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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gayathri Mantra

Gayathri Mantra. Just wanted to share.

This is the Gayatri Mantra. It has a Vedic meter of 24 syllables.


This Mantra was constructed by Muni Vishwaamitra Jee. It is said in Shree Mad Bhaagvat Puraan that only the twice-born Braahman can do its Jaap or can pronounce it, but many people see it differently. They say that since it is to worship Soorya Dev (Sun), and anybody can worship Soorya Dev, so anybody can pronounce it.

Summary of the Mantra:

O God, Thou art the Giver of Life, the Remover of pains and sorrows, the Bestower of happiness O Creator of the Universe, may we receive thy Supreme Sin destroying light, May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

The 24 Letters of Gayatri Mantra and Significance of Each Letter

1. 'tat' - tapini - fruitfulness
2 'sa' - saphaltaa - valor
3 'vi' - vishwa - perseverance
4 'tur' - tushti - welfare
5 'va' - varad - yoga
6 're' - revatee - love
7 'ni' - sookshm - wealth
8 'yam' - gyaan - luster
9 'bhar' - bharga - protection
10 'go' - gomatee - wisdom
11 'de' - devikaa - subjugation
12 'va' - varahi - allegiance
13 'sya' - sinhanee - determination
14 'dhi' - dhyaan - life
15 'ma' - maryaadaa - time
16 'hi' - sphutaa - penance
17 'dhi' - medhaa - forecast
18 'yo' - yogamaayaa - alertness
19 'yo' - yoginee - production
20 'nah' - dhanin - protection
21 'pra' - prabhaav - idealism
22 'cho' - ooshmaa - adventure
23 'da' - drishya - discrimination
24 'at' - niranjan - service.

The 24 powers of Gayatri mentioned above awaken certain qualities, and along with this awakening one starts getting success and prosperity i.e., Siddhi. Many feel that these benefits are showered by some God or Goddess. But in reality the development of the subtle force is within themselves. If they are able to know the subtle force working in them, they will realize that such benefits do not accrue of their own accord and that all of them are the results of the interplay of spiritual forces in them. Gayatri Saadhanaa and Upaasanaa is not blind faith, but a scientific process whose development and progress are sure to yield the desired fruits.

The Meaning of Gayatri Mantra:

Rishis have selected the words of various Mantras and arranged them in such a way that they, not only convey some meaning but their utterance also creates specific power. Gayatri is a Mantra which inspires righteous wisdom. Its meaning is that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect which may lead us to righteous path. This is most important teaching. All the problems of a person are solved if he/she is endowed with the gift of righteous wisdom. Having endowed with far-sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in calamity nor does he tread a wrong path. A wise man finds solution of all outstanding problems. Only those persons find difficulty who do not know thinking correctly and take wrong steps on account of foolishness. The worship of Gayatri Mantra removes this deficiency. The teachings of and the powers incorporated in Gayatri Mantra fullfil this purpose. Righteous wisdom starts emerging no sooner Jap(recitation) of this Mantra is performed.

This meaning is obtained from the book "The Great Science and Philosophy of Gayatri" by Shree Ram Sharma Acharaya, Shanti Kunj Hardwaar.

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