Gayatri Mantra from RigVeda

We meditate on the brilliant light of the creator. Who has created the Universe. Who is worthy of Worship. Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light. Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance. May He enlighten our intellect.

– Gayatri Mantra from RigVeda 3.62.10 (also Samaveda verse 1462)

Note that this original, pristine form of the revered Gayatri does not contain the currently used first line which is:

This invocation was added at a much later date ~ in the Upanishads.

Gayatri Mantra

To open the doors to this dimension we are required to be subtle and receptive to the divine wisdom, which penetrates everyday life’s experience and which in essence is our true nature. In earlier times the Gayatri was passed on orally from master to student. This intimate contact was imperative because when the master had fully evolved this mantra within himself he had to pass it on and make the new seed grow to full prosperity. But times have changed, and our present time requires other methods. For in the west not everyone has a master next door that will whisper this beautiful mantra in your ear. Of course, it is still possible to pack your bags and leave for an Indian Ashram to learn the trick from a true master. But fortunately, there are still other ways. Hein Braat is a living example of this ‘modern’ way. He approached the art of chanting mantras with the typical western view of ‘first seeing, then believing’. For more than twenty years he has been deeply involved with chanting mantras, thus experiencing and expressing his own unique vision of the Gayatri. 

BHUR BHUVA SWAH  TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM  BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI  DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAT 

om The sacred sound, see Om.  bhûr ‚earth‘  bhuvas ‚atmosphere‘  svar ‚light, heaven, space‘  tat ‚that‘  savitur of Savitr the god‘ (genitives of savitr-, ’stimulator, rouser; name of a sun-deity‘ and deva- ‚god‘ or ‚demi-god‘)  varenyam ‚Fit to be worshipped‘ varenya- ‚desirable, excellent‘  bhargo ‚Glory Effulgence‘ (radiance, lustre, splendour, glory)  devasya ‚of God‘  dhîmahi ‚may we attain‘ (1st person plural middle optative of dhâ- ’set, bring, fix‘ etc.)  dhiyaḥnaḥ’our prayers‘ (accusative plural of dhi- ‚thought, meditation, devotion, prayer‘ and naḥenclitic personal pronoun)  yaḥprachodayât ‚who may stimulate‘ (nominative singular of relative pronoun yad-; causative 3rd person of pra-cud- ’set in motion, drive on, urge, impel‘) 

Remembering what we really are: Light     Hein Braat compares mantra chanting with ejecting a line to a higher dimension to connect with that energy and subsequently bring down these higher qualities by means of ones voice to the mundane sphere. Since the Gayatri Mantra is one of the oldest prayers known to mankind, which has been invoked by numerous people with inspiration throughout the centuries, one could say that this has generated a universal pattern. Anyone who connects himself through his voice with the soul of the mantra and attunes his heart to it, can contact this collective energy and reap the fruits of it. Viewed in this light, it is therefore more effective if the mantra is sung in the original language, Sanskrit.  If, however, you don’t have much of a connection with Sanskrit or Hindu symbolism and prefer to recite the mantra in your native language, you don’t need to fear that this would lead to a lesser result. Like Hein Braat, other masters state that eventually Love is the basis of all religions. If you recite this mantra in your own language, that is to say in a clear voice, with distinction, gently and above all with love, you will find your way to God just as well. So from this perspective it is not about the rituals itself, but the soul with which they are performed. So with mantras the truth lies in the middle. If you prefer to sing a more recognizable text you can use the English translation below. But after you have grasped the soul of the mantra you can render your own version which may bring you to even deeper states. 

AUM We meditate upon the Divine Radiance, that One Light which deserves our worship, the One whose noble thought energizes and directs our awakening.               The balanced quality of the Gayatri Mantra   The Gayatri Mantra is completely in balance — yin and yang. The essence of the text of the mantra is feminine, and its message or statement is masculine. Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas, thus the mother of all knowledge. She invokes the masculine ‘Savitur’, which is also referred to as the enligtening radiance of understanding and intelligence. This radiance, which is everywhere and in every experience, is like the radiance of the sun in our solar system. In other words: all knowledge of our complex existence is represented in the syllables of the Mantra, including the means to go beyond wordly knowledge.   

The influence on the physical body  Thinking, reciting or chanting the Gayatri Mantra influences the physical body, purifies the emotional body and makes you connect with the feelings of the heart. The Gayatri stimulates and cultivates our observation and helps to awaken us to the truth that lies in all of us. Our energy centers, levels and rhythms are activated by means of our breath, which is inhaled through the nostrils and exhaled while reciting the mantra — even during a silent repetition. This brings the electromagnetic rhythm and energy currents in the body into balance with prana or chi. During recitation all elements of the Mantra are used; even the breath is a precision-instrument. It all works together, just like an orchestra with its director. The breath, voice, meditation and intention work efficiently and without effort — just like the sun shines efficiently and strainlessly.

Gayatri teaches her secrets to the singer   Singing the Gayatri allows the message of the mantra to unfold within yourself. . Hein Braat compares this recitation with throwing a stone in the water which causes a ripple. The bigger the stone, the stronger the pattern and the bigger and wider the circle expands. This applies both to external and internal recitation. But in his experience the vibration of internal recitation has a deeper impact. That is why he recommends after a period of reciting aloud to gradually sing softer and softer so that you become aware of the sound that is produced from within yourself. This not only applies to singing high tones but to the whole sound spectrum.    The Gayatri connects the two life poles    Another master, Sri Fanibunda states the following about the internal mechanism of mantras: “Immortality is not only reached by making good deeds, residing in good company or fostering good thoughts. But also by absorbing the big universal energy which is obtained by expressing the holy mantras we can assure ourselves of the aspect of immortality. The rishis have shown us this way. The good works that we accomplish in our daily lives are like a negative pole. The divine universal energy which is obtained by pronouncing the Vedic mantras are like a positive pole. By making good deeds we keep the negative pole in good condition, but if no attention is paid to the powers that are generated by the Divine mantras, there will be no positive pole and we therefore shall not obtain the complete powers.  The mantra provides the universal power to the positive pole within ourselves and if this is connected to the negative pole in our daily lives then it will be possible to obtain the aspect of immortality or a state of straight, clear, unshakable spiritual purity, also known as Ajaga.”  

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra as mentioned in Rig Veda 10:16:3

Gayatri Mantra (Rig Veda 10:16:3) unfolds that the primary purpose of the life is to know the ’ultimate truth’… the Supreme Creator…

Om, Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah… Ultimate reality, in which physical, astral and causal worlds exist

Tát savitúr várenyam… Creation happens, from that supreme reality and it is the foremost

Bhárgo devásya dhīmahi… Oh, divine effulgence we meditate upon You!

Dhíyo yó nah pracodáyāt… propel our knowledge of the supreme reality

Oh, Supreme one is the physical, astral and causal worlds. You are the source of all, deserving all worship. Oh, radiant, divine one we meditate upon You…Propel our Intellect (towards liberation or freedom)

Recite the Gayatri Mantra… to have the best of Life! Recite the Gayatri Mantra

This describes that the sky filled with sun and the stars, and the world filled with so many life forms and huge waves of boundless Time, who is high and low tides, swing the Universe. Let the glory enlightens mind, inspires understanding and intelligence.

