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HomeInvocationGayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra, also known as Veda Mata-Gayatri or Sandhya Vandana, is one of the oldest available Divine hymns. This mantra is sung in the Vedic-meter called Gayatri. This is considered to be the most important mantra written out in Gayatri meter, and therefore, by tradition, this mantra has come to be known as Gayatri.

The Gayatri Mantra is never chanted for the purposes of material gains, physical or otherwise. Its very invocation concludes with an appeal to the Lord to illumine our heart and mind.

Rishis selected the words of various Mantras and arranged them so that they not only convey meaning, but also create specific power through their utterance. Gayatri Mantra inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path". All the problems of a person are solved if he/she is endowed with the gift of righteous wisdom. Once endowed with far-sighted wisdom, a person is neither entangled in calamity nor does he or she tread the wrong path. A wise person finds solution to all outstanding problems

It has actually been observed that by the recitation of the Gayatri Mantra with an understanding of its sacred meaning, the ordinary negative inclinations in the human mind have a tendency to melt to a large extent. It is believed that for any one frightened in the dark, immediate chanting of the Gayatri Mantra is advised to get over the nervousness of the fright. Similarly, it is also believed that chanting of the mantra with understanding of its meaning will set your mind right before starting any important work.

The Gayatri Mantra consists of twenty-four syllables - three lines of eight syllables each. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Upanishads. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables or any hymn composed in this meter. Hence, there exists a whole family of Gayatri Mantras, which serve as meditative aids to pray for the blessings of a particular personal God.

AumBhurBhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, DhiyoYo Nah Prachodayat
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

 

A basic translation can be given as...

Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very God, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.