word for word.
The meaning of the Gayatri Mantra.
The Gayatri is an Ancient Vigil
People all over the world are chanting this deeply moving
prayer at this very same time. No matter what time of day or night you may
chant, there are others chanting the mantra too. Gayatri is an ancient vigil
surrounding the planet. The Gayatri Mantra is one of the keynotes for the
transformation of consciousness and is an identical vibration to the vital force
in nature. The mantra is most effective when chanted in its original language,
Sanskrit. It is one of the oldest prayers known to humanity; its sentiment is as
ancient as light. This prayer appeals to the highest wisdom, to the brilliance
of the cosmos, to illumine an understanding of our true nature. The appeal
requests that we become subtle and receptive to the divine wisdom that pervades
the experience of life and is in essence our true nature.
To chant the Gayatri Mantra purifies
To listen to the Gayatri Mantra purifies
This sacred prayer spirals out through the entire universe
from the heart of the chanter, appealing for peace and divine wisdom for all.
The balanced qualities of the Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri is a perfectly balanced mantra, yin and yang. The
body or text of the Gayatri Mantra is feminine, and her message or invocation is
masculine. Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas and this means the mother of all
knowledge. She appeals to the masculine Savitur, which is said to be the
radiance of perception and intelligence. This radiance, which is everywhere and
in every experience, is likened to the radiance of our solar sun. In other
words, all of the knowledge of the intricate ways of existence is contained
within the syllables of the mantra, so too is the means and vehicle with which
to go beyond worldly knowledge.
Gayatri Mantra's vibration and influence on the physical
Silently thinking or speaking or chanting the Gayatri Mantra
influences the physical body, clears the emotional body, leading one to the
inner heart1. The Gayatri stimulates and facilitates insightfulness
and awakening to the Truth within all. Our energy centers, levels and rhythms
are activated by the measure of breaths that are drawn in through the nostrils
and released during recitation of the Gayatri Mantra (even during silent
repetition)2. This balances electromagnetic rhythm and energy
currents in the body with prana. Prana is an undetectable life force energy
which is similar to orgone3.
During recitation, all elements of the mantra are in use;
even the breath is a precision instrument. It all works together, like an
orchestra and the conductor. The breath, voice, meditation and intention,
efficiently and effortlessly function (like the sun efficiently and effortlessly
Gayatri teaches the chanter her secrets
By chanting the Gayatri Mantra, the mantra itself reveals the
teachings within it. The Gayatri is flawless and whole. The Gayatri Mantra
regenerates unobstructed perception in the same way that crops are renewed. For
example, wind carries seeds onto the terrain. In time and by the right
conditions, wild flowers and wheat inherit the fields. Again and again an
unobstructed flow, season after season. The Earth propagates her seeds and in
turn the seeds flourish, grow and produce another generation. The mantra works
like that, it is seeded by your chanting, it expresses and propagates. Gayatri’s
meaning is like the good season that prospers the Earth. Fruit comes forth again
and again. Like a surrendered seed is carried by the wind, we too surrender our
intention into the universal intention and the Gayatri flowers in places and at
times that we may be or may not be aware of. Gayatri is like the power in the
sun. How can we really speak about such a thing, is it comprehensible at all?
Any definition that you hear may be compared to just one grain of sand upon
infinite shores. A definition can never indicate the immense significance and
intensity of this great mantra.
The Gayatri is a pearl from the depth
It is a jewel among the treasures that our Guru and the Sacha
lineage have handed down from generation to generation. To be initiated into
this sacred mantra is a great privilege. The sound or even the thought of the
Gayatri verse sets grace in action as we recognize the fortune we have in our
life to live our highest ideals.
This jeweled Gayatri Initiation is a privilege for us
There was once a time when the Gayatri Mantra was not spoken
outwardly, it was repeated only in silence or whispered on the tip of the
tongue. This method of chanting is a very subtle and powerful way to repeat the
mantra. There was a time when women did not chant the mantra. There was also a
time when only the Brahman priests and no others chanted the Gayatri Mantra.
Today everyone has the privilege to chant the Gayatri Mantra - and what an
honour it is. It seems that the change came when the world events began to turn
towards a darker time. Now millions of men, women and children from every walk
of life repeat and chant this beautiful and powerful invocation. Because of its
universal appeal and content, this mantra cannot rightfully be associated with a
particular religion. The Hindus were the guardians of the Gayatri; it was they
who taught it and propagated it throughout the world. You could say that the
Gayatri Mantra is their offering to the spirit of humanity and the awakening of
all beings. However, the scope of Gayatri's invocation is universal and
transgresses all borders of secular religion.
Mantra is the matrix of existence
Sparkling in the sunrise and clinging to the fields, the
morning dew appears by mantra. Then again it disappears by mantra, in the heat
of the noonday sun. Everything that appears and disappears, in all of existence,
does so by the power of precise sound vibration, pitch, length and tone, by a
The Gayatri Mantra is a vibration that sets up a condition of
subtle receptivity and opens our way to the unconditional Truth. Like the
buzzing of a bee contributes to the full web of experience, so too, the chanting
of the mantra contributes to the full matrix of existence.
1: Not only the well-known chakra
system but all energy and rejuvenating centers are activated by the sound of the
2: The mantra works in a multitude
of ways, which align the energies, magnetic currents, biochemistry and brainwave
patterns on a very subtle level. Immediately or in time, one will notice the
3: According to Wilhelm Reich
(1897-1957) the universe is permeated by a primal, mass free phenomenon that is
called ‘orgone energy’.
The Yantra of the Gayatri Mantra