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Gayatri Veda Mata
The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most sacred of the Vedic mantras, appearing in the Rigveda
). Traditionally reserved only from brahmins, it is now permitted for any devotee to recite.
The Mantra is named for
Devi. She is
, the mother of the Vedas (meaning the eternal sacred knowledge). She is the divine hymn, the personification of
, the Absolute Deity. She is the supreme unity and mother of the
. She is the protector of the five
. The Mantra and Gayatri are also known as
, who is sister of the Sun (originally the goddess of the Sun), and the river Savitri. In traditional iconography, three of the five heads of Gayatri are Shiva, Vishnu and Brahman, the masculine Trimurti. Her five heads also symbolize the five elements, and also the five
or sheaths which cover our inner nature or
. Her ten arms hold the ten weapons of Vishnu, signifying the ten incarnations. She is seen as the mother and culmination of Sri Lakshmi, Sri Parvati and Sri Saraswati. She is the supreme power or
of God. Her ten eyes look in the eight directions as well as to the earth (or underworld) and sky (or heaven). She is the unity in eternity of the past, present and future.
Oh Devi in the solar orb, Who is of the form of the Trimurti
Who is both Saraswati and Savitri
I bow to Thee, Mother of the Vedas
Oh Devi Who is the Mother of the Worlds,
Who is of the form of the Trinity and Who is of the form of Gayatri
I bow to that form of the Seven Mothers
Na gayatryah paro mantrah
There is no mantra greater than Gayatri
A beautiful and melodious version of the Gayatri Mantra
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ।तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
: symbol of Para Brahman, the root sound of creation.
: Bhu Loka or the physical plane.
: the astral plane.
: the celestial plane.
: That; the transcendental Paramatma; God.
: the Creator, the transcendent Sun.
: fit to be worshipped.
: remover of sins and ignorance; glory, effulgence.
: resplendent, shining.
: we meditate.
: the intellect, understanding.
: enlighten, guide, impel.
A meditative version of the Gayatri Mantra
of the recent television series, Battlestar Galactica, included the Gayatri Mantra.
Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra
from Global Oneness
Gayatri and its importance
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