Gayatri Mantra Meaning, Benefits and Power

Previously, guest author, Richard wrote popular articles about Om Mantra ChantingThe Awakening of Kundalini and Energy CentersYoga Pranayama for Beginners and So Hum Mantra Yoga.  Today he discusses with us the meaning, benefits and great power of the Gayatri Mantra . In the article below you will also find links to download a free MP3 of the Gayatri Mantra along with links to videos of Gayatri Mantra Yoga.

Richard is a meditation teacher and author, and you will find more information on the courses he offers on his website Shaktipat-meditation.org.

Gayatri – The Ancient, Supreme Mantra

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The Gayatri practice was secret for thousands of years.

Today, it’s heard everywhere in India, Earth’s most Spiritual land.

Priests chant Gayatri Mantra in Temples.

S ai Baba taught Gayatri to his followers.

So did Sri Aurobindo. And Sri Swami Shivananda.

Cowherds seeking Divinity chant Gayatri from dawn till dusk as they follow their Holy cows.

House wives chant Gayatri Mantra as they sweep the pavement in front of their homes to create lovely chalk mandalas bringing great good fortune.

What’s the amazing attraction to Gayatri? How does the Gayatri Mantra work? Where did it come from? And, most important of all, what are the wonderful benefits of chanting the Gayatri Mantra?

Gayatri Mantra

First, let’s learn the mantra. Then, while you’re experiencing the energy Gayatri creates in you, we’ll discuss its meaning, history, and benefits.  You may feel the blissful effects as you begin chanting the short, easy version of the supreme mantra right now with Anmol’s wife Trupti.

Free Gayatri Mantra MP3 Download

Om Bhur Buvaha Svaha
Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath

You’ll find also find 3 excellent videos here.

TIP – Correct pronunciation is important to direct the energy to activate the proper centers inside yourself. V in Sanskrit is SOMETIMES enunciated W as in Svaha (Swaha).

Gayatri Mantra Meaning

The words Gayatri Mantra could be translated as meaning: prayer of praise that awakens and liberates. One of the reasons this mantra is so effective is that it combines both prayer and mantra techniques that take you very deep into meditation.

S. Krishnamurthy’s translation of the mantra works well with Anmol’s exercise for opening the Third Eye:

We meditate upon the radiant Divine Light
of that adorable Sun of Spiritual Consciousness;
May it awaken our intuitional consciousness.

Another translation could be:

Radiant Divine Soul from which we all came
Awaken the same brilliant Divine Light in me
So that inner radiance consumes all thought and emotion
Teaching and guiding me to realizing reality

You’ve attained a very high level of realization when the brilliant radiance inside you merges with the Divine Soul. You become the Divine Soul. It’s not that difficult. The power of Gayatri helps get you there faster.

Gayatri Mantra Origins

The Vedas are some of the earliest scriptures, going back 2,500 to 3,500 years. Gayatri is mentioned numerous times as being the supreme mantra. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna proclaims to Arjun a, “I a m the Gayatri.” This means that all of Krishna’s attributes can be experienced by chanting Gayatri.

You become Divine.

For many centuries, Gayatri was kept secret by Gurus and Yogis because of its power. As with so many other secret, ancient practices, it’s only in recent times that this amazing mantra has become widely available to all.

Gayatri Mantra Benefits

Becoming radiant Divine light is the greatest benefit, but if that’s not enough for you, or you think it’s too far away, along the path to Divinity there are many other benefits that you can enjoy sooner.

Gayatri:

  1. Removes obstacles from your life
  2. Protects you from danger
  3. Brightens you mind
  4. Dispels ignorance
  5. Improves communication abilities
  6. Opens your psychic vision
  7. Brings direct knowledge of the eternal truths

Full Version of Gayatri Mantra

For those of you who want a little more, chant the long version. The introduction invokes the power of Gayatri in all seven lokahs, or dimensions, purifying and empowering all areas of your life. Reciting all seven lokas before chanting Gayatri energizes all of your chakras, adding efficacy, clarity and power.

Om bh ahu

Om bhuvaha

Om suvaha

Om mahaha

Om gahaha

Om tapaha

Om satyam

Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath

Om apo jyotih rasamritan

Brahma bhur bhuvas suvar

Om

You can listen to a rendition sung beautifully in Western style here Gâyatrî Mantra.

Meaning of the Full Version of Gayatri Mantra: 

Bhuhu is the physical plane or Earth

Bhuvaha is the astral –the energy underlying the physical

Suvaha is the mental world of thought

Mahaha is emotions

Janaha is creative generation

Tapaha is intuition

Satyam is the absolute from which the tru e teachin gs come

By chanting the introduction, you’re telling the energy created by Gayatri to progressively work through from the grossest physical level of your being to the highest, most refined aspect of you, purifying all.

You become purer, more refined and more translucent –Divine in all aspects. Swiftly becoming Divine radiant light is the greatest benefit and is the goal of chanting Gayatri morning, noon and night.

Advanced Gayatri Mantra Yoga

Take this practice to a higher level by visualizing brilliant, luminous light appearing at one of two centers inside yourself while chanting.

  1. Your pineal gland at the base of your brain. See a brilliant ball or crystal of luminous light form, expand and become permanent. It grows as you practice Gayatri regularly. Use this visualization in conjunction with Anmol’s Third Eye opening exercise.
  2. Your Thymus gland high in the center of your chest. Do the same visualization as in number one above.

Tip: A good meditation teacher can give you an initiation that will open these Soul Centers for you, exploding this practice into life for you instantly.

Chanting Gayatri may bring immense, practical benefits into your life as well as grant you the ability to become eternal, luminous light.

Please, share your comments or questions below.

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