Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gayatri Mantra

Dear friends, I am sharing with you some information on Gayatri Mantra that I was able too organise and put together in this post. I have put some interesting pictures too. Hope you find it useful and interesting!!


ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।


Gayatri Mantra (the mother of the vedas), the foremost mantra in hinduism and hindu beliefs, inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path". The mantra is also a prayer to the "giver of light and life" - the sun (savitur).

The Mantra Text Recitation of the Gayatri Mantra is preceded by OM(ॐ) and the formula bhūr bhuvah svah (भूर् भुवः स्वः), known as the mahāvyāhrti ("great utterance"). This prefixing of the mantra proper is described in the Taittiriya Aranyaka (2.11.1-8), which states that scriptural recitation was always to begin with the chanting of the syllable OM, followed by the three Vyahrtis and the Gayatri verse.[10]

Following the mahāvyāhrti is then the mantra proper, the verse RV 3.62.10:

In Devanagari:
तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

tát savitúr várenyam (there is a below 'n' and 'm' which is missing here)
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó nah pracodáyāt (there is a dot below 'h' which is missing here)

Word explanation :

◦om The mystical Om syllable
◦bhū "earth"prithvi
◦bhuvas "atmosphere"antariksha
◦svar "light, heaven"beyond antariksha
◦tat "that"
◦savitur devasya "of Savitr, the god" (genitives of savitr-, 'stimulator, rouser; name of a sun-deity' and deva- 'god' or 'demi-god')
◦varenyam accusative of varenya- "desirable, excellent, fit to be adopted"
◦bhargo "radiance, lustre, splendour, glory"
◦devasya "divine"
◦dhīmahi "may we attain" (1st person plural middle optative of dhā- 'set, bring, fix' etc.)
◦dhiyah nah "our prayers" (accusative plural of dhi- 'thought, meditation, devotion, prayer' and nah enclitic personal pronoun)
◦yah pracodayāt "who may stimulate" (nominative singular of relative pronoun yad-; causative 3rd person of pra-cud- 'set in motion, drive on, urge, impel')

(some dots below h are missing here in the above text)

Gayatri, the five-faced Goddess, is said to have domain over the five senses or pranas, and protects these five life-forces of those who chant the Gayatri Mantra. In her role as the protector, Gayatri is referred to as Savitri.


The Vedas are widely considered to be the source of all true knowledge, the word "Veda" itself meaning "Knowledge". Gayatri Devi also gave to mankind the "Gayatri Mantra", also known as the "Guru Mantra" or the "Savitri Mantra". It is one of the oldest mantras, and generally thought of as being amongst the highest and most powerful mantras of all. This mantra is therefore often referred to as "the Mother of the Vedas". In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna had proclaimed to Arjuna - "Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri".

Rishis selected the words of the Gayatri Mantra and arranged them so that they not only convey meaning but also create specific power of righteous wisdom through their utterance. The ideal times for chanting the mantra are three times a day - at dawn, mid-day, and at dusk. These times are known as the three sandhyas - morning, mid-day and evening. The maximum benefit of chanting the mantra is said to be obtained by chanting it 108 times. However, one may chant it for 3, 9, or 18 times when pressed for time. The syllables of the mantra are said to positively affect all the chakras or energy centres in the human body - hence, proper pronunciation and enunciation are very important.

Chanting of Gayatri Mantra removes all obstacles in our path to increased wisdom and spiritual growth and development. The teachings and powers incorporated in the Gayatri Mantra fulfill this purpose. Righteous wisdom starts emerging soon after Japa (recitation) of the Gayatri Mantra is performed

In traditional Brahmin practice the Gayatri Mantra is addressed to God as the divine life-giver, symbolized by Savitr (the sun), and is most often recited at sunrise and sunset. It is believed by practitioners that reciting the mantra bestows wisdom and enlightenment, through the vehicle of the Sun (Savitr), who represents the source and inspiration of the universe. Recitation at sunrise every morning is part of the daily ritual. While often associated with outward ritual offerings, it can be recited more inwardly and without rites, a practice generally known as japa.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

International Yoga Symposium in Sevagram

Namaste friends and Yoga enthusiasts!! Once again Daniel and I made a trip to the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Sevagram, and this time for an International Yoga conference. Well, we had the fortune to escort our beloved Guru, our teacher, Hansaji, to Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram. It was a moment of deep contentment and joy for me! So, let me narrate to you that what happened in this trip.

Dr. Harinath and his team from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram (Wardha) had organized a major event, an International Symposium on “YOGism for Happy & Healthy Living and Aging with C.M.E on Management of Lifestyle Health Problems of Global Importance through Yoga, Meditation and Naturopathy. We were privileged to attend this conference as delegates amongst many a learned and experienced spiritual leaders and Yoga scholars from India and across the Globe. This conference served as a common platform for Doctors and Yoga enthusiasts to share their views on inculcating Yoga in the lives of a common man, in order to live a fulfilling life.

Our Director of the Yoga Institute of Santacruz Smt. Hansaji Jayadev Yogendra was invited as the Guest of Honor. She stood as an inspiring spiritual speaker, speaking beautifully on Yoga for healthy and happy living. She emphasized on the importance of the steadiness of mind, the ‘Purusharthas’ or the four motivations of life and the ‘Bhavas’ or the attitudes and feelings.

She caught the audience's attention in her other 45 minutes speech, which was very empowering but yet simple to understand. She spoke on subjects like Duty for a householder, anger management through Yoga, Bhagavad Gita, efficiency in work and building interpersonal relationships. Many questions came from the audience, and, of course this showed that the audience that consisted of yoga enthusiasts and eminent doctors across the world had been highly motivated by the simple and effective remedies of Yoga given by Hansaji in order to live a cheerful and happy life.

