Gayatri Mantra
(Sathya Sai Baba, Swami Sivananda, Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Svami, Sadguru Sant Keshavadas, Svami Mukhyananda, what they said about Gayatri Mantra)

Sathya Sai Baba

"The one who have chosen Gayatri Mantra as Sadhana, should chant at least 3 or better 5 mala (108 times) every morning and same number of mala every evening."

At the Upanayanam ceremony held at Prasanthi Nilayam on 17-3-1983, (Bhajanavali Tape No 14) Bhagavan told the students:

"You may or you may not chant any other Mantra, but do remember that by chanting the Gayatri Mantra, the benefits are there for you to see. By continuously chanting the Gayatri Mantra you yourself will reach the state of fulfilment, a sense of feeling that you have achieved something. But there is an inner meaning in this Gayatri Mantra being given to young children. We have in this Mantra the concluding words - 'Dhi Yo YoNah Prachodayat'. The meaning is this: Before you have been given this Mantra, you have been backward intellectually, mentally a bit lazy and with a few negative points to your credit. But after you have been given this Mantra, you have become sharper in Intellect; you have become more zealous, more enthusiastic, and certainly qualified to get better marks, better rank and first classes.

From tomorrow, the children by virtue of chanting this Mantra in the morning and in the evening, may they be endowed with a rare Intelligence, which will take care of their fortunes that will be presiding over their destiny? They will become highly qualified. They will become model citizens so that the future of the country will be safe in their hands."

In His Discourse in the Prasanthi Mandir on 23-8-1995, Bhagavan said:

"It (the Gayatri Mantra) is an essential requisite for the young, because it ensures a bright and auspicious future for them." (SS 9/95-237)

"Never leave Gayatri. You can leave or neglect any other mantras, but chant Gayatri at least several times a day."

Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887 - 1963)

Of all the Mantras, the Supreme and the most potent power of powers is the great, glorious Gayatri Mantra. It is the life and support of every true Hindu.

It is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy, power and glory, be he of any caste, creed, clime or sect. It is only one's faith and purity of heart that really count.

Indeed, Gayatri is impregnable spiritual armour, a veritable fortress that guards and protects its votary that transforms him into the Divine and blesses him with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination.

The regular repetition of a few Malas (one Mala consists of repeating the Gayatri Mantra 108 times) of Gayatri every day will bestow upon you all that is auspicious and benevolent to you, herein and hereafter.

It is wrong to conceive of the notion that the Gayatri Mantra is solely meant for the orthodox Brahmin class. It is universally applicable, for it is nothing but an earnest prayer for Light addressed to the Almighty Supreme Spirit. It is verily the sole transcendental Guide-Light to humanity.

The Sun that the Gayatri Mantra speaks of is 'TAT SAVITUR', the Great Sun which this sun or moon does not illumine, and that is the Impersonal Absolute Brahman.

Therefore it is the greatest of all Mantras, and its presiding Deity is ParaBrahman Itself. Yet it is acceptable to all types of aspirants. The tejas of the Brahmachari, the prosperity of the Grihastha and the strength and solace of the Vaanaprastha lies in his Gayatri Japa.

Even if you are of a different religion or caste, you can also take to the Gayatri Sadhana, if you are really sincere, earnest and faithful. Your life will indeed be blessed.

Dear aspirants! Realise the wondrous potency of the glorious Gayatri. Realise clearly what a precious heritage you have in this Mantra. Neglect not this Divine Shakthi that the Rishis of yore have bequeathed to us.

Start regular, daily Gayatri Japa and feel for yourself the wondrous power that you derive therefrom. Fix a particular time for the Japa and stick to it permanently.

At least one Mala of Japa you must do daily without a break. It will guard you from all dangers, give you infinite strength to overcome all obstacles, and take you to the very pinnacle of splendor, power, peace and bliss.

