Gayatri Japa falls on August 21,2013,Wednesday.
Gayatri Mantra is the most celebrated Mantra of the Hindus.
Smritis declares ,
‘There is nothing for a Man in this world who neglects his parents
There is nothing for a Man here and beyond who neglects Gayatri Mantra”
It is ordained that for one who neglects parents nothing auspicious will accrue and no Mantra,Japa,Yagas, Yagnyas will yield results for one who does not recite Gayatri Mantra.
Gayatri is the Mother of all the Mantras.
‘Gayathreem Chandasaam Maadheethi’
Gayatri is the Mother of all Veda Mantra’-Narayanopanishad.34
‘Gayatriuppasana Sarva Devathai sammeritha,
Brahmaadyaobhi Sandhyayaam Thaam Dhyaayandhi jabanthi’
‘All the Devatas recite Gayatri, icluding Brahma at the Dawn and Dusk’ -Devi Bhagavatham-(11/16/15)
‘Gayatri Chandasaamaham’ -Bhagavad Gita 10.35
The Gayatri Mantra was revealed to sage Viswamitra and he is the Rishi for the Gayatri mantra.
The Gayatri Mantra has 24 Letters.
The Significance of these 24 letters are provided below.
1. ‘tat’ – tapini – fruitfulness
2 ‘sa’ – saphaltaa – valor
3 ‘vi’ – vishwa – perseverance
4 ‘tur’ – tushti – welfare
5 ‘va’ – varad - yoga
6 ‘re’ – revatee – love
7 ‘ni’ – sookshm – wealth
8 ‘yam’ – gyaan – luster
9 ‘bhar’ – bharga – protection
10 ‘go’ – gomatee – wisdom
11 ‘de’ – devikaa – subjugation
12 ‘va’ – varahi – allegiance
13 ‘sya’ – sinhanee – determination
14 ‘dhi’ – dhyaan – life
15 ‘ma’ – maryaadaa – time
16 ‘hi’ – sphutaa – penance
17 ‘dhi’ – medhaa – forecast
18 ‘yo’ – yogamaayaa – alertness
19 ‘yo’ – yoginee – production
20 ‘nah’ – dhanin – protection
21 ‘pra’ – prabhaav – idealism
22 ‘cho’ – ooshmaa – adventure
23 ‘da’ – drishya – discrimination
24 ‘at’ – niranjan – service.
What one can visibly see is a Glow in the face, mental tranquility and mental toughness to tide over difficulties if one were to recite the Mantra in the way it has to be, that is in Five Padas, the total mantra is to be recited in five groups.
Various meanings of the words used in the Gayatri Mantra.
The Gayatri mantra is composed of a metre consisting of 24 syllables – generally arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the Gayatri Meter or “Gayatri Chhanda.”
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)
“O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.”
“O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.”
Let us take each word of the Gayatri Mantra and try to understand its inherent meaning.
The First Word Om (Aum)
It is also called Pranav because its sound emanates from the Prana (vital vibration), which feels the Universe. The scripture says “Aum Iti Ek Akshara Brahman” (Aum that one syllable is Brahman).
When you pronounce AUM:
A – emerges from the throat, originating in the region of the navel
U – rolls over the tongue
M – ends on the lips
A – waking, U – dreaming, M – sleeping
It is the sum and substance of all the words that can emanate from the human throat. It is the primordial fundamental sound symbolic of the Universal Absolute.
The “Vyahrities”: Bhuh, Bhuvah & Svah
The above three words of the Gayatri, which literally means “past,” “present,” and “future,” are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of entire cosmos or “ahriti”. The scripture says: “Visheshenh Aahritih sarva viraat, praahlaanam prakashokaranh vyahritih”. Thus, by uttering these three words, the chanter contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience.
The Remaining Words
- Tat simply means “that” because it defies description through speech or language, the “Ultimate Reality.”
- Savitur means “Divine Sun” (the ultimate light of wisdom) not to be confused with the ordinary sun.
- Varenium means “adore”
- Bhargo means “illumination”
- Devasya means “Divine Grace“
- Dheemahi means “we contemplate”
- Dhi means intellect
- Yo means “who”
- Nah means “ours”
- Prachodayat means “requesting / urging / praying”
The last five words constitute the prayer for final liberation through the awakening of our true intelligence.
Gayatri Japam 21 August 2013.
Sankalpam, Procedure for India US Canada.
