Mantra for the month of June

The Gayatri Mantra

A Solar Light Invocation.

The Gayatri is dedicated to the aspect of the sun just before sunrise so that all the potential energy emanating from the entire cosmos is contained within Gayatri. It is said that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra burns away all the layers of impurities covering the mind, accumulated through countless births, and bestows upon you the vision of supreme consciousness. The ancient texts state that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra develops within you the feeling of constantly living in the divine state of pure consciousness. When your heart is completely open to the Gayatri, all the actions you perform in the world will be transformed into highly noble actions dedicated to the divine. All desires are effortlessly fulfilled, and you attain complete union with the supreme goddess of divine consciousness. The repetition of the Gayatri Mantra with devotion and faith gives the spiritual seeker divine protection. The Gayatri Mantra is also known as the Savitri Mantra, dedicated to Savitr, the sun deity, who represents the source, inspiration and life-giving force of the universe.

The Structure of the Gayatri Mantra Bhuh, Bhuvah, and Suvah are also referred to as the three worlds: earth, heaven, and inner space or existence (bhur); consciousness (bhuvah); and bliss (swaha). They serve as a kind of invocation to the Gayatri. The Gayatri itself contains 24 seed syllables: Tat savitur varenyam; Bhargo devasya dheemahi; Dhiyo yonah prachodayaat.

All of wisdom, knowledge, and the entire Vedas are concealed in these 24 seed syllables. They say that a whole lifetime is not enough to realize the hidden divine truths of any one of these seed syllables. One who has experienced the divine consciousness of these 24 seed syllables has nothing else left to hear, read, learn, or enjoy in this external world.

There are 70 million supreme mantras contained within the Gayatri Mantra. Of these, 10 million mantras are attributed to Shiva (pure potentiality, the unmanifest), 20 million to the sun (giver of life), 5 million to Ganesha (bringer of wisdom and remover of obstacles), 5 million to Vishnu (balance and harmony), and 30 million mantras, more than all the others, are attributed to the mother divine, the goddess of supreme energy. The Gayatri Mantra is the essence of all these 70 million mantras. Just as all rivers merge in the oceans, all mantras unite in the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra itself then merges in the great ocean of Omkara, the sound of “OM”, returning you to the silence of your true self.

The Value of Chanting the Gayatri Chanting the Gayatri Mantra develops nada, a regular vibration in the channels of the subtle body, opening the various spiritual centers of your body. As a result, energy is awakened in the subtle body. Chanting the 24 seed syllables in the Gayatri Mantra generates a pulsating ringing so that a powerful energy flows from the chakras of the subtle body. This endows you with Yoga Shakti, the energy of union with the divine. The Gayatri is best chanted silently or in a soft, sweet voice with a tranquil mind. As a result, your wishes, including those that have not been expressed yet, will all be fulfilled. Astrologically, the Gayatri protects her children from the negative influences of the rays of the nine planets, removing fear and helping you to successfully complete any task. She also maintains balance between air, fire, and earth, the three qualities or doshas in the body, ensuring good health. There is nothing more purifying than the Gayatri mantra. By meditating on the Gayatri Mantra, you will gradually realize that the whole universe is the radiance of mother divine, witnessed as the embodiment of your own soul. When you ascend to such an elevated state, you will never fall again. You will always be drenched in an ocean of divine bliss. This alone is the fulfillment of spirituality, which you can attain effortlessly by meditating on the Gayatri Mantra. This is why Gayatri is hailed as the mother of all mothers.

Learn the Gayatri Mantra The following is the standard version of the Gayatri Mantra, which is the one most commonly used, along with a phonetic pronunciation. There are many commercial recordings available to help you learn it, as well as my recording in the chants section of my website

OmBhur Bhuvah Suvaha Bhoor Bhoo-va Su-va-ha

Tat Savitur Varenyam Tat Sa-vee-toor Var-ayn-yam

Bargo Devasya Dhimahi Bar-go Day-vas-ya Dhee-ma-hee

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat Dhee-yo Yo Nah Pra-cho-da-yaat

Rather than give a direct translation of the Gayatri Mantra, which is often confusing to try to understand, here are several different meanings attributed to it. Some favor it as the origins of the universe, others as an aspect of the sun. You can choose whichever one you resonate with best.

  • I meditate upon the Supreme Energy, Gayatri Devi, who has the supreme quality of playing in the creation of all the worlds, and who induces noble thoughts in the hearts of everyone.

  • Oh, creator of the universe. We meditate upon thy supreme splendor. May thy radiant power illuminate our intellects, destroy our ignorance and guide us in the direction of enlightenment by purifying our inner hearts.

  • You who are the source of all power, whose rays illuminate the world, illuminate my heart so that it too can do your work.

  • Let us commune with the luminous light of consciousness that sustains all the worlds, that it may inspire our liberation.

  • We meditate on that light of the luminous God Savitur, who is the inspirer of all beings, their inner self, and is the creator of the universe. We mediate on that adorable light which is the self of the supreme Lord of the universe. It is the giver of knowledge and destroyer of ignorance. It is the light of the Supreme Brahman itself. May that light enlighten us.

Deva Premal and Miten: Live in Concert (Gayatri Mantra, The Essence)

Reference: The Chopra Center

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