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Gayatri Mantra

Agniveer
A Problem with the Vedas

I was once asked which as if this mantra alone


is my favorite mantra contains more insights
from Vedas. I said ‘Agne than rest of the world put
Vratapate…’. A few together! There is nothing
days later the question more joyful in world than
came again. This time diving into the essence
it was ‘Trayambakam of any Vedic mantra.
Yajamahe…’. Next time And when the untrained
it was something else and mind returns back to the
today it is something else. mundane world it finds life
This is a curious problem much of meaningful and
with Vedas. Each mantra purposeful. And next time
is like a sweet ocean of when it chances to dive
knowledge. More you into another mantra, it
dwell into it, more you feel finds yet another ocean of
liberated, more you get peerless bliss. That is why
that feeling of serendipity, it is impossible to stick to
that feeling of ecstasy, joy, one particular mantra as
being enthused and what a favorite mantra. Each
not! Words fail to describe mantra has such depths of
it beyond a point! meanings that it appears
as if the whole life would
Contemplation on each be insufficient to reach the
mantra makes one feel bottom!

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Benefits of Vedic Mantras foolproof recipe for the
panacea that all the self-
Our seers strongly
help books of the world try
recommended
to achieve.
contemplation on Vedic
mantras as essential Now each mantra of Vedas
duty of all Arya or noble has a wide scope and
persons. The reasons are depth of meaning. Some
simple: mantras may not be easy
to approach for beginners
a. There is absolutely
considering their current
nothing more refreshing
level of mind-training and
and relaxing that
knowledge. But there are
contemplation on Vedic
certain mantras which
mantras.
are like desi cow’s milk.
b. There is no better brain They benefit one and all
tonic than getting deeper and hence recommended
and deeper into essence of by seers as necessary
Vedic mantras. ingredient of daily life.

c. The benefits of Vedic One of the most prominent


mantras do not lie merely of such mantras is the
in the final conclusion of celebrated Gayatri
Vedic mantras, but in the Mantra. Such is the
very process of trying to glory of this mantra
get up to that conclusion. that seers recommend
that if someone studies
d. Finally, to understand nothing else in Vedas
Vedic mantras require not but contemplates only
only logical analysis, but on Gayatri, that is also
also use of emotions and sufficient to take one to
practical implementation. next level of evolution. We
It thus provides a holistic shall briefly discuss this

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amazing Mantra in this You are Buvah –
post and try to understand completely devoid of
what makes it so amazing. sorrow. When we achieve
you, all our sorrows vanish
Q: What is the meaning of
away.
Gayatri Mantra?
You are Swah – the
A: We shall try to sustainer and maintainer
understand Gayatri of entire world and
Mantra as in Yajurveda provider of all the bliss.
36.3:
You are Savituh – the
tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ bhárgo creator of entire world
devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó and provide us all the
naḥ pracodáyāt prosperities
You can find the detailed You are Devah – who
meaning from Chapter 3 only gives and gives and
of Satyarth Prakash or never takes anything.
Light of Truth. We provide Who is desired by all.
the essence here: Who is Brilliant, Who is
Literal Meaning of Gayatri enlightening!
Mantra Varenyam – You alone
O One and Only One are worth being accepted.
Ultimate Omnipotent There is nothing except
Omniscient Ishwar! you that is worthwhile.
When you are achieved,
You are Bhoo – the everything is achieved.
foundation of life in entire And when you are not
universe and unborn! achieved, nothing is
You are dearer than life achieved. Because you are
because life is sustained the source of everything.
by you!

