Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra

gayatri mantra

Gayatri Mantra


Gayatri Mantra (GUY-ah-tree) is one of the most known and beneficial of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Gayatri is a mantra of physical, emotional, and mental healing, purifying the subtle karmas, protection from the onslaught of obstacles, and of spiritual awakening or Self-realization.

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Gayatri Mantra Meaning

Lyrics (English)

 Basic Meaning (summary)

Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ

tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ

bhárgo devásya dhīmahi

dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt

 (O) Supreme one; (who is) the physical, astral (and) causal worlds (himself).

(you are) the source of all, deserving all worship

(O) radiant, divine one; (we) meditate (upon you)

Propel our Intellect (towards liberation or freedom)

Gayatri Mantra

 DEEP meaning

Meanings of the words

Om, Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah

[Ultimate reality, in which physical, astral and causal worlds exist]

Om: The sacred word, word of creation, first word, word of god; (Equivalent of Holy Ghost in trinity) usually used at the beginning of a hymn;

Bhur: The physical plane of existence (which is of the nature of 5 elements)

Bhuvah: The astral plane of existence (which is of the nature of subtle elements)

Svah: The causal plane or celestial plane (plane where the existence is as subtle as ideas or notions, from which creation happens).

Tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ

[That is the supreme reality from which creation happens, and it is the foremost]

Tat: That, God, (Equivalent of son, in the Christian Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost)

Savitúr : Source of all, creation, supreme reality, Divine illumination (of goddess Savitri or Shakti)

Váreṇyaṃ: the foremost, fit to be worshiped, deserving oblations

Bhárgo devásya dhīmahi

[O divine effulgence we meditate upon you]

Bhárgo: Great spiritual effulgence, Radiant one, one who illumines all

Devásya: Godly, divine reality, of divinity, Virtuous and joyous

Dhīmahi: We meditate on you; Dhee=intellect; Thus Dhimahi means we focus our intellect on you

Dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt

[propel our knowledge of the supreme reality]

Dhíyo: Intellect, intelligence, reasoning and discriminating faculty which is a tool for attaining higher wisdom

Yo: Who, One is who being prayed, You (supreme one)

Nah: Our (intellect)

pracodáyāt: Stimulate, Propel towards the higher reality

GAYATRI

Summary of the Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra (the mother of the vedas), the foremost mantra in Hinduism and Hindu beliefs, inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that “May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path“. The mantra is also a prayer to the “giver of light and life” – the sun (savitur).

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

 

Gayatri Mantra Meaning

 

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