Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
Meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
What is Gayatri Mantra?
Gayatri mantra, the universal Hindu Mantra. The powerful, mystical utterance, passed down through generations for centuries.
Gayatri mantra contains the spirit and energy of all the Vedic mantras.
It imparts power to all other mantras. It’s been quoted in many Hindu scriptures including Bhagavad Gita, & Manu smriti.
Mantra means an instrument of the mind. Mantras are tools to transport the mind from a state of activity to a state of stillness. Mantras are positive phrases that are chanted repetitively. It’s proven to release positive energy from your mind, which decreases the negative thoughts. Even modern science has proved the ancient Hindu beliefs. Neuroscientists have used advanced brain-imaging tools, to show the number of the health benefits of chanting a mantra.
Who created Gayathri mantra?
It is believed that the Gayatri Mantra was written about 3500 years ago by Rishi Vishwamitra in the Rig Veda, the oldest collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It appears in book 3, hymn 62 , verse 10
Who is Gayatri?
Gayatri is the name of the Goddess of the Vedic mantra. She represents infinite knowledge. It is she who eliminates the darkness (ignorance) from our life, and helps us attain enlightenment by showering us with the wisdom that we need in our daily life.
The modern Hindu reformists further spread the eternal message of the mantra. During its recitation, the hymn is preceded by Pranav mantra, AUM, in praise of One Supreme Creator.
The Gayatri mantra is,
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
Translation of the Gayatri Mantra:
“Let us meditate on Ishvara, who has created the Universe & sustains life, to illuminate our minds by removing sins & ignorance. May he enlighten our intellect.”
What are the benefits of chanting the Gayatri Mantra?
It is a Meditation on light through the Sun that confers wisdom, prosperity, purity, and liberation.
Those who chant the mantra 108 times will attain radiance through the mystical power of the mantra.
It removes all fears & cures all ills. It brings healing in the levels physical, mental, and spiritual.
Mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence, as it connects the distance of the Sun & Moon to Earth.
It is said that this sacred prayer spirals from the heart of the chanter through to the entire universe, appealing for peace and divine wisdom for all.
It is believed that reciting the Gayatri mantra with faith & devotion at least three times during the day will help to reduce the effects of bad karma or wrongful acts. The mantra opens up our hearts. With both our minds and hearts open, we open ourselves up for new possibilities.
The Gayatri Mantra inspires wisdom in us.
Chanting before meditation can help to:
- create a shift from sound to silence
- resonate with the positive vibrations
- bring the mind to the present
The cyclic recitation of twenty-four special syllables of this mantra creates a resonance in our energy centres, our Chakras. This has a positive and healing effect on our life force energy.
Regular chanting of the Gayatri Mantra:
purifies the mind & body of toxins
regulates the vital organs and helps in their better functioning.
- Calms the mind: stimulates the pineal gland and helps in the release of relaxing hormones.
- Increases concentration: the vibration first activates the third eye, throat, and crown chakras, which are directly related to the brain
- Improves breathing: While chanting the mantra, you must take deep controlled breaths that when done regularly, helps improve your lung function and breathing.
- Keep the heart healthy: regular chants help synchronize and regularise the heartbeat.
- Improves the nervous system: the vibrations help strengthen and stimulate the functioning of our nerves. It stimulates the proper release of neurotransmitters that help in the conduction of impulses.
- Gives skin a glow: increases blood & oxygen circulation to get rid of toxins from your skin.
- It also helps in realising that there’s a higher force that sustains life.
- develops a sense of gratitude towards the universe.
- The Mantra helps people attain Moksha by liberating them from their Karmas.