Skip to main content

Gayatri Mantra: Why chant it?

Gayatri mantra's mythological description is that it is the Mother of the Vedas and the source of infinite wisdom. We are familiar with it but do we know its spiritual significance? I'd say we don't really know. If we don't know the meaning of what we are chanting, why chant it at all? 

Gayatri Mantra is 'Vedasara'
Many times, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Baba has said, "The Gayatri is considered as Vedasara, 'the essence of the Vedas.'" For the same reason, Bhagawan says that the Gayatri mantra should be practised with utmost care and discipline. 

The reason I wanted to share it here is because the Gayatri is extolled universally but we do not approach its practice with the discipline that is required in order for us to explore its full and absolute potential to harness our own spiritual growth. 

But first, it is important to understand the nature of the Gayatri mantra itself. Most of us chant the Gayatri without knowing its real significance. That is of little use. When one understands the meaning, the experience itself takes a different and more significant dimension. 

The following information is based on Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's various talks with His earliest devotees:

Gayatri Mantra & its 3 Parts

The Gayatri has three parts: 1) Praise 2)Meditation 3) Prayer

In the first aspect, the Divine aspect is praised, then it is meditated upon and then an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken, strengthen and illumine the intellect and discriminating faculty that is present in every human being.

Gayatri is Not Merely a Goddess 

Gayatri is not a goddess. Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas. Gayatri, however, has three names: Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati. These three are present in every one. Gayatri represents the master of the senses, Savitri is the master of Prana (life force) and Saraswati is the presiding deity of speech. The three represent purity in thought, word and deed, also known as 'thrikarana shuddhi." 

Power of the Gayatri mantra 

The power of the Gayatri mantra is tremendous. It will protect you from harm wherever you are. When chanted regularly, the Gayatri mantra protects your body, illumines your intellect and improves your power of concentration, speech and memory. That is why the Gayatri mantra is most important for children to chant. 

Gayatri Mantra: When to Chant it
One should chant it at least thrice daily and the ideal time is at 6 am, twelve o clock noon and 6 pm. Bhagawan says that when having a bath, it is ideal to chant the Gayatri mantra as it becomes equivalent to the holy abhisheka. Bhagawan also says that chanting the Gayatri mantra before eating food will sanctify the food and destroy all negative karma that is associated with its preparation as well. The evening recitation of the Gayatri will destroy all negative karma and sins that you may have incurred during the day.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, "One who chants the Gayatri mantra with discipline and dedication need not chant any other mantra."

Comments

Shilpa Garg said…
Never knew all this about Gayatri Mantra!! Very interesting and informative!! Will definitely try to practice it regularly! Thanks for sharing this!
Chitra said…
First time here. Very useful posts.. My FIL chants this mantra daily & he used to tell me the benefits :)
@Shilpa - Glad that this post inspires you to practice it regularly.

@Chitra - thanks, Chitra. Hats off to your FIL who is full of spiritual wisdom.
Ajith said…
had been thought the mantra from childhood but never practiced it but after reading ur blog felt like doing it daily...very inspiring..also ll try to find out meaning of the mantra...
@Ajith - Great to hear u found it useful.
Hari said…
This mantra can be approached with reverence like to one‘s own mother. Then the chanter as well as those in his surroundings will be hugely benefited. It is the power of this mantram that protected sanatana dharma also known as Hinduism through the ages.
Yes Hari, I totally agree with you. The Gayatri mantra purifies the person who chants it and the very environment in which it is chanted.
Anonymous said…
I have been researching a lot of about this mantra lately. I think it is highly revered and I have been listening as well as chanting the mantra on a regular basis. It seriously clears my mind and brings me to peace. It has that magic effect that I have never felt before. To be honest, I have had bouts of depression, and when I chant this mantra my mind stays still and everything around me feels beautiful!
IIT tutors said…
Nice information . I already chants Gayatri mantra regularly

Most Popular Posts

The Ugly Truth about Caste in Kerala

This post on Kerala's caste system has not been written with an intention to ridicule or glorify any caste as such. I do not ever judge or like to be judged on the basis of my caste. I do not support any form of caste discrimination because I know exactly how it feels to be treated differently because of one's caste. It isn't a great feeling.  

