Gayatri Mantra

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Gayatri Veda Mata

The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most sacred of the Vedic mantras, appearing in the Rigveda 3.62.10 (English and Sanskrit). Traditionally reserved only from brahmins, it is now permitted for any devotee to recite.

The Mantra is named for Gayatri Devi. She is Veda Mata, the mother of the Vedas (meaning the eternal sacred knowledge). She is the divine hymn, the personification of Parabrahman, the Absolute Deity. She is the supreme unity and mother of the Trimurti. She is the protector of the five pranas. The Mantra and Gayatri are also known as Savitri, 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 koshas or sheaths which cover our inner nature or Atman. 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 Adi Shakti 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

In Devanagari
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ।तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

In IAST
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt

Om: symbol of Para Brahman, the root sound of creation.
Bhuh: Bhu Loka or the physical plane.
Bhuvah: the astral plane.
Svah: the celestial plane.
Tat: That; the transcendental Paramatma; God.
Savituh: the Creator, the transcendent Sun.
Varenyam: fit to be worshipped.
Bhargah: remover of sins and ignorance; glory, effulgence.
Devasya: resplendent, shining.
Dheemahi: we meditate.
Dhiyah: the intellect, understanding.
Yo: who.
Nah: our.
Prachodayaat: enlighten, guide, impel.



A meditative version of the Gayatri Mantra

The theme music of the recent television series, Battlestar Galactica, included the Gayatri Mantra.

External Links

Gayatri Mantra on Wikipedia
Gayatri on Wikipedia
Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri from Global Oneness
Sri Gayatri at ShaktiSadhana.org
Gayatri and its importance