Gayatri Mantra
 
 
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"Om Bhoor Bhuvaha Swaha Tat Savitur Vareniyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat"

Gayatri Mantra is a Mantra(vedic hymn) which inspires righteous wisdom. Its meaning is.."May the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect which may lead us to righteous path". This is the most important teaching. All the problems of a person are solved if he is endowed with the gift of righteous wisdom.

Having been endowed with far sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in calamity nor does he tread wrong path. Righteous wisdom starts emerging as soon as a methodical recitation of this Mantra is performed. Gayatri is a Sanskrit word. Ga means to sing. Yatri means protection. Gayatri is not a new or independent goddess. She is the supreme power (Shakti) of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Rama and Krishna.

Gayatri means those who "worship her, get protected". "Mantra" is a scientifically composed verse in Sanskrit language, mostly in two lines with specific information for invocation of divine powers, Mantra is defined as a 'Man tarati san Mantrah' meaning .... which uplifts and protects one is Mantra. Secondly it is a combination of letters which are sounds, or an arrangement of words with specific spiritual potentialities.

Additionally, these potentialities unfold themselves in the physical body as a result of awakening the power centers in the body because of the sound waves released by the repetition of the letters of the Mantra. The real power of Mantra lies hidden, and is in the form of syllables which is awakened by uttering the Mantra repeatedly.

Mantra contains powers and deep philosophical meaning and its singing reapeatedly benefits mental, physical, and spiritual health. The above mentioned Gayatri Mantra when translated 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."

The meaning of each word is as follows - OM (Almighty God), BHOOR (embodiment of vital or spiritual energy), BHUVAHA (Destroyer of suffering) SWAHA(Embodiment of happiness), TAT (That; indicating God), SAVITUR (Bright, luminous, like sun), VARENIYAM (Supreme, the best),BHARGO (Destroyer of sins),

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DEVASYA(Divine), DHEEMAHI(May receive), DHIYO (intellect), YO(Who), NAHA(Our), PRACHODAYAT(May inspire) Om stands for "The Almighty God". He pervades in all the worlds viz. Bhulo-lok, bhuvah-lok and swah-lok. He is omnipresent.

All this Creation. World, universe or cosmos is physical manifestation of God who pervades in each and every particle. That I am seeing Him everywhere. I should always remain aloof from evil thoughts and evil deeds and perform true worship of God by extending cooperation in promoting happiness, peace and beauty in this Universe which is His creation.

This(tat) i.e: God is extremely bright(savitur) choicest (vareniyam) devoid of sin (bhargo) and divine(devasya). I am assimilating such God within me, in my conscience,. By such assimilation, I am also becoming bright, virtuous, sinless and divine. Every moment these virtues are developing in all the pores and particles of my mind, brain and body.

I am becoming one with these virtues, these characteristics of God. That God may inspire (prachodayat) our(nah) intellect (dhiyo) and lead us on the righteous path. May our intellect become pious. May he lead us to righteous path. On getting the righteous wisdom we may be able to enjoy celestial bliss in this life and make our life successful. We should contemplate and meditate on these three determinations slowly and gradually pausing for a moment on each word and an imaginary picture of that word should be drawn in the mind.

The man gets enriched in divine elements by contemplating and meditating on this meaning of Gayatri. These sentiments are extremely powerful, encouraging, righteous and elevating. One should contemplate these feelings daily for some time. By such contemplation, the meaning of Gayatri Mantra is fully assimilated in the heart of the person.

The result is that in a few days his mind gets diverted from evil deeds and he starts taking enthusiastic joy in righteous thinking and good actions. Howsoever little this tendency maybe in the beginning, it is almost certain that if it persists, the innerself of sadhak becomes spiritually advanced day by day and ultimate aim of life appears to have come closer and closer.

As mentioned by Sri Sriram Sharma Acharya."The Gayatri Mantra does not belong to any particular sect of worship. It is not restricted to any community. It is Universal. It contains in it the culture not of any particular society, but the culture of humanity. The Gayatri Mantra is a treasure and heritage that belongs to the whole of humanity without exclusion."

 

 
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