The Glory of Gayatri
It is difficult to fathom the root cause of the astonishing demonstrations of Gayatri Sadhana. Right from Brahma, the Creator of this universe, down to the present era, all the rishis, saints, spiritual seers and seekers have demonstrated the beneficent effects of the chanting of Gayatri mantra. No other mantra has been worshipped and chanted as much as Gayatri Mantra. Since ages highly elevated souls have been practising Gayatri Sadhana. Thus, a huge mass of highly elevated spiritual energy has been accumulated in subtle celestial spheres (loks) enveloping the earth.
It is a scientific truth that no sound or idea ever perishes. Whatever is uttered or thought today will spread in the space along with its waves and will remain there till infinity in some state or the other. Waves which are most powerful remain specifically alive. Scientists are trying to catch waves set in motion during the Mahabharat battle and those of the music of Tansen. If they succeed, we will be able to listen to sounds of important conversations which took place in ancient times. It will then be possible to listen Geeta directly emanating from the holy mouth of Lord Krishna. Although, it may not be possible to transform sounds and thoughts into material forms in near future, it is certain that they do not vanish into nothingness. The faith and devotion towards Gayatri which have been nourished by countless persons still exist with all their potentialities in the subtle realm. According to the principle of convergence of all homogeneous elements at one point, the faith, devotion, sentiments and devout austerity of all the devotees have combined to contribute to the accumulation of a huge store of conscious spiritual energy.
Those who are acquainted a little with the science of thinking know that a magnetic field of the type in which a person thinks is created in his mind. This magnetism attracts thoughts of similar nature permeating the entire space and in a short time there is a vast accumulation of similar kinds of thoughts. Persons who think about gentlemanliness become more and more charged with righteous thoughts, virtues, tendencies and nature. In the same way a sinful mind becomes all the more so in a short time. All this happens according to the science of attraction of identical thoughts, according to which thoughts of all divine souls who were devotees of Gayatri right from the beginning of this creation get inter-linked. It is difficult even for a strong man to climb over a high wall but if a ladder or a stair-case is provided, anybody can climb over it easily. With the help of the stair-case built by the devotees of Gayatri in the past we can easily attain the fruits of Gayatri Sadhana .
We get enriched suddenly and spontaneously with all the boons of Gayatri Sadhana for which great seekers in the past had put in extremely hard labour. By these past Sadhanas powerful energy fields have been created in the subtle spheres by tuning into which we can march ahead with great speed. A drop of water, when it falls in the ocean, becomes the ocean itself. A person recruited in the army becomes part and parcel of the army. In the same way, a Sadhak who gets linked with the accumulated power of Gayatri derives all its benefits. No other Ved-Mantra possesses so much radiant and puissant energy as Gayatri Mantra. It is for this reason that immense benefits are obtained through Gayatri Sadhana with the least effort.
Even then we find that most of the people do no take advantage of it although they know its importance. A person may have ample money in his possession but if he does not use it and enjoy it, it can only be considered his misfortune. Gayatri is divine knowledge which has been made available by God to us. Rishis and saints have been directing us at every step in the scriptures to take advantage of Gayatri Sadhana. Yet, if we do not perform Sadhana and get its benefit, it our misfortune and nothing else.
Gayatri is Spiritual Triveni
Some instances about the importance of Gayatri have been furnished in the fore-going pages. It is difficult to consolidate and publish all of them. Ganga, Geeta, Gau (cow) and Gayatri, these four are pillars of Indian culture. Every person who believes in Hindu religion reveres them like Mother and feels a special sense of mutual bonding with all others with similar faith.
Gayatri has been called spiritual Triveni. The confluence of Ganga and Yamuna creates an invisible, subtle, divine river which is known as Saraswati and the confluence of these three is known as Triveni. On account of this Triveni, Prayag is called king of all the Teerths. In the same way Gayatri is Triveni of the spiritual world. Its first letter ‘ga’ is suggestive of Ganga, second letter ‘ya’ of Yamuna and third letter ‘tri’ of Triveni. Several trios viz. (1) Sat, Chit, Anand, (2) Satyam (truth), Shivam, Sundaram (beauty) (3) Sat, Raj, Tam, (4) Ishwar (God) Jeev (soul) Prakriti (quality), (5) Rik, Yaju, Sam (6) Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya (7) Gun (virtue), Karma (action), Swabhav (nature), (8) Shaishav (childhood), Yauvan (youth), Budhapa (old age), (9) Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, (10) Utpatti (creation), Vridhi (growth), Nash (destruction) (11) Sardi (winter), Garmi (summer) Varsha (rainy season) (12) Dharma (righteousness), Arth (wealth), Kam (sensual enjoyment), (13) Akash (space), Patal (nether-most world), Prithvi (earth), (14) Dev (God), Manushya (man), Asur (demon) etc. are interwoven and lie embedded in Gayatri chand. One who observes deeply by meditation and contemplation, these trinities gets the same spiritual merit as one gets in the material world by taking a dip in Triveni. These various trios represent various kinds of problems which the Sadhak is required to face and by solving which he attains the ultimate goal of self-realisation.
