The Time-transcending, dogma-defying – Holy “Gayatri Mantra”


Oṃ Bhūr Bhuvaḥ Svaḥ Tát Savitúr Váreṇ(i)yaṃ Bhárgo Devásya Dhīmahi Dhíyo Yó Naḥ Pracodáyāt  

– Rig Veda 3.62.10

  While there are innumerable mantras in the ancient indian vedic tradition, there is none considered greater than the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra is a hymn of praise that is considered one of the most sacred and powerful prayers in the Sanatana Dharma. The mantra is found in the ancient sacred scriptures known as the Rigveda and is believed to have been written over 3,000 years ago. It is believed to have been revealed to the ancient sage Vishvamitra by The Absolute Supreme Divine Mother for his many years of reverence and meditation, to be shared with all humanity, and so there is considered to be no earthly author of the mantra. The Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to Maa Savitri, A Form Of The Divine Mother, Symbolizing the sun and the source of all life. It is said that the potential energy emanating from the entire cosmos is contained within the Gayatri Mantra and through its sincere recitation devotees can attain spiritual enlightenment and Divine Knowledge.   The Gayatri Mantra is recited by millions of devotees every day, and its power and significance are deeply ingrained in indian culture and spirituality since ancient times. The mantra is considered to be a spiritual tool for invoking Divine Guidance, wisdom, and blessings, and for fostering a connection With The Divine Mother. It is said that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra bestows upon devotees the vision of The Supreme Divine Consciousness by burning away every layer of impurity on the mind, which accumulated through the many births.   Bhuh, Bhuvah, and Suvah are referred to as the three worlds: earth, heaven, and inner space or existence (bhur); consciousness (bhuvah); and bliss (swaha). The Gayatri Mantra consists of 24 seed syllables and is typically recited in sanskrit, the ancient language of sacred scriptures. The 24 syllables are generally arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the “Gayatri Meter” or "Gayatri Chhanda."  The vedic scriptures state that the non-dual “OM” emerged from The Supreme Unmanifest Absolute originally expressed as the three letters “A”, “U”, and “M.” From these emerged the gross physical (Bhuh), subtle (Bhuvah), and celestial (Suvah) universes. These gave rise to the great Gayatri Mantra. From the Gayatri Mantra emerged knowledge of the transcendental nature of the cosmic being (purusha) proving the entire meaning of the Vedas. And finally, from the vedas, brahma created the manifest universe as we know it.    In bhagavad gita, bhagwan shri krishna has said:   “bṛihat-sāma tathā sāmnāṁ gāyatrī chhandasām aham māsānāṁ mārga-śhīrṣho ’ham ṛitūnāṁ kusumākaraḥ”   “Amongst the hymns in the Samaveda know Me to be the Brihatsama; amongst poetic meters I am the Gayatri. Of the twelve months of the Hindu calendar I am Margsheersh, and of seasons I am spring, which brings forth flowers.”   – BG (10.35)   The mantra is personified as Maa Gayatri Devi, Usually Depicted As Having Five Heads And Ten Arms, With A Swan As Her Vehicle. Maa Gayatri Devi Is Considered A Form Of Maa Parvati, Who Is A Manifestation Of Maa Maha Kaali And Also As A Form Of Maa Maha Saraswati. It Is Said That She Can Even Be seen by those who have mystic vision, And She Is The Bestower Of All Knowledge To those who worship Her regularly. The Divine Mother As Maa Gayatri Is Known As The “Mother Of the vedas”, The Essence Of the upanishadic wisdom of enlightenment, And The Mother Of the universe.    The meaning of the Gayatri Mantra can be interpreted in different ways, but it is generally understood as a prayer for knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment. The mantra is believed to bring Divine inspiration and to increase one’s spiritual awareness and understanding. It is also said to help remove ignorance and to bring clarity of thought.   The power of the Gayatri Mantra lies in its ability to awaken and activate the individual’s inner wisdom and intuition. The Gayatri Mantra is a universal mantra, meaning that it can be recited by anyone, regardless of their caste, religion, or nationality. It is also a gender-neutral mantra and can be recited by both men and women. The mantra can be recited at any time of the day, but it is considered particularly powerful when recited at dawn or during the early morning. It is said that through regular repetition of the mantra, one can purify their mind and bring about a deeper state of consciousness and self-awareness. The Gayatri Mantra is also believed to bring peace, happiness, and success to those who recite it regularly and with devotion. In addition to its spiritual benefits, the Gayatri Mantra is also believed to have physical and mental benefits. Regular repetition of the mantra is said to help improve concentration, reduce stress, and increase overall health and well-being.  

