When Martin Kirk was here last week, he began our morning yoga asana practices with the Gayatri Mantra. This rekindled my love for this mantra, which was the first one I learned as a yoga practitioner.

Mantras can be described as short, compact prayers or hymns. The Gayatri has its origins in the Rg Veda, composed between 1700–1100 BC, and is the oldest known text in which yoga is mentioned.

The Gayatri is said to be a mantra of physical, emotional, and mental healing. Repeating the mantra is supposed to grant spiritual awakening or Self-realization. Among the many definitions of the term, Gayatri is said to mean ‘that which saves, when repeated’.

When reciting the Gayatri mantra, you are guided to remember that everything you need is already inside you and thereby develop confidence in the Self.

Here is the transliteration of the mantra:

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

Here is an English translation:

We meditate on the light of the absolute,
our source of energy and collective consciousness,
our creator, inspirer and source of eternal joy.
May this light guide our minds and open our hearts.

What I have presented is a compiled translation. I blended it from a number of translations to arrive at one that speaks to me. Doing this is a great way to make the Gayatri and any other mantra more meaningful to you.

Listen to the Gayatri Mantra on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Sl_ExU46KXE.

May this mantra guide your mind and
open your heart.