Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Gayatri mantra meaning, significance, benefits and how to chant

Gayatri mantra meaning, significance, and benefits

Gayatri mantra is the most powerful mantra. It encapsulates the essence of Vedic wisdom and it helps us to awaken ourselves to reality. Here I will elaborate on the meaning of the Gayatri mantra and its significance and benefits.

First, let’s understand what is Mantra? 

Mantra is a sound vibration that infuses every cell of the body resulting in a calm mind. In Sanskrit, it is said  “मननात त्रायते इति मंत्रा (mananat trayate iti mantra)” means when you think about it repeatedly it will liberate your mind. Mantra chanting helps in increasing concentration.

Gayatri means "गायन्तं त्रायते इति गायत्री (gaayantam traayate iti gayatri)" the one who chants it, it liberates him.

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Gayatri Mata

Gayatri mantra in Hindi

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो योनः प्रचोदयात्।

Gayatri mantra in English

Om bhurbhuvah swah tatsaviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yonah prachodayat.

Now let’s understand the meaning of the Gayatri mantra.

Meaning of Gayatri mantra:

Gaytri mantra - ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो योनः प्रचोदयात्।

First, understand the word by word meaning in the mantra then we will get the Gayatri mantra meaning collectively.

Om - The primal sound

Bhur - the physical body/physical realm

Bhuvah - the life force/mental realm

swah - the soul / spiritual realm

TatSviturVarainyam – Adorable Sun, the creator/source of life (God)

Bhargo - the divine light or the destroyer of all sins

Devasaya - the divine one

Dhimahi - meditate

Dhiyo - the intellect

YoNahPrachodayat – may this light illuminate our intellect

So totally the Gayatri mantra meaning would be that we meditate upon the most adored supreme lord, the creator whose divine light illuminates all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illuminate our intellect.

In other words, The Sun, the most adorable one and divine being who illuminates 3 worlds/realms, may he so illumine my intellect that all good thoughts may come to me and I get the knowledge of this supreme reality.

Gayatri is personified as a five-faced Devi called Gayatri Devi. She is also called Ved Mata (the mother of all the knowledge). The Gayatri mantra has enormous benefits and blessings.

Also, read and understand the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita - Important Life Lessons.

Gayatri mantra benefits/significance

  • Gayatri mantra is the mantra that opens the doors of wisdom for us and awakens us to reality.

  • 5 divisions of higher intelligence are Dhi (the spiritual heart), Medha (very bright higher intellect), Pragya (higher awareness), Dhriti (higher will), and Smirti (great memory). Gayatri awakens all these five faculties of intelligence.

  • By chanting the Gayatri mantra, you will find deep inner calmness and stability in your mind. It will remove obstacles from your path and your memory will be strengthened.

How and when to chant Gayatri mantra?

  • We should chant Gayatri mantra in the dawn and dusk periods when the surroundings are quiet.

  • It should be chanted 108 times preferably. Also, we can chant it 36 times in the dawn, 36 times in the noon, and 36 times in the dusk.

  • All the words in the mantra carry energy so it is better to chant the mantra with the proper understanding.

  • While chanting Gayatri mantra you should sit in a quiet place and proper straight posture to yield positive results.

  • If you can’t chant the Gayatri mantra 108 times then at least 12 times repetition of this mantra with the proper understanding in the mind should be done intensely.