Beginning this page with a scientifically proven manthra to obtain physical, mental and spiritual health (Holistic health). The ‘Gayathri Manthra’
Dear Readers, please note all that is written here are the outcome of my research and understanding of a Universal Prayer, the “Gayatri Mantra”. Thanks to all the YouTube contributors and writers. References are all at the bottom. This may not be a perfect explanation because my small mind can hold only so little of the Mystical knowledge of India’s Great Sage Vishwamithra. There might be great scholars who can understand this better, I request my readers to forgive me if I have made any mistakes in this.
First of all, I was born in a Christian family and after learning our scriptures and reading the scriptures of all religions found the Universal truth that is: all are striving towards a single goal using various ways and means. Though our ultimate goal is one and the same the paths (Religions) are dividing us. Now my religion is humaneness. I love Gayatri Mantra and recite it daily several times of the day. It really gives a positive energy and enthusiasm. Now let us go deep into its explanation by several great Pundits.
By the way Gayatri Mantra is not a prayer to the Hindu God’s, that’s only a misinterpretation of several religious leaders, it’s an Indian prayer to praise, worship and adore the almighty God who controls the Universe and it’s a scientifically proven powerful Hymn which energizes the whole body and creates holistic health.
Now on to the explanations:
Gayatri Mantra History and Meaning
According to Douglas Brooks, PhD, a professor of religion at the University of Rochester and a teacher in the Rajanaka yoga tradition, the Gayatri mantra first appeared in the Rig Veda, an early Vedic text written between 1800 and 1500 BC.
It is mentioned in the Upanishads as an important ritual and in the Bhagavad Gita as the ‘Poem of the Divine’. The Gayatri is considered as the essence of the Vedas. ‘Veda’ means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact the four core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in this Gayatri mantra.
“Gayatri” is a Sanskrit word; it’s the feminine form of “gayatra” which means a song or hymn, having a Vedic meter of 3 padas or lines of 8 syllables. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Upanishads. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables or any hymn composed in this meter. Hence, there exists a whole family of Gayatri Mantras, which serve as meditative aids to pray for the blessings of God.
A famous quote in Sanskrit brings to surface the efficacy of Gayatri Mantra. It goes thus, “Gayan Trayate Iti Gayatri”, meaning Gayatri is the protector of those who chant it. Gayatri Manthra is called the mother of all mantras. In the Hindu pantheism, a lot of importance is given to Vedic chanting’s as they carry a lot of positive vibrations that are highly beneficial to enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual health of a person.
Gayatri Manthra is found to be the highest and most powerful hymn in the world. It’s a combination of sound waves of a particular frequency, this hymn is claimed to be capable of developing specific spiritual and physical potentialities.
The Hamburg University initiated a research into the efficacy of most powerful Hymns of all religions and found the Gayatri Mantra the most efficient Hymn in the world. Because of the various vibrations it creates both on the mental and physical plane of creation. On the basis of science and research, Gayatri Manthra produced 110,000 sound waves per second if chanted properly.
And Now the Gayatri Mantra is broadcasted daily for 15 minutes from 7 p.m. onwards over radio Paramaribo, Surinam, South America for the past two years and in Amsterdam, Holland for the last six months.
Indonesia is a Muslim country, but women in Bali, a small Island of Indonesia recite Gayatri Mantra every day. So people who say Gayatri Manthra cannot be chanted by women are really not true says many wise Guru’s.
The Gayatri Manthra is a Universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. It is addressed to the Immanent and Transcendent Divine who has been given the name ‘Savita,’ meaning ‘that from which all are born.’ The Gayatri may be considered as having three parts – (i) Adoration (ii) Meditation (iii) Prayer or request. First the Divine is praised and then is meditated upon in reverence and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man.
[‘Sathya Sai Speaks’, vol 13.34: June, 20, 1977]
‘OM’ (ॐ) is the sound produced by the sun and whole galaxy as it moves; The First Word Om (Aum) is also called Pranav because its sound emanates from the Prana (vital vibration), which feels the Universe. The scripture says “Aum Iti Ek Akshara Brahman” (Aum that one syllable is Brahman (Almighty God who has no beginning or end)).
When you pronounce AUM (ॐ):
A – Emerges from the throat, originating in the region of the navel
U – rolls over the tongue
M – ends on the lips
A – waking, U – dreaming, M – sleeping
It is the sum and substance of all the words that can emanate from the human throat. It is the primordial fundamental sound symbolic of the Universal Absolute.
OM therefore, represents both the not manifested or revealed (nirguna) and manifested or revealed (saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called pranava—meaning that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath.
Finally, it needs to be mentioned that there are a number of meanings of the three main words of this mantra given in the scriptures, adding a few below:
Various meanings of the words used in the Gayatri Mantra
Because of these meaning variations, when the Hymn is translated from Sanskrit to other languages lots of misunderstandings and mistakes could occur according to the language efficiency and understanding of the translator. Sometimes it may be totally different from the author’s description.
This is just what happened to all the scriptures including the Bible. Sometimes it could be the opposite of what the author really meant to disclose. So according to our small understanding we can very well say that Gayatri Mantra is a payer to the one and only God our Father, the creator who is Almighty and All Powerful, who is the only one who knows the past, present, future and beyond future.
This is not a prayer to any Devi or it’s not the prayer of only Hindu religion. This is a prayer composed by the enlightened Indian Maharishi Vishwamithra to achieve enlightenment or the true wisdom. Thus all persons from any religions can recite and meditate upon this, since all of us worship the same God, through different means. Just as we take different roots and vehicles to reach any tourist destinations, our ultimate destination is to be one with our creator. The ways (religions) are all dividing factors of humanity. Our minds must be opened and enlightened to realize this true fact and move in the right direction following the Will of the Divine.
In general, we meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all sufferings, Who controls the Universe and sustains all, whose divine light illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual).of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, may this Divine light illumine our intellect and may It direct our mental faculties in the right direction just as He directs the Sun and the whole Galaxy. In short, God is dear to me like my own breath; He is the dispeller of my pains and giver of happiness. I meditate on the supremely adorable Light of the Divine Creator, that it may inspire my thought and understanding.
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