gayatri mantra meditation March 22 2017

the gayatri mantra (GUY-ah-tree) is one of the most widely known and beneficial of the ancient sanskrit mantras. gayatri is a mantra of physical, emotional, and mental healing, purifying the subtle karmas, protecting from the onslaught of obstacles, and of spiritual awakening or self-realization.

it is also one of the easiest sanskrit mantras to learn if it is taught right.  the mantra itself reads:

 

Om Bhur Bhuva Svaha 
Tat Savitur Varenyam 
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi 
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

 

its loose translation reads:

 

On the absolute reality and its planes,
On that finest spiritual light,
We meditate, as remover of obstacles
That it may inspire and enlighten us.

 

i strongly feel that the easiest way to learn this mantra is to chant along with deva premal's version because it is a catchy tune and makes the mantra easy to remember once it is learned.  you can listen to deva premal's version of the gayatri mantra here.

 

gayatri mantra meditation:

  1. sit in a comfortable meditation posture with your eyes closed.
  2. place your hands in your lap, or palms up or down on each knee.
  3. chant the gayatri mantra, either silently or aloud, for a set number of times or for a set length of time. one hour is a great length of time for this mantra, but 20 minutes is just as effective.  or you can chant with a mala 108 times.
  4. usually the pace of the chants is even, after the first and last one, which are elongated.
  5. after the last chant, observe how you are feeling for a few moments before opening your eyes. remain in the state of alert calmness for as long as you can after coming out of the meditation.