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Bhargah – You are Overall Meaning of
pure and without any Gayatri Mantra
imperfections. You are the
O dearest Ishwar, you are
ultimate cleanser. Nothing
the most capable, you
unclean remains when
alone are full of bliss, you
one achieves you. You
are perfect in all manner,
represent the most perfect
you are unchangeable,
state of purity!
you are unborn, you are
Tat – Such are your undying, you love us so
characteristics that much, you give us birth,
nothing else apart from you care for us 24*7*365
you is worthwhile. from eternity to eternity,
you alone are worth being
Dheemahi – We only
loved.
accept you through our
intellect. We utilize our You alone are worth
power of thinking to think being admired. You alone
of you alone. are worth being aspired.
You only give and give
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
and there is nothing that
– Because it is you who
we can give you. Even
has and who will enlighten
this intellect through
our intellect. It is only
which we admire you and
you who will lead us from
through which we enjoy
wrong towards right, from
all the blessings you have
miseries towards bliss,
showered upon us in form
from impurity towards
of prosperity and bliss has
purity, from Adharma
been gifted by you.
towards Dharma, from
hatred towards love, from O dearest Ishwar, there is
evil deeds towards noble no way we can repay you
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love and care. sorrow, praises and insults
and remain defiant in
So we humbly promise
seeking you and you alone
only one thing – that this
through our minds, our
intellect which you have
intellect and all the action
gifted us, we shall direct
we perform through this
this intellect towards you.
intellect.
We shall contemplate
The Universal Law of
upon you alone because
Gayatri and how to apply
it is you who gave us this
it in life!
power to contemplate.
You have enlightened Gayatri teaches us a
us and we shall seek fundamental universal law.
only you through this If we direct the output
enlightenment. of a system back to the
source, the outputs are
We shall establish a
further magnified. This law
direct connection with
is applicable everywhere
you and have no agents
– machines, economics,
in between. We will use
mathematics, society,
all the resources you have
inter-personal relations.
bestowed upon us through
this magnificent creation “Bhargo Devasya
to only seek you. Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Na
Prachodayaat” says that
We shall not be affected
if the system is such that
by what happens in our
there is
surroundings, we shall not
be affected by temporary Bhargo — the system is
instincts of pleasure and without any inefficiency or
happiness, we shall not disorder, the way Ishwar is
be affected by temporary
Devasya – the source does
loss, profit, happiness,

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not keep share for itself towards Ishwar, more we
and only gives out back receive His bliss.And when
whatever is inputted that crosses a threshold
into it. we achieve salvation.
Similarly, more we direct
Dhiyo and Dheemahi come
our attention to study of
from same root word. Thus
source of our knowledge
if we direct our output
– the Vedas – more the
(intellect) 100% back
bliss we shall obtain for
to source of intellect, we
humanity.
make it a perfect system
causing us to achieve The recipe to get rid of all
ultimate bliss. worries, all miseries, all
doubts and all negative
Those who have studied
thoughts and challenges
thermodynamics would
in life is thus very simply
have read about perpetual
summarized in Gayatri
machines. The only
Mantra. Simply think
reason they do not work
of the Ultimate, simply
is because there are
dedicate all thoughts,
inefficiencies in process of
words and actions to
energy conversion. Lesser
Him alone. Put your best
the inefficiency, more the
efforts and leave the
time that the machine
rest to Him and He shall
works. This analogy also
manage the rest in best
explains our position
possible manner as He is
in this creation. More
doing even right now!
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Doubt: If we only keep God as described above, is
thinking about Ishwar much more intuitive and
as per Gayatri, how do rational. The Vedic Ishwar
we manage our day to is everywhere. He is within
day tasks. For example, us and He is outside us.
if instead of fighting in a He is in our books, our
clothes, plants, our body,
battle, the soldier thinks
our enemies, our friends,
of Ishwar will he not get
our food, our football,
killed?
our laptop everywhere.
A: The doubt only comes Now obviously when such
when we misunderstand is the Ishwar, thinking
the characteristics of about Ishwar does not
Ishwar. This problem as mean as explained in
indicated would come only the doubt. Since Vedic
to those who consider Ishwar is everywhere and
Ishwar to be limited in without any agents, you
time and space. Those who are not supposed to think
think that Ishwar is in a of anything or any person
person, body, structure specially or in addition to
or above skies or sitting Ishwar. Since Vedic Ishwar
on a throne would fail to is everywhere, worship
achieve both Ishwar and of Ishwar lies not in any
success in mundane life ritual of Puja or Havan
without using cheat-codes! or Namaaz or Prayer
Because such a God is but each act as per its
different from rest of the purposefulness.
world. You can thus be
In Vedic parlance,
either Godly or worldly.
meditating upon Ishwar
The concept of Ishwar, as means to enhance our
opposed to such a limited understanding that it is

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Ishwar who is managing are giving, or it is not the
the whole show and giving war that you are fighting,
us opportunity to reap or it is not the workout
benefits as per our free you are doing; it is your
will. He is everywhere. worship of Ishwar for
When a yogi progresses a higher goal. It is your
with such heightened exemplification of Gayatri
understanding of world Mantra.
around, worship of Ishwar
Reject all agents between
actually means putting
you and Ishwar,
efforts to use every gift
of Ishwar in best possible Reject your attachment to
manner by use of our fruits of action,
intellect.
Reject the belief that
So it is worship and destiny is not smiling on
meditation of Ishwar when you,
a vedic soldier puts full
Reject the belief that you
concentration in fighting
need to do any particular
the enemy, or a Vedic
ritual to please Ishwar or
student puts all his mental
change destiny,
and physical energies to
study and understand the Reject all those
concepts of his subject. predictions of palmists
Doing whatever you are and astrologers and their
doing in best possible gems,
manner is the true worship
of Ishwar as per Gayatri Reject all those tendencies
Mantra. And better the of looking at planets
focus, better the outcome. before starting a noble
More you understand that mission,
its not the exam that you Reject the feeling of you