This Mantra was bestowed by mother Parvati to Ganesha and came to known as Ganesha Gayatri

Gayatri Mantra as mentioned in Rig Veda 10:16:3

Ramayana Is Gayatri Mantra. Rig Veda,Valmiki ,Agastya

Indian Legends is Factual.Allegorical and Philosophical.

Persons and events narrated in the legends are open for verification , they convey spiritual truth in the form of allegory and they also express complex abstract philosophical thoughts.

Thus the existence of Rama is proved by astronomical and archaeology.

Ravana represents the qualities of Sattva Rajas and Tamas not in balance.

While he is the personification for Satva for he is one of the ardent devotees of Shiva, a good ruler, and an affectionate brother, and husband.

He is an active ruler with military might,enjoyed the Bohemian way of Life by maintaining a huge Harem.

Though he had his control over his senses and desires he could not master them is this case.

So despite his valor ,piety, scholarship, and love of his subjects he was doomed once he gave way to the Tamasic impulse of lust.

How this conquers tendencies the Rajasic and Tamasic is Ramayana.

All the characters represent some tendencies or Gunas and the result one begets in yielding to them.

At the philosophical level, it personifies in Lord Rama, The Brahman.

It illustrates how the Brahman when expressing itself, becomes entangled imagines itself ,because of Avidya/Maya,as Aham(Mine) with worldly pleasures and pain an d in the end wisdom dawns once t the Guna Viseshas are exhausted.

Valimiki states that he has designed the Ramayana after The Gayatri Mantra.

‘rAmAyaNadrumaM naumi rAmaraxAnavAN^kuram.h |gAyatrIbIjamAmnAyamUlaM moxamahAphalam.h ||(nIlakaNTha’s commentary on themantra-rAmAyaNa)

I bow to the tree of rAmAyaNa that has a new bud called the rAma-raxA-stotra, that which has the the gAyatrI (mantra) as its seed (bIja), that which has its roots in the Vedas, and that yields the great fruit of mokshha!

kushiilavau tu dharmaGYau raajaputrau yashasvinau |bhraatarau svarasampannau dadarsha aashramavaasinau ||sa tu medhaavinau dR^ishhTvaa vedeShu pariniShThitau |vedopabR^ihmaNaarthaaya taavagraahayata prabhuh ||kaavyaM raamaayaNaM kR^itsnaM siitaayaashcharitaM mahat.h|paulastya vadhamityeva chakaara charitavrataH||

The princes, the brothers, Kusha and Lava, were knowledgeable about Dharma and were glorious. Their voices were melodious and they lived in the hermitage of (vAlmIki). He (vAlmIki), established in good deeds, observed those two extremely intelligent (princes), skilled in the Vedas, and for the sake of expounding the Vedas, he composed and made them study the poem sampUrNa-rAmAyaNa (the entire rAmAyaNa) (containing) the great story of sItA and the slaying of rAvaNa…

ata eva rAmAyaNe chaturvimshatisAhasrAyaM chaturvimshatigAyatryaxarANivAlmIkinA saMgR^ihItAni

For this reason, vAlmIki bases the twenty-four thousand verses of the rAmAyaNa on the twenty-four akshhara’s (syllables) of the gAyatrI mantra (of the Vedas).

nIlakaNTha quotes from the agastya-saMhitA to further support the fact that the rAmAyaNa story is drawn from the Vedas:

vedavedaye pare puMsi jAte dasharathAtmaje |vedaH prAchetasAdAsIt.h sAxAdrAmAyaNAtmanA |tasmAdrAmAyaNaM devi veda eva na saMshayaH ||

When the Supreme Being, known through the Vedas, was born as the son of dasharatha (rAma), the Veda (manifested itself) through the (mouth) of the sage prAchetasa directly as the rAmAyaNa. Therefore, O devi, the rAmAyaNa is the Veda itself, without a doubt.

nIlakaNTha is well known as the commentator par excellence of the mahAbhArata. He hailed from what is modern day Kopargaon in the state of Maharashtra but he is said to have settled down in Varanasi, where he wrote his commentary on the ‘bhArata called the “bhAratabhAvapradIpa.” This commentary is also known as the “nIlakaNThI.” This famous commentary on the bhArata is said to have been written towards the end of the 17th century C.E.

nIlakaNTha compiled a collection of mantras from the R^ig Veda that correspond to the story of rAma. This collection is called the “mantra- rAmAyaNa.” I will present a few of these mantras from the R^ig Veda, with notes from nIlakaNTha’s commentary, “mantra-rahasya-prakAshikA.”

The rAmAyaNa can be told in as many as 24,000 verses as in the vAlmIki rAmAyaNa or in just one verse as in the eka-shlokI-rAmAyaNa which captures all the main events of the epic such as rAma’s exile to the forest, killing of the golden deer, the kidnapping of sItA, the death of jaTAyu, the meeting with sugrIva and the punishment of vAlI, the crossing of the oceana and burning of laN^kA by HanumAn, and finally the slaying of rAvaNa and kuMbhakarNa:

Adau rAmatapovanAdigamanaM hatvA mR^iga-kAJNchanam.hvaidehIharaNaM jaTAyumaraNaM sugrIva-saMbhAshhaNam.h |vAli-dushhTa-nigrahaNam samudrataraNaM laN^kAdAhanam.hpashchAt.h rAvaNa-kuMbhakarNa-hananaM etaddhi rAmAyaNam.h ||

The mantra-rAmAyaNa itself has more than 150 Riks. But I will present a few of them summarizing the immortal story of rAma.

First, there arises the question: does the name “rAma” occur in the veda and in what context?

R^ig Veda 10.93.14 (maNDala 10, sUkta 93, Rik 14) says:

pra tadduHshIme pR^ithavAne vene pra rAme vochamasure maghavatsu |ye yuktvAya shatAsmayu pathA vishrAvyeshhAm.h ||

In yajnas of wealthy kings such as duHshIma, pR^ithavAna, vena, and the powerful rAma, I utter hymns to the gods who travel by 500 chariots drawn by horses in the world of the gods, and who are fond of us (humans).’

Valmiki Ramayana contains 24000 slokas divided into 7 Kandas, namely, Balakanda, Ayodhya Kanda, Aranya Kanda, Kishkindha kanda, Sundara kanda, Yuddha kanda and Uttara Kanda. The first letter of the first sloka in each group of 1000 slokas is taken from the Gayatri Mahamantra (given below) in the same sequence namely, त, स, वि, तु, व etc.,

तत्सवितुर्वरॆण्यंभर्गो देवस्य धीमहिधियॊ यॊ नः प्रचोदयात्

The collection of these slokas constitutes the Gayatri Ramayana.

Each sloka is identified below by theKanda (1 for Balakanda, 2 forAyodhya Kanda etc),chapter number within the Kanda,and serial number of the sloka within the chapter:

Sage Valmiki, ever engaged in austerities and reading of scriptures, asked Narada, foremost among Munis and a Master in the art of word craft (speech).

