Gayatri Mantra – Meaning and Significance
The Gayatri Mantra is the greatest mantra of the Vedas. It is the perfect Vedic mantra for Paramatman meditation. The seer of this mantra is sage Vishwamitra and the deity is Savita or Brahma, the creator of the world. Sage Vishwamitra was the first to realize the meaning of this mantra.
According to Vedic tradition, a student is first initiated to the Gayatri Mahamantra, and only after that, does he receive other forms of education. The Gayatri Mahamantra is also known as the Savitri Mantra. It is a universal prayer.
Gayatri is the Mother of all Vedas. She is also the Mother of all scriptures. She has three names:Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati. Mother Gayatri is very powerful. She is depicted through the Gayatri Mahamantra.
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥsvaḥ,
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ,
bhargo devasya dhīmahi,
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt.
Translation: “We meditate on the glory of that being (Savitur, the Sun) who has produced this universe, who is the essence of our life existence; may he imbibe his divinity and brilliance within us”.
Appreciation: God is the soul, the destroyer of all sorrows and the source of happiness. He is the only one who deserves to be the ruler of all the worlds and the best. In our hearts we meditate on his pure divine light. He removes the sin of ignorance and inspire pure intellect in our hearts.
The Gayatri Mahamantra has ten words ( tat, savitur, vareṇyaṃ, bhargo, devasya, dhīmahi, dhiyo, yo,
naḥ and prachodayāt). Three other words (oṃ, bhūr, bhuvaḥsvaḥ) are traditionally added to the beginning while chanting the Mahamantra.The meter of this Mahamantra is Gayatri. This Mahamantra must be chanted during Nitya (daily) Puja (worship).
Benefits of the Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mahamantra can give us immense spiritual and mundane benefits. Gayatri Shakti is actually an energy field. This Mahamantra can energise and cleanse one’s body, mind and soul. Chanting the Gayatri Mahamantra not only decontaminates the chanter but the listener as well. Gayatri is a complete prayer for nourishment, protection and liberation. So we should chant the Gayatri Mahamantra regularly.