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being weak compared demigod, no other prophet,
to an unjust systemand no other worldly thing, not
Simply assert your direct even wasteful thoughts of
relationship with Ishwar mind.
by dedicating all thoughts,
This practice of absolute
words and actions to Him
focus on Ishwar brings the
and to fulfill His provided
wonder that no other thing
in Vedas as well as your
or concept of ideology or
own voice of soul.
person can ever bring for
Reject even the tendencies you!
of untrained mind that
This is the meaning and
tries to silence that voice
essence of the wonderful
of soul by urging you to
Gayatri Mantra!
follow old sinful patterns
of purposeless fun and Doubt: Does it mean
greed. meditation is meaningless
And reject even the feeling if we are focusing on
of remorse or guilt that our immediate tasks as
arises after we realize described above?
that we acted against our A: It depends. For a yogi,
voice of soul (Ishwar’s since he is perfectly in a
inspiration) for petty tranquil meditative state
reasons. in all his actions, separate
Reject all these and meditation would not be
become a Vedic warrior necessary. But for rest
committed ONLY to of us, who are prone to
focusing all thoughts fluctuations of tendencies
ONLY on ONE and ONLY of mind like anger, fear,
ONE Ishwar and none else. desire, lust, hatred, ego,
boredom etc, we need
None means no other

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to prepare ourselves reading their books.
to reach that stage of
Outcome of Gayatri Self-
constant meditation. For
Help
them separate meditation
on properties of Ishwar, In summary, Gayatri
purpose of our life, our contains the entire
own nature is of utmost mechanism of blissful
importance. This is the living in it. I have been
time when you try to meditating on Gayatri for
realize Ishwar, Self and some time now, and each
our purpose BEYOND time I discover a new
the push-and-pull of meaning and feel which
daily worldly life or is beyond by ability to
Duniyadaari. express in words. But the
net output are following:
Experts recommend at
least 2 hours of such a. Eradication of fear,
meditation along with frustration, tension, doubts
disciplined life for those and miseries
desperately seeking
b. Revival of peak
salvation and ultimate
enthusiasm and vigour
bliss. But this meditation
is not a mind-blankening c. Realignment of
exercise. It is an attempt priorities and goals
to develop intellectual and
emotional connect with d. Emergence of new
the Supreme Entity. We improved ideas, plans and
shall discuss the science visions
and art of meditation e. Sense of extreme peace
sometime later. For now, and love with self and
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things you can think of and This may appear
aspire for! mechanical for few days
but continue the same for
A practice exercise
at least 2-3 weeks. Try
on Gayatri (Note: to feel the meaning and
The changes could be develop emotional connect
unimaginable!) rather than sticking to
Step 1: Read the meaning each word of the mantra.
of Gayatri mantra as given Let your mind wander
in this post. to explore more insights
beyond the words and try
2: Read Gayatri Mantra getting lost into the bliss
meaning from Chapter you get. Do not use force
3 of Satyarth Prakash but allow mind to calm
(preferably Hindi) and down and experience the
study Chapter 7,8,9 of feel. Even if mind drifts
Satyarth Prakash. Take and thousands of thoughts
4-5 hours to complete come up, stay calm and
these two steps. Then keep do not be perturbed.
reviewing from time to Ignore them rather than
time. force them out and simply
focus on feeling the
Step 3: Listen to the
Gayatri. You can use the
brief Gayatri mantra with
music of Gayatri bhajan
meaning attached with this
to start with focus or
post.
other feelings that come
Step 4: Devote 30 minutes up within you. Enjoy the
daily to contemplate on whole process. In night
Gayatri Mantra after Step time, you can sit down on
3. You can split in 10 your bed, start submerging
minutes each in morning, into feel of Gayatri, and
evening and before sleep. then gradually slip into

