Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Quote of the Week - The Gayatri Mantra

As my last Silent Saturday feature, I simply posted a graphic of the Gayatri Yantra, a geometric design meant to visually convey the essence of the Gayatri Mantra.   It may be used to meditiate on while reciting the Gayatri Mantra.  This is the mantra, in Sanskrit:

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

I find the literal English translation to be a little awkward, but there are a number of good interpretive translations that flow nicely and convey the mantra's essence.  I like this one by Swami Nardanand::

"On the absolute reality and its planes,
On that finest spiritual light,
We meditate, as remover of obstacles
That it may inspire and enlighten us."


namasteyoga said...

Hi Vern,

Thanks for posting the holy Gayatri Mantra!

Do you recite it every day? I have heard it does magic in human life!

Namaste :)

Vern said...

I recite this mantra during some of my meditations, but have not reached the level of daily mediation yet. I'm currently trying to solidify my yoga practice to a daily routine, and am currently at 53 consecutive days with at least a short practice!

My next personal challenge will be to bring meditation to a daily level!

It is an amazing mantra! Thanks!