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The Gayatri Mantra

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The Gayatri Mantra
by Atman Nityananda

Gayatri is the Divine power which transforms man into a divine being and endows him with the brilliant light of supreme spiritual enlightenment. Whatever one’s favourite Deity is, regular repetition of a few Mala (rosary of 108 beads) of Gayatri Mantra daily will give one immeasurable benefits and blessings. Its purifying power is immense. It eradicates all sins. It gives wonderful health, beauty, strength, vigour, well-being and magnetic aura to the person. It eliminates ignorance and makes man strong and of supreme intelligence. Its repetition ultimately leads to the realization of Universal Consciousness (Advaita Brahman) as a unity.

It is suitable for the whole world as it is a sincere prayer for light addressed to the Almighty Supreme Spirit.The nature of the Gayatri mantra is such that you can repeat it as you meditate on whatever form of God you like. 

Gayatri is the most prominent of all the mantras because the deity to whom it refers is none other than Parabrahman himself. But many repeating the mantra meditate on Goddess Gayatri with the five faces. Every word, every letter of the Gayatri carries upon it the supreme Vedic concept of the absolute supreme truth.

Hairakan Babaji has instructed his devotess to learn the Gayatri mantra, which is also included in the morning and evening Arti for babaji (worship ceremony).

Om- bhur bhuvah svah-
Tat savitur varenyam-
Bhargo devasya dheemahi.
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat-
Om- bhur bhuvah swaha-
Tat savitur varenyam-
Bhargo devasya dhimahi…
Dhiyo yonah brachodayat-

As we pronounce it there is a slight pause at the places where hyphens have been placed


Om : symbol of Parabrahman
Bhur : natural world
Bhuvah: astral world
Svah: divine world
Tat: Brahman, Parabrahman
Savitur: the creator
Varenyam: it is fitting for him to be worshipped
Bhargo: he who eliminates ignorance and sins, glory, splendour.
Devasya: brilliant, radiant, shining
Dheemahi: meditate
Dhiyo: the intellect, the Bodhi
Yo: who
Nah: us
Prachodayaat: illuminate, guide

Meaning: “Let us meditate on the Creator (God) and His Glory, Who created the universe, who is fit to be worshipped, who eliminates ignorance and all sins. May He enlighten our intellects.”

Note:There are several different versions of rendering the meaning of the mantra with minor differences not essential because the words contained in the mantra can be rendered with more than one meaning.

Find a quiet place or sit in the meditation room if you have one, or outside in nature just before sunrise. Sit in your asana and mentally repeat the mantra as many times as you can, but no less than 108 times, and feel steadily that you are receiving light, purification, and wisdom. Those who do not have the time can repeat the mantra three times at least, at sunrise at noon and at sunset. Finally one could repeat it while lying down, walking, sitting, etc.