The Lord says in the Vedas "Samano Mantraha". Let one Mantra be common to all, and that Mantra is the Gayatri. The secret lore of the Upanishads is the essence of the Four Vedas, while the Gayatri Mantra with the three Vyahritis (Bhur, Bhuva, Svaha) is the essence of the Upanishads.

Gayatri is the Mother of the Vedas and the destroyer of all sins. There is nothing more purifying on earth than the Gayatri Mantra. The Japa of Gayatri brings the same fruit as the recitation of all the Vedas with the Angas. This single Mantra repeated sincerely and with a clear conscience brings the Supreme Good, which is liberation or emancipation from the wheel of birth and death.

SADHANA by Swami Sivananda
(Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba spent one full week in the Ashram of Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh from 22-7-1957 to 28-7-1957. There is no record of Bhagavan having visited any other Ashram.)

Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Svami (1894 -1994)
(The Shankaracharya of Kaanchiipuram)

Gayatri is the mother of all the Vedic Mantras. People who chant the Gayatri Mantra with affection and devotion are protected. Gaayantam traayate yasmaat Gayatri tyabhidhiyate.

If the Brahmin keeps the fire of Mantras always burning in him, there will be universal welfare.
He must be able to help people in trouble with his Mantric power. He lives in vain indeed if he turns away a man who seeks his help, excusing himself thus: "I do the same things that you do. I possess only such power as you have."

Today, the fire of Mantric power has been put out, or perhaps it is like dying embers. But may be, a spark of the old fire still gives off a dim light. It must be made to burn brighter, so that one day, it may become a blaze.

This spark is the Gayatri Mantra, which has been handed down to us through the ages.

At least on Sundays, all those who wear the sacred thread must do Gayatri Japa a thousand times. They must take every care to see that their body is kept pure and fit to absorb the Mantric power.

The Gayatri Mantra contains in itself the spirit and energy of all the Vedic Mantras. Indeed it imparts power to the other Mantras. Without Gayatri Japa, the chanting of all other Mantras would be futile.

Only by the intense repetition of the Gayatri Mantra shall we be able to master the Vedic Mantras.

Gayatri is essential to the Self and its Japa must not be given up at any time.

Gayatri must be worshipped as a Mother.

The Vedas proclaim Gayatri to be such a Mother.

The benefit we derive from the Gayatri Mantra is the cleansing of the mind - Chitta suddhi. Even other Mantras have this ultimate purpose.

However, Chitta suddhi is the direct result of Gayatri Japa.

Let us all pray to the Lord that the fire of the Mantras is never extinguished in us, and that it will keep burning brighter and brighter.

(Translation of Discourses originally delivered in Tamil by The Shankaracharya of Kaanchiipuram) Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 1995.

Sadguru Sant Keshavadas

Gayatri meditation is the highest form of meditation known in the Vedas.

Gayatri is chanted for the attainment of universal consciousness and for the awakening of intuitive powers.

Gayatri meditation destroys all delusions, energises prana, bestows longevity, health, brilliance and illumination.

The Gayatri Mantra is the key to opening the door of Cosmic Consciousness.

The best times for meditation are in the morning, just before sunrise and in the evening, just before sunset.

Sit facing East or North in Padmasana or Siddhasana (or Vajrasana), or in any other easy, comfortable posture. Sit on a mat covered with a woollen blanket and cotton cloth (to insulate your body from the ground). Once you sit in a posture, avoid unnecessary movement of the body.
Keep the trunk, head and neck erect.
Be fearless.

Sit with a firm determination to realise the Truth.

The Gayatri Mantra is a cosmic rhythm consisting of 24 syllables, arranged as a triplet of 8 syllables each.

When you repeat the Mantra, meditate on the meaning of the Mantra and pray for the vision of Mother Gayatri Devi. This Mantra is dedicated to God as Light and the Sun is the symbol of that light.

This Mantra has universality, because it is meditation on Light through the Sun, which is the same to the whole of humanity. This Mantra confers wisdom, prosperity, purity and liberation.