[Note: Valmiki’s questions are expressed in the following slokas:

O Naradamuni, Is there any man on this earth now who has all sterling qualities, who is valiant, who knows what is dharma, who acknowledges with gratitude whatever help is rendered to him, who always speaks the truth, who is firm on his commitments, whose conduct is unblemished, who thinks of the welfare of all beings, who is wise and competent, who has a pleasing appearance, who is rooted in his Atma, who has conquered anger, who gives out light, who is not envious and whom even the devas fear when he is afire with anger in a war? I want to hear about him from you. I am keenly interested in this. You must be knowing someone with all these attributes.]

ऋषिभिः पूजितस्सम्यक् यथेन्द्रो विजयी पुरा ॥ (१.३०.२३)

Having killed the demons obstructing the sacrifice, Sri Ram was felicitated by the sages as Indra was felicitated long ago on his victory (over the asuras)

[Note: The context here is Rama’s protecting the sacrifice being performed by sage Viswamitra from the depredations ofrakshasas like Maricha]

Hearing Janaka’s words, the righteous Viswamitra said to Sri Ram “O my boy Rama, take a look at this bow”

[Note: The context is the condition laid down by Janaka for the hand of Sita. The aspiring suitors had to lift the bow of Shiva, bend it and string it. Sri Ram effortlessly lifted it and, in a swift lightning movement, broke it into two pieces in the act of stringing it]

Then Sumantra approached Rama’s abode and standing at the entrance of Rama’s bedroom praised Rama and his forebears in the dynasty.

[Note: The context is Kaikeyi’s insistence on sending Rama into the forests for fourteen years in exchange for one of the boons granted to her by Dasaratha earlier. Dasaratha was heart-broken at the prospect of separation from his son for such a long time. How could he convey this news to Rama? He sends Sumantra to bring Rama to him.]

Dasaratha gave Sita, who was following her husband (into the forest), enough clothes and ornaments reckoning the number of days to be spent in the forest,

[Note: The context is impending departure of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana into the forests]

It is the king who the is upholder of Truth and Dharma, it is he who protects those of good genealogy (kula) and he is the father, mother and well-wisher of his subjects.

[Note: The above words are those of Markandeya and other hermits as well as ministers of Dasaratha who request Vasishtha to appoint one of Dasarath’s sons as the King since Rama has gone on vanavasa and Dasaratha is dead unable to bear the separation of Rama ]

Bharata (after sighting the hermitage of Rama), spent a few minutes looking at it and then saw Rama , his Guru, sitting inside with his matted locks.

[Note: The context is Bharata visiting Rama at Chitrakuta with a view to persuading him to return to Ayodhya]

Sutikshna Rishi (in whose hermitage Rama was staying) said to Rama “O Rama of great fame, if you intend visiting Agastya, the great sage, then make up your mind to go there today itself”.

[Note: The context is when Rama spent time at the hermitage of Sutikhsna after Bharata’s visit]

Sita says to Rama “ This deer (of golden colour) will be an object of wonder for Aryaputra Bharata, my in-laws and for myself”

[Note: The context is Sita’s fascination for the deer of golden hue which was the guise put on by Maricha by his magical powers to lure Rama away from Sita]

वयस्यं तं कुरु क्षिप्रमितो गत्वाद्य राघव ॥ (३.७२.१७)

Kabandha to Rama ( after he was freed from his curse and regained his original form): “ O Rama ! Leave this place without delay and go to the powerful Sugreeva. Make friends with him quickly after going there today itself.“

Vali’s words, on his death bed, to Angada “ Wait for the appropriate place and time, taking with equanimity both likes and dislikes and pleasure and pain which occur over a period of time and put yourself under the control of Sugriva “

प्रष्टव्याश्चापि सीतायाः प्रवृत्तिं विनयान्वितैः ॥ (४.४३.३४)

Sugriva’s instructions to the Vanaras regarding the rishis they would meet during their search for Sita: “Those Rishis, who by their austerities, have attained the highest goal of life and have been purified by their tapas, are to be revered and respected. You should enquire of them about Sita and her present situation with modesty and humility.”

Having conquered by his valour the guarding deity ofLankapuri, who was capable of taking any form she desired, Hanuman, son of Vayu and very powerful (scaled the ramparts of Lanka)

This sloka is from the soliloquy of Sita kept in captivity by Ravana in Ashokavanika: “ Devas, Gandharvas, Siddhas andRishis whosoever see my Lord Rama, who has eyes beautiful as lotus petals, will have their lives fulfilled.”

The wide-eyed (Sita), with the intention of blessing Hanuman and preventing any hurt to him, prayed to the Fire God with a pure heart.

[Note: The context is the episode of Hanuman’s tail being wrapped in clothes, soaked in oil and set on fire by therakshasas. But the God of Fire (Agni) did not hurt Hanuman as the latter’s father Vayu was the former’s friend]

निशम्य तद्वाक्यमुपस्थितज्वरः प्रसङ्गवानुत्तरमेतदब्रवीत् ॥ (६.१०.२७)

Hearing (the Advice of Vibhishana) which was well-meaning, having a superior purpose, mild, reasoned, relevant equally in the past, the present and the future, Ravana was infuriated and being passionately attached gave the following reply.

[Note: The context is Vibhishana’s advising Ravana not to buy the enmity of Rama and honourably return Sita to him. Ravana could not digest this advice]

लङ्कैश्वर्यं ध्रुवं श्रीमानयं प्राप्नोत्यकण्टकम् ॥ (६.४१.६८)

This Vibhishana, the embodiment of dharma and foremost amongrakshasas has arrived (to surrender himself to Rama) and he will surely inherit the whole of the riches of Lanka free of all enemies.

[Note: These are the words of Vali’s son Angada addressed to Ravana. Angada had come to Ravana’s court as the emissary of Rama]

स रामबाणाभिहतो भृशार्तश्चचाल चापं च मुमोच वीरः ॥ (६.५९.१४०)

The valiant Ravana, struck by the vajrayudha of Indra or by thunder-bolt, was never agitated or moved but struck by the arrows of Rama he became extremely hurt, and the bow slipped from his hand.

[Note: The context is the first day’s fight between Rama and Ravana}

“On the strength of whose valour many rakshasas lost their lives that valiant Rama, I think, is the eternal Narayana Himself.”

[Note: These are the musings of Ravana when many of his commanders and his brother Kumbhakarna were put to death by Rama and Lakshmana]

The large-hearted Rama was scorching to death the army of the enemy but the rakshasas could not see him, deluded as they were by the Gandharvastra (shot from the bow of Rama)

Ramayana Is Gayatri Mantra. Rig Veda,Valmiki ,Agastya

Gayatri Mantra

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥Om Bhuur-Bhuvah SvahTat-Savitur-Varennyam |Bhargo Devasya DhiimahiDhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||

Breakdown:1: Om, that (Divine Illumination) which Pervades the Bhu Loka (Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Antariksha Loka or the Astral Plane) and Suvar Loka (Swarga Loka or the Celestial Plane),2: That Savitr (Divine Illumination) which is the Most Adorable,3: On that Divine Radiance we Meditate,4: May that Enlighten Our Intellect and Awaken our Spiritual Wisdom

Meaning:We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of Heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds.

