Gayatri Mantra is considered the most sacred and holy mantra in Hinduism. It is believed that chanting this mantra will give us a lot of prosperity and happiness. The word “Gayatri” itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.
The Mantra is as follows:
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
Meaning of this Mantra:
O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.
The magical significance of it:
• The first and the foremost word ‘AUM’ comes from the Prana (vital vibration) and is called as the Pranav.
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.
• Bhuh, Bhuvah, Svah – They are called Vyahrities and mean past, present and future. By uttering these three words, the chanter contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience. They also mean the Earth, Atmosphere and beyond all of it.
• Tat simply means “that” because it defies description through speech or language, the “Ultimate Reality.”
• Savitur means “Divine Sun” (the ultimate light of wisdom) not to be confused with the ordinary sun.
• Varenium means “adore”
• Bhargo means “illumination”
• Devasya means “Divine Grace”
• Dheemahi means “we contemplate”• Dhi means intellect
• Yo means “who”
• Nah means “ours”
• Prachodayat means “requesting / urging / praying”
• The last five words constitute the prayer for final liberation through the awakening of our true intelligence.