Gayatri Mantra – Why, How and The Importance

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः। तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि। धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्॥

Transliteration:

oṃ bhūrbhuvaḥ svaḥ। tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ bhargo devasya dhīmahi। dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt॥
Hindi Translation:

ॐ हम उस दिव्य सूरज का ध्यान करतें हैं, जो सभी को प्रकाशित करता है, जिनसे सभी आगे बढ़ते हैं। हे प्रभु, क्रिपा करके हमारी बुद्धि को उजाला प्रदान कीजिये और हमें धर्म का सही रास्ता दिखाईये।

English translation:

We meditate on the glory of that being (Savitur, the sun) who has produced this universe, who is the essence of our life existence; May we imbibe his divinity and brilliance within us.


The purpose of Gayatri Mantra!

The purpose of Gayatri mantra is to offer prayers to the sun god, Savitur. The god which has given us everything, which has made life possible on this planet, which grants us light and energy. The sun which always gives and never asks for anything in return, the Gayatri mantra is a way of giving back in the form of prayer and respect to that ever-giving entity. This mantra invokes a sense of inclusiveness; imagine you offering respects to the sun on behalf of all the beings in this world, wouldn’t that make you think much larger than just yourself? The correct mindset that we all need when we begin our day.

Why Gayatri Mantra is so popular?

Gayatri Mantra is from one of the oldest texts ‘Rig Veda’, composed by Sage Vishwamitra. It is a popular belief that Vishwamitra after long practice and penance discovered Gayatri mantra which according to him was not just a boon for himself but for the entire mankind. Upon chanting this mantra, the chanter and the listener both are most benefited with the vibrational positive energy of the mantra. And the fact that many practitioners have found Gayatri mantra so enriching, it has become popular over the centuries.

 

The Analysis (Dissection) of the Gayatri Mantra:

 (OM): The primeval sound
भूः (Bhur): Earth = Mooladhara; the physical body/physical realm
भुवः (Bhuvah): Akash; the life force/the mental realm
स्वः (Swah): Heaven= Swadhishthana; the soul/spiritual realm
महः (Maha): Heart region.
जनः (Jana): To say ‘no’ for life and death.
तपः (Tapa): Ascetic practices in vishuddhi & Agnya.
सत्यम् (Satyam): Up to the Third Eye ( Brahma-Randhra ).
तत् (Tat): That – situated as it is; That (God)
सवितुर् (Savitur/Savita): Sa + Va + Ta = Sun, Ganges, Fire, Earth etc. including those endowed with knowledge and yoga.
र्वरेण्यं (Vareñyam): Va + Re + N + Ya + M : God Varuna; adore
भर्गो (Bhargo): Bha + Ra + Ga; effulgence (divine light)
देवस्य (Devasya): Da + Va + S + Ya; Supreme Lord
धीमहि (Dhīmahi): Dha + Ma + Ha; meditate
धियो (Dhiyo/Dhiya): Dha + Ya; the intellect
यो नः (Yo Nah): Ya + Na; May this light, Nah: Our
प्रचोदयात् (Prachodayāt): Pa + Ra + Cha + Da + Ya + T; illumine/inspire

When to chant the Gayatri Mantra?

It is advised to repeat Shanti (peace) thrice at the end of the chanting of the Mantra, which will give peace to three entities – body, mind, and soul. During the three positions of sun namely lower sky in the east (morning), mid sky (noon) and lower sky in the evening (dusk), are the best times to chant Gayatri Mantra.Therefore,

The day is divided into three parts:

4 am to 8 am and 4 pm to 8 pm have the Sātvic quality
8 am to 4 pm are Rājasic
8 pm and 4 am are Tāmasic

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Gayatri Mantra | Rig Veda 3.62.10

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Ganapati Aarti: Sukhkarta Dukhharta & Line by line Translation: [Marathi to English]

Ganapati Aarti: Sukhkarta Dukhharta

Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi ||
Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi ||
Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi ||
Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..||
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||
Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ||
Ratnakhachit Phara Tujh Gaurikumra ||
Chandanaachi Uti Kumkumkeshara ||
Hirejadit Mukut Shobhato Bara ||
Runjhunati Nupure(2) Charani Ghagriya ||
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||
Lambodar Pitaambar Phanivarvandana ||
Saral Sond Vakratunda Trinayana ||
Das Ramacha Vat Pahe Sadana ||
Sankati Pavave Nirvani Rakshave Survarvandana ||
Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||

Line by line Translation: [Marathi to English]
Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi ||
Oh Lord who provides Joy, takes away Sadness and removes all “vighnas” (obstacles) in life

Nurvi Purvi Prem Krupa Jayachi ||
Who spreads love everywhere as his blessing

Sarvangi Sundar Uti Shendurachi ||
Who has lovely “shendur utna”(yellow-orange fragrance paste) all over his body

Kanti Jhalke Mal Mukataphalaanchi..||
Who has a necklace of “Mukataphal”(pearls in Sanskrit) around his neck

Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||
Hail the god, Hail the god, Hail the auspicious idol

Darshan Maatre Man: Kaamna Phurti ||
all our wishes are fulfilled just by “darshan” (looking at the idol)

Ratnakhachit Phara Tujh Gaurikumra ||
Offering you Seat studded with Ratna(jewels) for you “Gaurikumra” (son of Gauri)

Chandanaachi Uti Kumkumkeshara ||
Smearing you with Chandan(Sandalwood) utna(paste) and Kumkum(Red Tilak) on the head

Hirejadit Mukut Shobhato Bara ||
Diamond studded crown suites you right

Runjhunati Nupure(2) Charani Ghagriya ||
Whose anklets tingle in his feet

Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||
Hail the god, Hail the god, Hail the auspicious idol

Lambodar Pitaambar Phanivarvandana ||
Lambodar Who wears Pitaambar(yellow cloth worn by men during puja)
“Lambodar” – from the long – ‘lambo’, tummy – ‘udar’

Saral Sond Vakratunda Trinayana ||
Who has Straight trunk and is Vakratunda and Trinayana
“Vakratunda”one who breaks the ego of he who behaves anti-socially (‘Vakra’).
“Trinayana” the son of the 3 eyed (Lord Shiva)

Das Ramacha Vat Pahe Sadana ||
I am waiting for you in my “Sadana” (home) just like the slave(used as devotee) of Lord Rama

Sankati Pavave Nirvani Rakshave Survarvandana ||
Please help us and protect us during bad times, my Salutations to lord

Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti ||
Hail the god, Hail the god, Hail the auspicious idol

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