Aum Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dimahi
Diyo yo nah Prachodayat.
One of my favourite translations or interpretation of this mantra is by Donna Farhi:
Everything on earth, in between and above
Is arising from one effulgent source.
If my thoughts, words and deeds reflected this complete understanding of unity,
it would be the peace I am seeking in this moment.
Why is this mantra so important?
The Gayatri mantra was originally written in the Rig Veda 1500 BC as a hymn dedicated to Savitur, the sun god. The Gayatri is a chant of gratitude for the warmth and life giving power of the sun. This 24 syllable mantra is therefore also an expression of gratitude for life itself.
In the yoga tradition the Gayatri Mantra is often regarded as the mantra of all mantras. To me this mantra is very special, as it is to many people,. When I chant the Gayatri I get a sense of ‘home coming’ or a sense of ‘no further explanation is needed’ and ‘this is the way things just should be’.
In the Sound Healing tradition it is believed that the vibrations of sound, of everyone who has ever chanted this mantra in the past, are still rippling through the universe. When we chant it now we connect with the resonance of the billions of expressions of this mantra and through this resonance we can tap into the power of transformation.
The gyatri mantra invokes the light of the Sun. Symbolically this light will lead us out of the darkness of ignorance. It will ultimately bring us enlightenment understanding and wisdom as long as we stay curious and have the desire to learn.
Chanting this mantra helps us with our personal transformation, our life’s journey, our effort to become the best version of ourselves.