The Great Gayatri Mantra – the essence of all mantras

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Among all the millions of mantras written down and stored in far eastern archives, the Gayatri mantra is universally considered the essence of all mantras. The Sanskrit sounds contain the essential vibration of the upper luminous spheres of light, and all spiritual powers and potencies are within.  Beautiful words – but what does that mean exactly?

The Gayatri mantra is simply meditation on spiritual light. While other mantras are great for their purposes, this one is specifically for the purpose of enlightening the mind and intellect. For pure spiritual potency, the accumulation of the highest spiritual light, and attainment of enlightenment, there is nothing to compare with the Gayatri mantra.

It is a cosmic rhythm consisting of 24 syllables arranged as triplets of eight syllables each.  There are short and long forms; from the “Samhita” – the original version –  which first appears in the Rg. Veda. III.62.10; and later in the Yajur and Sama Vedas, and Upanishads.

The Gayatri destroys all delusions, energises prana, bestows longevity, health and illumination. Drives darkness out from in and around you. It is key to opening the door of cosmic consciousness.

The only true way to fully understand and experience what the Great Gayatri “means” is to chant it extensively – embody the sounds (for mantra are sounds not words, and have no literal translation) – and the truth within will reveal itself to you.  And this experience changes, deepens and evolves over time. It is a joy and privilege to explore and experience mantra – whether that be the Gayatri or any other.   Here is the original, Samhita, Vedic version:-

Om* Tat Savitur Vareenyam
Om…taht sah-vee-toor vahr-ehn-yum

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
bhahr-go deh-vahs-ya dhee-mah-hee

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
dhee-yoh yoh nah- prah-cho-dai-aht

“O Self-effulgent Light that has given birth to all the lokas
(spheres of consciousness) who is worthy of worship and appears through the orbit of the Sun, illumine our intellect”

(Om* – 3 counts in the Vedic tradition)

If you’d like to explore this, and other mantras, for your health, healing and spiritual connection I have a “Sound and Silence” chant CD available.  I share the Samhita version (as above) – beautiful in its simplicity.