One who repeats the Mantra 108 times in each sitting will attain radiance soon.

One who repeats the Mantra 1008 times with sincerity and devotion in each sitting will attain illumination in 40 days.

Gayatri Mantra removes all fears.

Gayatri Mantra is the best cure for all ills.

Gayatri Mantra destroys karma and blesses us with liberation.

This entire universe has emerged by the power of the Gayatri Mantra. Indeed all this is nothing but the manifestation of the power of God.

There is no Japa higher than the Gayatri Japa.

There is no greater wealth than the Gayatri Mantra.

Whoever meditates on the Gayatri Mantra every morning and evening will certainly be blessed with long life, good health and peace. His word becomes a blessing. He will attain enlightenment and will become a great blessing to the society and the entire world.

Even though the holy Gayatri Mantra is chanted for the highest Light of God, still anything a man wishes in the name of Mother Gayatri is instantaneously fulfilled.

Gayatri brings healing to any sickness, be they physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

The Gayatri Mantra is the Body of the Deity.

Therefore by constant repetition of this holy Mantra, one will have the darshan or perception of that Deity.

The scripture says a purascharana (repetition of the holy word of God) should be at least 24,000 times.

Gayatri Mantra has 24 syllables.

To repeat the Gavatri Mantra 24,000 times is therefore very auspicious.

The Vedas constantly emphasize the performance of Gayatri purascharana and Gayatri yajna for peace - individual, national and international.

May the Universal Mother Gayatri bless the entire world with transcendental peace!

Svami Mukhyananda

In the Sukla Yajur Veda (XXVI - 2) it is urged to spread the beneficient words (Vaacham Kalyaaniim) of the Vedas to all people without distinction of caste, creed or sex, even to people of other religions.

Now the time has come, as declared by Swami Vivekananda in 1901 (Complete Works III - pages 454-461 The Religion we are Born in) that the Vedas and the Gayatri Mantra must be propagated among all, as before, irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion. Women should also perform
Sandhya as in olden times.

"This Veda is our only authority, and everyone has the right to it."

bhur bhuvah svaha
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dheemahi
dhiyo yo nah pracodayat

How may the Gayatri Mantra be translated?

OM - Para Brahman

BHUR - Bhu loka (Physical plane). It also refers to the body made up of the 5 Pancha Bhutas (5 elements). These 5 elements constitute Prakriti (Nature).

BHUVAH - Bhuva loka - The middle world. Bhuva is also Prana Sakthi. However, it is the presence of Prajnana that enables the Prana Sakthi to animate the body. It is on this account that the Vedas have declared "Prajnanam Brahma" (Constant Integrated Awareness is Brahmam).

SVAHA - Swarga loka (Heaven - the land of the Gods) (SS 9/95-234)

TAT - Paramatma, God or Brahman

SAVITUR - That from which all this is born

VARENYAM - Fit to be worshipped

BHARGO - The Radiance, the Spiritual Effulgence, the Light that bestows Wisdom

DEVASYA - Divine Reality

DHEEMAHI - We meditate

DHIYO - Buddhi, Intellect

YO – Which

NAH – Our


The Gayatri Mantra may be translated in many ways. One such translation is as follows:

(OM) OM (Dheemahi) We meditate (Bhargo) upon the Spiritual Effulgence (Varenyam Devasya) of THAT Adorable Supreme Divine Reality (Savitur) the Source (Bhur, Bhuva, Svaha) of the Physical, the Astral and the Heavenly Spheres of Existence. (TAT) May THAT Supreme Divine Being (Prachodayat) enlighten (Yo) which (Nah) our (Dhi Yo) intellect (so that we may realise the Supreme Truth).

Also: Dhi Yo YoNah Prachodayat = Awaken my Discrimination, O Lord and guide me. (GEETHA VAHINI - 3)