Gayatri Mantra

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Re: Gayatri Mantra

Post by AlexMcLeod »

No_Mind wrote:I am using the word mantra in its proper accepted sense -- to mean sacred verses from Vedic texts used for worship. Repeating the name of a deity is a very rudimentary way of doing meditation called japa meditation. It is used regarding Ram and Shiva.
.. it is usually accessory/subsidiary practice and it is not a mantra in the way the word mantra is used. It is repetition of a single word so no other thought can enter the mind.
I understand your meaning now.
No_Mind wrote:Why would Om be a secret. The word is used probably a trillion times a day. Any puja has possibly about a hundred Oms inserted into the mantras.
According to several sources I've read, at the time of Rig Veda, Om was referred to, in writing at least, without writing the thing itself. It was also believed that a guru had to initiate someone for Om to be effective. The first indirect reference was Yajur Veda 1:1, where it was referred to as pranava.[/quote]
From time to time Indian gurus have visited the West and tried to present Hinduism stripped of its roots (usually as some form of meditation or other) but never successfully or with any degree of authenticity.
I hadn't noticed until you said something. The local ashram guru won't even call his tradition Hindu. He calls it "an ancient tradition of Himalayan masters". There is one in Tennessee that appears to keep everything. But he calls it traditional yoga, I think. It's hard not to see it as Hindu with the large Siva Linga. And 20ft face of the founder of Yoga. That place is on my bucket list.

But I think you're confusing what it means to be a direct student. I've never met a direct student of a good teacher that was not far more practical-minded than everyone else.
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Re: Gayatri Mantra

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Gayatri Mantra (Savitr) 108 Repetitions

"We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds." -Swami Vivekananda

"We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence." -Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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Gayatri Mantra

Post by bennieTedge »

HI All,
I read some where that Valmiki had written Ramayana as a commentary form of Gayatri Mantra and with around 24000 slokas, 1000 slokas for each Bija Akshara. Can any one please explain this ?

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Re: Gayatri Mantra

Post by Brahma Das »

Here are my favorite two versions:

Gayatri Mantra - A Universal Prayer

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.

Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm; Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: Supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.
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