Meaning of Gayatri Mantra in English

Just like the Sun annihilates darkness, so does the Gayatri Mantra destroy ignorance. The Gayatri Mantra invokes the power and radiance of the Sun to energize all earthly life, to destroy our sins and to reveal the Supreme Self to us. Krishna in the Bhagvad Geeta says: " Amongst  the Mantras,  I am the Gayatri"

In a loose translation that cannot possibly do justice to the original it implores: OM, O Lord! You are the all pervading Source of Light, Sustainer, Protector and Bestower of Happiness, Kindle, Enlighten and inspire our Intelligence to possess Eternal Qualities.

Follows the verse in Sanskrit:

Om Bhur bhuvah svahah Tat savitur varenyam Bhargo Devasya dheemahi
Dheeyo yonah prachodayaat

The Gayatri Mantra is the essence of the three Vedas. It is the Vedas simplified. The more one contemplates and meditates upon the Gayatri, the more complexities are revealed to one.


Supreme Lord


Protector of the earth, the material sheath, The Life breath of the Universe. From the feet to the navel center.


One of the meanings is the sky. The Lord who pervades and eliminates all miseries. From the navel to the throat center.


One of the meanings is the heavens. He is all Bliss and blesses His devotees with happiness. From above the throat center to the thousand petaled lotus.

TAT  That 

 (That Thou Art)


 The SUN, Creator, Preserver and Self Luminous, the central mantra of the Solar Science.


Most fit to be worshipped. Most choice worthy.


The burning splendor of the Sun that dispels ignorance, and therefore sorrows and miseries.


The 'Deva', The God,  He who is All Bliss, The Joyful One, The Shining One, The Revealer of All Glory


We meditate upon Him


Who our intelligence and Wisdom




The Gayatri Mantra was traditionally given from the Guru Master to the disciple, while standing mid-stream. Look at the darkness. Visualize the sun rising. Offer water to the sun.

The story goes that once the Devas, the Shining Ones wanted to learn the secrets of the Universe.  Since learning about the Scientific aspect 'atoms' etc. did not quite work out, they went to the Lord. The Lord gave them the Rig Veda, The Yajur Veda and the Sama Veda to study. After a couple of eons of study, the Devas lost their patience and wanted to quit. The Lord urged them not to give up and decided to teach the essence of the 3 Vedas in 3 fragments:

Essence of Rig Veda         Tat Savitur Varenyam
Essence of Yajur Veda       Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Essence of Sama Veda     Dheeyo Yonah Prachodayaat

The more the Devas practiced and contemplated upon the Gayatri, the more complexities were revealed to them. So they lost patience again and  went to the Lord to make it simpler still. So the Lord  gave them the essence of the 3 segments, in the 3 words: 

Bhur, Bhuvaha, Svaha 

The Devas spent a a few cycles of Creation, probably a quadrillion human years pondering upon the 'maha vyahritis' ie 'Utterances of the Lord' but became impatient again and urged the Lord to make it simpler yet. So He Said "All right I'll make it simpler"

And He taught them AUM

The great western thinker, Arthur Koestler, had once said that the Gayatri Mantra has the power of a thousand atomic bombs! and the famous scientists

J.B.S. Haldana wrote: "The Gayatri Mantra should be carved on the doors of every laboratory of the world".

-courtsey& thanks to: Shakun Narain

bul.gif (2569 bytes)     Online Realtime Mataji Pooja/Arti     bul.gif (2569 bytes)

bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Chalo Bulava (Vaishnodevi) New
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Download From Here(Zip File 1.89MB)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Mataji's Arti  (Gujarati)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Read / Listen Arti in Gujarati
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Jai Jagdish Hare Arti  (Hindi)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Download Gayatri Chants (Zip File)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Jai Santoshi Ma Arti (Coming)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Download New Saibaba Chants (Zip File)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Vishwambhari Stuti (Gujarati) (Coming)
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Meaning of Gayatri Mantra in English
bul.gif (2569 bytes)   Read "Jai Jagish Hare Arti" in English


Site Best Viewed by 640 x 480 Resolution.
Website redesign, Website Maintenance by Intranet Services.