The Gayatri Mantra is the Universal Prayer enshrined in the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of man. Gayatri is the original mantra for Goddess Gayatri (Adi Shakti) and the Sun God (Surya). Its origin dates back to the earliest of the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of man the Rig Veda [III, 62:10]. It is said that Brahma, before creating the world, conceived the Gayatri mantra of 24 letters of great potential power. Universal Prayer means Prayer that can be recited with devotion for one's spiritual or material benefit in all ages by all men, women, and children in any part of the world. The Gayatri mantra protects us because Gayatri is Annapurna, The Mother, the Force that animates all life. We do not, therefore, have to wait for food, or for shelter when we are under the protection of Annapurna, the Divine Mother.
This mantra brings divine wisdom to those the chant with devotion and constancy. Wisdom and divine direction are crucial things to ask God. All problems, suffering, disease, misery, all barriers can be overcome to conquer the wisdom that is certainly divine. Wisdom is in the spirit world, and this mantra is one of the keys to winning this fantastic power.
This mantra uses the power of the throat chakra to activate the crown chakra.
As the Gayatri contains the Vedic essence, it is known as the mother of the Vedas and Brahmins. He is regarded as an embodiment of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
There are so many comments and even interpretations of the Gayatri that only this would give birth to an immense library.
These 24 letters contain 14 sounds that according to Hindu cosmology, vibrated after the issue of the sacred Om when Shiva "touched damaru" manifesting the unmanifested.
Gayatri Mantra (the mother of the Vedas), the foremost mantra in Hinduism and Hindu beliefs, inspires wisdom.
Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path".
The mantra is also a prayer to the "giver of light and life" - the sun (savitur).
AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT.
Over 30 years ago I was given a small pink card with the following verse printed on it:
Oh Thou who gives sustenance to the Universe
From whom all things proceed
To whom all things return
Reveal to us the face of the Spiritual Sun
Hidden by a disc of golden light
So that we may know the Truth
And do our whole duty
As we journey back to thy sacred feet
This has been a constant reminder to me of so many things, including the transient nature of our existence in the big scheme of things; of the power of the Sun/Son without which there could be no sustainable life on Earth; our need to seek out our Truth and not become entrenched in the ego-driven drama being created to distract us from our journey, and our duty to remember who we really are and try to find our purpose for Being here.