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sleeping position and keep performed a cleansing
having the fun till you get action on your mind to
into sleep. eradicate negative thought
patterns and replaced with
Step 5: You would find
the most positive vibes.
shifts in your likes and
dislikes and views of Imagine! If this be the
things. Instead of forcing miracle in just 15 days
your ego, flow with your *30 minutes, what would
inner voice. the level when one does
so for entire life, and with
In two to three weeks, you
many many more mantras
will find a tremendous
of Vedas and with much
change in you in terms
more dedication! He
of sharpened thinking
would turn into a Ram,
process, intuitiveness,
Krishna, Patanjali or
enhanced feeling of
Dayanand!
confidence and self-
sufficiency, things going Another important point
right much more in life,
Gayatri Mantra is in first
better inter-personal
person plural. This clearly
relationships, enhanced
means that bliss of Ishwar
magnetism in personality
does not come in isolation.
and a lot more.
Whatever you do, you have
This is not magic or to rise beyond the ‘Me’ and
miracle in conventional do for ‘We’. Your goal is
sense. What you would not bliss for ‘Me’ but bliss
have done in this process for ‘We’. All your acts and
is to align yourself with thoughts and words should
your natural path and be for benefit of all souls
derive best benefits from and not only for you. This
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or ‘Nothing personal’ But the word Gayatri
is essence of Vedas and refers to the Chhanda
Gayatri. or prosody or the way it
can be pronounced. Vedic
So if this works for you,
mantras have a variety of
you have to ensure it
Chhandas and the name
works for as many people
Gayatri is derived from
you can make it work.
there.
And you have to work for
uplift of entire humanity. Q: Is it related to Gayatri
Also note that Gayatri Goddess?
and Vedas is all about
self-realization. So there A: Its a pity that in their
is no concept of force or over-enthusiasm people
compulsion to thrust these sometimes overdo things.
concepts upon others. You In fact Gayatri mantra is
simply love and care for supposed to put a stop to
everyone just as mother such illogical acts. There
cow loves its calf! is no Gayatri Devi and it
is only an imagination of
So enjoy Gayatri, enjoy life people that too in very
and make world a better recent times. Instead
place! This is the best self- of trying to understand
help course you can ever the meaning of Gayatri,
get on this planet! they symbolized it as a
Goddess and in process
Some intellectual
went against the very
questions:
spirit of Gayatri. While I
Q: Why is this mantra respect their sentiments,
called Gayatri? all such people should stop
such insult to Vedas and
A: A technical question
return to actual essence
not much relevant here.
of Gayatri – which is

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worship of One Formless who oppose this, again,
Ishwar. Commoditization are greatest enemies
of Gayatri Mantra in this of humanity. Secondly,
manner is an insult to someone who understands
Ishwar. Vedas does not remain a
Shudra at all. So everyone
Q: Is Gayatri Mantra
has full rights over Gayatri
prohibited for ladies? Mantra.
A: No mantra of Vedas is
Q: Should Gayatri be
prohibited for any person
adopted from a Guru?
regardless of birth or
gender. Everyone has equal A: This Gurudom is
rights over knowledge of another great nuisance
Ishwar in same manner plaguing society.
as light of sun. Those who Somewhere we have gurus,
state that women have somewhere prophets,
no rights over Vedas are somewhere babas,
the greatest enemies of somewhere peer-fakir
humanity. On contrary, trying to be agents of
there are mantras in God. It is always good to
Vedas which state that it understand Vedas from
is more important that knowledgeable persons.
women possess Vedic But in absence of them,
wisdom because they are Ishwar is the ultimate
the first teachers of next guru and presence of
generation. any agent between soul
and Ishwar is completely
Q: What about Shudras?
unnecessary. So do not
A: Firstly, Shudra refers wait for a Guru and make
to lack of education Ishwar your ultimate
and not any birth-based Guru. And if you find a
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help clarify your concepts, systematic process. It has
take full benefits from him to work. If it does not, you
but never with blind faith. need to revisit Chapter
Mortal Guru should never 3,7,8,9 of Satyarth
supersede the Ultimate Prakash. Comment here
Guru or Ishwar for any doubts and we
would be glad to help.
Q: In which Veda does
Make sure you try to
Gayatri come? maintain unity in thoughts,
A: We find Gayatri Mantra words and actions. Avoid
in Rigveda 3.62.10, meat, alcohol and vulgar/
Yajurveda 3.35, 22.9, romantic movies etc for
30.2 and 36.3. The the period. Keep healthy
meanings of the mantra routine – thats it.
are largely the same Remember that we are
with some differences trying to go towards our
depending upon the original nature. Anything
context of the Hymn or unnatural may deter you.
Sukta. But if laugh of an innocent
Q: What if this Gayatri child makes you happy,
recipe does not work for or you find it natural to
love your mother, or feel
me?
obliged when someone
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