Found in the Vedas, the Gayatri Mantra is one of the most beautiful and powerful mantras ever created, particularly when it’s chanted by Deva Premal. The images in this video are stunning and together with the chant, absolutely awe-inspiring.
Here’s how to pronounce the words:
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
(Om bhoor bhu-wah swa-ha)
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
(tat savi-tur varen-yam)
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
(bhar-go de-va-sya dheem-a-hi)
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodáyāt
(dhiyo yo nah pra-cho-day-at)
This is the correct pronunciation to the best of my knowledge. If you can suggest a better one, please feel free to share. I’d love to hear it.
There’s also a longer version that’s believed to be even more profound.
What the Gayatri mantra means
Before I chant any words in Sanskrit or any other language, I like to know the meaning behind them. In very basic terms, the mantra means:
“We meditate upon the divine light that is the source of life in all worlds, and pray for that light to illuminate our intellect.”
It is said that chanting this mantra acts as a sacred prayer that spirals through the universe from the heart of the chanter, asking for enlightenment and divine wisdom. This mantra purifies all who listen to it as well.
In addition, the Gayatri mantra can alleviate karma, cleanse and purify the mind, awaken us to our true spiritual nature and more.
Anyone can use the Gayatri mantra for spiritual growth. Your religion and ethnicity don’t matter. What’s most important is the power of your intent, and your willingness to accept and integrate these divine energies into your mind, body and spirit.