Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the „Mother of all Mantras“. Gayatri Mantra is the „Mother of the Vedas“. Gayatri Mantra is the destroyer of all darkness. It is also called the ‚Mahamantra‘ or ‚Guru Mantra‘.
About Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri Mantra was first evealed to basic significance of Gayatri mantra is the worship of the Sun God. According to the Vedas, Gayatri Mantra is to be recited both at dawn and dusk, facing the sun. Gayatri Mantra can be chanted three times a day in the morning, noon and evening. In the morning, it is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is called Gayatri, in the noon, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is called Savitri; while in the evening, and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is called Saraswati. The main body of the Gayatri Mantra consists of 24 syllables.
Gayatri Mantra – A Universal Prayer
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.
Deity of Gayatri Mantra
Veda Mata Gayatri Devi is believed to be the deity of Gayatri Mantra. She is the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati the goddess of Knowledge and the giver of the four Vedas. Gayatri Devi sits on a red lotus signifying wealth; she is accompanied by a white swan signifying purity; she holds a book in one hand – signifying knowledge and a cure in another signifying health. She is shown as having 5 heads signifying the ‚Panch Prana‘ or the 5 senses.Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to the Sun. The Sun is considered as Savitur the Creator. Gayatri mantra is a prayer to eternal source of light and life the Sun to guide one’s intellect in all matters and awakens our consciousness. Savita i.e. Gayatri is the driving force behind the Savitur the Sun.
Benefits of Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri Mantra is chanted for the attainment of universal consciousness and awakening of one’s intuitive powers. It is believed and has been observed that the regular recitation (Japa) of Gayatri Mantra energizes Prana Shakti (Life Force), confers one with good health, intelligence, mental strength, prosperity; bestows wisdom and enlightenment and guides one towards the Ultimate Truth – the Ultimate realization of God. Gayatri Mantra has the power to remove obstacles, ward off diseases and protect from dangers. It is believed that there are 24 types of Gayatri Mantras in all each to be chanted for a different purpose.
Gayatri proclaims the fundamental doctrine of vedas that a man can get realization of God in his life with his own efforts without intervention of any prophet or avtar.
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम् भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् |
Om Bhoorbhuvah Swah tatsviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat |
Vishnu Gayatri Mantra For Intelligence
By reciting Vishnu Gayatri Mantra one becomes intelligent.
ॐ श्री विष्णवे च विद्महे वासुदेवाये धीमहि, तन्नो विष्णुः प्रचोदयात् |
Om Shree Vishnave Cha Vidmahe Vaasudevaaye Dheemahi, Tanno Vishnuh Prachodyaat ?
Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra For Prosperity
By reciting Lakshmi(Laxmi) Gayatri Mantra one can get prosperity and success.
ॐ महादेव्यै च विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि, तन्नो लक्ष्मीः प्रचोदयात् |
Om Mahadevyai Cha Vidmahe Vishnu Patnayai Cha Dheemahi, Tanno Lakshmih Prachodyaat ?
Narayan Gayatri Mantra For Accomplishment of Tasks
Narayan Gayatri Mantra is recited for accomplishment of one’s Tasks.
ॐ नारायणाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि, तन्नो नारायणः प्रचोदयात् |
Om Naarayanaay Vidmahe Vaasudevaay Dheemahi, Tanno Naarayanah Prachodyaat ?
Krishna Gayatri Mantra For Attraction
ॐ देवकीनन्दनाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि, तन्नो कृष्णः प्रचोदयात् |
Om Devakinandanaay Vidmahe Vaasudevaay Dheemahi, Tanno Krishnah Prachodyaat ?
Shiv Gayatri Mantra For Longevity
Shiv Gayatri Mantra is recited for getting long life(longevity).
ॐ महादेवाय विद्महे रुद्र मूर्तये धीमहि, तन्नो शिवः प्रचोदयात् |
Om Mahaadevaay Vidmahe Rudra Moortaye Dheemahi, Tanno Shivah Prachodyaat ?
Ganesh Gayatri Mantra For Overcoming Obstacles
Ganesh Gayatri Mantra is recited for overcoming obstacles coming in life.
ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि, तन्नो दन्ति प्रचोदयात् |
Om Tatpurooshaay Vidmahe Vakratundaay Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodyaat ?
Brahm Gayatri Mantra
ॐ भूः ॐ भुवः ॐ स्वः ॐ महः ॐ जनः ॐ तपः ॐ सत्यम्। ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् । ॐ आपो ज्योति रासोsमृतं ब्रह्म भूर्भुवः स्वरोम् ।।
Om Bhuh Om Bhuvah Om Svah Om Mah Om Janah Om Tapah Om Satyamam | Om tatsviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat ||Om Aapo Jyoti Rasoamritam brahm Bhoorbhuvah Swarom ||
What is the Gayatri Mantra?