OM. I adore the Divine Self who illuminates the three worlds — physical, astral and causal; I offer my prayers to that God who shines like the Sun. May He enlighten our intellect.

According to the Vedas, there are seven realms or spheres or planes of existence, each more spiritually advanced than the previous one. It is written that through spiritual awareness and development, we can progressively move through these realms and ultimately merge with the Supreme Being. Many Buddhist teachings have also referred to these seven realms.

The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness.

The word “Gayatri” itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.

Goddess Gayatri is also called “Veda-Mata” or the Mother of the Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Saam and Atharva – because it is the very basis of the Vedas. It is the basis, the reality behind the experienced and the cognized universe.

The Gayatri mantra is composed of a metre consisting of 24 syllables – generally arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the Gayatri Meter or “Gayatri Chhanda.”

Other Benefits of Gayatri Mantra:1. Removes obstacles from your life2. Protects you from danger3. Brightens you mind4. Dispels ignorance5. Improves communication abilities6. Opens your psychic vision7. Brings direct knowledge of the eternal truths

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra – Meaning, Significance and Benefits

The Gayatri Mantra is a universal prayer enriched in the Vedas. Gayatri Mantra is also known as Savitri Mantra, which addressed the Immanent and Transcendent Divine which has been given the name “Savita,” meaning that from which all this is born. It was Brahmarshi Vishvamitra, who spread the Gayatri Mantra. He also revealed the benefits of chanting the Gayatri mantra.

The mantra is a significant part of the Upanayana Ceremony for young males in the Hindu dharma and has long been chanted by Dvija men as part of their daily rituals. Modern Hindu refine the movements and spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes too, and its use is now prevalent. It is especially regarded for Adoration, Meditation, and Prayer.

What is the origin of the long version of the Gayatri mantra?

As far as I know the Gayatri mantra appears in Rig Veda 3.62.10:

But in some books and on the Internet, I’ve also seen a longer version. For example, the longer version is found on this page as:

Om Tat Savithur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo YonahPrachodayath

What is the origin of this longer version? Does it appear in the Rig Veda?

Gayatri Mantra Lyrics And Meaning In English And Sanskrit

The Gayatri Mantra is considered one of the most powerful hymns in Hinduism. The Gayatri Mantra has been mentioned in the Rig Veda, one of the holy scriptures in Hinduism, and also in the Upanishads and other ancient scriptures. People believe that chanting Gayatri Mantra can help in attaining peace of mind, gaining will power and overcoming all the obstacles of life. Sages and those who are into spirituality are often seen chanting the Gayatri Mantra to seek blessings from the deities.

Swami Vivekananda and Dayanand Saraswati themselves have emphasised the importance of the Gayatri Mantra. They have described this mantra as one of the best ways to purify one’s mind. It is one of the most easy-to-learn sacred hymns and can be learnt in just a few minutes.

Meaning: Ultimate reality, in which physical, astral and causal worlds exist

Meaning: That is the Supreme reality from which creation happens, and it is the foremost

Meaning: Oh divine effulgence, we meditate upon you

Meaning: Propel our knowledge of the Supreme reality.

It is believed that if you chant the Gayatri Mantra every day 108 times, it drives evil away and keeps you protected. It will also keep any negative thoughts at bay, it is said.

Some people in earlier times forbade women and girls from reciting the Gayatri Mantra for the sheer power it is believed to provide, but the practice is no longer prevalent. Anybody can chant the Gayatri Mantra and seek protection from the divine.

Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is a universal prayer enriched in the Vedas. Gayatri Mantra is also known as Savitri Mantra, which addressed the Immanent and Transcendent Divine which has been given the name “Savita,” meaning that from which all this is born. It was Brahmarshi Vishvamitra, who spread the Gayatri Mantra. He also revealed the benefits of chanting the Gayatri mantra.

The mantra is a significant part of the Upanayana Ceremony for young males in the Hindu dharma and has long been chanted by Dvija men as part of their daily rituals. Modern Hindu refine the movements and spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes too, and its use is now prevalent. It is especially regarded for Adoration, Meditation, and Prayer.

AumBhur Bhuvah SvahTat Savitur VarenyamBhargo Devasya DheemahiDhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat

The Gayatri Mantra first appeared in the Rig Veda (Mandala 3.62.10), an early Vedic text written between 1100 to 1700 BCE. It is stated in the Upanishads as a significant ritual and in the Bhagavad Gita as, the poem of the Divine. It is a belief that chanting Gayatri Mantra firmly establishes the mind and if people carry on his-her life and do the work that is destined, our life will be full of joy and happiness. In brief, the mantra means:

“O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge”.

Gayatri Mantra Meaning, Origin and Folklore

The Gayatri Mantra or the Savitri Mantra is one of the most powerful & sacred mantras from the Rig Veda that is devoted to Savitri, the goddess of 5 elements.

It is believed that frequent recitation of the Mantra will bring happiness to your lives.

Gayatri Mantra: The key of Rig Veda

May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the God:So May he stimulate our prayers.

Gayatri Mantra is, surely, the most popular rik of Rig Veda. Its ever-growing presence and importance, felt among us, is though more than a matter of mere chance. in its chapter “The Sacred Thread”, undoes the secret coded (by the Rsis) within the Gayatri Mantra, and in doing so shows how the Mantra was purposely made a key to unlock the doors of the understanding of Rig Veda. No doubt, all credit must go to Gayatri Mantra, which by this time has had already gained enough inertia, following and dynamics, so as to be able to start revealing the Rig Veda.

The first line “Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah” is not recorded in Rig Veda (and not discussed in it proves itself as a worthy, verbal addition (effected by none other than the Rsis) to the rest of the body of the Mantra and its meaning and purpose.

Gayatri Mantra गायत्री मन्त्रम् (RV 03.62.10) leads one to the hymn RV 03.62 which has 18 rica-s in total, addressed to devata-s in this order:

these, we set aside 1-3, and 16-18 that extol dvandva (dual) gods indra-varuNa इन्द्रावरुण and mitra-varuNa मित्रावरुण and are used to have आवृत (sandwiched) the main part 4-15. Mapping “Om bhur bhuvah svah” to 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-15 gives: ॐ Om ~ ब्रह्मणस्पति brahmaNaspatiभू bhU ~ पूषन् pUShaNभुवन bhuvana ~ सवितृ savitRस्वर् svar ~ सोम somaThat is, ब्रह्मणस्पति brahmaNaspati, पूषन् pUShaN, सवितृ savitR, and सोम soma are the अधिपतिs (overlords) of, or the same as, the threefold-realms (3 rica-s each) ॐ Om, भू bhU, भुवन bhuvana, and स्वर् svar, respectively. गायत्री मन्त्र Gayatri Mantra is therefore the key, the hymn 03.62 the lock, and वेद veda the treasure. The mantra of itself says, “सवितृ svaitR, WAKE US UP.” The key restores, wakes up, us to the Map of the Veda. The Rsis – our forefathers – were considerate: they didn’t simply had us bogged down in a state of permanent bewilderment with things that were always going to be more than our talents could handle. This knowledge of गायत्री मन्त्र Gayatri Mantra has resurfaced (for wider circulation) give or take only five years ago (aided no doubt by its continuous tradition), but has since remained underground – among only a handful of आस्तिकs Astika-s. The problem with this age is, however, not the scarcity of information, but the excess of it.

