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The meaning of Mantra

Gayatri Mantra with Meaning

AUM - Almighty God

BHOOR

BHUVAHA

SWAHA

 3 Vyahratiya

Embodiment of vital or 
spiritual energy

Destroyer of suffering

Embodiment of Happiness

 

TAT

SAVITUR

VARENYAM

Mantra's
First Phase

That (indicating God)

Bright, Luminous, like sun

Supreme, Best

 

BHARGO

DEVASYA

DHEEMAHI

Mantra's
Second Phase

Destroyer of Sins

Divine

May receive

 

DHEEYO

YO NAH

PRACHODAYAT

Mantra's
Third Phase

Intellect

Who Our

May inspire

Translated, it means: "O God, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive Thy supreme, sin destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction." ...........Jai Gayatri mantra

The Gayatri Mantra -- What You Need To Know

 

By Shri Gyan Rajhans

 

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 Mantra

Aum
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat


~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)

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."

Or simply,

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

The Power of Mantra Chanting --How to Chant

 

There are many schools of thought on the methods of chanting. A Mantra chanted correctly or incorrectly, knowingly or unknowingly, carefully or carelessly, is sure to bear the desired result for physical and mental well being. It is also believed by many that the glory of Mantra chanting cannot be established through reasoning and intellect. It can be experienced or realized only through devotion, faith and constant repetition of the Mantra.

According to some scholars, Mantra chanting is Mantra Yoga. The simple yet powerful Mantra, Om or Aum harmonizes the physical forces with the emotional forces with the intellectual forces. When this happens, you begin to feel like a complete being - mentally and physically. But this process is very slow and requires a lot of patience and unfailing faith.

The Guru-Mantra


In my opinion the healing through chanting can be expedited if the mantra is received from a guru. A guru adds a divine potency to the mantra. It becomes more effective and thus helps the chanter in his/her healing faster.

Keep the Faith!


It is important to have complete faith in the recitation of Mantras. It is primarily through faith - aided by strong will - that one achieves one's goals. A sound body and calm mind are essential for the chanter of Mantras. Once you are free from all worries and have achieved stability in mind and body, you will derive maximum benefit through the recitation of Mantras. You must have a definite object in view and a strong will power to obtain the desired objective, and then direct that will to achieve the goal.

GLOSSARY (Pronunciation)

A Like in ‘but’

Aa Like in ‘Far’

Ai Like in 'hair’

Ey Like in Whey

I Like in ‘Pin’

Oo Like in ‘Shoot’

Oon ‘n’ has got a nasal sound.

U Like in ‘Put’

 

The Gayatri Mantra

Just like the Sun annihilates darkness, so does the Gayatri Mantra destroy ignorance. The Gayatri Mantra invokes the power and radiance of the Sun to energize all earthly life, to destroy our sins and to reveal the Supreme Self to us. Krishna in the Bhagvad Geeta says: " Amongst  the Mantras,  I am the Gayatri"

In a loose translation that cannot possibly do justice to the original it implores: OM, O Lord! You are the all pervading Source of Light, Sustainer, Protector and Bestower of Happiness, Kindle, Enlighten and inspire our Intelligence to possess Eternal Qualities.

Follows the verse in Sanskrit:

Om Bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo Devasya dheemahi
Dheeyo yonah prachodayaat

The Gayatri Mantra is the essence of the three Vedas. It is the Vedas simplified. The more one contemplates and meditates upon the Gayatri, the more complexities are revealed to one.

AUM    

Supreme Lord

BHUR 

Protector of the earth, the material sheath, The Life breath of the Universe. From the feet to the navel center.

BHUVAH 

One of the meanings is the sky. The Lord who pervades and eliminates all miseries. From the navel to the throat center.

SVAH

One of the meanings is the heavens. He is all Bliss and blesses His devotees with happiness. From above the throat center to the thousand petaled lotus.

TAT  That 

 (That Thou Art)

SAVITUR  

 The SUN, Creator, Preserver and Self Luminous, the central mantra of the Solar Science.

VARENYAM  

Most fit to be worshipped. Most choice worthy.

BHARGO

The burning splendor of the Sun that dispels ignorance, and therefore sorrows and miseries.

DEVASYA 

The 'Deva', The God,  He who is All Bliss, The Joyful One, The Shining One, The Revealer of All Glory

DHEEMAHI 

We meditate upon Him

DHEEYO YO NA

Who our intelligence and Wisdom

PRACHODAYAAT  

Inspires

 

 

The Gayatri Mantra was traditionally given from the Guru Master to the disciple, while standing mid-stream. Look at the darkness. Visualize the sun rising. Offer water to the sun.

