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Gayathri Mantra

Meaning of the Individual Words


Om: Para Brahman

Bhur: Bhu loka (Physical plane). It also refers to the body made up of the 5 Pancha Bhutas (5 elements). These 5 elements constitute Prakriti (Nature).

Bhuvah: Bhuva loka - The middle world. Bhuva is also Prana Sakthi.

Suvah: The Swarga loka (Heaven - the land of the Gods)




Thath: Paramatma, God or Brahman

Savithur: That from which all this is born

Varenyam: Fit to be worshipped

Bhargo: The Radiance, the Spiritual Effulgence, the Light that bestows Wisdom

Devasya: Divine Reality

Dheemahi: we meditate




Dhiyo: Buddhi, Intellect

Yo: Which

Nah: Our

Prachodayath: Enlighten




Overview of Meaning

The Gayatri Mantra may be translated in many ways. One such translation is as follows:


"We meditate upon the Spiritual Effulgence of that Adorable Supreme Divine Reality the Source of the Physical, the Astral and the Heavenly Spheres of Existence. May that Supreme Divine Being enlighten our intellect (so that we may realise the Supreme Truth)." 1


Regarding the benefits of chanting the Gayathri Mantra


"You may or you may not chant any other Mantra, but do remember that by chanting the Gayatri Mantra, the benefits are there for you to see. By continuously chanting the Gayatri Mantra you yourself will reach the state of fulfilment, a sense of feeling that you have achieved something. But there is an inner meaning in this Gayatri Mantra being given to young children. We have in this Mantra the concluding words - 'Dhi Yo YoNah Prachodayat'. The meaning is this: Before you have been given this Mantra, you have been backward intellectually, mentally a bit lazy and with a few negative points to your credit. But after you have been given this Mantra, you have become sharper in Intellect, you have become more zealous, more enthusiastic, and certainly qualified to get better marks, better rank and first classes. From tomorrow, the children by virtue of chanting this Mantra in the morning and in the evening, may they be endowed with a rare Intelligence, which will take care of their fortunes that will be presiding over their destiny. They will become highly qualified. They will become model citizens so that the future of the country will be safe in their hands."


At the Upanayanam ceremony held at Prasanthi Nilayam on 17-3-1983




1.Gayathri Mantra (sssbpt)


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Swami chanting the Gayathri mantra

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Om Bhur Buvaha Suvaha
Thath Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath


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