The Gayatri Mantra

 

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

 MEANING:-

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

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