Mantra of the Month

Gayatri Mantra


ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेन्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

The Gayatri Mantra appears in the Rig Veda, which was written in Sanskrit about 2500 to 3500 years ago, and it may have been chanted for many centuries before that. Today, it is chanted and sung around the world with reverence and love. It is often compared to The Lord’s Prayer in significance and impact.

The beautiful and soothing ancient sounds, the flowing rhythmic patterns, and the powerful intent make the Gayatri Mantra a wonderful part of one’s daily spiritual practice. Because it is an earnest and heartfelt appeal to the Supreme Being for enlightenment, it can be universally applied. It really doesn’t matter what your religion, your color or your ethnicity is – what matters is your intent, and your authenticity, and your willingness to be moved. (Chandra-Shekar 2007)

Practitioners say that the sounds spiral through the universe appealing for wisdom and peace for all.
One interpretation is that the word Gayatri is derived from the words:
gaya, meaning “vital energies” and
trâyate, meaning “preserves, protects, gives deliverance, grants liberation”.

So, the two words “Gayatri Mantra” might be translated as “a prayer of praise that awakens the vital energies and gives liberation and deliverance from ignorance.” More completely, it means:

We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of Sin and Ignorance;
May He open our hearts and enlighten our Intellect.

By chanting this mantra, you invite wisdom and enlightenment into your individual life and into the universe.
Listen to it here: