ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्यः धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात II
Gayatri Mantra is a very well known and powerful mantra chanted by the Hindus to invoke divine blessings and guidance. The Gayatri Mantra is said to be Aatma Mantra as it is connected to the Soul and Surya ( Sun ) –” Aayaaatma Brahma”- This Soul is Almighty as rightly mentioned in the Vedas. Maa Gayatri is also said to be Savita and Savita is known as The SUN in the Hindu Shastra or scriptures. As human evolution and creation are done by SUN and it has been the main center of point of survival of human beings.Hence the Sun itself is sometimes called as ‘SAVITA’.
Gayatri Anusthan :
It is said in the Mantra Shastra that Gayatri Mantras can be only fruitful if one recites it for 24 Lacs times which is said to be The Maha-anusthan Or Punyacharan. One Punyacharan is said for 24 Lac times. As Gayatri Mantra is having 24 warnas ( alphabets ) it is to be a complete Punyacharan of 24 Lacs Japa, each of these 24 letters of the Gayatri Mantra is akin to a Nuclear Bomb which has a tremendous effect on planet earth and its living beings
In many European countries, a lot of research work is going on over the understanding of the potent powers of the Gayatri Mantra, even at Shantikunj, Haridwar which is the main Head Office of The Gayatri Pariwar has its own Research Lab.
Thus Scholars say that Dweej ( One who performs the karma of Brahmin ) has to complete 24 Punyacharan of Gayatri Mantra after that only the mantra is said to be Fruitful to the sadhak.
Understanding The Gayatri Mantra :
“Om Bhu Bhuvah swaha Tatsavi to Vareyam Bhargo Devashyay Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nahah Pracho-Dayant”
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्यः धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात II
Om – Brahma ( Absolute Omnipotence )
Bhu –Pranswaroop ( Pranic Shakti – Superconsciousness )
Bhuvah – Vishwavyapini ( exist throughout universe )
Swaha – Atma Unnati (Helps in progression in Self realization )
Tat – Uss ( That consciousness )
Vareyam – Shreth ( Best )
Bhargo – Paapnashini ( who destroy the sin/bad karma )
Devashya – Divyata pradan karne wali ( gives divinity)
Dhimahi – Dharan kare ( to absorb that divine consciousness )
Dhiyo – Buddhi ( Intellect )
Yo – Jo ( That )
Na – Hamari ( ours )
Prajodayant- Sanmarg pe Prerith kare ( Guide us on spiritual path )
As already mentioned earlier, Gayatri Mantra is said to be the Savita & Surya Mantras as The Sun is the only controlling power in The Universe. In Astrology also Surya – Sun is said to be Aatma and the Moon to be Human’s – mind.
In our Vedic scripts and inputs by scholars and occult experts, it is emphasized that The Gayatri Mantra should neither be publicized nor it should be given to average ignorant humans as it is a sacred mantra among all mantras, also it is said to be The Mantra-raaj or Mukhutmani ( crown of mantras )
Famous saints and ardent devotees of Mother Gayatri – Swami Vishuwananda says that Gayatri is the root cause of all, it is basically atma mantras.
From the time this Gayatri Mantra and other imp mantras had been created, A sea of evolution and changes have taken place. The situation and circumstances in comparison are different. Presently the scenario is very different in comparison to that era. In ancient times a person was considered wealthy if he/she is doing more penance/tapasya, hence whenever there rose an a debate regarding who is the wealthiest person on the whole earth – it was considered as Shri Vashist Rishi rather than Shri Vishwamitra ji. Hence in those times, spiritual progress was the only benchmark for wealth and success, wherein today’s world this benchmark can’t be considered as such. Mankind nowadays is so caught up assembling material dreams hardly has any time to perform any rituals with purity.
The reason behind safeguarding this mantra was only with one intention that Gayatri Mantras is the one who seeks self-realization, moksha, internal purification, and self –control whereas material gain, wealth, high position, respect, name, and fame was to be considered as acquisitions of a person with Lower standards in ancient times.
Swami Vishuwananda says: “Material and Spiritual both are different worlds and one can’t attain both in equal measures. One can’t live in extreme luxury and also attain salvation. In those Vedic ages, spiritualism was the benchmark whereas nowadays wealth is the only benchmark ”
In conclusion, I will note that The Gayatri Mantra is a Vedic Mantra and it has to be used only for spiritual progress. I have personally few met ardent devotees of Maa Gayatri who has devoted their whole life in mantra japa and anusthan of Maa Gayatri but such people barely manage to acquire wealth in their lives. Of course, these devotees are full of bliss and contentment, purity and many in possession of divine powers but when it comes to attaining/gaining material they are far less resourceful.
