During LifeForce Yoga training programs and retreats, we chant the Gayatri Mantra. This chant is about connecting with our own inner illumination. In this live recording of a meditation session, led by Rose Kress on January 28th, 2018, includes Gayatri Mantra as well as the LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation – Calming version. Below you will find information, including translations, on the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra and how to chant it can be found on Rose’s CD, Mantra Chanting with Rose.
The practice begins with the Vyahriti Mantras, which clear the chakras and the mental space. We then move into learning Gayatri Mantra and chanting it. The last portion of the practice is the calming version of the Chakra Clearing Meditation, which includes three Bee Breaths and the Mudra and Mantras.
|Bhuh||First Chakra||Earth Plane|
|Bhuvaha||Second Chakra||Atmospheric Plane|
|Swaha||Third Chakra||Solar region|
|Maha||Fourth Chakra||First spiritual region beyond the Sun: heart vibration|
|Janaha||Fifth Chakra||Second spiritual region beyond the Sun: power of the divine spiritual Word|
|Tapaha||Sixth Chakra||Third spiritual region beyond the Sun: sphere of the Progenitors; realm of the highest spiritual understanding while still identified with existence as an individual being|
|Satyam||Seventh Chakra||Abode of supreme Truth: absorption into the Supreme|
*Chart adapted from Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand, 206 – 207.
In the long form of Gāyatrī, the vyahriti mantras are chanted aloud followed by line 2 – 4 chanted mentally.
Salutations to that sacred sound present in the earth, the heavens, and that which is beyond. May the glorious splendor of that Divine life illuminate our meditation. — Russill Paul
O existence absolute, consciousness absolute, and bliss absolute, creator of the three dimensions, we meditate on Thy transcendental light. Illumine our intellects. — Sadguru Sant Keshavadas
Om! We glorify and adore the Supreme Divinity in the form of the effulgent Sun, Creator of Earth, Ether and Heaven. May that Supreme Consciousness inspire and illumine our mind and understanding. — Sri Amma Karunamayi
Oh divinity, that manifests as light, represented by the sun, come fill my consciousness, fill my mind. — Aadil Palkhivala
“Gāyatrī meditation destroys all delusions, energizes prāṇa, bestows longevity, health, brilliance, and illumination. This mantra is the key to opening the door of cosmic consciousness.” — Sadguru Sant Keshavadas on the purpose of chanting Gāyatrī mantra.
Gāyatrī mantra comes from the Rig Veda (III, 62, 10) and is the prayer for light, for illumination. It is an ancient prayer to the sun in its feminine aspect, as nourishing. Gāyatrī, as a God, is also known as the mother of the Vedas – the source of Divine wisdom. This mantra is practiced as one of the most sacred mantras in India. Gāyatrī also refers the specific meter of lines 2 – 4 and you will find that there are a number of other gāyatrī mantras for other deities within the Sanātana Dharma. There are two forms of the Gāyatrī mantra. The short form is listed above. The long form uses the all seven Vya̅hriti mantras as line 1.
There are also two different tunes for the Gāyatrī mantra. Both are correct, but depend on who instructed you in the chanting.
Definition of each word:
Bhur – invocation of the physical world
Bhuvah – invocation of the mental world
Swaha – invocation of the world of the soul
Tat – that
Savitur – sun; God; Divine; the radiating source of light
Varenyam – “who is worthy;” most adorable
Bhargo – the glorious light; luster; splendor
Devasya – Divine; supreme
Dhimahi – “we meditate upon;”
Dhiyo – our intellect; our understanding; our intention
Yo – he who
Nah – our
Prachodayat – may he inspire; this is our request of God