The Gayatri is a universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. It is addressed to the Immanent and Transcendent Divine which has been given the name ‚Savita,‘ meaning ‚that from which all this is born.‘ The Gayatri may be considered as having three parts – (i) Adoration (ii) Meditation (iii) Prayer. First, the Divine is praised, then It is meditated upon in reverence and finally, an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man.
The Gayatri is considered as the essence of the Vedas. Veda means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact, the four core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in this Gayatri mantra.
The Gayatri Mantra is a sacred chant that demonstrates the unity that underlies manifoldness in creation. It is through the recognition of this unity that we can understand the multiplicity. Clay is one and the same thing, though pots of different shapes and sizes can be made from it. Gold is one, though gold ornaments can be multifarious. The Atma is one, though the embodied forms in which it resides may be many. Whatever the colour of the cow, the milk is always white.
Who is Mother Gayatri?
Gayatri is the Mother of all scriptures (Vedas). She is present, wherever Her name is chanted. She is very powerful. The One who nourishes the individual being is Gayatri. She bestows pure thoughts on anyone who worships Her. She is the embodiment of all Goddesses. Our very breath is Gayatri, our faith in existence is Gayatri. Gayatri has five faces, they are the five life principles. She has nine descriptions, they are ‘Om, Bhur, Bhuvah, Swah, Tat, Savitur, Vareñyaṃ, Bhargo, Devasya’. Mother Gayatri nourishes and protects every being and she channelizes our senses in the proper direction. ‘Dhīmahi’ means meditation. We pray to her to inspire us with good intelligence. ‘Dhīyo Yonah Prachodayāt’ – We beseech her to bestow on us everything we need. Thus Gayatri is a complete prayer for protection, nourishment and finally, liberation.
Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas (Gayatri Chandhasam matha) Gayatri, however, has three names: Gayatri, Savitri, and Saraswathi. These three are present in everyone. Gayatri represents the senses; it is the master of the senses. Savitri is the master of Prana (Life Force). Many Indians are familiar with the story of Savitri, who brought back to life her dead husband, Sathyavan. Savitri signifies truth. Saraswathi is the presiding deity of speech (vaak). The three represent purity in thought, word, and deed (thrikarana shuddhi). Although Gayatri has three names, all three are in each of us as the senses (Gayatri), the power of speech (Saraswathi), and the life force (Savitri).
Universality of Gayatri Mantra
For every kind of power, proof may be sought by direct perception or by the process of inference. Men sought to find out by what direct proof they could experience this transcendental power. They found the proof in the Sun. Without the Sun there will be no light at all. Nor is that all. All activities will come to a standstill. In this world, hydrogen is essential for the growth of plants and living beings. The Sun’s primary components are hydrogen and helium. Without hydrogen and helium, the world cannot survive. Hence, the ancients concluded that the Sun was the visible proof (of a transcendental power). They also found some subtle secrets about the Sun. Hence, they adored the Sun as the principal deity in the Gayatri mantra. “Dhiyo yonah Prachodayāt” – May the Sun illumine our intellects in the same way he sheds his effulgence. This is the prayer addressed to the Sun in the Gayatri mantra. In this way, they came to regard the Gayatri mantra as the mother of the Vedas.
The earliest finding of the seekers was that the Sun was the most important factor in determining the daily life of man and providing the basic requirements for living. Life would be impossible without the Sun for man, beast, bird, or plant. The Sun was regarded as the source of all energy and responsible for birth, growth, and destruction of all things in creation. It was for this reason that Sage Viswamitra glorified the Sun God (Savitr) in the Gayatri mantra.
Repeat the Gayatri – it is a universal prayer. It has three parts, meditation on the glory of God as the illumination immanent in the three worlds – upper, middle and lower (Om Bhur Bhuva Swah; Tat Savitur Vareñyam); it has smaraña or picturisation of the Grace (Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi) and prārthanā, prayer for compassion for the sake of liberation, through awakening of intelligence that pervades the entire universe, not to any particular name or form of that intelligence; and so, all can use it and be saved by it. There can be no fanaticism, no hatred, no rivalry, if the Gayatri is adhered to, its pious repetition will clarify the passions and promote love.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, vol 07.37: October, 13, 1967
Deeper meaning of the Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati are latent in everybody. Bhur, Bhuvah and Swah in the Gayatri mantra refer to the body (materialization), the life-force (vibration), and the soul (radiation). Bhur means the earth, which is nothing but the combination of materials. This denotes the human body, which is also a combination of materials. Bhuvah refers to the life-force, which makes the body vibrate. Swah refers to Prajnāna-shakti, which sustains the life-force. This Prajnāna-shakti is known as constant integrated awareness. This is also termed as radiation. All three, namely, materialization, vibration, and radiation are present in man. I tell you often, you are not one, but three—the one you think you are (physical body), the one others think you are (mental body) and the one you really are (Atma).
