Gayatri Mantra – Its significance

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Gayatri Mantra – Its significance

The word “Gayatri” is derived from the Sanksrit phrase “Gayantam Triyate Iti” which means
Gaya गय means Vital airs
Triaye त्रायते means to save or defend
Thus Gayatri word actually means to save the vital airs of the bodyi.e. to awaken the vital energy of the body, leading to sovereignty from ignorance & absolute liberation.

Who is Gayatri?

Gayatri is not really Goddess but the mother of the four Vedas and is known by three names : Gayatri,Savitri & Saraswati where
Gayatri – power of Sense
Savitri –power of Prana ( Life force)
Saraswati – power of Speech
Thus the three bestow purity of thought, deed & word & together they are known as Trinity.

What is Gayatri Mantra?

This mantra, which is specified in Rig Veda was actually given to Rishi Vishwamitra by the supreme being – God himself. Gayatri mantra is not just considered to be a normal Mantra but is considered to be the deity itself. The mantra is also known as “Vedasara” i.e. The root or crux of the Vedas.
Yogis of Vedic age researched a lot for self awakening i.e.to awaken the energy pools –the 8 chakras. Their research led to the formation of Gayatri mantra.
The secret lies in the distinguishing array of the alphabets in the mantra.As Gayatri is also known as Trinity, this mantra is arranged in groups of three. And as there are 8 chakras to awaken the inner self, there are eight syllables in each line. As one recites this mantra the pressure developed on his tongue, vocal chords, mind, and heart lead to his whole nervous system resonance hence titillating the chakras.
That is why recitation & regular repetition of the mantra with correct pronunciation stimulates the magnetic charge in chanter’s body leading to sharper mind, open heart & better immune system.
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥
Aum Bhur Bhuvan Swah
Tat Savitur Vareniyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhi Mahi
Dhiyo yo Nah Prachodayaat
~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)

Meaning of Gayatri Mantra

Aum – The first word

It is the vital vibration (the breathing sound). Each mantra starts with the word Aum because during its recitation the syllable A originate in the navel emerging from throat Syllable U rolls over tongue & M ends on the lips signifying the waking, dreaming & sleeping.

Bhur,Bhuvah,Swah

The three words actually means the earth, atmosphere & above. They signify the tamas, rajas & satva of the body ,the morning, evening & night of the system, the past, present & future of the being. By reciting this, chanter glorifies the Supreme Being & his existence.

Tat Savitur Vareniyam

Tat signifying the supreme god literally means that.
Savitur signifying the brilliance of sun literally divine sun,
Vareniyam literally means most desirable or adorable.
These words signify adorable supreme being radiates knowledge thus taking away our darkness.

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Bhargo,the name of bhramha actually means light.
Devasya is actually combination of deva and asya meaning divine grace
Dheemahi means holding life.
It actually signifies the light of the divine grace which holds life.

Dhiyo yonah Prachodayaat

Dhiyo means the intellect
Yo means who
Pracho means instigate,direct
Dayaat means to impart
It actually is a praying to god so that he imparts & directs our intellect.

Thus the crux of the whole mantra can be written in these few words:

“We meditate on the most adorable & lustrous Supreme Being, our creator to impart us the knowledge which can take away all the darkness of our intellect & awaken our minds.”

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