The three currents of Triveni appear to be vast, deep and daunting. In the same way, Gayatri Sadhana appears to be very difficult. But just as fear disappears and tranquilizing cheerfulness is attained by taking a dip in Triveni, so also by thinking, contemplating and probing deep into various aspects of Gayatri Sadhana a person attains such spiritual insight which inspires him to follow righteous path and ultimately leads him to eternal peace and bliss. Gayatri, undoubtedly, is spiritual Triveni, it is teerathraj because the philosophy underlying it is easy, simple, and intelligible and it leads to perennial happiness.
The importance and glory of Gayatri is infinite. Ved, puran, shastras, history, rishis, saints, house-holders all acknowledge its importance. It has a marvellous power of changing our outlook towards life. If our perverted thinking and mental back-ground are set right, our desires, aspirations, thoughts and sentiments get refined, we can rise higher than even the gods. Gayatri Sadhana can emancipate us from bondage to hellish perversions, of envy, hatred, malice, ill will etc, thus manifesting in our lives the Divine attributes of Satyam, Shivam and Sundram.
Gayatri has three phases and so it is called tripada. It is also called tripada because it is Vedmata, Devmata and Vishwamata. Vedas have originated from Gayatri mantra and so it is known as Vedmata. It is Devmata because it helps in manifestation of divine virtues (gun), actions (karma) and nature (swabhav). It gives inspiration for establishment of universal family “Vasudhaiva kutumbakam” and so it is known as Vishwamata. It enjoins to regard every human being as one’s own self. It advocates lofty thinking, ideal character and polite behaviour. It is known as Guru-mantra which means that of all the Mantras, it is the best and supreme. Gayatri Mantra was the first lesson to be taught in the schools in the ancient times and students were explained that the purpose of education is to attain spiritual wisdom. It directs cultivation of human dignity and observance of self-imposed rules and regulations. Education and learning are meaningful only if these factors are kept in view. The letters of Gayatri mantra are interwoven in such a manner that by their utterance special vibrations are created and the secret subtle centres of energy within the Sadhak get activated and awakened, manifesting their paranormal potencies.
The Primordial Power
The origin of Universe is said to be the manifestation of God’s (Omnipresence Consciousness) wish to express thyself in multiple forms. Being the original source of the creation, existence and manifestation of Nature and the universe, this supreme power was named Adi Shakti or (Gayatri). In other words Adi Shakti, known as Gayatri, is the inspiring and governing power acting behind the eternal cycle, order and harmony indwelling in the cosmic system and the laws of nature and the existence and activities of the world. This eternal presiding power is the cause of all energy and is subliminally governing the cosmic existence, expansion and activities towards the ultimate evolution…
Lord Brahma, the supreme creator is described in the scriptures to have attained the absolute knowledge of the universal creation and the limitless manifestations of Nature by the dedicated sadhana of Adi Shakti Gayatri. This supramental knowledge and science constituted the Vedas. This is how Adi Shakti became the Vedmata – the mother (origin) of Vedas. The Gayatri Mantra is regarded to enfold the essence, the seed of Vedas.
The divine powers governing the order of Nature also emanate from the Adi Shakti. As the same electricity flows in tube light, heater, refrigerator, cooler, etc and appears active in different forms, similarly, the singular force of Adi Shakti is reflected in Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva — as thy powers of eternal creation, execution and evolution. The other manifestations of thy impulse (deva Shaktis) too are different expressions of the Adi Shakti. Thus, Adi Shakti being the absolute source of divine powers is also revered as DevaMata. Beatitude of this Devamata endows a devoted sadhaka with divine virtues and vigor.
As the appearance of Nature and the world emanate from the infinite kernel of Adi Shakti, the latter is worshiped as VishwaMata — the mother of the world. A true devotee of this realization of the Adi Shakti, unifies his self-identity with global unity and lives with the altruist feeling of “vasudhaiva kutumkam” — the whole world is like his family to such a generous fellow.
