The Gayatri Mantra is often cited as the most powerful mantra of all mantras. As seekers on the path, this mantra also represents the path of kundalini yoga where the ultimate goal is self-realisation through the awakening of the Light.
The Gayatri Mantra is also cited in several other Vedic and post-Vedic texts apart from the main one in the Rig Veda, like for example, the Bhagavad-Gita. As you do a cross reference between the sources and read more into its symbolism, you will begin to appreciate how each word and syllable in the mantra is imbued with its own depth and potency.
Gayatri mantra and Tantra
In fact, this mantra is often associated with Tantra and we found this out for ourselves while we were on a yoga retreat in India. One day, we thought it might be helpful to create and paint a large wall hanging of the seven major chakras to adorn the main hall. We went out, got paints and found a long piece of wood and when it was done, our teacher was so pleased with the gift that he taught us this unique technique in return for our labours. It was totally unexpected but we are eternally grateful.
We have felt the power of the Gayatri Mantra for ourselves and because of that we include the mantra into japa in our yoga sadhana. Look up Swami Veda Bharati’s lectures on Youtube or read his books, and you will come to realise we need mantra japa to counter existing samskaras, parabdha karma and all the other forms of karma we have brought into this incarnation and to help us live wisely and avoid more negative karma which we will carry forward into future incarnations.
The importance of japa
Japa helps us live with keen awareness of the energies created by sound and intent that have the power to pierce the veil of maya. Imagine if we didn’t have access to this sort of precious knowledge. We would just bumble our way through life in ignorance, creating more and more karma that would surely bring us back again. No, we don’t want to come back again if we can help it. We don’t want any more rebirths!!!
The effulgence of ten thousand suns
So, together with all aspiring yogis on the yogic path in the whole wide world, seen and unseen, we aim to be enlightened with a Light that is as effulgent as ten thousand suns, as we attain the ultimate goal of self-realisation. May we all be enlightened in our day to day behaviour and in our efforts to help raise the consciousness of humanity. “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.” – Sri Aurobindo.
ॐ भूर् भुवः सुवः ।
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ suvaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑धीमहि ।
bhargo deva sya dhīmahi
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10
We include below a video of Sai Babaji chanting the Gayatri Mantra. We have been very blessed by Babaji when we made a visit to Puttaparthy. He entered mahasamadhi very soon after that. We see him as one of the greatest social workers and one who truly knows how to wield the magical power of energies. He continues to inspire us in our work as helping professionals.
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