1. What is the Gayatri Mantra?
The Gayatri Mantra is the Universal Prayer enshrined in the Vedas, the
most ancient Scriptures of Man.
The Gayatri Mantra is a Prayer that can well be spoken with yearning by
men and women of all creeds and climes in all centuries. Repetition of
this Mantra will develop the Intelligence.
2. Recite the Gayatri Mantra.
The Gayatri Mantra is as follows:
OM BHUR BHUVA SUVAH
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YONAH PRACHODAYAT
3. How may the Gayatri Mantra be translated?
OM - Para Brahman
BHUR - Bhu loka (Physical plane). It also refers to the body made up of
the 5 Pancha Bhutas (5 elements). These 5 elements constitute Prakriti
BHUVA - Bhuva loka - The middle world. Bhuva is also Prana Sakthi.
SVAHA - Swarga loka (Heaven - the land of the Gods)
TAT - Paramatma, God or Brahman
SAVITUR - That from which all this is born
VARENYAM - Fit to be worshipped
BHARGO - The Radiance, the Spiritual Effulgence, the Light that bestows
DEVASYA - Divine Reality
DHEEMAHI - We meditate
DHIYO - Buddhi, Intellect
YO - Which
NAH - Our
PRACHODAYAT - Enlighten.
The Gayatri Mantra may be translated in many ways. One such translation
is as follows:
We meditate upon the Spiritual Effulgence of that Adorable Supreme
Divine Reality the Source of the Physical, the Astral and the Heavenly
Spheres of Existence. May that Supreme Divine Being enlighten our
intellect (so that we may realise the Supreme Truth).
4. Who discovered the Gayatri Mantra?
The Gayatri Mantra was discovered by Sage Viswamitra. It was the same
Sage Viswamitra who initiated Sri Rama into the mysteries of Sun
worship, through the Mantra Aaditiya Hrdayam.
5. What did the Gayatri Mantra enable Sage Viswamitra to do?
The Gayatri Mantra enabled Sage Viswamitra to use rare weapons, which
bowed to his will when the Mantra was repeated with faith. Through the
powers he attained in this way, Viswamitra was able to create a
counterpart of this Cosmos. (Sathya Sai Vahini - 184)
6. To whom is the Gayatri Mantra addressed?
The Gavatri Mantra is addressed to the energy of the Sun, Surya.
7. What is the potency of the Gayatri Mantra?
This Mantra has infinite potentiality. It is a vibrant formula. It has
immense powers, powers that are truly amazing, for the Sun is its
8. Where is the Gayatri Mantra enshrined?
The Gayatri Mantra is enshrined in the Vedas, the most ancient
Scriptures of Man.
9. Who is Gayatri?
Gayatri is the Mother of the Vedas -
Gayatri Chandasaam Maatha.
10. Whom does Gayatri redeem?
Gayatri redeems the chanter of the Mantra -
Gaayantham thraayathe ithi Gayatri.