Gayatri Mantra, also known as Savaitri Mantra, is a highly-revered Mantra from the Rig Veda dedicated to Savitr, the Sun deity. Gayatri is the name of Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by OM and the formula bhur bhuvah svah known as the mahavyarthi, or great utterance. The gayatri mantra is cited widely in Vedic and post Vedicntexts,such as the Mantra listings of the srauta liturgy, and classical Hindu texts such as Bhagwad Gita, Harivamsa and Manusmriti. It is the subject of esoteric treatment and explanation in some major Upanishads, and is also referred to in the Buddhist Pali canon. The Mantra is an important part of the Upanayana ceremony for young males in Hinduism, and also has been recited by divija men as part of their daily rituals. Modern Hindu reform movements spread the practice of the Mantra to include women and all castes and its use is now very widespread.
As I am Penning down my views on Gayatri Mantra, I feel I am into a journey of Soul transformation transcending all barriers of my life. Now let’s see Why Gayatri Mantra is the most Powerful Mantra?
The Gayatri Mantra is composed of a metre consisting of 24 syllables—generally which are arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the Gayatri Meter or “Gayatri Chanda “. Today, this Mantra is meditated, chanted, and sung not only in Indian Subcontinent but all around the world with reverence, devotion, and love. This Mantra is very soothing with beautiful flow of sounds with various rhythmic patterns making it the most powerful mantra for daily spiritual practice or spiritual enlightenment. Gayatri Mantra has a universal meaning and is applicable to the whole mankind irrespective of their faith and religious beliefs.
Gayatri Mantra is also Known as Ved Mata or avitri (Mother of all Vedas)
Origin of Gayatri Mantra—
Sage Viswamitra for his eons of deep meditation and penance gave us all the gift of Humanity. According to ancient scriptures the Gayatri Mantra was first written in Sanskrit in the Rig Veda, so keeping in mind that Rigveda is at least 1000 years old, one can safely say that Gayatri Mantra was chanted at least before 8000 B.C.
Meaning of Gayatri Mantra—
Gayatri Mantra is derived from Sanskrit words:
Gaya meaning” Vital energies “and trayte meaning “protects,preserves,grants liberation, gives deliverance.” In simple words, and language Gayatri means “May the divine light of the supreme being illuminate our intellect, so that we can tread on the path of righteousness”.
More precisely we can say O God, you are almighty and creator of the universe. You are omnipotent and omnipresent! You are supreme source of Knoweldge, light and Bliss. You are destroyer of all fear and evil. We meditate and bow upon your light for your light may guide our intellect in the right direction. Gayatri Mantra recitation is often prefaced as a short invocation or a long invocation. In either of the two invocations, we always begin the recitation by using the divine symbol ‘Aum’ to salute the formless and nameless Almighty Power.
Let me give or rather take you all into a detailed line by line meaning of Gayatri Mantra—
We meditate on the Glory 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 sin &Ignorance;
May he open our hearts and enlighten our Intellect.
Aum – Sound of the Universe
AUM is the primeval sound from which all sounds emerge; AUM is metaphor for source energy or the supreme being. It is the Pranava MantraRishi Vishwamitra explained that the formless god can be explained through the sound of ‘AUM’.
“Gita” also mentions that, “Omiti ekaksharam brahma”, meaning that the name of the almighty God is AUM, which contains only one syllable.
Bhur means the Earth, ‘Bhuvah’ the Planets and’ Swah’ means the galaxy. So, collectively, OM Bhur Bhuva Swaha is a preamble to the main mantra which means that we invoke supreme being in our prayer and meditate the one who is our creator (earth, planets, and galaxy), inspirer, and abode of supreme joy.
The above three words of Gayatri literally means “past, present, and Future”, are called Vyahrities. Vyahritis that which gives knowledge of entire cosmos or ‘ahriti’. The terms bhur, bhuvas and suvaha (maha vyahritis) are invocations to honor the stages of our existence and to call our aid the presiding deities of the three planes in which we live our ordinary life: the physical, the Mental, The Astral planes.
Tat Savitr Vareneyam Tat meaning THAT, hain represents the supreme being. Savitr meaning, the radiating source of life with the brightness of Sun, and Vareneyam means the most adorable and the most desirable.
Bhargo Devasya Deemah: Bhargo meaning splendour and lustre, Devasya meaning Divine or supreme and Deemahi meaning “We meditate Upon “. It is advised to meditate upon the light of stars and perform the “Aum”, Japanam to know the formless creator. But the human mind being very restless cannot concentrate or meditate without the blessings of Lord Brahma
Deey Yo Naha, Prachodayaa: Deeyo meaning our understanding of reality, our intellect, our intention. Yo meaning He who, and Naha meaning Ours. Finally, Prachodayaat, meaning may be inspiring, Guide. O Almighty please guide us to use our intellect given duly by you in the right direction.
