Gayatri Mantra

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Original Gayatri Mantra:

ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑(तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं) ।
भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tát savitúr váreṇiyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodáyāt

“Earth, mid-world, heaven,
Let us meditate on that most excellent light of the Divine Sun
That it may illumine our minds.”

Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri Mantra:

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Tat savitur varam rupam jyotih parasya dhimahi
yannah satyena dipayet.

“Let us meditate on the most auspicious (best) form of Savitri, on the light of the Supreme which shall illumine us with the Truth.”

(Sri Aurobindo:) “The power of the Gayatri is the Light of the divine Truth. It is a mantra of Knowledge.”[1]

“The Gayatri mantra is the mantra for bringing the light of Truth into all the planes of the being. The other [Sri Aurobindo Mira] has a general power.”[2]

“In the Gayatri, the chosen formula of the ancient Vedic religion, the supreme light of the godhead Surya Savitri is invoked as the object of our desire, the deity who shall give his luminous impulsion to all our thoughts.
         Surya Savitri, the Creator; for the seer and the creator meet again in this apotheosis of the divine vision in man. The victory of that vision, the arising of this Light to “its own home of the truth”, the outflooding of this great ocean of vision of Surya which is the eye of the infinite Wideness and the infinite Harmony, is in fact nothing else than the second or divine creation. For then Surya in us beholds with a comprehensive vision all the worlds, all the births as herds of the divine Light, bodies of the infinite Aditi; and this new-seeing of all things, this new-moulding of thought, act, feeling, will, consciousness in the terms of the Truth, the Bliss, the Right, the Infinity is a new creation. It is the coming into us of “that greater existence which is beyond on the other side of this smaller and which, even if it be also a dream of the Infinite, puts away from it the falsehood.””[3]

“...By this upward movement of the chariot of the Ashwins with its burden of uplifted and transformed satisfactions the veil of Night that encompasses the worlds of being in us is rolled away. All these worlds, mind, life, body, are opened to the rays of the Sun of Truth. This lower world in us, rajas, is extended and shaped by this ascending movement of all its powers and satisfactions into the very brightness of the luminous intuitive mind, Swar, which receives directly the higher Light. The mind, the act, the vital, emotional, substantial existence, all becomes full of the glory and the intuition, the power and the light of the divine Sun, — tat savitur vareņyaṁ bhargo devasya. The lower mental existence is transformed into an image and reflection of the higher Divine. Aporņuvantas tama ā parīvṛtaṁ, svar ņa śukraṁ tanvanta ā rajaḥ. ”[4]

  1. Letters on Yoga – II, p.325
  2. Ibid.
  3. Hymns of the Atris, p.481, “The Guardians of the Light”
  4. Selected Hymns, p.331, “The Ashwins, Lords of Bliss”

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