There were many scholars present as guests and speakers such as Dr. Nagendra from SVYASA Bangalore, Dr. Ramesh Bijlani from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Dr. Shirley Telles from the Patanjali Yogapeeth Haridwar.

Our teacher from the Yoga Institute Dr. Shantaram Shetty gave a very informative presentation on Yoga for Cardiovascular Diseases – Research, Facts and Program. Other interesting subjects like Integrating Yoga into Rehabilitation was put across by Ms. Matra Majmundar from Rehabilitation Stroke Research Centre of USA. Integrative Medicine Movement and Yoga Therapy in the US was a highly informative presentation by Dr. Arti Prasad from UNM School of Medicine, New Mexico, USA. Dr. T.S. Ramakrishna from ISVARA Hyderabad spoke on the Impact of Food and Lifestyle on Performance suggestions based on Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra.

The conference was very informative and a learning experience for us. Resolutions were formed such as emphasizing the practice of Yoga to the patients by the Allopathic doctors. In all, the conference lead to positive resolutions and was a success.

Hansaji also stayed at the lovely Aarogyadham center, the same place where we provide the accomodation to our participants too. This place is surrounded by nature, flowers, birds and Amla or gooseberry fields. It was a great opportunity for us to escort Hansaji to the beautiful sights of Sevagram. Daniel and I, along with Hansaji, Taraben, Dr. Shetty, Dolly and Sangeeta visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram and the Museum, the exposition of Village handicrafts in Wardha and the Japanese Temple and the Buddhist Stupa. Sevagram and Wardha are places of beauty and immense knowledge and Hansaji was greatly in love with this place :-) Hansaji also visited the Pavnar Ashram of Vinoba Bhave.

To sum up, this has been a very enriching experience for us and we would like to give our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Harinath for organising such a conference.

Please note : We are again organising a 3 days Yoga, Spiritual and Organic awareness trip on 25th Jan 2011 to Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram. The accomodation will be on twin basis in the beautiful Aarogyadham Centre of Yoga and Naturopathy. Please contact me on +919821231306 for any further queries!

More on Sevagram

Sevagram has always been a special place to me. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi built an Ashram and stayed for 10 years with Kasturba, Miraben and other followers. Till date the serene and the beautiful ashram is run by the followers of Bapu. You can visit the various Ashram huts which encase the belongings of Gandhiji and Kasturba. The huts still have plaques with Mahatma Gandhi's guidelines and instructions. A little away from Bapu's Kuti is Vinoba Bhave's Ashram situated on the bank of a river. He is also know as the walking saint of India. Since a few years I have been organising Yoga and educational trips to Sevagram in order to educate people with Indian history and to let them experience the significance Gandhiji's teaching like Ahimsa/Non-violence. It is altogether a different experience when you really visit the Ashram, see how Mahatma Gandhi lived, and when you contemplate on his life, you get to know that how powerfully and intensely he lived in a most practical, intelligent and an eco-friendly way. Daily at 6.30 in the evening the Ashram still continues to have prayers that Gandhiji used to recite, and till date they use kerosene lamps and diyas and no electricity at all! This is in a way a practice of non-violence.

Thank you and Namaskar! Jeenal

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shanti Mantras

Namaste friends and all the yoga aspirants!

I have been lately hearing to the Shanti Mantras and each time I hear to them, I feel tranquil and joyful. I suggest to buy a Shanti Mantras CD, one of it is 'The Chants of India by Pandit Ravi Shankar'. Play it while you are eating, just before you are about to sleep or even when you are cooking, doing your asanas or taking a shower. It is a very peaceful experience. I have got some information from wikipedia that I have shared below and it might be useful to you.

The Shanti Mantras or "Peace Mantras" are Hindu prayers for Peace (Shanti) from the Vedas. They are also recited at the beginning and end of religious rituals and discourses.

Shanti Mantras are found in Upanishads, where they are invoked in the beginning of some topics of Upanishads. They are supposed to calm the mind of reciter and environment around him/her. Reciting them is also believed to be removing any obstacles for the task being started.

Shanti Mantras always end with three utterances of word "Shanti" which means "Peace". The Reason for uttering three times is for calming and removing obstacles in three realms which are:

"Physical" or Adhi-Bhautika,

"Divine" or Adhi-Daivika

and "Internal" or Adhyaatmika

According to the scriptures of Hinduism sources of obstacles and troubles are in these three realms. Physical or Adhi-Bhautika realm can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from external world, such as from wild animals, people, natural calamities etc. Divine or Adhi-Daivika realm can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from extra-sensory world of spirits, ghosts, deities, demigods/angels etc. Internal or Adhyaatmika realm is source of troubles/obstacles arising out of ones own body and mind, such as pain, diseases, laziness, absent-mindedness etc.
These are called "Tapa-Traya" or three classes of troubles. When Shanti mantras are recited, obstacles from these realms are believed to be pacified.

Below is one of the Shanti Mantra that I have been hearing to lately. It is in Sanskrit and later translated in English.

ॐ सह नाववतु
सह नौ भुनक्तु
सह वीर्यं करवावहै
तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

om saha nāvavatu
saha nau bhunaktu
saha vīrya karavāvahai
tejasvināvadhītamastu mā vidvishāvahai
om śāntihi śāntihi śāntihi

Om ! May He protect us both together; may He nourish us both together;
May we work conjointly with great energy,
May our study be vigorous and effective;
May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).
Om ! Let there be Peace in me !
Let there be Peace in my environment !
Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !

I will post some more Shanti the mean time you can google it and hear it. It is easily available on net! Till then feel Shanti and get nourished:-)