And it's all very well to talk about the early bird getting the worm, but don't forget about what happens to the early worm.





 11 Feb 2017 09:40 UTCSat 11 Feb 2017 - 9:40 am UTC 

Well here I am in the Brahma-Muhurta pondering the fate of a worm and a woman who might get cursed. Thought-provoking way to start a day. Thank you Roger for the post.




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