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:
- sit in a comfortable meditation posture with your eyes closed.
- place your hands in your lap, or palms up or down on each knee.
- 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.
- usually the pace of the chants is even, after the first and last one, which are elongated.
- 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.