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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Gayatri Mantra

From jajisarma

Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:35 am (PST)



PRIYA BHAGAVAT BANDUVULLARA!

VOICE OF THE RISHIS: 55

`DHIYOYONAH PRACHODAYAAT'

--YAJURVEDA MANTRAN, GAYATRI

"Let our minds be blossomed" is the important basic concept of Vedas
enshrined in the great mantra, Gayatri, ordained to be recited as
many number of times as possible. Gayatri mantra or the
invocational prayer to the Sun God forms part of the ancient Vedic
living. The sages of those considered Sun God (Surya, Aditya) as
of significance to men on earth denizens of the zodiac, in emphasis
that " This very sun is God" (Asaavaditya Brahma). "Aditya or the
Sun is Brahma, Lord itself".

With this background of Sun worship in mind, let's understand the
meaning of the Greatest of all Mantras, Gayatri.

1. Om Bhoor Bhuva Ssuvaha
2. Om Tat saviturvanenyam
3. Bhargo Devasya Deemahi
4. Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayaat.

1. The Lord of the Three worlds, Bhoor, Bhuvah, Suvah

2. That glorious, adorable one

3. To His great Light, I offer my Prayers

4. Let our minds, thoughts be blossomed.

Let us confine to the last line of this mantra here. The
followers, the devotee of Sun God prays for the blossoming or
expansion (Prachodayaat) of the minds (Our thoughts) of the people.
Addressing the Sun the mantra, Prayer, consists a very significant
thought namely, "Let our thoughts expand". Here the use of the
plural number "our" (naha) is to be noticed. The aspirant is
praying not for himself alone in singular person, but in a universal
way (of all of us). Secondly the Prayer is for the expansion of
thoughts. All human process is embedded in it. I stop here, for
words prove inadequate to describe the greatness of this Gayatri
Mantra.

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