The most crucial part of Hindu puja rituals is the chanting of mantras. You must have seen the priests in the temples frantically reciting the mantras while offering puja to the deity. Did it ever strike you, why these mantras are recited? Or why we have different mantras for different deities and what difference does it make? May be not. But you will be surprised to knwo that the frantic chanting has far reaching effects than you can think of.
Mantras are usually recited in the Sanskrit language. Each syllable of the mantra has a special sound. In the recitation of Sanskrit mantras, the sound is very important, for it can bring transformation in you while leading you to power and strength. Different sounds have different effects on human psyche. If a soft sound of wind rustling through leaves soothes our nerves, the musical note of running stream enchants our heart, thunders may cause awe and fear.
Chanting of mantras can uplift us from the normal levels of consciousness to the higher levels. It acts as a catalyst which helps us to achieve our goals in life. Mantras have the power to cure diseases, ward off evil, gain wealth, gain supernatural powers and even pushing us to a blissful state.
One such powerful mantra is the Gayatri mantra. Gayatri mantra has some superb healing powers. The mantra affects all your three levels of consciousness- the awake, deep sleep and the dreaming. So, what are the amazing healing powers of the Gayatri mantra? Let us find out in detail.
Om Bhur Buvaha Svaha
Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath
It translates to
We meditate upon the radiant Divine Light of that adorable Sun of Spiritual Consciousness;
May it awaken our intuitional consciousness.
Meaning Of The Mantra
The word "Gayatri" itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.
Here is the word by word meaning of the mantra
- Om: Brahma or Almighty God
- Bhuh: embodiment of vital spiritual energy (Pran)
- bhuvah: destroyer of sufferings
- swah: embodiment of happiness
- tat: that
- savitur: bright, luminous like the Sun
- varenyam: best, most exalted
- bhargo: destroyer of sins
- devasya: divine
- dhimahi: may imbibe
- dhiyo: intellect
- yo: who
- nah: our
- prachodayat: may inspire
Origin Of The Mantra
The Gayatri mantra featured for the first time in the Vedas, about 2,500-3,500 years ago approximately. It was mentioned as the supreme mantra. It was kept a secret for many years by yogis and gurus because of its unimaginable powers.
Benefits Of Reciting Gayatri Mantra
The vibrations of this particular mantra has a number of benefits in your life.
1. Removes obstacles
2. Protects you from dangers
3. Dispels ignorance
4. Purifies your thoughts
5. Improves your communication skills
6. Opens your psychic vision
Healing Powers Of Gayatri Mantra
Gayatri Shakti is an energy field and is the culmination of three energies - tejas or radiance, yashas or victory and varchas or brilliance. When you chant the Gayatri mantra, these energies manifest in you and give you the power to bless. The energies are also transmitted to the one receiving the blessings. The Gayatri mantra also sharpens the intellect and polishes your memory which gets tainted with time.
Healing Powers Of Gayatri Mantra
The ideal time to chant the Gayatri is during the transitory hours of dawn and dusk. It is the time when it is neither dark nor light. In these moments, the mind enters an altered state of consciousness. It is the right time to focus on the Self instead of getting caught in changes or movement. In these hours, the mind can easily be confused; it can slip into inertia, lethargy and negativity or be elevated and move into a meditative state radiating positivity. Chanting the Gayatri mantra at this time rejuvenates the mind and maintains it in an elevated and energised state.It thus, gives you ample positive energy which keeps you energised and rejuvenated when you chant it on a regular basis.
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