Gayatri Mantra Meaning, Meditation & Benefits
The History Of Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra has been chronicled in the Rig Veda, which was written in Sanskrit about more than 2500 years ago, and the sacred mantra may have been chanted for many centuries before that. The ancient Hindu scriptures describe how the sage Vishwamitra was given the Gayatri mantra by the Lord Brahma as a reward for his many years of deep meditation.
For ages, this sacred Mantra was a well-guarded secret, withheld from women and from those outside the Hindu Brahmin community. Today, it is chanted and meditated around the world with deep faith, love, and devotion.
The soothing sound, flowing rhythmic patterns, and its powerful humming vibrations make the Gayatri Mantra a regular part of one’s daily spiritual practice. The Gayatri Mantra is an earnest and heartfelt prayer to the Almighty for the enlightenment. It doesn’t matter what one’s religion is, what one’s color or gender is – what matters is one’s intent and one’s feelings
One can find in the ancient Hindu scriptures that chanting of this sacred Mantra sends vibrations through the entire universe, appealing for peace and wisdom for all.
The ancient Vedas says –
To chant the Gayatri Mantra
purifies the chanter.
To listen to the Gayatri Mantra
purifies the listener.
Gayatri Mantra In English
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
Gayatri Mantra Meaning
Word to word Gayatri Mantra meaning: Om – Almighty God or Brahma; Bhur – Pranas, that is the embodiment of vital energy; Bhuvah – destroyer of sufferings; Svah – embodiment of happiness; Tat – That (God); Savitur – bright, the Sun, Creator or the source of all life; Vareñyam – adore; Bhargo: destroyer of sins; Devasya – Divine, the Supreme Lord; Dhīmahi – may imbibe; Dhiyo – intellect; Yo – who; Nah – our; Prachodayāt – illumine/inspire.
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 Sin and Ignorance;
May He open our hearts and enlighten our Intellect.
Gayatri Mantra Sanskrit
Who Is Goddess Gayatri
Gayatri is the Mother of all scriptures i.e. Vedas. She is present, wherever Her name is chanted. She is very powerful. She nourishes the individual being. She bestows pure thoughts on anyone who worships Her.
Gayatri, the mother of the Vedas, has three names: Gayatri, Savitri, and Saraswathi which are present in everyone. Gayatri is the master of the senses. Savitri is the master of Pranas (Life Force). Savitri signifies the truth. She is the lady, who brought back to life her dead husband, Sathyavan. Saraswathi is the deity of speech. Thus, the three names of Gayatri represent purity in thought, word, and deed. Although Gayatri has three names, all three are in each of us as the senses (Gayatri), the power of speech (Saraswathi), and the life force (Savitri).
Gayatri Mantra For Sun God
Sages and the ancients did conclude that the Sun was the visible proof of the Supreme power. They adored the Sun as the principal deity in the Gayatri mantra. “Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayāt” – May the Sun illumine our intellects in the same way he sheds his effulgence. So the Gayatri Mantra is the prayer addressed to the Sun.
Sages knew that the Sun was the most important factor in determining the daily life of a man and it provided the basic requirements for living. Life would be impossible without the Sun for man, animals, birds or even plants. The Sun was regarded as the source of all energy and responsible for birth, growth, and destruction of all things in creation. It was for this reason that Sage Viswamitra glorified the Sun God (Savitr) in the Gayatri mantra.
Three Parts Of Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra has three parts – first the Praise, second the Meditation, and third the Prayer. First, the Divine is praised, then it is meditated upon in reverence and lastly, an appeal is made to the Almighty to remove the veil of darkness or ignorance and to awaken and the intellect. Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra purifies the mind and confers devotion, detachment, and wisdom.
Benefits of Gayatri Mantra Chanting
- Chanting of Gayatri Mantra Calms the mind
- Regular Japa of this sacred Mantra improves immunity.
- Gayatri Mantra chanting is the best way to increase concentration.
- Daily chanting of this mantra brings Prosperity and happiness in a family.
- The nervous system is strengthened by this mantra chanting.
- This mantra chanting helps improve memory power.
- One gets intellect and a decision making power by this Mantra.
- Gayatri Mantra helps beat stress.
- It strengthens the mind and keeps the depression at bay.
- The face, eyes, and skin of a Sadhaka always glow by chanting the Gayatri Mantra.
- Chanting of this powerful Mantra creates positive vibrations in the environment.
- Chanting of this Mantra removes fear from the practitioner and make him brave.
- This Mantra chanting controls the uneven emotions.
- The practitioner of this Mantra is filled with wisdom.
Gayatri Mantra Benefits For Students
- Gayatri Mantra chanting by a student will illuminate his mind.
- His mind will become sharp and he will become a brilliant student.
- Gayatri Mantra improves the memory power and increases the grasping power of a student.
- He will become brave.
- This Mantra will remove the complexes from the mind of a student.
Gayatri Mantra Meditation
Sit on an Asana facing east. Imagine that the golden rays of the rising Sun are directly reaching up to you and entering your body through the pores of the skin and filling all the internal organs with divine light making them healthy by eradicating toxins from them. Some rays are entering the brain and filling it with divine light. The brain is being filled with Sattvic rays resulting in the emergence of positive and Sattvic thoughts. Maintain the above visualization and start chanting the Gayatri Mantra. Continue chanting the Mantra till 108 repetitions are over. You can take this practice to a higher level by visualizing a brilliant and luminous light appearing at the Ajna Chakra while chanting. Feel that this light is slowly spreading and expanding and becoming permanent.
Ajapa Gayatri Mantra
Become aware of the flow of breath in the nose. Become aware of each breath going in and coming out. Connect the Gayatri Mantra with the breath. Chant the mantra with every inhalation and exhalation. The total awareness should be in the nostril observing the flow of breath and the Gayatri Mantra attached to it. Continue this practice till the Japa of 108 Mantras is done. The counts can be changed as per the need and capacity of the practitioner.
In general, we breathe in and breathe out 21600 times a day. If one is focused on Ajapa Gayathri throughout the day, it is equivalent to performing a Gayatri Mantra Japa 21600 times. The ancient Hindu scriptures say that with such a practice we can discover the Paramatma enshrined in our body.
Chanting Gayatri Mantra may bring immense benefits into the Sadhaka’s life. The chanting of this Mantra can grant him the ability to become eternal and enlightened. He can himself become a source of knowledge. He can show the society the path to come out of suffering and cycle of life and death. Gayatri Mantra is a complete prayer for protection, nourishment and finally, liberation.