Updated: Oct 3, 2021
Originating from the Hindu Scriptures – the Vedas, the Gayatri Mantra is addressed to the Sun God Savitr. This mantra is chanted to improve Concentration and Learning. It enlightens us and gives us immense knowledge. The vibrations created when chanting this mantra directly activate the last three chakras – the throat chakra, the third eye chakra and the crown chakra. These chakras give us focus and remove distractions.
The meaning of the Gayatri mantra is as follows:
Praise to the source of all things.
It is due to you that we attain true happiness on all planes.
It is due to your transcendent nature that you are being worshipped and adored.
Ignite us with your all pervading light.
ॐ भूर् भुवः स्वः।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्॥
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat
Om - Supreme Consciousness (ॐ)
Bhur - the physical world (भूः)
Bhuva - eliminates the Sufferings (भुवः)
Svaha - embodies Happiness (स्वः)
Tat - that (तत्)
Savitur - ultimate Creative Source, the Sun itself (सवितुः)
Vareṇiyaṁ - the best, most virtuous (वरेण्यं)
Bhargoḥ- to be luminous, the self-luminous one (भर्गो)
Devasya - aggregate of all Divine Virtues and Strengths (देवस्य)
Dhīmahi - who's wisdom and knowledge flow, like waters (धीमहि)
Dhiyoḥ - intellect, higher wisdom (धियो)
Yoḥ - which (यो)
Naḥ - our, of us (नः)
Pracodayāt - move towards the higher reality (प्रचोदयात्)
The Sanskrit word Chakra first appeared in the Vedas, the most authoritative Hindu text, thousands of years ago. In Ayurveda, yoga and meditation chakras refer to wheels of energy in our body and the seven most important chakras start from the base of our spine and end at the crown of our head. When our chakras are blocked, we are more likely to suffer from illnesses. It is therefore in our interest to keep our chakras aligned and to ensure that our energy flows freely.