शनिवार, 28 मार्च 2009


The Vedas are widely considered to be the source of all true knowledge, the word "Veda" itself meaning "Knowledge". Gayatri Devi gave to mankind the "Gayatri Mantra", also known as the "Guru Mantra" or the "Savitri Mantra". It is one of the oldest mantras, and generally thought of as being amongst the highest and most powerful mantras of all. This mantra is therefore often referred to as "the Mother of the Vedas".
Each word of the Gayatri Mantra not only conveys meaning but also creates specific power of righteous wisdom through their utterance. The ideal times for chanting the mantra are three times a day – 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 - hence, proper pronunciation is very important.
Chanting of Gayatri Mantra removes all obstacles in our path and leads to spiritual growth and development. Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba teaches that the Gayatri Mantra "will protect you from harm wherever you are, make your intellect shine, improve your power of speech, and dispel the darkness of ignorance (Dhiyoyonah prachodayaath)".
The Gayatri Mantra is unique in that it possesses both the power of mantra and the power of prarthana ( prayer ) , and thus has both an intrinsic power (ie "mantra shakti"), through its mere utterance alone, and also an instrumental power (ie "prarthana shakti"), which is derived from the understanding of its meaning and philosophical significance. Hence, the repeated and correct chanting of the Gayatri Mantra, with proper understanding of its meaning, is believed to be of the greatest good to the individual.
The Gayatri Mantra does not belong to any particular sect of worship. It is not restricted to any community.
Summary Meaning of Gayatri Mantra
May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path
Full Meaning of Gayatri Mantra
Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life, Remover of pain and sorrow,The Bestower of happiness,Oh! Creator of the Universe,May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.
Word By Word Meaning of Gayatri Mantra
Aum = Brahma ;

bhoor = embodiment of vital spiritual energy(pran) ;

bhuwah = destroyer of sufferings ;

swaha = embodiment of happiness ;

tat = that ;

savitur = bright like sun ;

varenyam = best choicest ;

bhargo = destroyer of sins ;

devasya = divine ;

these first nine words describe the glory of God

dheemahi = may imbibe ; pertains to meditation

dhiyo = intellect ;

yo = who ;

naha = our ;

prachodayat = may inspire!

"dhiyo yo na prachodayat" is a prayer to God

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