The Siddha Guru of Gayatri Mantra
The diksha of Gayatri-Mantra Sadhana and the yagyopavita samskara (thread ceremony) are intermittently linked with dedication to a noble Guru. The Gayatri mantra is referred as the Guru Mantra. In the times of yore, the children used to go to the gurukuls for comprehensive education and training and ideal personality development. The learning of Vedas used to begin there with the diksha of Gayatri as the Guru Mantra. Today we may find lots of fake gurus and their variegating, arbitrary guru mantras. But in the ancient age of the divine Indian Culture, the Gayatri Mantra alone was revered for diksha.
Dedication to the spiritual master (guru) helps cultivation and development of Saraddha and vishwasa as the essential elements for the success of Gayatri Sadhana. The activities associated with the rituals of upasana would be sheer mechanical acts if devoid of saraddha and vishwasa. Without the inner support of these two, the observance of the desired disciplines too would only remain like daydreaming. The sublime linkage between the guru and the disciple is sustained and strengthened by the saraddha and vishwasa of the latter. This is what enables the progress and accomplishment of the sadhana. As the initial practices with bows and arrows gradually helps a warrior develop into an intrepid archer, the initial sentiments of saraddna and vishwasa on the guru also grow and endow the disciple’s heart with immense devotion to divinity and thy love.
In some scriptures, there is a mention of a a curse of Maharshi Vashishtha and Vishwamitra on the (sadhana of) Gayatri Mantra and it is said that only those who remove this constraint could proceed with Gayatri Sadhana. This rhetoric description signifies the secret that Gayatri Sadhana should be endeavored with due disciplines under the protection and adept guidance of an experienced, spiritually elevated guru. The word Vashishtha means outstanding sagacity, pious excellence. Those accomplishing the sadhana of 125 lacs of Gayatri Mantra Japa were bestowed with the title of Vashishtha in the Vedic Age. Liberation from the curse of the great vedic rishi Vashishtha implies that the diksha of Gayatri Mantra should be taken from a guru who is endowed with the qualities and experience of the level of Vasistha. Vishwamitra means the mitra (friend) of the vishwa (whole world). The aforesaid rhetoric scriptural saying further implies that the noble guru for the diksha of Gayatri Mantra should be an altruist, duty-bound saintly sadhaka who loves all and cares for global welfare.
Diksha blessed by such a siddha guru who possesses the virtues of being Vashishtha and Vishwamitra, alone can activate the Gayatri shakti in the mantra. Gayatri Sadhana endeavored as per his teachings would be perfect and beatified. Shraddha and vishwasa and devout practices of mantra japa too would not be complete unless initiated by such a noble guru of Gayatri Vidya. Having the beatitude of a siddha guru of Gayatri Vidya is like a propulsion that almost flies the disciple half the path of dedicated sadhana in the beginning itself. This is what is reflected in the poetic phrase of emancipation from the curse. There should be no doubt or misinterpretation of the scriptural mention after the aforesaid decipheration. It is indeed a perennial truth that no power in the cosmos could curse or restrain the Omnipotent, Absolute, Adi Shakti Gayatri.
Gayatri Sadhana initiated by the diksha through noble guru proceeds with extraordinary spiritual support of the Gayatri Mantra with inner faith.
GAYATRI MANTRA MEANING
The Gayatri Mantra consists of twenty-four syllables – three lines of eight syllables each. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Upanishads. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables or any hymn composed in this meter. Hence, there exists a whole family of Gayatri Mantras, which serve as meditative aids to pray for the blessings of a particular personal God.
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि,
धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।
A basic translation can be given as…
Om ParamAtman, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very ParamAtman, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.
Advent of Satyug
Gayatri is known as Adya Shakti because Brahma who was born from the Navel lotus of Vishnu was directed to take support of this Maha Mantra for creation. Brahma worshiped it and performed tap and brought forth all animate and inanimate creation.
This great power will now be known as the power of a new golden era because the deadly poisons permeating the atmosphere, environment and minds and hearts of human-beings can be neutralised only with the help of collective Sadhana of this Mantra. The new era is also descending in the form of Pragya (Enlightened Intelligence) movement, or Pragyavtar. The next era will be known as Pragya Yug (Era of Enlightenment). It can also be called Satyug.
Spiritual super-science will get preference over material science.
This prediction of the advent of the new golden era is foretold in the scriptures of the world and has been foreseen by the seer-vision of mystic masters around the world.