Gayatri mantra is a prayer dedicated to illuminating our intellect. It is directed towards enlightening us – giving us immense knowledge. Originating from the Hindu Scriptures – the Vedas, the Gayatri Mantra is addressed to the Sun God Savitr.
Meaning behind the Mantra
Gayatri mantra in Sanskrit – “Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.”
Gayatri means “song” in Sanskrit but the name is also shared and commonly attributed to the Hindu Goddess of wealth – Gayatri Devi. This mantra is depicted as one of the most sacred utterings among all the other mantras in the Hindu religion.
The mantra uttering serves three purposes:
- First, to give back to the sun – We show gratitude to the sun for sharing with us its energy. We are aware of the importance of the sun, and the life it drives on the earth.
- Second, to seek enlightenment and wisdom – By meditating on the sun, we can illuminate our understanding of the world. And gain wisdom.
- Third, an expression of gratitude – We are living in this world at a good time. It is so much easier to live at a time like this. We should be grateful to mother nature, and accept the sensibility the Gayatri mantra instills in us.
Here is the translation of the mantra:
“Oh, creator of the universe.
We meditate upon thy supreme splendor.
May thy radiant power illuminate our intellects, destroy our ignorance and guide us in the direction of enlightenment by purifying our inner hearts.”
Benefits of Gayatri Mantra Chanting
1. Improves Concentration and Learning:
The vibrations created when chanting this mantra directly activates the last three chakras – the throat chakra, the 3rd eye chakra and the crown chakra. These chakras deal with providing focus and removing distractions. Hence, the concentration is increased.
2. Removes Toxins from Body:
The vibrations created activate certain points on the face to further oxygenate the skin. The breathing involved provides more oxygen to the blood vessels which travel throughout your skin. This flushes out the toxins and gives a glow to your skin.
3. Improves Breathing:
It is advised to practice Pranayam before chanting to open up the breathing airways. And while chanting, further controlled deep breathing expands your lungs fully to improve breathing and also oxygenate the body.
4. Keeps Your Heart Healthy:
The synchronized breathing while chanting also syncs the pumping of blood to the heart. Thus the blood pressure is kept in check and the heart stays healthy. It is definitely one of the better reasons why you should meditate more.
5. Removes Negativity:
By continuously chanting and focusing on the mantra, you stimulate your brain to be focused. This level of concentration helps with keeping the mind calm and positive.
6. Improves Functioning of Nervous System:
When you start chanting, you put pressure on your tongue, throat, mouth, and lips. The combined pressure creates different vibrations. This, in turn, induces your brain to release neurotransmitters for proper stimulus of these vibrations. The nerves perform better and functions healthily.
7. Helps reduce Asthma Symptoms:
While breathing, a short hold of your breath helps in strengthening your lungs. The asthma symptoms slowly dissipate when you practice chanting regularly.
8. Calms the Mind:
When you are concentrated, you see clearly. The clarity lifts all of your tension. The repeating of chants also release many good hormones like serotonin and others. So, you feel happy and calm.
9. Improves Overall Immunity:
Gayatri mantra chanting activates the hypothalamus which is responsible for keeping immunity in the body. The diseases are kept at bay and you feel more healthy and fit.
10. Reduces Stress and Anxiety:
Along with all the other benefits and the explanation given for each of them, the chanting of this mantra also removes depression, anxiety, and stress. This is so important. With the growing economy, people are becoming more prone to anxiety and chanting is a very natural way to keep your anxiety in check.
How Should You Chant this Mantra?
The Gayatri mantra has a very soothing effect when chanted. It creates vibrations which aligns the chakras in your body allowing the flow of energy from the chakras.
The mantra is best chanted in a soft voice with a calm mind in a calm surrounding. The importance should be given to understanding the meaning of the words and the pronunciation of each word correctly. By meditating on this mantra, you will connect with mother nature and feel the universe as one with your body and soul.
Chant this mantra after doing breathing exercises – Pranayama. Practice alternate nostril breathing five times. It should be done preferably facing the sun (east in the morning and west in the evening.)
When Should You Chant this Mantra?
It is best to chant the Gayatri Mantra in the morning around the time from 3:30 to 4:30 am. However, it can be chanted at any given time of the day. Among all the days, chanting this mantra on Friday’s will be most auspicious.
It is recommended to repeat the Gayatri mantra at least 3 times. And it can be repeated a multiple number of times.
The benefits can be reaped by practicing this mantra regularly. It’s with only time that the benefits will be observed. Do put in the effort to pronounce the mantra properly and just breathe.
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