GAYATRI JAPA DAY
GAYATRI JAPA DAY
The gayatri japa day is one such very holy and glorious day intended to remind all of the greatest and most glorious of all mantras, the sacred gayatri mantra. The gayatri is the life and support of every true hindu. It is the impregnable spiritual armour, the veritable fortress, that guards and protects its votary. In fact, that is the very meaning of The word- gayatri-“that which protects one who signs it”.
The gaytri is the divine power that transforms the human into the divine and blesses man with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination. Whoever may be one’s favourite deity, the regular repetition of a few malas(rosary of a hundred and eight beads) of gayatri japa every day will shower upon one incalculable benefits and blessings. It is universally applicable, being purely an earnest prayer for light addressed to the almighty supreme spirit. The para brahma gayatri mantra is the most important of all mantras. For every Brahmin of any creed or order of life this has been prescribed as being as the sole transcendental guiding light. The brahmachari or celibate, the grihastha or householder, and the vanaprastha or one who is retired, must repeat this mantra every day, the sannyasin or renunciate is asked to repeat om intead of this mantra.
Each word each letter of the gaytri bears on its head the highest vedantic concept of the absolute, supreme truth. Do japa of the gaytri- it will give you the most excellent fruit, the fruit of immortality!
The mantra is as follows:
“Om bhur bhuvash svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat. “
Om: symbol of para Brahman.
Bhuh: bhu loka or the physical plane.
Bhuvah: the astral palne.
Svah: the celestial plane.
Tat: that , the transcendental paramatma, god.
Savituh: the creator.
Varenyam: fit to be worshipped.
Bhargash: remover of sins and ignorance, glory , effulgence.
Devasya: resplendent, shining.
Dheemahi: we meditate.