(The word Yoga is well-known. The word Yuga is however more basic than Yoga: from युग yuga to योग yoga, उ u changes to (a regular Sanskrit feature) its गुण guNa grade- ओ o; युग yuga in this way is a step backwards from योग yoga, and easier to deal /understand.)———————————————————युग yuga (meaning from dictionary)

“aeon/ eon, age of the world, generation, race of men”

“symbolic for number 12, symbolic for number 4”———————————————————How do we make a unified, single sense of युग yuga, out of so many diverse meanings? Curve-fitting is not the answer, because a curve is fit through data-points, and not through other curves. दैविक विश्वदर्शन deity-based-worldview inherent in the देवभाषा deva-bhAShA (Sanskrita) is the natural answer. Here is one oversimplified approach: There are four realms (as discussed earlier in the post) लोका:- पृथिवी prithivI (bhU), द्यो dyO (svar), अन्तरिक्ष antarikSha (bhuvana) व समुद्र and samudra (Om) । During सत् युग Satyuga on पृथिवी prithivI, all the four are connected. During त्रेता युग tretA-yuga on पृथिवी prithivI, three (पृथिवी, द्यो, अन्तरिक्ष) remain connected. During द्वापर युग dvApara-yuga on पृथिवी, two (पृथिवी, द्यो) remain connected. During पुष्य (कलि) युग puShya (kali-yuga), पृथिवी remains disconnected from the other three. (कलि kali also means, “१” “one”). This a proper definition of चतुर्युग the Four yuga-s, and so of युग yuga । युग yuga – because at a time only two realms are coupled/ decoupled – means “couple”, “coupling”. Further, there are ४ four लोका: realms (and १२ आदित्या: 12 Aditya-s) that are the ध्येय focus of the coupling process, so युग yuga must also allude to numbers ४ four and १२ twelve. ———————————————————Reverting a phoneme (अ) “a” ahead of युग, again, we get योग yoga.अ “a” here adds, primarily, the meaning “effort”. So we get the drift what योग yoga really means. Verbalisation of this meaning yields many different translations found in the thesaurus entry. A more fundamental treatment to the semantics of युग yuga would obviously entail inclusion of the data-point (वर्ण letter) analysis of the semantic-curve (शब्द word) योग / युग. This is again because of Sanskrit being essentially a दैविक भाषा divine language, not a सामान्य भाषा common language.

Gayatri Mantra – Mutter der Veden

Das Gayatri-Mantra ist ein universelles Gebet, das in den Veden, den ältesten heiligen Schriften der Menschheit, niedergelegt wurde. (Rg Veda III 62.10). Es gilt als die Essenz der vedischen Lehren genannt Veda sara und wird auch als ‚Mutter der Veden‘ bezeichnet.

Das Gayatri-Mantra wurde von dem vedischen Seher Vishvamitra entdeckt und wendet sich direkt an unsere geistige Sonnenenergie, die im Indischen Surya genannt wird.

Das Gayatri Mantra und seine Bedeutung

Der Name Gayatri kommt im Text des Mantras selbst nicht vor. Er bezieht sich auf eine Trinität aus 3 Gottheiten:

Gayatri ist die Meisterin der Sinne, Savitri ist die Meisterin der Lebenskraft (Prana) und steht für Wahrheit, Sarasvati ist die Meisterin der Rede (vak).

Alle drei zusammen verkörpern somit die Reinheit in Gedanken, Wort und Tat (trikarana sudhi)

„Jemand, der Reinheit und Harmonie von Gedanke, Wort und Tat praktiziert, in dem haben Gayatri, Savitri und Sarasvati Wohnung genommen.“

Das Gayatri Mantra wendet sich an das immanente und transzendente Göttliche im Menschen und verbindet uns so mit diesem inneren Aspekt, der auch SAVITA genannt wird: „das, woraus all dies geboren worden ist.“

Gayatri Mantra: Text und Übersetzung

Sehen wir uns nun also den Text dieses wunderschönen Mantras an:

Om – parabrahman – die absolute, ewige QuelleBHUR – bhuvarloka – physische Ebene (panchabhutas – 5 Elemente)BHUVAH – pranashakti – die astrale, mittlere WeltSVAHA – svarloka – der Kausal-HimmelTAT – paramatman – Gott-BrahmanSAVITUR – das, woraus all dies geboren istVARENYAM – anbetungswürdigBHARGO – Strahlung-Weisheit-LichtDEVASYA – scheinend, strahlend, göttliche WirklichkeitDHIMAHI – wir meditierenDHIYO – buddhi – reine UnterscheidungskraftYONAH – welcher unserPRACHODAYT – erleuchten, führen.

Gemäß dieser wörtlichen Übersetzung existieren verschiedene Interpretationen des Gayatri-Mantra. Eine gebräuchliche Übersetzung aus der Geetha Vahini lautet:

Die Wirkung des Gayatri Mantra

Früher beteten Brahmanen nur dieses Mantra, heute ist es für alle zugänglich und wird als ein Schlüssel zur universellen Quelle angesehen, der die Tür zum kosmischen Bewusstsein öffnen kann.

Das Mantra ist die Anrufung der Devi in Form von göttlichem Licht, unserer inneren Sonne, dem absoluten Brahman. Bei regelmäßiger Rezitation beseitigt es Täuschung und reinigt unser Denken und unsere Gefühle. Es energetisiert uns mit Prana und schenkt ein langes Leben in Gesundheit, Reinheit und Weisheit und erweckt uns zum universellen Bewusstsein der Erleuchtung und zur Verwirklichung der nicht-dualen, absoluten und allumfassenden Einheit des Bewusstseins.

Das Universum ist angefüllt mit dieser göttlichen Energie – mögen viele Menschen das Gayatri Mantren singen, beten und rezitieren, um die Quelle des Lichtes in sich zu erfahren, zu verinnerlichen und so einen Beitrag zur Heilung aller Wesen auf unserer Erde zu leisten.

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Gayatri Mantra Meaning

The Gayatri Mantra first appeared in the Rig Veda (Mandala 3.62.10), an early Vedic text written between 1100 to 1700 BCE. It is stated in the Upanishads as a significant ritual and in the Bhagavad Gita as, the poem of the Divine. It is a belief that chanting Gayatri Mantra firmly establishes the mind and if people carry on his-her life and do the work that is destined, our life will be full of joy and happiness. In brief, the mantra means:

O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.

O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.

How to Chant Gayatri Mantra?

