One of the most popular chant in our yoga community, the Gayatri mantra is one of the most sacred mantras in India originating from the Rig Veda, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. It is all at once an adoration, meditation and prayer to the divine, from which all is born.
The word “gayatri” means hymn. But it is also associated to the personnification of the goddess behind the Gayatri Mantra.
It is an hymn to Savitur, the sun god which represents the divine in all that there is.
it can be sang towards gratitude, as an opening to the lessons and wisdom from what is bigger than us, the source. It also helps to calm the mind, and is being known for its “healing” benefits in the vedic philosophies.
bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
– Rig Veda (10:16:3)
The Gayatri mantra has been translated in many ways.[note 1] Quite literal translations include:
- Swami Vivekananda: “We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”
- Monier Monier-Williams (1882): “Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Sun, May he enlighten our understandings.”
- Ralph T.H. Griffith (1896): “May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the god: So may he stimulate our prayers.”
- Sri Aurobindo: “We choose the Supreme Light of the divine Sun; we aspire that it may impel our minds.” Sri Aurobindo further elaborates: “The Sun is the symbol of divine Light that is coming down and Gayatri gives expression to the aspiration asking that divine Light to come down and give impulsion to all the activities of the mind.” 
Find the version that speaks to you and let yourself be emerged by this scared chant that elevates your whole soul.
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