4.  Gayatri Japa Day -3.

Some people think that the Gayatri Mantra is presided over by the sun. In fact, even this idea is to be modified a little.

The sun that it speaks of is not that which shines over this earth before our physical eyes, but tat savituh or “that Sun”, the great Sun which this sun or moon does not illumine, and which is the impersonal, absolute Brahman.

Therefore, this is the greatest of all Mantras as its presiding Deity is none other than Para Brahman Himself.

Hence, why hanker after other Mantras?

The Gayatri itself is the crest-jewel or the king of all Mantras.

It is the most powerful of all Mantras.

Na gayatryah paro mantrah—”There is no Mantra greater than the Gayatri”.

Each word, each letter of the Gayatri bears on its head the highest Vedantic concept of the absolute, supreme Truth.

Do Japa of the Gayatri—it will give you the most excellent fruit, the fruit of immortality!

The Mantra is as follows:

Om bhur bhuvah svah

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dheemahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat.

Om: symbol of Para Brahman.

Bhuh: Bhu Loka or the physical plane.

Bhuvah: the astral plane.

Svah: the celestial plane.

Tat: That; the transcendental Paramatma; God.

Savituh: the Creator.

Varenyam: fit to be worshipped.

Bhargah: remover of sins and ignorance; glory, effulgence.

Devasya: resplendent, shining.

Dheemahi: we meditate.

Dhiyah: the intellect, understanding.

Yo: who.

Nah: our.

Prachodayaat: enlighten, guide, impel.


Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  ....

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