Chanting Gayatri Mantra has many benefits. However, there is a certain process of chanting them. Thus, it is highly advisable that people should follow certain rules while chanting the Gayatri Mantra. While chanting the Gayatri Mantra, you should always close the eyes and should try to concentrate on every word and understand their meaning. Each word or even the sound should be uttered correctly, as it should be. Although it can be chanted at any time of the day, it is suggested that it is better to chant the mantra, early in the morning as well as at the night before sleeping.

Eventually, the mantra is an expression of gratitude, to both the life-giving Sun and the Divine. It boosted devotee taking a heart-centered approach to the mantra. The sensibility it awakes is more significant than the literal meaning. It’s an offering, a way to open to grace, to inspire oneself.

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The Origin of Long Version of Gayatri Mantra is from Taitteriya Aranyaka of Yajurveda in 10.35.1

[[10-35-1]] ojo’si saho’si balamasi bhrÀjo’si devÀnÀÎ dhÀmanÀmÀ’si viÌvamasi viÌvÀyussarvamasi sarvÀyurabhibhÂroÎ gÀyatrÁmÀvÀhayÀmi savitrÁmÀvÀhayÀmi sarasvatÁmÀvÀhayÀmi chandarÍÁnÀvÀhayÀmi ÌriyamÀvÀhayÀmi gÀyatriyÀ gÀyatrÁcchando viÌvÀmitra ÃÍissavitÀ devatÀ’gnirmukhaÎ brahmÀ Ìiro viÍÉurhÃdayaÙrudraÌÌikhÀ pÃthivÁ yoniÏ prÀÉÀpÀnavyÀnodÀnasamÀnÀ saprÀÉÀ ÌvetavarÉÀ sÀÎkhyÀyanasagotrÀ gÀyatrÁ caturviÙÌatyakÍarÀ tripadÀ ÍaÊakukÍiÏ paÈcaÌÁrÍopanayane viniyogaÏ | om bhu | om bhuvaÏ | om suvaÏ | on mahaÏ | om janaÏ | om tapaÏ || om satyam | om tathsaviturvareÉyaÎ bhargo devasya dhÁmahi | dhiyo yo naÏ pracodayÀt | omÀpo jyotÁ raso’mÃtaÎ brahma bhÂrbhuvassuvarom |

Here is a complete mention of Gayatri Mantra in Padmapurana

The longer version of the Gayatri Mantra mentioned in the question is found in the Navagraha Sooktam, the Vedic Hymn to the 9 planetary deities.

1 || navagrahasooktam || om shuklaambara dharam vishNum shashi varNam chatur bhujam | prasanna vadanam dhyaayet sarva vighna upashaantayay ||

Although I’m not quite sure where exactly this Sukta appears, in Rig Veda or in Atharva Veda.

I’m adding a second is a procedure of doing Sandhyavandanam mentioned in the Narada „long“ Gayatri Mantra appears there among the Pranayama Mantras.

Origin and History

The Gayatri mantra was composed by Vishvamitra and the name has been cited in various Hindu texts and religious books like;

It often Goddess Gayatri that is also called as the Veda Mata which means the mother of all the Hindu Vedas.

The 4 Hindu Vedas that form the basis of reality between the true and the cognitive world.

The Gayatri mantra is composed of a metre also known as tripadhi, which have been given the name as the Gayatri Chhanda or the Gayatri Metre.

This ancient Vedic metre consists of 24 syllables that are arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each.

Buddha described the mantra and its association with the Vedic Metre as “expressing their appreciation” for the mantra.

In Hinduism, the mantra holds a special place for young males during the upanayana ceremony.

As per the traditional Hindu books and texts the Dvija men used this mantra since ages for their daily rituals.

In the 21 st century, the use of this mantra is quite widespread as the practice has involved women and people from all the castes.

Meaning and Symbolism

The true meaning of the Mantra is captured in the following lines i.e.

This could also be simply translated into the following words i.e.

The 1 st word is Om or Aum is also called Pranav because its sound gets produced from the vital vibration or the Prana of humans.

The ancient Vedic books and text say that the one-syllable is Brahman i.e. Aum Iti Ek Akshara Brahman.

It is the primitive vital sound symbolizes the Universal Absolute words that can be produced from the human throat.

As per the ancient texts just by saying these 3 words one contemplates the Glory of God and enriches their experience of life. It is written as below;

Now below is the meaning and the interpretation of all the words of the Hindu Hymn Gayatri Mantra i.e.

Conclusion

Gayatri Mantra has enormous power, can be sung at any time and any place for peace, wisdom and happiness. The Savitri Mantra is one of the most influential and holy mantras from the Rig Veda.

It is devoted to Savitri, the deity of 5 ultimate elements. It is believed that recurrent recital of the Mantra will bring pleasure and joy to your lives.

Let us know in the comment, what are your views about this Hindu Hymn.

Inner Meaning and Analysis of the Most Popular Hindu Hymn

The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness.

The word „Gayatri“ itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.

Goddess Gayatri is also called „Veda-Mata“ or the Mother of the Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Saam and Atharva – because it is the very basis of the Vedas. It is the basis, the reality behind the experienced and the cognized universe.

The Gayatri mantra is composed of a metre consisting of 24 syllables – generally arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the Gayatri Meter or „Gayatri Chhanda.“

The Meaning

„O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.“

„O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.“

Let us take each word of the Gayatri Mantra and try to understand its inherent meaning.

The „Vyahrities“: Bhuh, Bhuvah, and Svah

The above three words of the Gayatri, which literally means „past,“ „present,“ and „future,“ are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of entire cosmos or „ahriti“. The scripture says: „Visheshenh Aahritih sarva viraat, praahlaanam prakashokaranh vyahritih“. Thus, by uttering these three words, the chanter contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience.

Gayatri Mantra in Kannada Language

The Gayatri mantra recommends meditating on causality through the multiple translations to believe in the purifying direction of the divine vision, the direction of the senses, to inspire understanding and intellect, to progress, to travel to the sacred seat, to choose the right path for us, to visualize the sun in ourselves because as above, it exists below. The Gayatri mantra suggests Bhoor, it implies existence and means Prana, life or the breath of life. The mantra suggests tat, which means “that”, an offer of praise to Him is to expect that no such praise or personal benefit will be offered in return or in expectation of gain. This word tat and prayer indicates a disinterested belief and practice, the mantra as well as the holy word “Om”, are given to God with pure direction. Savitur indicates the existence of God as a fountain, which springs from all life and all things, from which we go and return. Bhargo is the purification of the intellect, as the ore is refined in the flames, we must be purified by words, destroying all sins and afflictions, we are purified by His grace and are in unity and in unity with Him. Unity with Him is free from impurities in thought.

More about Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra , also known as Savithri Mantra , is a highly revered mantra of Rig Veda dedicated to Savitri, the deity of five elements. Gayatri is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by where and by the formula bhur bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as mahavyahṛti, or “great statement (mystic)”. Vishvamitra had created the Gayatri mantra. The Gayatri mantra is widely cited in Vedic and post-Vedic texts, such as the mantra lists of the Srauta liturgy, and classical Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Harivamsa and Manusmṛti . The mantra and its associated metric form were known to the Buddha, and in a sutra, the Buddha is described as “expressing appreciation” for the mantra. The mantra is an important part of the upanayana ceremony for young men in Hinduism, and has long been recited by dvija men as part of their daily rituals. Modern Hindu reform movements have spread the practice of mantra to include women and all castes and its use is now widespread .