(Aachamya+Wear Pavithram(*) + Put Durbha Aasanam under the legs + Wear Two Dharbha
between the Pavithram)
AUM SUKLAAM BARADHARAM VISHNUM SASHI VARNAM CHATHURBHUJAM PRASANNA
VADHANAM DYAAYETH SARVA VIGNOPASSANTHAYE – OM BHUHU, OM BHUVAHA, OM
SUVAHA, OM MAHAHA, OM JANAHA, OM THAPAHA, OOGUM SATHYAM OM
THATSAVITHURVARENYAM BARGO DEVASYA DEEMAHI DHEEYO-YONA
PRACHOTHAYAATH – OM AAPO JYOTHEERASO AMRUTHAM BRAHMA
BHURBUVASUVAROM OM OM OM.
MAMOPAAKTHA SAMASTHA DHURITHAKASHAYADWARA SRI PARAMESWARA
THATHEVA LAGNAM SUDHINAM THATHEVA, THARABALAM CHANDRABALAM
THATHEVA, VIDHYABALAM DAIVABALAM THATHEVA, SRI LAKSHIPATHE AGRIYUGAM
SMARAAMI – APAVITHRA PAVITHROVAA SARVAA VASTHAAM GATHOPIVAA -
YASMARETH PUNDAREEKAAKSHAM – SABAAHYA ABHYANTHARAHAA SUCHIHI,
MAANASAM VAACHIKAM PAAPAM – KARMANAAM SAMUPARJITHAM – SRI RAMA
SMARANENAIVA VYAPOHATHI NA-SAM SHAYAHAA – SRI RAMA, RAMA RAMA – THITHIR
VISHNU – THATHAA VAARA NAKSHATRAM VISHNUREVACHAA YOGASCHAA KARANAM
CHAIVAA SARVAM VISHNU MAYAM JAGATH SRI GOVINDA, GOVINDA GOVINDA – AADYA
SRI BAGAVATHAHAA, MAHA PURUSHASYA, VISHNO RAAGNAYA,
SHUBHE DINE SHOBHANE MUHURTE ADYA BRAHMANAHA, DWITHEEYA PARAARDHE,
SWETHA VARAAHA KALPE, VAIVASWATHA MANWANTHARE, ASHTAAVIGUM
SATHITHAME, KALIYUGE, PRATHAME PAADHE, JUMBOO DWEEPE (For North America –
KRAUNCHA DWEEPE), BHAARATHA VARSHE (For North America – RAMANAKA VARSHE),
BHARATHA KHANDE (For North America – UTTARA OR GOTEERTHA OR AINDRA
KHANDE), MEROHO DAKSHINE PAARSHWE DANDAHAARANYA SHAALIVAHANA
SAKAABDE, ASMINNU VARTHAMAANE, VYAVA HAARIKE, PRABHAVAADHEENAAM
SHASHTYAA SAMVATSARAANAAM MADHYE
IN CANADA, USA:
VIJAYA NAAMA SAMVATSARE, DAKSHINAAYANE, VARSHA RITHOW, SIMHA MAASE,
KRISHNA PAKSHE, ADHYA PRATHAMAAYAAM SUBHATHITHOW SOUMYA VAASARA
YUKTHAAYAAM, SRAVISHTA UPARI SATHABISHAK NAKSHATRA YUKTHAAYAAM – SRI
VISHNU YOGA, SRIVISHNU KARANA, SUBAYOGA, SUBAKARANA, EVAM GUNA
VISESHANA VISISHTAAYAAM, ASYAAM PRATHAMAAYAAM SUBHATHITHOW..
VIJAYA NAAMA SAMVATSARE, DAKSHINAAYANE, VARSHA RITHOW, SIMHA MAASE,
SHUKLA (Upto 7:15 am) / KRISHNA PAKSHE, ADHYA POURNAMYAAM (Upto 7:15 am)
UPARI PRATHAMAAYAAM SUBHATHITHOW SOUMYA VAASARA YUKTHAAYAAM,
SRAVISHTA NAKSHATRA YUKTHAAYAAM – SRI VISHNU YOGA, SRIVISHNU KARANA,
SUBAYOGA, SUBAKARANA, EVAM GUNA VISESHANA VISISHTAAYAAM, ASYAAM
THAISHYAAM PRATHAMAAYAAM MITHYAA DHEETHA DOSHA PRAYASCHITHAARTHAM,
DHOSHAVATH APATHANEEYA PRAAYASCHITHAARTHAM SAMVATSARA
PRAAYASCHITHAARTHAM CHA ASHTOTHARA SAHASRA (1008) OR SHATHA (108)
SANGYAYAA GAYATHRI MAHAAMANTRA JAPAM ADHYA KARISHYE (Repeat this sentence
Remove the two dharbha and put it on the north side (which you kept between the Pavithram).
Slightly wash the hand with little water from the Panchapathram. APA UPA PRASYA.