Mantras are perhaps the most important tools for clearing and cleansing the mind, helping break our unconscious and subconscious habit patterns to quiet the constant background chatter that is often present.
By consistently chanting a Mantra it gradually replaces this background noise and becomes our primary focus – the subconscious is restructured by the energy and intention of the mantra and the conscious mind is guided effortlessly towards meditation and stillness.
The sacred syllables of the Gayatri contain the entire sound and form of Prana Shakti (or energy). It is considered to be the Mother of the Vedas and the essence of all scriptures. Gayatri, the five-faced Goddess, is said to have domain over the five senses or pranas, and protects these five life-forces of those who chant the Gayatri Mantra. In her role as the protector, Gayatri is referred to as Savitri. Through its recitation the practitioner awakens and realises the Antar Jyoti, the inner light. This light is none other than Maha Kundalini, the divine essence of life and the sole instrument of liberation. The mantra is the Chintamani or wish fulfilling gem. Its outer form is revealed by the teacher but its inner form is revealed within the still lake of the practitioner’s heart. Regular practice will help to harmonize and awaken Pranamaya Kosha.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svahah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah Prachodayat
Om the physical plane, the subtle plane, the causal plane; we meditate on the divine light of that adorable sun of spiritual consciousness. May it stimulate our power of spiritual perception.
Let us meditate on the glorious splendor of the inner divine light – and may it illumine our minds
Gayatri Mantra’s vibrational influence on the physical body.
Silently thinking or speaking or chanting the Gayatri Mantra influences the physical body, clears the emotional body, and leads one to the inner heart. The Gayatri stimulates and facilitates insightfulness and awakening to the Truth within all.
Our energy centres, levels and rhythms are activated by the measure of breaths that are drawn in through the nostrils and released during recitation of the Gayatri Mantra, (even during silent repetition). This balances electromagnetic rhythm and energy currents in the body with prana. Prana is undetectable life force energy. During recitation, all elements of the mantra are in use; even the breath is a precision instrument. It all works together, like an orchestra and the Conductor. The breath, voice, meditation and intention efficiently and effortlessly function (like the sun shines).
• It is also called Pranav because its sound emanates from Prana (vital vibration), which fills the Universe.
• The scripture says “Aum Iti Ek Akshara Brahman” (Aum that one syllable is Brahman).
• It is the sum and substance of all the words that can emanate from the human throat.
• It is the primordial fundamental sound symbolic of the Universal Absolute.
• The above three words of the Gayatri, which literally means “past,” “present,” and “future,” are called Vyahrities.
• Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of entire cosmos or “ahriti”
• So by uttering these three words, the chanter contemplates that which illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience.
• Tat simply means “that” because it defies description through speech or language, the “Ultimate Reality.”
• Savitur means “Divine Sun” (the ultimate light of wisdom) not to be confused with the ordinary sun.
• Varenyam means “adore”
• Bhargo means “illumination”
• Devasya means “Divine Grace”
• Dhimahi means “we contemplate”
• Dhi means intellect
• Yo means “who”
• Nah means “ours”
• Prachodayat means “requesting / urging / praying”
The last five words constitute the prayer for final liberation through the awakening of our true intelligence.
Reference to the Gayatri in the Bhagavad Gita
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna had proclaimed to Arjuna – “Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri”.
• Rishis selected the words of the Gayatri Mantra and arranged them so that they not only convey meaning but also create specific power of righteous wisdom through their utterance.
• The ideal times for chanting the mantra are three times a day – at dawn, mid-day, and at dusk. These times are known as the three sandhyas – morning, mid-day and evening.
• The maximum benefit of chanting the mantra is said to be obtained by chanting it 108 times. However, one may chant it for 3, 9, or 18 times when pressed for time.
• The syllables of the mantra are said to positively affect all the chakras or energy centres in the human body.
Repeat the mantra as many times as seems natural. For a longer practice you can use a mala (a set of 108 beads for counting mantra repetitions) – you can also get a shorter Mala which has 27 beads. Let the sound resonate in you. Let it fill the entire space of your inner being.
• With time and practice, the rhythm of daily Gayatri practice will illumine your mornings and evenings with quiet joy.
Chanting the Gayatri activates and harmonises Pranamaya Kosha (the energetic body), purifies the mind, destroys ignorance and bestows health, beauty, strength and vitality. Through its recitation we are able to awaken and realise the Antar Jyoti or inner light……
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