The Gayatri Mantra

Aum Bhur Bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah pracodayat
(Rigveda III.62.10)

We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of the Heaven. May He stimulate and illumine our minds.

The Gayatri Mantra is the most hallowed mantra of the Vedas. It is the mother of all mantras. Mantra means incantation. A mantra can be a one-syllable word or a few words, a sentence or a few sentences. The Gayatri Mantra can offer to the sincere seeker the Light of the Infinite, the Delight of the Eternal and the Life of the Immortal.

The Gayatri Mantra has four feet. The first foot consists of the earth, sky and Heaven. The second foot consists of the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda and the Sama Veda. The third foot consists of prana, apana and vyana. The fourth foot consists of the sun, the Solar Being.

A seeker of the infinite Truth must meditate on the Gayatri Mantra. The result that he will get is incalculable.

Bhumi, earth; antariksa, sky and dyauh, Heaven, make up the first foot of the Gayatri Mantra. Whoever realizes the significance of the first foot wins everything that is in those three worlds.

Rcah, Yajumis and Samani make up the second foot of the Gayatri Mantra. Whoever realizes the second foot of the Gayatri wins the knowledge-sea of the Vedas.

Prana, apana and vyana, the three forms of the vital force, make up the third foot of the Gayatri Mantra. The knower of this foot wins all the living creatures that exist in the universe.

Turiyam, the quaternary, the Solar Being Transcendental who alone shines, is the fourth foot. He who realizes this fourth foot shines with infinite magnificence.

Subtle is the path to moksa, liberation. Hard is the path to liberation. But a genuine seeker can reach the Goal solely by meditating on the Gayatri Mantra. When one is freed from the fetters of ignorance, one grows into the supernal glory of the Transcendental Self. Liberation can be achieved, must be achieved, while the seeker’s soul is in the body. To fail to realize God on earth is to swim in the sea of ignorance with two more swimmers: ignorance birth and shameless death. Liberation attained, the bonds of grief destroyed. Before liberation, like the Buddha we have to proclaim, “This fleeting world is the abode of sorrow.”

The teeming desire-night that has occupied the heart of the seeker must needs be driven out by the glowing aspiration-light. This done, the seeker attains Brahman. Immortal he becomes. The Light eternal is his new name. Today the seeker feels that the Gayatri Mantra is his mind’s inspiration. Tomorrow he will feel that the Gayatri Mantra is his soul’s realization.

With inspiration a seeker sees the Truth. With aspiration a seeker realizes the Truth. With realization a seeker becomes the Truth.

Inspiration is might.
Aspiration is light.
Realisation is life.

Inspiration runs.
Aspiration flies.
Realisation dives.

Inspiration is the Smile of God.
Aspiration is the Cry of God.
Realisation is the Love of God.

The Gayatri Mantra is eternal knowledge divine. When this knowledge dawns in the seeker’s aspiring heart, he need no longer seek anything, either on earth or in Heaven. He reveals what he achieves. He manifests what he reveals.

The Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to Savitr, the Creator. The root of the word Savitr is su – ‘to create’ or ‘to loose forth’. This mantra is known also as the Savitri Mantra, for Savitri is the shakti of Savitr. This mantra was envisioned by Visvamitra, the great rishi.

The Gayatri Mantra is the divine magnetic needle. The magnetic needle points to the north; hence the ship does not lose its direction. The Gayatri Mantra always points to the transcendental Height of the Supreme, hence the seeker does not miss his goal: Existence, Consciousness, Bliss.
( Taken from a talk on the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ by Sri Chinmoy)