Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra: According to the Hindu scriptures Devi Gayatri is the Mother of the Vedas. It is said that even Trinities (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) worship her as their Mother. Gayatri Mantra is the prescribed daily mantra for all Hindus and regarded as the remover of all sins and the bestower of all desired things. It is also part of the Sandhya Vandana.

following is the most commonly recited Gayatri Mantra.

“Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvah Tat Saviturvarenyam Bhargodevasya Dheemahi Dhiyoyonah Prachodhayaath” 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 intelligence. We pray for the divine light to illumine our minds.

Om: The primeval sound

Bhur: the physical world

Bhuvah: the mental world

Suvah: the celestial, spiritual world

Tat: 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

Nah: our

Prachodhayaath: enlighten, guide, inspire

The other Gayatri Mantra is as follows:

Om Bhu, Om Bhuvah, Om Svaa, Om Mahaa, Om Janah, Om Tapah, Om Satyam, Om Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodhayaath Om Apo Jyotih Raso-mritam Brahmaa Bhur Bhuvah Swaa Om

According to the Hindu belief there are fourteen worlds. Bhu, Bhuvah, Svaa, Mahaa, Janah, Tapah, Satyam are the seven Higher worlds and Atata, Kutala, Vitala, Mahatala, Rasatala, Bhutala and Patala are the seven Lower worlds. The above Gayatri mantra is recited by those seeking the Higher worlds.

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