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How is gayatri mantra a key? The translation doesn’t seem to be that complex?

I have added more material in the post in order to address your query; please refer.A true understanding of the four deities – Pushan, Soma, Savitar and Brahmanaspati – is essential to the understanding of the Veda itself.Gayatri is a crucial validation provided by the Rsis-s to this kind of understanding (arrived at via independent means).

Thank you for the additional information. I this read many times and think I’m still struggling with what you’re explaining.

You say the mantra is the key, the hymn is the lock, and Veda the treasure. Once you have the treasure, then what?

Regarding the different realms that you’ve outlined, what would you say is the logic behind having disconnected realms during each yuga?

Understanding the deities is the treasure; there is no logic behind what and how deities act – on the contrary – it is the deities that are behind everything.

A newly discovered truth connects diverse things: it makes us remember less. And, the very same for every other deity that is discovered.

We don’t remember our past or future lives (if reincarnation be true). We carry forward only such realisations as imprinted within our souls. Treasure?

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Isn’t the Gayatri 3.62.10 in the Rig Veda? I believe the Bhur, Bhuvah, svah is only added in the Yajur Veda, posdibly someone can correct me if I am incorrect.

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It is true that Gayatri Mantra is in Rigveda not in one placee but many places: Many people ascribe it to Vishwamitra Rishi : In south india Sri Gayatridevi is depicted as a Goddess (Female) with FIVE Faces :The Mantra is not Gayathri Mantra as many people believe,It is Chandas(Gayathri Chandas) The Rishi is Vishwamitra, The God is Savitar ie Surya Bhagawan : Even Sri Rama worshiped Surya Bhagawan(AS advised by sage Aghastya Rishi) Aditya Hridaya is a very important Stotra : Valmiki in Ramayana, beautifully Explains the Aditya Hridaya : Sri Rama over powered Ravana & Killed him after reciting Aditya Hridaya///

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I Believe this mantra is for universal supreme power………not for Gayatri Devi………;t mix up……..

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This brief write up on Gayatri Mantra does not mention the great Rishi Vishwamitra who composed the glorious mantra. He is reported to have included all the fourteen material lokas in it at first and later reduced to three- bhu, bhuvah and suvah only. Please give utmost importance to the mantra drishta Vishwamitra Maharishi, a Kshatriya king, who rose to the pinnacle of a Brahmarishi and the one who composed Gayatri first and later this found reference in the Veda. Just because we have lost the power to see the Rishis, it does not mean that they don’t exist at present. Om Namo Namah…

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The Vyahrities – Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah

The above three words of the Gayatri, which literally means “past,” “present,” and “future,” are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of the entire cosmos or “ahriti”. The scripture says: “Visheshenh Aahritih sarva viraat, praahlaanam prakashokaranh vyahritih”. Thus, by uttering these three words, the person who chants it contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience.

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2) This is the Paduka Puja (Worship of the Guru Sandals) for Gananathamritananda Swami; there is no better way to remain conected (or deepen) the conection with a Guru than through this simple practice.  Swamiji encourages his shishyas to do a daily pada puja.  A short version of this puja has been provided to help the devotees seceed at daily practice of this important ritual on days that their time is limitted.  It is ok to temporarily discontinue puja when sick, injured (especially if bleeding), during mothly mensturation and pregnancy for women, and when traveling.

3) Sarva Devata Veda, Purana, Gayatri, and Mula Mantras.  Though their is one Formless Lord, He manifests in many ways througbhout the universe of His creation.  For this reason we call Him by various names to invoke different attributes of His Divinity.  These are short mantras of many different forms of God.  There are mantras for many, many devataas included here.  These mantras are suitable for japa (repetition).  These mantras are all used for God realization and for healing and helping the world.  Each mantra has a specific powerful energy.  It is not wise to use such powerful mantras without some understanding of their specific powers and their suitableness for the individual using them.  People may wish to seek Swamiji’s advise before starting japam of these mantras.  People may wish to seek mantras diksha for one of these mantras.  For most devatas Veda Mantra, Purana Mantra, Gayatri, and Muula Mantras have been given. 

4) Sandhya Vandanam is the basic daily ritual.  It is practiced by all who have received Upanayana Samskara (Sacred Thread Ceremony).  These texts are the rituals taught by Gananathamritananda Swamiji.  Sandhya Vandanam is the basic requirement for those who study (chant) Vedas.  It must be conducted before any other rites, pujas, or havan may be performed.  This ritual purifies people to make them fit for study of other mantras contained in Vedas.  Sandhya Vandhanam is centered around the recitations of the sacred Gayatri Mantram. Swamiji encourages women and men and children over the age of 11 of all varnas and nationalities to learn Vedas.  Traditionally upanayanam is only performed for men.   Swamiji encourages men and women to keep the sandhya times sacred by chanting Gayatri Mantram.  Many modern Sampradayas allow women to chant Vedas, but they prohibit them from saying the Gayatri Mantra.  If women are to become fit to study Vedas, they should perform Sandhya Vandanam.  Women should be advised of the potential difficulties that such practice may cause for them (particularly the difficulty for them to uphold a family life), and encouraged to follow their hearts.  In this Kali Yuga, things are out of their natural place.  Many of the more intuitive, brave, kind, pure, and spiritual souls are reincarnating as women. If a person has a deep longing for God realization, they should not be discouraged from seeking God in appropriate ways.  Anyone who wishes sincerely to seek the Lord should be taught the mystical practices for Self -realization.         

The three nitya karmas (daily rituals) are: Pratah sandhya Vandanam performed in the hours before dawn, Madhyahnikam performed at miday, and Sayam Sandhya Vandanam is performed in the evening just before Sunset.  A daily ritual called Brahma Yajnam is performed after Maadhyaahnikam (miday ritual) reciting from the veda.  In this text there are daily offerings of Tarpanam for God, Sages, and Ancestors and Karunya Tarpanam for other departed souls.  Also included is a basic ritual for upakarma (changing the sacred thread).    

Upakarma is performed annually at a specific time according to which Veda a person has been initiated to study. This is the ritual through which the upaviitam (sacred thread) is changed.  This ritual should be performed whenever the thread must be changed (if it breaks, becomes dirty, or impure).  Samidadhanam is a daily fire ceremony conducted by brahmacharins, in which samidhas (or twigs from proscribed trees) are offered into the sacred fire.  If this ritual is not conducted daily by brahmacharins, it should at least be conducted whenever upakarma is performed.       

6) 54 Veda mantras.  The Vedas have been revealed for the peace of the world.  When Swamiji sought to study Vedas, he was told that he was unfit to study Vedas because he was not born as a Brahmin.  Swamiji was quite distraught to not find a teacher and cried and prayed until Goddess Sarasvati appeared before him and taught him Vedas. By the command of Sarasvati Devi Herself Swamiji teaches Vedas for the peace of the world to men, women, and children with faith and devotion. 

