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Gayatri Mantra Lyrics in English and Chanting benefits?

Gayatri Mantra in Original Sanskrit - Hindi

Gayatri Mantra first appears in Rig Veda, Rig Veda is ancient and the first Veda among the 4 Vedas. Gayatri Mantra is mentioned in the 3rd Chapter, 62 Verse and Line 10 = 03.62.10 in Rig Veda. Gayatri Mantra may appear again in other Vedas such as Yajurveda. 

There is a line in Sanskrit: “Gayantam Trayate iti Gayatri - गायंतम त्रायते इति गायत्री” which simply means "One who chants the Gayatri will get liberation". Most of the blogs on Gayatri say that the word Trayate means protection but that is not true, because the word Trayate or Taran (तारण) means protection, here we are saying that beyond the protection, a true liberation is not attached to any dependency anymore. Hence, Trayate means "Taranhar" (तारणहार) = One who leads us to liberation by protecting us with no dependency.

Gayatri Mantra is called the mother of all mantras because it follows all the Chhanda. Chhanda simply means Verse or Meters to scale mantra according to lyrics, grammar, music and others. In the Vedic Culture and Ancient times, Every morning, it was a ritual to chant Gayatri Mantra. Not because it is beautiful to chant, but because it is very meaningful and gives practical benefits.

Sanskrit Lyrics:

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

English Lyrics:

Om Bhur-Bhuvah Svah Tat-Savitur-Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat ||


Gayatri Mantra is an ancient conversation between Sages and Lord Brahma. It is a very serious conversation and is not being conversed just for fun. Thus, it creates serious vibrations in the body and universe. It refines energy and connects us with the higher self.

It is called also Savitri Mantra which is dedicated to Devi Gayatri, Savitri or Savitu. Many saints such as Swami Vivekananda described that chanting Gayatri Mantra will help us to propel our minds in good direction. In this blog, we will learn about the pronunciation, meaning, significance, benefits (physical and mental), usage, the timing of chanting, days of chants, preparation before chanting, how long we should chant and much more.

It is not a coincidence that Gayatri Mantra also has Sacred Beej - Seed Mantra characters and in the same uplifting sequence.
Here are the 7 Seed Mantra of Chakras: Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham, Om and Omkar (लं, वं, रं, यं, हं, ॐ और ओंकार)
Sankrit Language Alphabets are: La, Va, Ra, Ya, Ha (ल, व, र, य, ह), Om is not an Alphabet in Sanskrit. 

La represents Root Chakra, Gayatri Mantra uplifts energy from Root, so, it does not have the Alphabet "La". 
The word "Bhuva" has Alphabet "Va" which represents "Sacral Chakra".
The word "Varenyam" has alphabets "Ra" and "Ya" which represent Solar Plexus and Heart Chakra.
The word "Dhimahi" has the alphabet "Ha" which represents the Throat Chakra and Om represents the Third Eye and Crown Chakra.

Read More About: Kundalini and Chakras


Meaning of Gayatri Mantra

Word by Word Meaning:

ॐ - OM - The Universal - Primitive Sound
भू - BHU - The material - physical world or Earth
भुवः - BHUVA - The celestial world or sky
स्वः - SVAHA - The paradise - heaven
तत् - TAT -  In simpler terms, TAT means “that”, because it states an indication through speech or language, the “Ultimate Reality.” That, God or Goddess;
सवितु - SAVITUR - Savitu, Savitri and Gayatri are names of Goddess of Energy
वरेण्यं - VARENYAM - Brilliant
भर्गो - BHARGO - Reputed
देवस्य - DEVASYA - Gods or Divine Entities
धीमहि - DHIMAHI - We meditate on or we contemplate
धियो यो - DHIYO YO - Intelligence or Mind
नः - NAH - Nah: our
प्रचोदयात् - PRACHODAYAT - Give Direction or Drive

Oh, my Brilliant Goddess of Energy, reputed among Devta (Divine Entities), we meditate on you, drive our minds in good direction,
From the material world (Bhu) to the celestial world (Bhuva) to a higher level of existence (Svaha).

The First Word “OM” – ॐ

The Ancient Sound

It is known as the Pranav sound because the sound of ‘Om’ or ‘AUM’ comes from the Prana (Vital Vibration). Om is an ancient sound that represents the source of the universe and its expansion.

Om is the beginning of Vedic Mantras, most mantras that come from ancient practices start with "OM".

Bhu, Bhuvah, Svah

Material World to Higher Level

Bhu means "Earth" the material world where we live. "Bhu" also represents our root, foundation, or source area of body called Muladhara Chakra (Root). 

Bhuva or Bhuvan means "Sky" or Celestial World, where all the planets and galaxies exist. It also represents our chest area, respiration area or Anahata Chakra (Heart).

Svaha means beyond the material and celestial world called Swarga Loka or Heaven. It also represents the top of the head area which is outside in our energy/aura called Sahasrara or Crown Chakra.

Tat Savitur Varenyam

That Brilliant Goddess of Energy

The word Tat means "That", which means someone or something that is far or beyond. Savitur contains "r" which is a conjunction. Hence, Savitu is a name of Savitri or Gayatri. The word Varenyam means brilliant.

So, Tat Savitur Varenyam means that brilliant Gayatri (Goddess of Energy).

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Reputed among Gods, we meditate on you

The word Bhargo simply means "Reputed" - One who has a great reputation or Fame, Devasya means Gods, and the word Dhimahi means "Meditate on". 

Therefore, we meditate on that Goddess of energy who has a great reputation among the Gods (Devta).

