In our Yoga and Meditation classes this term we have been listening to the Gayatri Mantra and here it is again!
Some may not recognise the tune – it is a rather jolly version which I really love. Next term, for those who’d like to we’ll sing the more traditional version.
This chant is from the Rig Veda one of the oldest known written works. It has been sung from the very beginnings of time. Why not join in and hum or sing along? It has a calming and uplifting effect and once you know it you can do it anywhere. There are many benefits to chanting the Gayatri including helping you breathe more slowly, stimulating the subtle energy centres in the body and improving concentration. For 10 benefits of chanting the Gayatri see this site
There are many translations, probably the most popular is by Deva Premal as follows:
Om bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat
Through the coming, going, and the balance of life
The essential nature illuminating existence is the adorable one
May all perceive through subtle intellect
The brilliance of enlightenment