Gayatri is described as having five faces. The first is „Om“. The second is „Bhur-bhuvah-svah“. The third is. „Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ“. The fourth is „Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi“. The fifth is „Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayāt“. Gayatri represents in these five faces the five prāñas (life forces). Gayatri is the protector of the five prāñas in man. “Gāyantaṃ trāyate iti Gayatri” — Because it protects the one who recites it, it is called Gayatri. When Gayatri acts as protector of the life-forces, she is known as Savitri. Savitri is known in the sciptural story as the devoted wife who brought back to life her husband, Sathyavan. Savitri is the presiding deity of the five prāñas. She protects those who lead a life of Truth. This is the inner meaning.
When one’s intelligence and intuition are developed by the recitation of the mantra, the activating deity is Gayatri. When the life-forces are protected, the guardian deity is called Savitri. When one’s speech is protected, the deity is called Saraswati. Because of the protective roles of Savithri, Saraswati and Gayatri, in relation to life, speech, and the intellect, Gayatri is described as „Sarva-devatā-swarūpiñi“— the embodiment of all goddesses.
The Gayatri has three parts: , 2.Meditation, and First, the Divine is praised, then it is meditated upon in reverence and lastly, an appeal is made to the Divine to dispel the darkness of ignorance and to awaken and strengthen the intellect. Dhīmahi is related to the meditative aspect. Dhīyo Yonah Prachodayāt relates to the aspect of prayer. Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra purifies the mind and confers devotion, detachment and wisdom.
Benefits of chanting Gayatri Mantra
Through meditation on the Gayatri, one can become aware of the inner motivating principle of the five elements, the five vital airs in the human body, and the five sheaths which encase the Atma. Just as there are three basic energies that govern man—the physical, the metaphysical and the psychical, the ādhi-bhoutik, the ādhi-daivik and the ādhi-atmic, Gayatri has three facets, Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati. Gayatri fosters the metaphysical, Savitri, the physical, and Saraswati, the psychical. These three karañas or instruments have to be cleansed and sublimated so that man can realise the goal of life. Through the recital of Gayatri mantra and meditation thereon, this great task can be achieved.
It will protect you from harm wherever you are –traveling, working, or at home. Westerners have investigated the vibrations produced by this mantra and have found that when it is recited with the correct accent as laid down in the Vedas, the atmosphere around becomes visibly illumined. So Brahma-prakāsha, the Divine Effulgence, will descend on you and illumine your intellect and light your path when this mantra is chanted. Also repeat shanti thrice at the end, for that repetition will give shanti or peace to three entities in you –body, mind, and soul.
It is essential to recite the Gayatri mantra at least three times during the morning, noon, and evening. This will serve to reduce the effects of the wrong acts one does every day. It is like buying goods for cash, instead of getting them on credit. There is no accumulation of karmic (a result of action) debt since each day’s karma (action) is atoned for that day itself by reciting the Gayatri mantra.
„Sarva roga nivaarini Gayatri“ (Gayatri is the reliever of all diseases). „Sarva dhukha pariharini Gayatri“ (Gayatri wards off all misery). „Sarva vaancha phalasiddhi Gayatri“ (Gayatri is the fulfiller of all desires). Gayatri is the bestower of all that is beneficial. If the mantra is chanted, various kinds of powers will emerge in one.
When to say the Gayatri
Do not sing cheap and defiling film songs. Instead, recite the Gayatri. When you bathe, the body is being cleansed; let your mind and intellect also be cleansed. Make it a point to repeat it when you bathe as well as before every meal, when you wake from sleep, and when you go to bed. And also repeat shanthi (peace) thrice at the end, for that repetition will give peace to three entities in you –body, mind, and soul.
Time, like man, has three qualities: satva, rajas, and tamas (qualities of purity or serenity, passion, and inaction). The day is divided into three parts:
The eight hours from 8pm to 4am are used mainly for sleep. The eight hours of the day (from 8am to 4pm) are employed by all beings, including animals and birds, in the discharge of their day to day duties and are regarded as rājasic. When the four sātvic hours of the morning are used for engaging oneself in good actions like worship, virtuous deeds, and keeping good company, one is sure to raise oneself from the human to the Divine level. It is during the sātvic period (4am to 8am and 4pm to 8pm) that the Gayatri mantra should be recited.
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