If you are used to hearing Mantras and meditating, you certainly know Gayatri Mantra. However, do you know the history of this Mantra? Did you know that this is a powerful mantra capable of changing anyone’s life?
This Søndag Søund post recommends this powerful mantra. Like all mantras, by listening, singing or chanting each one of them, we can enjoy their benefits.
Get to know in this post a little more about this mantra and listen to different versions of it!
Table of contents:
- What’s the origin of Gayatri Mantra?
- Gayatri Mantra benefits
- What’s the meaning of Gayatri Mantra?
- Different versions of Gayatri Mantra for you to listen to
What’s the origin of Gayatri Mantra?
According to the Vedas, a collection of texts that explain the creation and origin of the world in the Hindu conception, the God (Deva) Brahma created the material world as we know it today. Among his first creations were the Sarasvati River, which was personified as the Goddess Sarasvati and became his wife, and the Gayatri Mantra which was personified as the Goddess Gayatri.
This mantra is dedicated to the Hindu deity Savita, a solar deva. For this reason, this mantra is also known as Sāvitrī.
The first written appearance of this mantra is in the Rigveda, one of the four volumes that are part of the Vedas. The Rigveda is the oldest of the four and the other three are called Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda.
However, even though we have the first recorded version written in an ancient book, scholars agree that the mantra was already orally passed long before it was written.
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Goddess Gayatri, who personifies this mantra, is usually portrayed with five faces in which each one faces a different direction. She is usually sitting on a red lotus flower symbolizing power and wealth.
As she personifies the Mantra, there are no records of specific episodes or passages related to the Goddess. We only know that she possesses a great power capable of bringing wisdom and inspiration, and capable of opening the path to bring us strength, just like the mantra.
Sometimes she is also depicted in a similar way to the Goddess Sarasvati.
Gayatri Mantra benefits
The benefits of Gayatri Mantra include opening the mind to inspiration and wisdom. In this way, we can connect with ourselves and the divine in search of new ideas, new paths and new solutions to existing problems.
This mantra also has the power to radiate the light within us, making us feel stronger and unafraid of any challenge or situation.
What’s the meaning of Gayatri Mantra?
One of the interpretations of the Gayatri Mantra suggests the following: “May the Almighty One enlighten our intellect to guide us in the right way.” This goes according to the benefits of the mantra. The Almighty One mentioned here refers to the Divine Sun, from where the light originates.
Lyrics in Sanskrit
The lyrics in Sanskrit are the following:
Lyrics in English
In English we have this:
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
Different versions of Gayatri Mantra for you to listen to
Most mantras should be recited, chanted or sung individually. So there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” form for each of them. With Gayatri Mantra is no different and there are several versions of it spread over the internet.
Below you will find a few:
Listen to this version recorded by Jesse Guelfi on your favourite streaming service. On YouTube you’ll find the full version, the Gayatri Mantra 108 times. On streaming services, there is a shortened version. Try to listen to it when you go to sleep. You will have a very light sleep.
Listen to it on your favourite service platform:
The version of Deva Premal may be the most popular today. It was even sung by Cher live. Listen to it on your favourite streaming service.
Sai Baba’s version is classic and you can listen to it during your meditation.
Anuradha Paudwal’s version is great for all times, it is lively and very beautiful! Listen to it when you meditate and you will notice the difference:
Listen to the Gayatri Mantra whenever you wish. Listen to this mantra to meditate, to relax, to be inspired and even for sleeping.
What are your experiences with this mantra?