24 Mar Gayatri Mantra To Support and Nourish You, Others and the Earth
The Gāyatrī mantra, (also known as Sāvitri mantra) uses the Sun to illuminate body, mind and soul. This chant focuses our senses, strengthens our intellect, understanding and life force to nourish ourselves and support others and the Earth during challenging coronavirus times like now.
It’s spring 2020 and we’re in a pandemic with the coronavirus. As a way to support and nourish you during these challenging times, i offer you the Gāyatrī mantra as a meditation (also called a prayer) in the video below.
The Gāyatrī mantra is considered the essence of the vedas. Veda means knowledge and this prayer fosters and sharpens our intellect and knowledge. Gāyatrī is very powerful because she is the one who nourishes us on an individual level and supports us in focusing our senses so we make clear decisions. Within the Gāyatrī there is a dedication to savitṛ/savitri, who is the sun God. The Sun has been regarded as the source of all energy on Earth and responsible for birth, growth and destruction. The sun exists above us, but also within us, in our solar plexus; below our spiritual heart (anahata chakra)
In essence this is what the Gāyatrī mantra is about. There is so much more to be said about it, but I’ll leave it at this for now. You will learn more about it in my upcoming moon phase yoga book.
Begin a new day with this prayer, to honour the elements, your life force (prana/praña), our Earth and the essence of life. I think of it as a way to fill up our life force account so we can share generously of our energy with those who need us. In these challenging times we have to take care of ourselves while we take care of our family/friends and community. You can use this prayer as often as needed to fill yourself up.
I hope you enjoy it.
Invite anyone in your home to chant with you.
But if you feel too shy to chant out loud do it silently to yourself. You can also just listen.
Know that you don’t need a beautiful voice, (I’m no Celine Dion ;-). We use the voice we have.
If you find it weird to chant in sanskrit that is normal too. You will get used to it.
The power is in the intention and vibration. That’s what matters.
The words of the Gayatri Mantra in IAST:
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
Śantī, Śantī, Śantī. (3x represent peace to mind, body and soul).
Here is a literal translation word for word:
om – the primeval sound
tat – that
savitur – from savitr̥, ‘that which gives birth’, ‘the power inside the Sun’ or the Sun itself
vareṇiyaṁ – to choose, to select; the most choosable, the best
bhargoḥ- to be luminous, the self-luminous one
devasya – luminous/ radiant, the divine.
tatsavitur devasya – “of that divine entity called Savitṛ”
dhīmahi – who’s wisdom and knowledge flow, like waters
dhiyoḥ – intellect, a faculty of the spirit inside the body, life activity
yoḥ – which
naḥ – our, of us
pracodayāt – to move in a specific direction.
cod – to move (something/somebody) in a specific direction.
pra – the prefix “forth, forward.”
pracud – “to move (something/somebody) forward”
pracodayāt – “may it move (something/somebody) forward”; inspires
- wikipedia (my sanskrit teacher says not believe everything written on wikipedia, but that it’s gotten much more accurate over time).