Read here to learn the Gayatri Mantra. While there are numerous mantras in the Vedic Tradition, there is none greater than the Gayatri Mantra. 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.
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Development[ edit ] Gayatri was the name initially applied to a metre of the Rig Veda consisting of 24 syllables. The Gayatri mantra composed in this triplet form is the most famous.
Most of the scholars identify Gayatri as the feminine form of Gayatra, another name of the Vedic Solar god which is also one of the synonyms of Savitri and Savitr. There are different sources available to construct her development through ages. Shaivite Gayatri[ edit ] According to Saivite Siddhantic perspective, Gayatri is the consort of Sadasiva , the supreme being Parashivam.
This could be the root for the terrific aspect of Gayatri explained in the later puranas as the killer of demon Vetra identifying her with Adi Parashakti. In some puranas, Gayatri is said to be the other names of Sarasvati , the wife of Brahma.
Skanda Purana tells that Gayatri is the wife of Brahma making her a form of Saraswati  Few Puranic scriptures say that Gayatri is distinct from Sarawati and is married to Brahma.
The story continues that Savitri became angry knowing the wedding of Gayatri with Brahma and cursed all the gods and goddesses engaged in the event. One of the bronze images of Gayatri dated back to 10th c. CE was obtained from Champa region and now preserved in Delhi museum. It appears with five faces and ten hands holding, sword, lotus, trident, disc, skull, Varada in left and goad, noose, a manuscript, the jar of ambrosia and Abhaya in right. Modern depictions illustrates swan as her mount.
Old iconography of Shaivite Manonmani Gayatri was misunderstood as the same of Brahmanic Gayatri later and Fine paintings of Gayatri appears from 18th century CE in which she is often portrayed with third eye, crescent moon and five heads with five different colors same like Sadasiva. The well known form of Gayatri Parvati with the Saivite influence will appear having five heads Mukta, Vidruma, Hema, Neela, Dhavala with the ten eyes looking in eight directions plus the earth and sky, and ten arms holding various types of weapons attributed to Shiva , Vishnu and Brahma.
Another recent depiction is accompanied by a white swan holding a book to portray knowledge in one hand and a cure in the other, as the Goddess of education. She also has an fearsome three-faced depiction; two faces look like that of goddess Kali and one clam one and holding weapons like Mahakali goddess.
She is shown mounted on lotus holding lotus, noose, trident, Scimitar and vard mudra in right whereas conch, discus, bow-arrow, goad and abhay mudra in left. The force of that desire of the absolute is Gayatri Adyashakti or Brahmi-Shakti. All other powers of the manifest cosmic creation are dependent for their existence on this primordial generative force whose attributes are production, development and transformation, and which is the Divine Mother Adya-Shakti Gayatri.
Brahmi or Brahmani : Brahma , Vishnu , Shiva : creation, development, transformation. In creation or production diligence is most necessary and important, as by diligence on contributes to the welfare of others and becomes the object of their thankfulness. These are the prime attributes of Mother Brahmi by whose Shakti Brahma becomes capable of producing the cosmos. Vaishnavi : Vaishnavi is the power of Vishnu. She is the sustainer, developer and organizer.
By another name she is also Lakshmi or the giver of prosperity and culture. Mother Vaishnavi is the sustainer of the good. Shambhavi aka Maheshwari Matrika : Mother Shambhavi is the divinity of auspicious transformation, productive change and beneficent reconstruction. In another form she is the Shakti of Shiva. For this reason Gayatri is referred to in the scriptures as vedamata, or the mother of the Vedas. Devamata: Gayatri is the celestial mother too, i. The bestower of divinity, or of the divine beings.
The divine beings are divine because they are generous and charitable. The worship of Gayatri as devemata takes us up to the level of divinity by instilling in us the qualities of charity, equanimity, and of right conduct. Vishvamata: Gayatri is the Universal Mother. She sustains and binds the universe by the spirit of unity. By her grace as Vishvamata man acquires reverence for all living beings and becomes and instrument of social harmony and prosperity.
Ganga can cleanse the earthly sins, and Gayatri cuts the bondage of karma. For this reason Ganga and Gayatri as taken to be equally auspicious.
Ganga as the earthly representative of Gayatri is called Mandakini the calmly flowing one who removes our genuinely repented for sins. Ajapa: In the sadhana of Gayatri a state of grace is reached where the devotee attains a self-maintained contact with god.
This state of divine union is called Ajapa above prayer state. Riddhi and Siddhi: Of the twenty-four deities of Gayatri the lord Ganesa is one. Ganesa is the deity of intellect giving it the capacity of discrimination. Ganesa has two female consort divinities, viz. Riddhi is the giver and the substance of the spiritual attainments; and siddhi is the giver of material and physical endowments. And both of them are the powers of Gayatri, one operating internally and the other externally.
