Of all the mantras in the Vedas, the most revered and powerful is the Gayatri Mantra. This mantra is certainly the most recited and also, perhaps has the widest range of applications. It is not just used to express one’s devotion to the Lord, but is also used for jap meditation (mantra chanting), chakra meditation, naad yoga, putting the kids to sleep , etc. In addition to Hindus, the Gayatri mantra is embraced by Buddhists as well.
You will find a video of the Gayatri Mantra being recited by my son Shivum in the article, 3 Easy Kids Meditation Techniques, and in this article I want to give you some additional recitations of this terrific mantra. Below you will also find a MP3 version of the Gayatri Mantra, chanted by my wife Trupti, which you are free to download. Before I jump ahead to all that though, here is the written text of the mantra, as well as anEnglish translation.
Om Bhur Buvaha Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath
Although there are several interpretations of this mantra, with subtle differences between each, the one that I find most suitable is the following…
Gayatri Mantra English Translation
O Supreme Creator, Thou art the giver of life, the remover of pain and sorrow and the bestower of happiness; O Creator of the Universe, may we receive Thy supreme sin-destroying light; may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.
As I had mentioned above, there are many application for this wonderful mantra. One particular application that I would like to present to you, is the use of the Gayatri Mantra to awaken Ajna Chakra or the Third EyeChakra. To use the Gayatri Mantra to do this, you would follow the steps laid out in the AUM Mantra Meditation article, except use the Gayatri Mantra instead of the primordial sound AUM, to do the meditation.
So you would sit up comfortably, close your eyes and turn them upwards to look through your forehead (only hold this eye position as long as comfortable) and then chant the Gayatri Mantra, visualizing it emanating from the Third Eye (center of the forehead). As always, please don’t over do such potent meditations, start slowly and build up your capacity gently over time.
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Here is the Gayatri Mantra chanted by my wife Trupti. I can hear her sing it even now as I write this since it’s bedtime for the little ones. Thanks Trups ! Right click link below and chose “Save Link As…” to save to your computer.