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Monday Mantra - The Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri mantra The Gayatri mantra is one of the most important and powerful mantras, the essence of all mantras. It calls in the seven plains of existence and is said to bring us closer to enlightenment.

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Practitioners are said to be able to recognise each other by the luminous glow that surrounds them. It calls upon the infinite light of consciousness to guide our actions and beliefs. This mantra is for gratitude, enlightenment and wisdom.

There are two versions of this mantra - the long and short forms. The short form seems to be the one most often used in temples, in my experience, but I was taught the long form, so that's the one I naturally gravitate to, and that's the one I'm chanting here.

Om Bhuh, Om Bhuvaha, Om Swaha, Om Maha, Om Janaha, Om Tapaha, Om Satyam Om Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodyat

Ohm Boh, Ohm Boh-va-ha, Ohm, Sva-ha, Ohm Ma-ha, Ohm Jan-a-ha, Ohm Tapa-ha, Ohm Sat-yarm,

Ohm Tat Sarv-ee-tor Var-en-yarm Bar-go Dee-vass-yar Dim-a-hee Dee-yo Yone-a-har Pra-choh-dye-at

Oh self-effulgent Light that has given birth to all the lokas (spheres of consciousness) who is worthy of worship and appears through the orbit of the Sun, illumine out intellect.

More complete translation:

Bhuh - the root chakra - Earth plane

Bhuvaha - the sacral chakra - Atmospheric plane

Swaha - the solar plexus chakra - Solar region

Maha - the heart chakra - the first spiritual region beyond the Sun - heart vibration

Janaha - the throat chakra - the second spiritual region beyond the Sun - the power of the divine spiritual world

Tapaha - the third eye chakra - the third spiritual region beyond the Sun - the realm of highest spiritual understanding as an individual

Satyam - the crown chakra - abode of spiritual Truth - absorption into the Supreme

Tat Savitur Varenyam - that realm of Truth which is beyond human comprehension

Bhargo Devasya Dimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodyat - in that place where all celestials of all the spheres have received enlightenment, kindly enlighten our intellect.

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