Gayatri : The amplified version of “OM”Gayatri mantra mp3
The Gāyatrī, also known as the Sāvitrī mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig veda mandala 3.62.10. Rishi Vishvamitra is said to have created the Gayatri mantra. The Gayatri mantra is cited widely in Classical Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Harivamsa, and Manusmṛti. It is also praised by the Buddha in the Pali Canon.The mantra is an important part of the upanayana ceremony for young males in Hinduism, and has long been recited by dvija men as part of their daily rituals. Gayatri mantra mp3
Modern Hindu reform movements spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes and its use is now very widespread. In 1898 for example, Swami Vivekananda claimed that, according to the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita, a person became Brahmin through learning from his Guru, and not because of birth. He administered the sacred thread ceremony and the Gayatri mantra to non-Brahmins in Ramakrishna Mission. This Hindu mantra has been popularized to the masses, outside of Brahminic culture through pendants, audio recordings and mock scrolls. Gayatri mantra mp3
The Gayatri Mantra in Devanagari Script
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ।
भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥
In international alphabets for Sanskrit transliteration ( IAST)
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10
( Om – Para Brahman; Bhur – Bhuloka (Physical Plane); Bhuvah – Antariksha ( space) Svah– Svarga Loka (heaven),Tat – Paramatma ( God), Savitur– Isvara (Surya); Varenyam– Fit to be worshipped; Bhargo – Remover of sins and ignorance; Devasya – Glory , Dheemahi – We meditate; Dhiyo – Buddhi (Intellect); Yo – Which; Nah – Our; Prachodayat – Enlighten ) Gayatri mantra mp3
Gayatri Mantra Translation
There are numerous translations of Gayatri Mantra, some of the translations by noted people are given below.
Swami Vivekananda -“We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”
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Pandit Sree Ram Sharma –“ Om , the Brahman , 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.” Gayatri mantra mp3
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 aright in our progress toward his holy seat.”[ Gayatri mantra mp3
Swami Sivananada: “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.”
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Om is the first mantra which was amplified in order to form Gayatri. Gayatri mantra mp3
It is said From the 24 syllables of Gayatri, the oldest books known to man- the Vedas, emanated. Gayatri is the symbol of spiritual consciousness in man. Gayatri has to be practised at sunrise. After years it can be repeated mentally, but at first it must be chanted aloud. Being a vedic mantra, its chanting is controlled by certain accents, not as you chant any Sanskrit mantra. According to the Hindu system, those who are pure vegetarian should practise Gayatri on a tulsi mala, and those who are non-vegetarians should practice on rudraksha.
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For the practice of Gayatri, there are no restrictions concerning diet, drinking or marital status.. The practice of Gayatri is the roadway to spiritual regulation. It has a powerful and simultaneous effect on the body, mind, senses and spiritual life. Whenever you practise Gayatri mantra, you should concentrate on the form of Om, the symbol of the four dimensions of human existence – consciousness, sub-consciousness, unconsciousness, and super-consciousness. Gayatri mantra mp3
Gayatri mantra for general masses
Gayatri and Om are equally powerful, but the action of Gayatri is not as speedy as the action of Om but Om is not recommended for all. Gayatri was intended for the general masses and the reason for this is clear. The consciousness of man is simultaneously existing in seven different planes. The purpose of mantra is to transcend the first three realms- the physical, mental and astral. This means that I am not only existing in this physical form; I have a duplicate and triplicate existence. Then there are the three higher or spiritual planes followed by the ultimate state.
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When man is able to evolve, he transcends each body, until he arrives at the seventh plane. However, those people who are not able to cope with their psychic or emotional situation, will find this transcendence quite a problem. Everybody does not want to transcend, and even if one desires it, he may not have qualified himself. Gayatri mantra mp3
Transcendence without illuminating the first three realms is a very impractical affair. The different states of human intelligence are reflected as necessities in our day to day life. Recognition, perception, recapitulation, and so many other forms of intelligence have to be developed before you try for transcendence. The Vedas are very clear in their concept. They say that one must transcend the material consciousness, but they place a condition; you should transcend the material consciousness only after you have developed it. Gayatri mantra mp3
The whole evolution is passing through three different stages. The lowest is tamo guna, inertia and potential energy. Above that is rajo guna, dynamism manifestation. This is followed by sattwa guna, knowledge, light and equilibrium in the forces of creation. If the individual transcends prematurely, his evolution stagnates. Therefore, they have a very clear concept. The ego must be dissociated from tamo guna. Potential energy must become dynamic and manifest.
Therefore, Om is considered right only for a few, not for everybody. But Gayatri is meant for the general masses because its purpose is to create a process of expression, to illumine the different states of human consciousness.
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The consciousness is in total darkness, as though it were the dark hour of midnight. Out of that dark night, comes the dawn of day, and inner vision, inner perception or awareness begins to take place. This is the concept of Gayatri. Therefore, the Hindus teach this mantra to their children at the age of 7, 8 or 9 years; before, they are not allowed to practice it. When they have fulfilled all the obligations and desires of life, when a type of distaste dawns in their minds, they discontinue the Gayatri mantra and begin to practice Om. The mantra Om is for yogis, because it is the shortcut for the fulfillment of spiritual transcendence and Gayatri is for general masses.
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