I've been listening to the Gayatri Mantra for about 15 years. I've always thought of it as my favorite mantra. Recently I spent time learning it and thought I'd share it with you. It brings me a deep sense of fulfillment, peace and motherly love. I often have this playing while I work or do things around the house. This video is a 2 hour repetition by Deva Premal. Read on for some information about it and some ways to internalize this into your system.
While there are numerous mantras in the Vedic Tradition, there is none greater than the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri is dedicated to the aspect of the sun just before sunrise so that all the potential energy emanating from the entire cosmos is contained within Gayatri. It is said that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra burns away all the layers of impurities covering the mind, accumulated through countless births, and bestows upon you the vision of supreme consciousness.
The ancient texts state that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra develops within you the feeling of constantly living in the divine state of pure consciousness. When your heart is completely open to the Gayatri, all the actions you perform in the world will be transformed into highly noble actions dedicated to the divine. All desires are effortlessly fulfilled and you attain complete union with the supreme goddess of divine consciousness.
Vedic Concept of Creation
The Vedic scriptures state that the non-dual “OM” emerged from the supreme unmanifest absolute originally expressed as the three letters “A”, “U”, and “M.” From these emerged the gross physical (Bhuh), subtle (Bhuvah), and celestial (Suvah) universes. These gave rise to the great Gayatri Mantra. From the Gayatri Mantra emerged knowledge of the transcendental nature of the cosmic being (Purusha) giving you the entire meaning of the Vedas. And finally, from the Vedas, Brahma created the manifest universe as you know it. Gayatri appears as a verse in the Rig Veda and is the name of the Vedic meter or rhythm in which the verse is composed.
Gayatri is said to be the quintessence of the Vedas. Its esoteric meaning is that it gives you the knowledge of the oneness of the Jivatman with the Paramatman—that is the individual soul with the supreme soul.
The Mantra and the pronunciation:
Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha
(Bhoor Bhoo-va Su-va-ha)
Tat Savitur Varenyam
(Tat Sa-vee-toor Var-ayn-yam)
Bargo Devasya Dhimahi
(Bar-go Day-vas-ya Dhee-ma-hee)
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
(Dhee-yo Yo Nah Pra-cho-da-yaat)
Gayatri Mantra English Translation:
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 all Sin and Ignorance; May He enlighten our Intellect.
What are the benefits of chanting the Gayatri Mantra?
Regular chanting of Gayatri Mantra improves concentration and learning
It is known for removing toxins from the body
It improves breathing and functioning of the nervous system
It keeps your heart healthy and removes the negativity
Chanting of Gayatri Mantra calms the mind
It reduces stress and anxiety
When is the best time to chant Gayatri Mantra?
According to Vedas, time has three qualities: satva, rajas, and tamas. (Purity, passion and inaction)
4 am to 8 am and 4 pm to 8 pm have the satvic quality
8 am to 4 pm are rajasic
8 pm and 4 am are tamasic
Satva is the best time to chant the Gayatri Mantra. Hence, the Gayatri Mantra should be recited between 4 am and 8 am and 4 pm and 8 am.
Why is Gayatri Mantra Chanted?
It is believed that by chanting Gayatri Mantra, you achieve success and happiness in your life. With regular chanting of the Gayatri Mantra, one can firmly establish and stabilize the mind. The mantra is a declaration of appreciation, to both the nurturing sun and the Divine.
Who is Gayatri?
Goddess Gayatri is additionally called "Veda-Mata" or the Mother of the Vedas - Rig, Yajur, Saam and Atharva - in light of the fact that it is the very premise of the Vedas. It is the premise, the truth behind the accomplished and the cognized universe. Goddess Gayatri is known to eliminate darkness by imparting light in our minds.
A warning to women:
In ancient times women were not to recite the Gayatri Mantra.
The impact of The Gayatri Mantra on the female body is explained by Jayant Kalawar in the below passage from his write-up:
“The female physical body manifests capability to pro-create and nurture. To activate these capabilities it draws upon the energies of the MooldhArA, SwadhisTAnA, MaNipurA and AnAhata.
Vibrational mantras (set apart from contemplative mantras) are practiced to activate specific energy centers. The GAyatri mantra is a vibrational mantra, practiced to activate the AjnA energy, to enable access to analytical intelligence.
Practice of the GAyatri mantra on a daily basis over a sustained period of time may lead to more energy channeled towards analytical (AjnA) actions and relatively less energy towards survival (Mooldhaara) and pro-creative (SwadhisTAnA) actions. The VishudhA expressions may also be more analytical and less compassionate and nurturing, by those practicing the GAyatri.
The GAyatri mantra practice, therefore, may not make sense to be practiced for those with female bodies, who wish to be mostly active in pro-creation and compassionate nurturing.”
Chakra meditation with Gayatri Mantra:
Mantra's are comprised of ancient, specific and powerful energetic sound vibrations. To connect to this mantra using the featured video, you might focus on one chakra at a time beginning at the root. Imagine the chakra center healing, balancing, cleansing, releasing. Focus on the chakra until the "Aum" (or OM) mantra is chanted. Mentally chant "Aum" being ever grateful for the healing of that chakra. Know that the Aum is the sacred sound, the ancient, specific and powerful energetic vibration of the ALL, the ONE, the I AM. Then, as the gayatri mantra begins again, move to the next Chakra.
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