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Drive our minds in good direction

Dhiyo Yo Nah means our minds or our intelligence. Parchodayat simply means to drive, to give direction, to propel, or to run. Therefore, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat means please drive our mind in a good direction.

Gayatri Mantra is not a simple mantra, among the thousands of Mantras, Gayatri was always deep and special and was called "Mother of all Mantras". No one could create a mantra better than Gayatri ever comparing the musical notes, vibrations, interpretations, energy generation, alignment of energy and prana, and much more.


Benefits of chanting Gayatri Mantra

Spiritual and Scientific Benefits of Gayatri Mantra

Chanting this miraculous mantra is meant to have both scientific and spiritual effects on our body and mind. Gayatri Mantra uplifts our energy from Material imagination to a higher level of imagination. It is a way to apply disciplined manifestation within the Mind that may have illusions and seek a higher level of brilliance. 

Our mind is designed to explore new things and we usually lose our focus and concentration on our goals. Gayatri Mantra is a way to affirmation and increase your attention to goals.

  • Calms the mind and body

    Sacred Vibrations

    According to studies, chanting the Gayatri mantra helps in the release of endorphins and other relaxing hormones. The sound of this mantra sends a vibration through the lips, tongue, palate, back of the throat and skull which calms the mind. The vibrations from this mantra stimulate the chakras or the extrasensory energy centers and pineal gland.

    The vibrations of the Gayatri Mantra flow the positive energy in the body that makes the mind naturally calm.

  • Sharpens the intellect and brightens the memory

    Expansion and Concentration

    Studies have found that people who chant the Gayatri mantra have better concentration and memory. It shows that when you chant the Mantra the resultant vibration first activates the upper chakras: the Vishuddha, Ajna and Anahata. These three chakras help to sharpen the intellect, brighten the memory and improve the connection with nature. The sacred syllables of the Gayatri Mantra are so devised that they allow a person to focus the mind.

    Gayatri Mantra is one of the affirmative manifestations, so it will positively prioritize your thoughts and when something is not hectic, we usually enjoy it and do not ignore it. That is the secret of increasing the intellectual level or a nice memory.

  • Brings clarity to life

    Removes Illusion

    As a mirror gathers dust and needs cleaning so that it can reflect clearly. Similarly, our mind becomes tainted or dusty with time, the company that we keep, the knowledge we receive and our latent tendencies. By chanting the Gayatri mantra, we give a deep cleansing to our minds to get better clarity in life. Through the mantra, one gains brilliance in both the inner and outer worlds.

    The confused energy makes confused actions. Gayatri Mantra aligns human energy from low to high levels. When the energy gets alignment or reaches to most possible higher levels, it gives the proper directions with no illusions.

  • Sound Waves Clears Negative Energy

    Sound Waves of Wellness

    Regular Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra creates Waves of Wellness. Sound Waves generated by the Gayatri mantra clear all negative energy that may have been stored in the body by anger, frustration, emotions, and other actions.

    When you chant the mantra the pressure is exerted on your tongue, lips, vocal cord, palate and the connecting regions in and around your brain to create a resonance or a vibration that helps strengthen and stimulate the functioning of your nerves. Apart from that it also stimulates the proper release of neurotransmitters that help in the conduction of impulses.

  • Keeps depression and anxiety at bay

    Overwrite the stress

    Stress comes from situations in life. Mantra will not directly change life situations but it will increase a peaceful environment and you will easily handle stressful situations. A tranquil environment in daily life will not create unnecessary hectic situations again. 

    Regular chanting of this mantra gives a person relief from stress making them more resilient. According to many studies, the Gayatri Mantra chant helped stimulate the functioning of the vagus nerve, which is a common form of treatment for people with depression and epilepsy.

  • Keeps the Paralysis away

    Good for proper alignment

    Paralysis is connected with the brain and spine. When we chant the Gayatri Mantra which has the highest vibration syllable such as "Bha - भ", "Dha - ध", "Na - ण" and many more, we get the energetic vibration in the spinal cord followed by the brain.

    There are certain energy benefits of reciting this mantra. The vibrations stimulate vital points in the body and on the face that help increase circulation. Great blood circulation keeps a lot of diseases away.

  • Improves lungs capacity

    Better Prana Vayu Flow

    When you chant the Gayatri Mantra, you automatically follow the breathing control (Pranayama) and breathing awareness. The Mantra is designed to recite and hold the breath and chant mantra in a single breath. In Yogic life, holding the breath is the secret of a calm mind.

    While chanting the mantra you are required to take deep rhythmic breaths which eventually enhance the functioning and capacity of the lungs. Deep breathing withholds oxygenate the body cells thereby keeping your whole body fit. It can also help to relieve the symptoms of Asthma or other breathing disorders.

  • Improves other Hormones

    Adding the overall wellness

    Regular recitation of the Gayatri Mantra improves the flow of many important Hormones. Modern science is still researching these ancient chants. 

    Reciting of Gayatri mantra for a certain period improves the immunity of the body. It ensures that a person is protected from common diseases and infliction of infections. The powerful vibration from this mantra stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which helps in boosting the body's immune system. The hypothalamus helps produce hormones that regulate heart rate, body temperature, hunger, and the sleeping cycle.

About Author: Sanjjay Raturi
The Seeker, Writer, Himalayan Philosopher
Sanjjay Raturi "Sagar" was born into a Brahmin family in the North Indian Himalayas. He has been connected to spirituality since birth, growing up in a beautiful place near the source of the holy river Ganges. This led him to start practicing mantra chanting and meditation during his childhood.
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