The story goes that once the Devas, the Shining Ones wanted to learn the secrets of the Universe.  Since learning about the Scientific aspect 'atoms' etc. did not quite work out, they went to the Lord. The Lord gave them the Rig Veda, The Yajur Veda and the Sama Veda to study. After a couple of eons of study, the Devas lost their patience and wanted to quit. The Lord urged them not to give up and decided to teach the essence of the 3 Vedas in 3 fragments:

Essence of Rig Veda         Tat Savitur Varenyam
Essence of Yajur Veda       Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Essence of Sama Veda     Dheeyo Yonah Prachodayaat

The more the Devas practiced and contemplated upon the Gayatri, the more complexities were revealed to them. So they lost patience again and  went to the Lord to make it simpler still. So the Lord  gave them the essence of the 3 segments, in the 3 words: 

Bhur, Bhuvaha, Svah

The Devas spent a a few cycles of Creation, probably a quadrillion human years pondering upon the 'maha vyahritis' ie 'Utterances of the Lord' but became impatient again and urged the Lord to make it simpler yet. So He Said "All right I'll make it simpler"

And He taught them AUM

The great western thinker, Arthur Koestler, had once said that the Gayatri Mantra has the power of a thousand atomic bombs! and the famous scientists

J.B.S. Haldana wrote: "The Gayatri Mantra should be carved on the doors of every laboratory of the world".

 

My friend Rohini Gupta informs me that there is a longer version of the Gayatri Mantra which is only used for breathing exercises: Pranayam. 

It is not a mantra for recitation. the version for recitation is the short version. Many foreign books do not know that the longer version is not used for chanting so they only give that version.  It is not common in India since it is only used with breathing exercises.

It does not predate the short version. all versions appear in a five thousand year old text the Rig Veda.  they are just used for different purposes.

if you plan to do the Gayatri do only the short version.

 The Gayatri mantra was 'discovered' by Vishwamitra and it first appears in the third mandala of the Rig Veda.

 

The long Gayatri Mantra is used for pranayaam, breathing exercises. (the short form is used for chanting).

 

Om bhu Om bhuva Om swah Om mahah Om janah Om tapah Om satyam

tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhi yo yo nahah prachodayaat

ARTICLE BY SHANTIMANI

OM BHUR BHUVAH SVAH

TAT

SAVITUR VARENYAM

BHARGO DEVASYA DHIMAHI

DHIYO YONAH

PRACHODAYAT

.........

English Translation


Throughout all of existence

"That" essential nature

illuminating existence is the

Adorable One.

May all beings perceive with subtle intellect

the magnificent brilliance of enlightened awareness.

.......................................

The power of the Gayatri mantra and the initiation

The Gayatri is the gem of the BodhiSacha.

It is a jewel among the treasures that our Guru and the Sacha lineage have handed down from generation to generation. To be initiated into this sacred mantra is a great privilege. The sound or even the thought of the Gayatri's verse sets grace in action. Those who are called by her are initiated into her power by the Master.

The balanced qualities of the Mantra
The Gayatri is a perfectly balanced mantra, yin and yang. The body or text of the Gayatri Mantra is feminine, and her message or invocation is masculine. Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas and this means the mother of all knowledge. She appeals to the masculine Savitur, which is said to be the radiance of perception and intelligence. This radiance, which is everywhere and in every experience, is likened to the radiance of our solar sun. In other words, all of the knowledge of the intricate ways of existence is contained within the syllables of the mantra and so too is the means and vehicle with which to go beyond knowledge as well.

Gayatri Mantra's vibrational influence on the physical body.

Silently thinking or speaking or chanting the Gayatri Mantra influences the **physical body, clears the emotional body, leads one to the inner heart. The Gayatri stimulates and facilitates insightfulness and awakening to the Truth within all.

Our ***energy centers, levels and rhythms are activated by the measure of breaths that are drawn in through the nostrils and released during recitation of the Gayatri Mantra, (even during silent repetition). This balances electromagnetic rhythm and energy currents in the body with prana. Prana is an undetectable life force energy, similar to orgone. During recitation, all elements of the mantra are in use; even the breath is a precision instrument. It all works together, like an orchestra and the Conductor. The breath, voice, meditation and intention efficiently and effortlessly function (like the sun shines).

* The Vedas are ancient (from beginning-less time) scriptures that reveal the secrets of life and the way to live it in accord with the entire universe.** Not only the well-known chakra system but all energy and rejuvenating centers are activated by the sound of the Gayatri.

***The mantra works in a multitude of ways, which align the energies, magnetic currents, biochemistry and brainwave patterns on a very subtle level. Immediately or in time, one will notice the wonderful effect.

By chanting the Gayatri Mantra, the mantra itself reveals the teachings within it. The Gayatri is flawless and whole. The Gayatri Mantra regenerates unobstructed perception in the same way that crops are renewed. For example, wind carries seeds onto the terrain. In time, wild flowers and wheat inherit the fields. Again and again an unobstructed flow, season after season. The earth propagates her released seeds and in turn the seeds flourish and produce another generation. The mantra works like that. Gayatri's meaning is the good season that prospers the Earth. Fruit comes forth again and again. Gayatri is like the power in the sun. How can we really speak about

 

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