This full cosmic consciousness is Rtambhara Prajna; and Gayatri in her cosmic form is Rtambhara and this realization is self-realisation or Mukti. Savitri : The primordial shakti has two flows, one immanent and transcendental. The spiritual flow is called Gayatri, while the physical is named as Savitri. Savitri is seen as five-faced because the perceptible universe is constituted of five fundamental energy-substances or states. Of all the innumerable forms of Gayatri, Savitri is nearest to us and also the most powerful; and the inter-relationship of Savitri and Gayatri is so close that they can be said to be one and the same.
Lakshmi : Gayatri as the dispenser of material contentment and happiness is Lakshmi. By her grace we find our material circumstances aiding us in our self-development and adding to our capacity for social welfare and good conduct. Excess of material riches without the grace of Lakshmi is an evil and causes social strife, but the same riches blessed by the grace of Lakshmi become a force for social welfare. Life is a battleground where our greatest foes are mostly our own weaknesses of mind and character.
Saraswati : Awareness has two polar attributes - the perceiving consciousness and the discriminatory intellect. Gayatri is the motivating force of the perceiving consciousness while the discriminatory intellect functions by the grace of Saraswati. Man is nothing more than a brute without right discrimination.
Therefore the grace of Saraswati is necessary for us to sustain our intelligent humanity. Kundalini: Gayatri as Kundalini is the quiescent material cosmic energy entwined with the individual embodied self.
All yoga is concerned with the arousal of Kundalini for self realization. Annapurna : Food is the first direct necessity for sustaining life.
As Annapurna Gayatri is the provident Mother Nature who produces materials made available to us as food. Mahamaya: Human identity being limited the human perception is also incomplete. Maya is delusion and Mahamaya is delusionlessness. Gayatri is called Mahamaya because when she has been realized as Mahamaya the true functioning of the cosmos is fully revealed and the self knows its own divine origin.
Payasvini: Gayatri as the provider of the elixir of immortality in the form of self-realisation is named Payasvini. Cow because she provides us generously with life-giving milk is taken to be the representative of Gayatri from the animal kingdom, and therefore she is held sacred.
She is therefore called Payasvini provider of milk. Cow is also an example to us of benevolence, charity and self-sacrifice, which are the self-same qualities of personal conduct required to realize the grace of Gayatri. Pranagni: Gayatri is also Pranagni, or the vital fire permeating our bodied self. When Gayatri is realized in this form our weaknesses and deficiencies are consumed by Pranagni and our divine attributes become manifest.
Treyta or Tripura: Gayatri reigns over the three spheres of existence and in which capacity she is known as Tripura. A balanced combination of faith, knowledge and action are necessary for any beneficent human activity, and they are also necessary for realizing the triple attributes of sat-chit-ananda existence-consciousness-bliss of the all-containing Brahman.
By the grace of Gayatri this state of realization is reached. Bhavani: The evil-destroying power of Gayatri becomes personified as Bhavani who is the defender of the good, the meek and the down trodden and defenseless.
By right social effort we earn her grace. It has 2 dates both are believed in different areas of India one is on Shravan Purnima and other on Shukla Paksha Ekadashi during Jyeshtha lunar month and it is usually observed on the next day of Ganga Dussehra. Navratri[ edit ] She is worshipped during Navratri as all the forms of Maa Adishakti are worshipped in those days.
Gayatri Mantra – Meaning, Significance and Benefits
Baba advises that each word should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, without undue haste or hurry. The Gayatri Mantra is all-pervasive throughout the manifest Cosmos. Gayatri is "That which preserves, protects and rescues the chanter from mortality". The Gayatri Mantra is a Universal Prayer which asks for a clear Intellect so that the Truth may be reflected therein without distortion. Bhagavan has said that the Gayatri Mantra can be chanted by men and women of all climes and creeds. It calls upon the Glorious Power that pervades the Sun and the Three Worlds to arouse, awaken and strengthen the Intelligence, so that it may lead us through intense Sadhana to success. The heart needs to be cleansed thrice a day - dawn, noon and dusk.
Gayatri mantra lyrics and meaning
Besides being the most ancient religion of the world, the Hindu religion also has a deep spiritual significance attached to it. The Mantras not only convey some meaning, but their chanting goes on to create specific energies which help devotees attain fulfillment in the material and spiritual dimensions. Mantras are also used in Hindu religious ceremonies and during worshiping of Gods and Goddess. What is Gayatri Mantra?
Development[ edit ] Gayatri was the name initially applied to a metre of the Rig Veda consisting of 24 syllables. The Gayatri mantra composed in this triplet form is the most famous. Most of the scholars identify Gayatri as the feminine form of Gayatra, another name of the Vedic Solar god which is also one of the synonyms of Savitri and Savitr. There are different sources available to construct her development through ages. Shaivite Gayatri[ edit ] According to Saivite Siddhantic perspective, Gayatri is the consort of Sadasiva , the supreme being Parashivam. This could be the root for the terrific aspect of Gayatri explained in the later puranas as the killer of demon Vetra identifying her with Adi Parashakti. In some puranas, Gayatri is said to be the other names of Sarasvati , the wife of Brahma.