Friday, June 3, 2011

Interpretation of Gayatri Mantra as flashed on the f.b. on June 3,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh:

Chanting of mantras inspires the body to heal itself, the mind to become calm and the soul to grow strong. Chanting of mantras make room for divine energies. Mantras are vibrations - they unlock hidden centers and help to dissolve the ego; they help us build invisible tools for shaping a better life. We begin discovering resources within.


( Photo of Goddess Gayatri Mata)

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Bishwa Nath Singh :

There seems to be several variations and differences in the interpretation:
s of the Gayatri Mantra ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः॒ तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑ण्यम् भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥(Om bhoor bhuvah svaha,Tat Savitur varenyam,Bhargo devasya dheemahi,Dheeyo yonah prachodayat.) by various scholars. But every one agrees that it is a prayer to the Almighty. Max Muller interprets its meaning like this:Let us obtain (meditate on) the adorable splendor of Savitri (Sun God), may He arouse our minds! Whereas Maharshi Dayannand Saraswati interprets it as follows:'O God, You are the giver of life, the remover of pain & sorrow, the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive Your supreme sin-destroying light; may You guide our intellect in the right direction!' Gayatri Mantra is meant for realization of God and is regarded as representing the Supreme Lord. It is meant for spiritually advanced people. Success in chanting it enables one to enter the transcendental position of the Lord. But, in order to chant the Gayatri mantra, it is necessary for one to first acquire the qualities of the perfectly balanced person in terms of the qualities of goodness according to the laws of material nature. The Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the sonic incarnation of Brahman and is regarded as very important in Vedic civilization.Goddess Gayatri whose Picture is appended above is an incarnation of Saraswati Devi, consort of Lord Brahma, symbolizing the strength ("shakti") and quality ("dev" )of knowledge, purity and virtue. Goddess Saraswatiis held to be the patroness of the Arts, being a poet and musician, as well as skillful composer. In the form of Goddess Gayatri with the blessings of Lord Brahma, she is believed to have given the four Vedas to mankind. Goddess Gayatri is depicted seated on a lotus. She is depicted with five faces representing the pancha pranas /pancha vayus(five lives/winds): prana, apana,vyana, udana, samana, of the five principles/ elements (pancha tatwas) earth, water, air, fire, sky (prithvi, jala, vayu, teja, aakasha). She has tenhands carrying the five ayudhas: shankha; chakra, kamala, varada, abhaya, kasha, ankusha, ujjwala utensil, rudrakshi mala. Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati are three goddesses representing the presiding deities of the famous Gayatri mantra chanted thrice a day. Gayatri is the presiding deity of the morning prayer and rules over the Rigveda and the garhapatya fire. Every grihasta (householder) was expected to keep five or three sacred fires ( Five fires: ahavaneeya, dakshagni, garhapatya, sawta, aavasadha.) in his house to perform Vedic rituals. The Gayatri Mantra has a Vedic metre of twenty four syllables. Amongst the regulated poetry, the Gayatri mantra, chanted by properly qualified persons, is the most prominent. The Gayatri mantra is mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Great sins are said to be expiated by a pious recitation of this Gayatri verse which reads as follows:Om bhoor bhuvah svaha,Tat Savitur varenyam,Bhargo devasya dheemahi,Dheeyo yonah prachodayat.Let us join to chant Gayatri Mantra with all sincerity at our command and pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Goddess Gayatri(Gayatri Mata) and seek Her bliss for well-being of all living -being of this universe!


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दिनेश मिश्र :
very true........ thanks for submission.

Anil Kumar:
Sir, beautiful narration....thanks.


Bishwa Nath Singh:

ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः॒ तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑ण्यम् भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥(Om bhoor bhuvah svaha,Tat Savitur varenyam,Bhargo devasya dheemahi,Dheeyo yonah prachodayat.)


(Picture of Goddess Gayatri Mata)

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Bishwa Nath Singh;

It is the holy and sacred Gayatri Mantra highly revered in Hinduism very well written in Sanskrit. It consists of the prefix: Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ ॐ भूर्भुवस्वः, a formula taken from the Yajurveda, and the verse 3.62.10 of the Rigveda which is an example of the Gayatri metre, whence the mantra's name. Since the other three Vedas contain material from the Rigveda, the Gayatri mantra is found in all four Vedas. The deva invoked in this mantra is Savitr, so the mantra is also called Sāvitrī. A personification of this mantra has come to be worshiped as a Goddess in her own right, Gayatri. The Gayatri Mantra is praised in several other Hindu scriptures, including Manusmṛti, Atharvaveda, and the Bhagavad Gita.The Gayatri Mantra is an important part of the sacred thread (upanayanam) ceremony for Hindus, and was traditionally chanted only by Brahmin males, generally as part of their daily rituals. In modern times, chanting of the Gayatri Mantra has become more widespread, such as at cultural celebrations, and its use has spread to include non-Brahmins and women too spread round the globe. The Hindus as whole love to chant this sacred 'Maha Mantra' to seek Godly bliss in their life.Let us join to chant this Maha Manntra to seek Godly bliss in our life and act accordingly!


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Anil Kumar:
Sir, this maha mantra, can be used as shanti paath and/or opening a ceremony.

Bishwa Nath Singh:
‎@Anil Ji. It's a good suggestion.Let us begin it as charity begins at home an old idiom that still holds good!


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