English Translations Of The Holy Gayatri Mantra 

Translation by Swami Vivekananda:

“We meditate On The Glory Of That Being Who Has Produced this universe; May He Enlighten our minds.”   SECOND VARIATION: "We meditate On The Glory Of That Being Who Has Produced this universe; May She Enlighten our minds."  

Translation by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

"We meditate On The Effulgent Glory Of The Divine Light; May He Inspire our understanding.    SECOND TRANSLATION: We meditate On The Adorable Glory Of The Radiant Sun; May He Inspire our intelligence.”  

Translation by Monier Monier-Williams

"Let us meditate On That Excellent Glory Of The Divine Vivifying Sun, May He Enlighten our understandings."

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith

"May we attain That Excellent Glory Of Savitar The God: So May He Stimulate our prayers.”  

Translation by Sri Aurobindo

"We choose The Supreme Light Of The Divine Sun; we aspire that It May Impel our minds."   ELABORATION: "The Sun Is The Symbol Of Divine Light That Is Coming Down And “Gayatri” Gives Expression To the aspiration asking That Divine Light to come down and Give Impulsion to all the activities of the mind."  

Translation by Stephanie W. Jamison and Joel P. Brereton 

"Might we make our own That Desirable Effulgence Of God Savitar, Who Will Rouse Forth Our Insights."

Translation by Sir John Woodroffe 

"Ong. Let us contemplate The Wondrous Spirit Of The Divine Creator (Savitri) Of the earthly, atmospheric, and celestial spheres. May He Direct our minds (that is, ‘towards’ the attainment of dharmma, artha, kama, and moksha), Om."

Translation by poet Ravi Shankar

"Oh Manifest And Unmanifest, Wave And Ray Of breath, Red Lotus Of insight, Transfix us from eye to navel to throat, under canopy of stars spring from soil in an unbroken arc of light that we might immerse ourselves until lit from within like The Sun Itself."

Translation by Shriram Sharma

“Om, The Brahm, The Universal Divine Energy, Vital Spiritual Energy (Pran), The Essence Of our life existence, Positivity, Destroyer Of sufferings, The Happiness, That Is Bright, Luminous Like The Sun, Best, Destroyer Of evil thoughts, The Divinity Who Grants happiness May Imbibe Its Divinity And Brilliance within us Which May Purify us And Guide our righteous wisdom on the right path.

Translation by Sir William Jones

"Let us adore The Supremacy Of That Divine Sun, The God-Head Who Illuminates all, Who Recreates all, From Whom all proceed, To Whom all must return, Whom We Invoke To Direct our understandings right in our progress toward His Holy Seat."  

Translation by William Quan Judge

"Unveil, O Thou Who Givest sustenance to the universe, From Whom all proceed, To Whom all must return, That Face Of The True Sun Now Hidden By A Vase Of Golden Light, that we may see the truth and do our whole duty on our journey To Thy Sacred Seat."

Translation by Sivanath Sastri 

"We meditate On The Worshipable Power And Glory Of Him Who Has Created the earth, the nether world and the heavens (i.e. the universe), And Who Directs our understanding."

Translation by Swami Sivananda

"Let us meditate On Isvara And His Glory Who Has Created the universe, Who Is Fit To Be Worshiped, Who Is The Remover Of all sins and ignorance. May He Enlighten our intellect."

Translation by Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati

"Oh God! Thou Art The Giver Of life, Remover Of pain and sorrow, The Bestower Of happiness. Oh! Creator Of the Universe, may we receive Thy Supreme sin-destroying Light, May Thou Guide our intellect in the right direction."