Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Throughout all realms of experience,
essential nature illuminating existence,
is the adorable
May all beings perceive through
subtle and meditative intellect,
the magnificent brilliance
of enlightened awareness.
In Hinduism, the Gayatri mantra is also personified as the Goddess,
Gayatri Devi. She is the wife of Brahma and is pictured with five
heads sitting on a lotus. She is the embodiment of the supreme
Brahman. (Click on the picture to enlarge it)
The Gayatri Mantra is first recorded in the Rig Veda which was
written in Sanskrit about 2500 to 3500 years ago, and by some
reports, the mantra may have been chanted for many generations
Gayatri Mantra might be translated as: a prayer of praise that
awakens the vital energies and gives liberation.
It is one of the oldest mantras, and generally thought of as being
amongst the highest and most powerful mantras of all. This mantra is
therefore often referred to as "the Mother of the Vedas". In the
Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna had proclaimed to Arjuna - "Among all
the mantras, I am the Gayatri".
Rishis (seers) selected the words of the Gayatri Mantra and arranged
them so that they not only convey meaning but also create specific
power of righteous wisdom through their utterance. The ideal times
for chanting the mantra are three times a day - at dawn, mid-day,
and at dusk. The maximum benefit of chanting the mantra is said to
be obtained by chanting it 108 times. However, one may chant it for
3, 9, or 18 times when pressed for time. The syllables of the mantra
are said to positively affect all the chakras or energy centers in
the human body - hence, proper pronunciation and enunciation are
Chanting of Gayatri Mantra removes all obstacles in our path to
increased wisdom and spiritual growth and development. The teachings
and powers incorporated in the Gayatri Mantra fulfill this purpose.
Righteous wisdom starts emerging soon after recitation of the
Gayatri Mantra is performed. The Gayatri Mantra will protect you
from harm wherever you are, make your intellect shine, improve your
power of speech, and dispel the darkness of ignorance.
word for word
I have about 30 different recitations of the Gayatri Mantra
My favorite version is the one with
NEW for it.
You can also download them as mp3