First Question is always "What is your Caste?" In Kerala, one of the first things you are bound to be asked by even new people you've just met is, "What is your caste?"  This is not a tirade against any caste but my experience, personally. And just for information, I have never used my caste name 'Menon' to this day. That is something I have learned from my father - who has never used 'Menon' in his name because he believes his destiny is shaped by values, vision and actions, not  by his caste.
As some one who is a Menon by birth, I can also tell you frankly that it often feels like a curse to be…

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Meaning, Benefit of Chanting and Who can Chant the Mantra

There are very few mantras that are as powerful as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Benefit of chanting this mantra
This mantra is believed to have the power to remove all sufferings, diseases and bestow the one who chants it with good health and long life. It is also believed that constant contemplation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help spiritual aspirants to overcome the cycle of birth and death.
What got me fascinated about this mantra is something personal.  I learned this mantra from my father but it is my maternal grandmother who chanted it all the time and repeatedly told me of its tremendous power to protect. However, I did not chant this mantra regularly. 
But at the age of two, my son was taught some mantras by my mother who explained what it means to him and he became very enthusiastic about chanting the mantras. Following this, my mother taught him the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and he took to …

Amazing Signs You are an Earth Angel

Doreen Virtue’s book, “Assertiveness for Earth Angels” brings to life the reality of Earth Angels in very easy way. It’s an exciting must-read! [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]

Earth Angels have amazing super powers in: MusicArtsWriting HealingManifesting miracles for others such as controlling weather conditions &  becoming invisible at will
DO READ: ASK MORE, FEAR LESS.

How to Identify Earth Angels by their Traits
To know whether you are an Earth Angel, take a look at their known traits that are explained in this book:


You have a graceful and compassionate aura that inspires people.Your presence “lifts” everyone to happier spirits – it is proof of who you really are.You don’t judge others but you overdo the “acceptance” bit. So, you tolerate even those who show no respect for boundaries.You cannot stand anyone suffering or being in pain. You are constantly “rescuing people” because it is in your nature to want to see everyone happy in this world. But y…

Gayatri Mantra as Panchamukhi: Get it right or let it go

Most people do not understand the importance of chanting the Gayatri mantra because they are not aware of its power. It is only when I began to read Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's teachings that I learned how sacred and powerful the chanting of the Gayatri mantra is.
The Vedas represent the breath of God. The Gayatri mantra is the very basis of the Vedas. Try not to undertake chanting the Gayatri mantra as a light endeavor or as a hobby. It has to be chanted with faith, discipline and purity of mind and body. Be steady with your sadhana if you want to reap the spiritual dividend associated with the Gayatri mantra  and never once hesitate once you decide to do it.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that the Gayatri Mantra is referred to as Pancha Mukhi, the Goddess with five faces that represent the five pranas or life forces. Here's more on it.


Chant the Gayatri Mantra correctly: Pause Five Times Here are some important things to keep in mind while chanting the Gayatri mantra:

1. Wh…

World Book Day: An Introvert's Perspective on Books as a Refuge

Books and bookshops have always been a part of my life. 
As a child stranded between cultures far too often, it suited me to find refuge in the world of books. I didn't know then that I was an introvert, but it was clear that my escape into the world of books was one of both necessity and protection. 
Books protected me. Back then, children of my age who considered themselves to be ''cool" would never sit next to me if I was reading a book - which is exactly the protection I wanted for myself. I wanted to be left alone.
As a habit since childhood, I carry books with me everywhere. It particularly helps when I travel - I can forget about my tensions and also get rid of strangers who try to open a conversation with me when all I want to do is escape into a book.

Books have been my best companion ever since the early years when I learned to distrust people's intentions - what they said had little to do with what they eventually did - and this continues to baffle me. But …

Say a little prayer for me in the language of love

Recently, I saw the blurb of a book which asked, "How many of you (Hindus) have seen the inside of a Muslim home and how many of you (Muslims) have seen the inside of a Hindu home?" The question provoked a spark of anger in me because I do not view relationships through the prism of caste, community or religion.

However, I understand what the distinguished writer was trying to say - we are so insulated in our ways that even when we talk about tolerance, we still don't dare step beyond the boundaries of our community, caste or religion. 

When I say this in North India, I am told, "You have only read about Partition. You haven't lost a family member or seen a tragedy unfold before your eyes - it's easy for you to talk like this." Maybe...

However, one of the many advantages of having grown up outside India and then during my teens, in Kerala, is that I never learned the social distinction between "Hindus"and "Muslims." There was never &qu…

Mahashivaratri: I'm loving it!

When I was a child, Mahashivaratri bhajans used to be conducted at home. It meant 24X7 work for my parents, especially my mother. But this is the one festival that we loved to get ready for. 
You had to prepare in advance for hosting so many people overnight. They had to be comfortable yet alert because no one who stays can be allowed to fall asleep unless they are unwell or on medication. So, if there were aunties who wanted to take a ten-minute nap, I would time it and call them exactly in ten minutes!
The joy of watching grown-ups make a fool of themselves over getting few more minutes of sleep cannot be underestimated especially when you are ten or twelve years old!
Perhaps it is those beautiful growing up years that make it difficult for me to stay away from an all-night vigil during Mahashivaratri. I can't stay away from it no matter where I am, even if the following day is a working day. This year too, I attended the Mahashivaratri bhajans at the Sai Center, Lodhi Road, and I …