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The Gayatri Mantra "OM BHOOR BHUVAHA SVAHA TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGO DEVASYA DHIMAHI DHIYO YONAHA PRACHODAYAT" has got the following translation:


Let us meditate on the excellent glory of the divine cosmic life giver
May he enlighten our mind
May he stimulate our heart
May we carve our portion of cosmic dust
For our prayer is the systole and diastole of the universe.

Oh God! Thou art The Giver of Life, Remover of the Pain and Sorrow, The bestower of happiness, Oh! Creator of the universe,, May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light, May we thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

Scriptures

The Gayatri mantra is said to have been realised by Sage Vishva Mitra. It is found in the Rig Veda (3-62-10) and in the Yajur Veda 3-63. It is known as the Mother of the Vedas since it stimulates Revelation.

Background

The Gayatri has 24 syllables and is one of the most important mantras of Yoga. It is said that the Gayatri contains the essence of the Vedas; that OM contains the essence of Gayatri, and that OM is the expression of the Absolute. Gayatri can be considered as a concrete expression of one’s aspiration to go deeper. It can be used as a focal point for meditation, as a prayer (expression of devotion) and as a sankalpa (vow).

Benefits

Chanting the Gayatri calms the mind and emotions, thereby preparing us for Meditation. It helps to awaken the "buddhi" – the Third Eye or Agya Chakra which allows subtle perception and the capacity to SEE behind ‘the scenes.’ It initiates us into "nivritti marga" – the Spiritual return to the Source.

Word Meanings

"OM" - Bramha.
"BHOOR" - embodiment of vital spiritual energy(pran)
"BHUVAH" - destroyer of sufferings.
"SVAHA" - embodiment of happiness.
"TAT" - That; the Absolute; Paramatma; Underlying Intelligence.
"SAVITUR" - bright like Sun;
"VARENYAM" - best choicest.
"BHARGO" - light; radiance; light which bestows wisdom.
"DEVASYA" - Divine.
"DHIMAHI" - may imbibe.
"DHIYO" - intellect.
"YO" - who
"NAHA" - our.
"PRACHODAYAT" - may inspire

PRACTICE

Ideally, Gayatri should be chanted for three periods of time each day at the ‘sandhyas’ – between night and day (dawn), between morning and afternoon (midday) and between day and night (dusk).