Swamiji teaches that the powerful mantras from the Veda mantras are unparallelled for their ability to alter human consciousness.  The Veda Mantras carry a sacred vibration which awakens human consciousness to the direct experience of Divinity.  They purify the mind of the person who chants or hears them with bhakti (devotion) and they purify the place where they are chanted.  Because the Vedic hymns work from the deepest spiritual levels they can be more powerful than physical means for resolving conflicts for individuals, families, and for the society.  The Veda mantras have much more complex form than the newer Purana and Tantra mantras.  It requires much more time and effort to learn these hymns.  It is most often true that the more work people exert toward a desired end, the better the results will be.  Swamiji urges spiritual and qualified men, women, and children (regardless of nationality, cast, class, race, etc.) to learn to chant Vedas for the peace of the world.  Those who seek guidance toward this goal, may contact Swamiji. 

Here is a list of the Veda Mantras contained in this long document. 

This is the mantra chanted by purohits during elaborate rituals for honoring Lord Shiva.  Before performing worship with the Rudra Hymn from the Veda, the Shakti of Lord Shiva is installed into the various parts of the body using these mantras. 

A simple, short home ritual for offerings made to the ancestors.  Tarpanam is performed to help the souls of the deceased relatives traveling in the inner realms, and to free the living decedents from family karmas.  These offerings can be made by men, women, or children regardless of caste, race, or creed.     

9) This is a text in Sanskrit and English for helping people learn the Sanskrit sounds.  It is very important when reciting mantras to intone the sanskrit aksharas (letters) properly.  The effects will be different (and can be catastrophic) if the sounds are not said correctly.  Speakers of Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and other modern Indian languages should be aware that the Sanskrit sounds are sometimes slightly different than their counter parts in the modern languages.  Aspirated letters are stressed more than their are in speach to ensure a clear differentiation.  For this reason, Indians are encouraged to look through this sheet.  English speekers may find this text useful because it uses English sounds as a reference for describing the Sanskrit sounds.  There is no amount of reading that can replace the direct instruction of a teacher when it comes to learning these sounds.  This text can help people recall what they have been taught, but can never replace an actual teacher. 

Sanskrit is a phonetic language.  It is important to remember that when chanting sanskrit, every sound is pronounced clearly.  It is not possible to chant sanskrit quietly.  The sounds are produced best when it is audible.  Chanting should not be too slow or too fast, too quiet or too loud.  It is important not to chant in haste.  Chanting too quickly as many Temple Priests have begun to, makes it easy to blur or omit letters.  It destroys the proper rhythem of the mantras.  It is better to chant fewer mantras clearly and with attention when there is little time.  Fast chanting also adds an energy of haste and aggitation to the effects of the mantras.  It is beter to chant with attention, peace, and love.  When the meter, rhythem, pitch, or sounds are changed due to carelessness, the meaning of the mantras and the results of the chanting will be different.  Because the Sanskrit mantras are very powerful to altar consciousness it is possible for one mistake to lead to catastrophic.  This is especially true when mantras are chanted when there are violent or selfish intentions.  If we have enough respect for the Rishis (Sages) to take the time to learn Veda Mantras, we should respect the power of these hymns to altar consciousness.  It is extremely important to make every effort to chant the mantras perfectly.  When people seek God humbly, they will chant mantras for the peace of the world.  As the mantras cause the people’s consciousness to expand, they see that their actions effect only themselves.  To them, all things that happen are a blessing from the Lord to help perfect themselves.  Their overflowing Love for God makes it natural to bless all things they encounter.  To them, the Veda Mantras are a true blessing.  They honor them and study them with depth and dedication.  They aim to perfect their knowledge of Vedas.  If we strive hard toward perfection, with faith and humbleness the results willalways be good.   

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What is the benefit of listening to the Gayatri Mantra?

The Mantra improves the power to acquire wisdom and avoids all life miseries by fulfilling our wishes. It helps to improve mental and physical health by eradicating diseases and protecting us from danger. So, if you want to get free from the wheel of life and death then you must recite it daily.

What is the origin and history of Gayatri Mantra?

The term “Gayatri” is originated from a Sanskrit phrase “Gayantam Triyate iti” which defines that the mantra will rescue the chanter from all the adversity and will lead the person towards the path of morality and wisdom.

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Gayatri Mantra PosterSource: Rig Veda 3.62.10Sanskrit transcript:ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः। तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि।धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्॥Transliteration:oṃ bhūrbhuvaḥ svaḥ। tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasya dhīmahi।dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt॥Hindi Translation:ॐ हम उस सूर्यदेव के उत्कृष्ट तेज का ध्यान करते हैं (जो सभी को प्रकाशित करते हैं, जिनसे सभी आगे बढ़ते हैं)।जिनसे हम सभी प्रेरित हों (हमारी बुद्धि को उजाला प्रदान करें)।English translation:We meditate on the glorious radiance of the Sun God, may he inspire our intelligence.

I gifted this – the art represents the mantra nicely,, and hopefully now that person will pronounce the Gayatri Mantra properly haha :D.

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The Vyahrities – Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah

The above three words of the Gayatri, which literally means “past,” “present,” and “future,” are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of the entire cosmos or “ahriti”. The scripture says: “Visheshenh Aahritih sarva viraat, praahlaanam prakashokaranh vyahritih”. Thus, by uttering these three words, the person who chants it contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience.

How to chant

Chanting Gayatri Mantra has many benefits. However, there is a certain process of chanting them. Thus, it is highly advisable that people should follow certain rules while chanting the Gayatri Mantra. While chanting the Gayatri Mantra, you should always close the eyes and should try to concentrate on every word and understand their meaning. Each word or even the sound should be uttered correctly, as it should be. Although it can be chanted at any time of the day, it is suggested that it is better to chant the mantra, early in the morning as well as at the night before sleeping.

Eventually, the mantra is an expression of gratitude, to both the life-giving Sun and the Divine. It boosted devotee taking a heart-centered approach to the mantra. The sensibility it awakes is more significant than the literal meaning. It’s an offering, a way to open to grace, to inspire oneself.

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Liebe Anja,Ja das Mantra ist eine wunderbare Heilquelle und es ist so schön zu wissen, das es mit sehr vielen Menschen weltweit gesungen wird und die Essenz sich ausbreitet…Danke für die Glückwünsche zu unserem Jubiläum!Catrin Müller

Seit Jahren liebe ich das Gayatri Mantra von Deva Premal, soviel Wärme und Frieden hat mir dieses Lied schon gebracht. Danke das ihr hier über die Bedeutung dieses wundervollen Mantras schreibt.

Erst durch eine wunderschöne musikalische Interpretation habe ich von dem Mantra erfahren. Dann habe ich im Internet nach Infos gesucht und heute den Artikel entdeckt. Danke für alles, das Ihr mit mir teilt! Ganz herzliche Glückwünsche zum Jubiläum von Anja aus Stuttgart.