The Gayatri Mantra is the most auspicious mantra in Hinduism and also used to mediate. Earlier, only Brahim boys were allowed to chant it. Since a mantra is a universal prayer, now there is no demarcation of any kind as everyone can recite it freely. As per Vedic scriptures, the Gayatri Mantra should be recited 108 times at three periods of the day i.e. morning, noon and evening (dusk).
Gayatri is the primitive aspect of the Mother Goddess who is considered as “the essence of the Vedas”. The Gayatri mantra exposes that inner vision to you with which you may understand God. Also it is believed to be a protector of a person from any kind of harm. The Gayatri mantra also improves the power of speech. Also, the Gayatri mantra is considered to be a reliever, fulfiller of all desires, and wards off your miseries. Ignorance goes away by reciting Gayatri Mantra in the morning, noon and evening. It will clean up your mind and soul.
Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
This is known as “Mahavyahriti” and not considered as a part of main Gayatri mantra. This expresses nature and qualities of God.
Om – Bramhman, the Supreme name of God, Bhur – The physical plane, Existence, God is self and self-existent, Bhuvah – The astral plane, consciousness of God – Svaha – The celestial plane, God is present everywhere.
Let us all remember the Supreme Being who is the ruler of the physical, astral and celestial plane. Meditate upon the Supreme Being who is self existent, self-conscious and omnipresent.
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Tat – The literal meaning is ‘that’ and defines the third person, final truth, Savitur – derived from Savita another name of God, starting place of all, Varenyam – our acceptance of God, a God who is fit to be worshipped
The Supreme Being is the final truth and starting point of all life forms and who is fit to be worshipped.
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Bhargo – Spiritual truth, complete purity of God, Devasya – God or Divine truth, Dhimahi – we should meditate and focus our mind to God
We should meditate upon and focus our mind to the ultimate spiritual truth and divine truth i.e. God.
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
Dhiyo – our intellect, Yo – who or that, Nah – ours, Prachodayat – to enlighten, this is the last word of Gayatri Mantra that sums up the entire mantra and completes our prayers that we offer to the God
The Gayatri Mantra is a prayer to the supreme Goddess to awaken our mental power so that we follow the path of enlightenment.