Hence we can see Brahmins are suffering more from sorrow and pain.There are 2 major reasons for their pain
- Lack of Vedic knowledge & spiritual practice
- Performing pooja and yagya without any proper knowledge hence they re indulging in Paap Karma.This karma later gets converted into negative energies which get stuck to them throughout the present lifetime and the next birth also.
How to recite Gayatri Mantra :
It has been said by Scholars and Rishi Munis that Gayatri Mantra has to be recited only in Brahma Muhurut i.e 2 hours prior to Sunrise ( 4 am to 6 am ).This time zone is full of positive aura and the complete universe is in proper rhythm with the meditator/sadhak.
Sadhak or devotee should bathe early in the morning say 4 am and take asan facing the East direction and take a wooden plank and place it on yellow asana/cloth and on that asana place Lord Gayatri picture frame/Idol.
Offer her saffron/Kesar & rice, light ghee lamp, agarbatti, yellow fruit or sweet as Nevaidya and start chanting Ganesh Mantra 108 times – ONE Mala and then Gayatri Japa at least 5 Mala.
Note: “To complete the Punyacharan one should adhere to certain principles like strict celibacy, satvik food, being truthful in thought, word and action, wear yellow colored clothing while in anusthan, maintain internal and well as external purity etc.”
3 ways of chanting :
It is said that there are 3 ways of chanting
- Mansik Japa ( reciting mantras in the mind )
- Upansu ( reciting mantra wherein the lips and mouth chanting are used to pronounce )
- Vachak ( saying mantra in loud )
Gayatri Mantras and UnLocking :
It is said by many experienced devotees, scholars & Rishis that Maa Gayatri won’t gives you blessings unless and until you unlock the said 24 Warna mantras because this mantra has been cursed by 3 people in this universe.
Shri Brahma ji
Shri Vishwamitra ji
It is believed that once Brahma, Vashisth, and Vishwamitraji were performing a hard penance in order to invoke blessings and darshan of Maa Gayatri, but she did not appear in front of them, hence in a fit of anger the trio cursed Maa Gayatri and its Mantra which is to be said as a Bandhan on The Mantras, hence present Gayatri mantras are of no use if he/she does not unlock this curse on the mantras by Brahma, Vashisth & Vishwamitra.
It is also said that in Adi Yuga when Lord Shiva opened his instrument – DAMRU – Crores of Mantras had been created at that moment, thus for the well being and security of those mantras, Lord Shiva has unlocked crores of mantra.
Why does the Gayatri Mantra not yield its effect in the current age?
As I had mentioned earlier that almost all mantras have been locked by Lord Shiva to maintain the equilibrium and harmony in the universe. Other than that these 24 warna Gayatri mantra has been publicized a lot after the promotion by Shri Pandit Shreeram Sharma Archaryaji who was The Founder of Gayatri Pariwar, Haridwar, INDIA.
Not only did he promoted Gayatri mantra but also addressed its importance of it in an open forum. He believes there has been a dilution in its prowess because of non-adherence to the strict guidelines and requirements.
Of course, many people are getting results out of this mantra which is due to their firm devotion and the strong belief in the mantra that works wonderfully.
Pronunciation of Gayatri Mantra :
It has been noticed that the Gayatri mantra should not be recited by singing like sloka or film songs, it is an unpardonable act performed by many people by keep singing mantras like songs, nowadays The Gayatri is installed even on Doorbells ,audio cassettes, ring tones for mobiles, MP3 are available in market/internet.
But the main soul of The mantra is its “Pronunciation”, unless and until the sadhak does not know the exact way to pronounce the said mantra again the mantra effects will be ZERO.
Thus to invoke the blessings of Maa Gayatri and get success in Gayatri Mantra Sadhana, one needs a Spiritual Master ( Sadguru ) who himself has attained Siddhi in Gayatri Mantra and knows the exact Pronunciation of Veda Mantra – Gayatri.
Gayatri Mantras to recited by Women or not?
It was always a matter of discussion and False Myths – since ages that Ladies should not recite this pious mantra as it creates Sin in them as well in the surrounding. By the sincere efforts of Shri Madanmohan Malaviyaji and Shri Ram Sharma Archaryaji this myth has been broken in the Hindu cult and now both genders are allowed to recite mantra,actually few evil-minded Brahmins and scholars just re-wrote & edited those scripts of the Vedas and other manuscripts and said to the society that women can’t japa this mantra.
Since the Shakthi path followers and Vedic Scholars always considered women as the manifestation of Lord Durga/Parvati then how come such a question can arise from the scriptures.