Sunday, 5 July 2020

Gayatri Mantra - Word to Word Meaning and Commentary




Introduction to Vedas 

The entire Universe is reverberating.When there is reverberation,there is sound.In other words,the entire cosmos is simply a manifestation of sound energy.The ancient Vedic sages through penance,activated non-mechanical parts of their brains which enabled them to download cosmic data directly.They received cosmic truths in the form of sounds which they heard and experienced.These truths were recited as received,and passed on generations after generations.

Various truths downloaded by various Rishis gave rise to the ocean of Vedas.Veda Vyasa later compiled these Vedas and classified them.These is how the 4 Vedas came to existence.Each of these Vedas had many branches.Each branch had 4 components : 

(1) samhita
(2) brahmana
(3) aranyaka
(4) Upanishad


The Savitri portion of the Gayatri Mantra finds place in the 3rd Mandala,62th Sukta,10th Rik of the Rig Veda Samhita.The Rishi who downloaded it is the revered Sage Vishvamitra.

(1) Om 

OM : 

The primordial sound.The very sound form of the absolute consciousness.Every sound is rooted in the basic syllables of OM - A U M.The only sounds your oral cavity can produce without the alteration of the tongue is A , U and M.All other sounds are just the manipulation of OM using tongue.

This is a reflection of the universe.The very existence is reverberating with sounds and they are just the expansions of OM.




(2) Bhuur Bhuvassuvaha 

Bhuuhu : 

Bhuhu refers to materialisation.This is the gross plane.Materialisation refers to the gross form of the absolute consciousness - the planet,the body, mountains etc

Absolute consciousness ( God ) condensed after big bang.The subtlest form of the 5 elements,which govern the universe is akasha ( ether ).Ether can be only perceived through sound energy.The Vedas were downloaded in the form of sounds ( mantras ) from ether.The Ether element is the cosmic archive which houses all data about the universe.

As per Vedas,ether condensed to form air.Air can be experienced through touch and sound.It is a little more gross.Wind then condensed to fire - which can be perceived through touch,sound and form.Fire condenses to water - which can be perceived through touch,sound,form and taste.Finally,water condenses to form earth - which can be perceived with touch,sound,form,taste and smell.This is why earth is synonymous to Bhu - for it represents the most gross plane.

Bhuvaha :

Bhuvaha refers to vibration.It is more subtle than bhuhu.Vibration is sound energy.Sound is the underlying principle for the hologram of creation to take place.Every sound ( vibration ) has a form.Every sound produces a geometry.This geometry is what we see as the universe.The solar system,the planets,the alignment of the heavenly bodies,the symmetry of our bodies etc is governed by the underlying vibration.Bhuhu is only a hologram projected by the plane of bhuvaha.



Suvaha :

Suvaha refers to radiation.Radiation is like light - pure waveform.Consciousness is wave.It is all pervasive.We can find various forms of shadows in accordance to the size of objects and bodies.Despite these varieties ( in creation,so as to say ) , the underlying principle behind these varieties is a common consciousness - the sunlight.The atma - God is the underlying wave which threads the entire creation.It is the string which joins every individual bead in a bangle.

As we recite bhubhuvassuvaha , we are realising the three fundamental dimensions of the cosmos.All these dimensions are non-different.They are just moving from the grossest to the subtlest.

The same apple you eat becomes gross by forming flesh and faeces.The subtler aspect becomes the mind.The even subtler aspect becomes the life force within which sustains the body.



The Gayatri Mantra as per the Vedic text begin only from 'tat savitur ..'.This is termed the Savitri.The first 4 words ' Om Bhur Bhuvas suvaha' are called the vyahrtis.They are taught orally by a guru.

Vyahrti + Savitri = Gayatri Mantra

(3) tat savitur vareNyam

tat :

That ! In reference to absolute consciousness / God.We use 'that' because we cannot describe 'that' in any possible word.We can only give a reference point,not definition for it is something to be realised,not intellectually dissected.

sa vituhu :

Sa= with
Vit = treasure of knowledge

Savituhu refers to the treasure-house of the Vedas, Lord Surya.This is why this Gayatri Mantra is part of the Surya Upanishad.

vareNyam :

Vara means a superlative degree.VareNyam means superior-most.

(4) bhargo devasya dhiimahi

bhargaha :

Comes from two roots - bhaha and gaha.Bhaha means brightness.Gaha means gamanam or going.

So it means 'going towards brightness'.The journey towards enlightenment.

devasya : 

of the deva.Deva comes from the root sound 'div' which means to shine.Deva means , 'one who shines'.It can represent the absolute consciousness which represents illumination.

dhiimahi :

to meditate upon.

(5) dhiyo yo naha pracodayaat

dhiyaha :

the root sound 'dhi' indicates buddhi.It refers to intellect

yaha :

who

naha :

us

pracodayaat :

pra means prakaTita = manifest.
suffix codayaat means 'propel from inside'

So it means to manifest enlightenment - Self realisation that the self is atma / god 

Dhiyo yo naha pracodayaat means ' let my intellect be nurtured so that it leads to my enlightenment.




READ MORE :

(1) Benefits of Gayatri Mantra Recitation and the correct way to recite it

(2) Exploring Vedic Sounds - linking macrocosm to the microcosm

(3) Origin of the 5 elements and their interrelation as Per Vedas

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