Gāyatrī Mantra

The power of now in sound

The Gāyatrī Mantra, also known as the Sāvitrī mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda dedicated to Savitr, the Sun. Gāyatrī is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as the mahāvyāhṛti, or "great (mystical) utterance" said to have created by the sage Vishvamitra.

Gayatri Devi is known as the Mother of the Vedas, the source of Divine Wisdom. As well as having a calming influence, the Gāyatrī Mantra helps to harmonise the energies of body and mind giving it practical application to ease our suffering. In fact the Gāyatrī mantra is fast becoming one of the most popular mantras in use today as it seems that never before has the world seen such desperate times. Like so many before us, people today are discovering that Eastern Wisdom really does help resolve life’s problems.

We live in an age of individualism were an irrational greed for wealth and power dominates political life and we need intelligent solutions. Mantra is an aspect of yoga and one of the great tools that we can employ to enrich our lives and deepen our understanding. It is only through yoga and yogic activities like mantra that we can stabilise our psyche, heal our bodies and create a new and more just society.

Importantly the Gayatri mantra stimulates the intellect because regardless of what situation we find ourselves in, we need our intellect or mind to be in tiptop condition, or functioning as it was designed. The West is discovering this and versions of the Gāyatrī mantra have featured in TV programs and been used by artists Kate Bush and Cher. The Gāyatrī Mantra is recited in schools and broadcast on public radio in many countries due to it's calming and inspiring effects.

The Gāyatrī Mantra – Rigveda 3.62.10

ॐ भूर् भुवः स्वः ।
भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

Recite the Gayatri Mantra with Suresh Wadkur

Word meaning:

  • Om: The primeval sound;
  • Bhur: the physical body/physical realm;
  • Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm
  • Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm;
  • Tat: That (God);
  • Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life);
  • Vareñyam: adore;
  • Bhargo: effulgence (divine light);
  • Devasya: supreme Lord;
  • Dhīmahi: meditate;
  • Dhiyo: the intellect;
  • Yo: May this light;
  • Nah: our;
  • Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.

General meaning:
We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect. The pace of the mantra helps in calming the breath and bringing inner peace.

God is dear to me like my own breath, He is the dispeller of my pains, and giver of happiness. I meditate on the supremely adorable Light of the Divine Creator, that it may inspire my thought and understanding."

Shiv Gayatri

Shiv or Sāvitrī specific Gayatri:

This is a variation valid within Vedantic tradition where another aspect or name of divinity is substituted within the same melody. In this case, Shiv is the emptiness, the potential from which matter and life emerges into existence.

Om Mahadevaya Vidmahe
Rudramurtaye Dhimahi
Tannah Shivah Prachodayat॥

ॐ महादेवाय विद्महे रुद्रमूर्तये धीमहि
तन्नः शिवः प्रचोदयात्॥

Om, Let me meditate on the great Purusha (lord),
Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect,
And let God Shiva illuminate my mind.

Here one is seeking the divine within and knowledge of the origin of life that complete autonomy and self mastery eventuates. So sit in a quiet place or use headphones and chant along with the desire to know the true nature of self.

Another variation

Om Tatpurshaye Vidmahe

Mantra Lyrics:
Om Tat Purushaya Vidmahe
Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudra Prachodayat

Meaning of Mantra:
Om Let me meditate on the great Purusha
Oh greatest God Give me higher intellect
and let God Rudra illuminate my mind

The most powerful hymn in the world

Dr.Howard Steingeril, an American scientist, collected Mantras, Hymns and invocations from all over the world and tested them in his Physiology Laboratory. The Gayatri Mantra produced 110,000 sound waves /second causing him to pronounce it the highest and most powerful hymn in the world. Through the combination of sound or sound waves of a particular frequency, this Mantra is claimed to be capable of developing specific spiritual potentialities.
The Hamburg university initiated research in to the efficacy of the Gayatri Mantra both on the mental and physical plane of creation and found it valid as the scientists found Nataraj, the lord of the dance significant in the search to understand the quantum realm in physics.


The above information is worth circulating and sharing with one and all! How rich and wonderful are our Vedas.


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