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Gayatri Mantra is the embodiment of all forms of Spirit and does not belong to any particular sect of worship nor is it restricted to a certain community. It is universal in its scope. It contains in it the culture of no particular society, but the culture of humanity itself. The Gayatri is a treasure and heritage that belongs to Everyone without exclusion.

Om bhur bhuvah svaha
tat savitur varenyam
bargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yonah prachodayat

Divine Light dwells on all realms of existence:
Physical, subtle, and causal.

Like brilliant sunlight
, That Light illuminates my Soul.

We are one. We are whole. We are holy.

May this knowledge inspire our lives.

Om Sound as the basis of creation, Brahman
Unity of all that is visible and invisible
Bhur The gross: earth, existence, physical body
Bhuvah The subtle: atmosphere, prana, subtle body
Svaha The causal: heaven, Atman, the soul, causal body
Tat That: Brahman (The Ultimate Reality is simply
referred to as "That" because it defies description
through speech or language.)
Savitur The protector, Savitri, equated with the luminous, life-giving energy of the sun
Varenyum Supreme Consciousness that inspires adoration
Bhargo Goodness, radiance, luster, illumination,
destroyer of ignorance
Devasya Divine radiance or grace
Dhimahi Meditation or knowledge of the Absolute
Dhiyo Buddhi, intellect
Yonah Our energies, our actions
Prachodayat Inspire

     The mind perceives diversity. The intellect or Buddhi, realizes unity. Gayatri mantra explores this underlying unity in the diversity of things. It's through this vision of unity that we perceive divinity and sanctify our lives. Atman is one, but the forms that it indwells are many.

     Our lives are the embodiment of three gunas: rajas, tamas and satva: action, inaction and balance. These three attributes can also be applied to time. Within a 24-hour day each of the gunas typically spans eight hours.

     Traditionally, the Gayatri is chanted twice a day, during sandhya, the conjunction of two stages of time (basically sunrise and sunset). Sunrise is called pratah sandhya and sunset is known as madhyanna sandhya.

4 a.m. 8 a.m satva  balance/integration
sacred time (pratah sandhya)
8 a.m. 4 p.m. rajas activity work
4 p.m. 8 p.m. satva  balance/integration
sacred time (madhyanna sandhya)
8 p.m. 4 a.m. tamas inactivity sleep

     It is during satvic time or sandhya that we undertake our sadhana or spiritual practices. By these practices we sanctify our lives. Chanting the Gayatri at least three times in the early morning and three times in the evening is said to take care of all the ill effects of the day's karma. Clearly, by allowing time for spirit before the activities of the day, we are more conscious in our actions during the day. By allowing time for spirit at the end of the active day, we can more fully release the fruits of our actions and enter into restorative sleep.

     Before the sun rises, everything is enveloped in darkness. Just as the rays of the sun dispel this darkness, the chanting of Gayatri dispels darkness and ignorance.

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