HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 4 -2.
4. Gayatri Japa Day -2.
The Gayatri is the divine power that transforms the human into the Divine and blesses man with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination.
Whoever may be one’s favourite Deity, the regular repetition of a few malas (rosary of a hundred and eight beads) of Gayatri Japa every day will shower upon one incalculable benefits and blessings.
It is universally applicable, being purely an earnest prayer for light addressed to the Almighty Supreme Spirit.
The Para Brahma Gayatri Mantra is the most important of all Mantras.
For every Brahmin of any creed or order of life, this has been prescribed as being the sole transcendental guiding light.
The Brahmachari or celibate, the Grihastha or householder, and the Vanaprastha or one who is retired, must repeat this Mantra every day; the Sannyasin or renunciate is asked to repeat Om instead of this Mantra.
The nature of the Gayatri Mantra is such that you can repeat it while meditating on any form you like.
It is generally conceived of as a female Deity by the majority of devotees.
One who worships God as Mother adheres to this belief.
But, in its true light, the Gayatri never speaks of a female at all.
You cannot find a single word in the entire Gayatri Mantra, which speaks of a female.
The feminine form of the word “Gayatri” cannot make its Deity a female.
It is only the name of its metre and not the Deity.
To be continued ....