How do We chant Gayatri Mantra?
If we intend to chant Gayatri Mantra, it is very important to chant it correctly not only in pronunciation but also with clear and honest intent and integrityBefore reciting the mantra one needs to understand the meaning of Gayatri Mantra.
Om Bhur bhuva Swah (Om Bhoor Bhoova Swa Ha)
Om Tat Savitur Vareneyam (Om Tat-sa- vidoor va rain – yam)
Bhargo devasya Deemahi (Bhargo They-vyas -ya-Dee – Nahin
Deeyo yon aha Prachodayaat (Thee-yo-yo- na-Ha, Pra-cho—Da- Yaat
What does the verses of the above Mantra mean?
As per the Vedas, there exists seven spheres or planes the realms of existence, each spirituality advanced than the previous one. It is said that through spiritual deeds and development, one progressively advances through the seven realms at the end of which one merge with the supreme god. Hindus considers Gayatri mantra as a divine awakening of the individual soul(Atma) and mind, and the easiest way to unite with the supreme God – Brahman. Understanding and chanting Gayatri Mantra is considered to be to be the most powerful Mantra of realizing the supreme. Chanting the above Mantras will remove the blocks of seven chakras thus experiencing the divine form and spirit and creating a blissful atmosphere in one’s Life.
This is most powerful Satvik Mantra Sadhna. This Mantra Sadhna is also known as the Sathakshara Gayatri Mantra or the 100 letter Gayatri Mantra. This Mantra Sadhna is practiced to ward off sudden death, life threatening dangers, enemyproblems, sudden changes which are life threatening and the huge sorrows arising from Karma and past life sins. This Mantra sadhana involves the chanting of three great mantras as one. The first one is the Gayatri Mantra, the second one is from the Durga Suktam and the third one is Maha mrityunjaya Mantra. The most powerful Gayatri Mantra Sadhana is practiced by chanting 108 times daily
Gayatri Mantra is declared as the most Powerful Mantras according g to Scientific research—
Dr. Howard Steingril, an American scientist collected Mantras, Hymns, and invocations from all over the world and tested their strength in his physiology Labarotary—
Hindus Gayatri Mantra produced 110,000 sound waves/second. This was the highest and the most powerful mantra in the world. Through the combination of sound or sound waves of a frequency, this Mantra is claimed to can develop specific spiritual potentialities. The Hamburg University initiated research into the efficacy of the Gayatri both on the Mental and physical plane of CREATION. The Gayatri Mantra is broadcast daily for 15 minutes from 7 P.M. onwards over Radio &Paramaribo, Surinam, South America for the past two years, & in Amsterdam, Holland for the last six months.
Let me also give you a brief on the benefits of Chanting Gayatri Mantra—
Bestows attractive personality
Power of speech is enhanced to maximum capacity
Removes poverty and insufficiency
Forms a protective ring around the person from the negativities.
You get Tejas or spiritual awakening which is visible in your eyes.
Cleansing of all seven chakras
The beeja mantras in the mantra activates nerve fibres and glands
The vibrations when chanting spread in the environment, even attract similar positive atoms, and return to its origin filling him with this gathered positive energy.
Regular chanting keeps the person and his family always in prosperity and plenty.
All positive qualities- Bravery, well-being, love, wealth, brilliance,stronger immunity & sharp intellect, perfect control over senses,devotion, retention, attracts life force and promotes service mindedness.
A person chanting Gayatri Mantra can never have a demeaned life. It is always a blissful life.
I have written just a part of my experience & limited knowledge about chanting Gayatri Mantra which allows one to positively influence the environment and to use divine energy for welfare of the world. A person develops Divine magnetism-ignorance, infirmity and inadequacy are removed. Makes one a magnetic personality develops a feeling of peace, makes one aware of a new power that is working within them. Makes a person take interest in noble deeds. A person who chants this mantra is able to realize himself/herself. I also develop intuition and gets an inkling of future events before they happen. I can attribute many more countless benefits 0f chanting this Powerful Gayatri Mantra, this Article will be a limited platform, it requires a personal experience by everyone in their lives. I thank God that iam able to share my experiences and inputs that I have amassed after reciting this powerful Mantra. I hope and pray that every Indian chants the Gayatri Mantra so that Every person has self-Realization, comes true and materializes itself sees Divine light in everything around a person can transfer a part of their spiritual energy to others. Chant the Mantra to remove all barriers & negativities of life.
Loka Samastaa sukhino Bhavantu
Dr.S. Sukanya Iyer