Thursday, June 21, 2007
Chant Gayathri Manthra..The Perfect Way...
Om Bhur Buvaha Suvaha
Thath Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath
The meaning of the Gayatri mantra is as follows:
We contemplate the glory of Light illuminating the three worlds: gross, subtle, and causal.
I am that vivifying power, love, radiant illumination, and divine grace of universal initelligence.
We pray for the divine light to illumine our minds.
Meaning of the individual words:
Om: The primeval sound
Bhur: the physical world
Bhuvah: the mental world
Suvah: the celestial, spiritual world
Thath: That; God; transcendental Paramatma
Savithur: the Sun, Creator, Preserver
Varenyam: most adorable, enchanting
Bhargo: luster, effulgence
Devasya: resplendent,supreme Lord
Dheemahi: we meditate upon
Dhiyo: the intellect,understanding
Yo: May this light
Prachodayath: enlighten,guide,inspire (more) (less)
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The Gayatri mantra has as its presiding deity, Savita (the divine originator), physically represented by the Sun, this mantra is also known as the Savitri mantra. The transcendental power of the mantra is brought out in the vivid personification of the goddess Gayatri. She is invoked in the dhyana part of worship as follows :
Mukta-vidruma - hema-nila-dhavala-chayair mukhair-tryakshnaih,
Yuktam indu-nibadha-ratna-makutam tatvarthavarnatmikam
Gayatrim varadabhayankusa-kasam subhram-kapalam gadam
Sankham chakram atha aravindayugalam hastair vahantim bhaje
I pray to the three-eyed Gayatri, her five faces tinged with shades of pearl, coral, gold, sapphire, and white, whose crown studded with precious stones is topped by the moon, the embodiment of utterances signifying the Supreme Truth, who wields the goad, the whip, the white skull, the mace, the conch and the discus (in six of her hands), and holding a pair of lotuses in each hand, displays with the other two the mudras conferring boons and fearlessness.
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What Upanishads Say of Gayathri Manthra
Chandogya Upanisad 3.12.1
Creation is Gàyatrì. Gàyatrì is speech - for speech sings (gayati) and protects (trayati) this entire creation.
Brahadaranyaka Upanisad 5.14.4
Gàyatrì Mantra is TRUTH. Verily, TRUTH is based on strength. Strength is breath, and is based on breath. Gayatri equally protects (tra) the wealth (gaya) (the breath!) of those who recite in all sincerity, with steadfast devotion. As one recites Gàyatrì on behalf of another, GAYATHRI protects that person's breath too!
Brahadaranyaka Upanisad 5.14.5
This verse talks about the unbounded wealth contained within the four 'foots' of the Gàyatrì Mantra.
• The first foot (aum bhur bhuvah svaha) refers to the wealth contained in the three worlds put together.
• The second foot (tat savitur varenyam) refers to the wealth contained in the three main vedas.
• If one were to receive a gift extending as far as there are living beings, that would equal the third foot (bhargo devasaya dheemahi).
• The fourth foot (dheeyo yo nah prachodyaat) refers to the glory of the Sun, whose power and wealth is unparalleled sans a rival. Indeed no amount of wealth that equals the fourth foot of the Gàyatrì!
Chant Gayathri Every Day..