Gayatri Mantra

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Gayatri mantra Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma. This mantra has also been termed as Savitri and Veda-Mata, the mother of the Vedas. The literal meaning of the mantra is: God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty. You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear; You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction. The mantra,
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  Gayatri mantra Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma. Thismantra has also been termed as Savitri and Veda-Mata, the mother of the Vedas. The literal meaning of the mantra is:God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty. You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear; You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon your light. You guide our intellect in therightdirection. The mantra, however, has agreatscientific import too, which somehow got lost inthe literary tradition. The modern astrophysics and astronomy tell us that ourGalaxy called Milky Way or Akash-Ganga contains approximately 100,000 million of stars. Eachstaris like our sun having its own planet system. We know that themoon moves round the earth and the earth moves round the sun along with themoon. All planets round the sun.Each of the above bodies revolves round at its own axis as well. Our sun along withits family takes one round of the galactic centre in 22.5 crore years. All galaxiesincluding ours are moving away at a terrific velocity of 20,000 miles per second.And now the alternative scientific meaning of the mantra step-by-step: Om bhur bhuvah swah: Bhur the earth, bhuvah the planets (solar family), swah the Galaxy. We observe thatwhen an ordinary fan with a speed of 900 RPM (rotations Per minute) moves, itmakes noise. Then, one can imagine, what great noise would becreatedwhen thegalaxies move with a speed of 20,000 miles per second. This is what this portion of the mantra explains that the sound produced due to thefast-moving earth, planets and galaxies is Om. The sound was heard duringmeditation by Rishi Vishvamitra, who mentioned it too their colleagues. All of them,then unanimously decided to call this sound Om the name of God, because thissound is available in all the three periods of time, hence it is set (permanent). Therefore, it was the first ever-revolutionary idea to identify formless God with aspecific title (form) called upadhi. Until that time, everybody recognized God asformless and nobody was prepared to accept this new idea. In the Gita also, it issaid, Omiti ekaksharam Brahma , meaning that the name of the Supreme is Om,which contains only one syllable (8/12). This sound Om heard during samadhi wascalled by all the seers nada-Brahma a very great noise), but not a noise that isnormally beyond a specific amplitude and limits of decibels suited to human  hearing. Hence the rishis called this sound Udgith musical sound of the above, i.e.,heaven. They also noticed that the infinite mass of galaxies moving with a velocityof 20,000 miles/second was generating a kinetic energy= 1/2MV2 and this wasbalancing the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence they named itPranavah, which means the body (vapu) or storehouse of energy (prana). Tat savitur varenyam:  Tat that (God), savitur the sun (star), varenyam worthy of bowing or respect. Oncethe form of apersonalong with the name is known to us, we may locate the specificperson. Hence the two titles (upadhi) provide the solid ground to identify theformless God, Vishvamitra suggested. He told us that we could know (realize) theunknowable formless God through the known factors, viz., sound Om and light of suns (stars).A mathematician can solve an equation x2+y2=4; if x=2; then y can be known andso on. An engineer can measure the width of a river even bystandingat theriverbank just by drawing a triangle. So was the scientific method suggested byVishvamitra in the mantra in the next portion as under Bhargo devasya dheemahi: Bhargo the light, devasya of the deity, dheemahi we should meditate. The Rishiinstructs us to meditate upon the available form (light of suns) to discover theformless Creator (God). Also he wants us to do Japam of the word Om (this isunderstood in the Mantra) . This is how the sage wants us to proceed, but there is agreat problem to realize it, as the human mind is so shaky and restless that withoutthe grace of the Supreme (Brahma) it cannot be controlled. Hence Vishvamitrasuggests the way to pray Him as under. Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat: Dhiyo (intellect), yo (who), nah (we all), prachodayat (guide to right Direction). OGod! Deploy our intellect on the right path. Full scientific interpretation of the Mantra:  The earth (bhur), the planets (bhuvah), and the galaxies (swah) are moving at avery great velocity, the sound produced is Om, (the name of formless God.) ThatGod (tat), who manifests Himself in the form of light of suns (savitur) is worthy of bowing / respect (varenyam). We all, therefore, should meditate (dheemahi) uponthe light (bhargo) of that deity (devasya) and also do chanting of Om. May He (yo)guide in right direction (prachodayat) our (nah) intellect dhiyoSo we notice that the important points hinted in the mantra are:-1) The total kinetic energy generated by the movement galaxies acts as anumbrella and balances the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence it wasnamed as the Pranavah (body of energy). This is equal to 1/2 mv2 (Mass of galaxies  x velocity)2) Realizing the great importance of the syllable OM, the other later date religionsadopted this word with a slight change in accent, viz., amen and Ameen.3) The God could be realized through the saguna (gross), upasana (method), i.e.,(a) by chanting the name of the supreme as OM and(b) by meditating upon the light emitted by stars (suns).
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