Chanting mantra is considered a powerful path to transformation. Sanskrit mantras are often chanted before a yoga class, or during meditation as a tool to focus the mind and soothe the body. Many of these mantras have their origin in the Vedas, a large body of religious texts based upon what was an oral tradition of sharing sacred practices in ancient India. The power of a Sanskrit mantra is found in the individual letters and the syllables created through the combination of a few of the letters. Each of the 50 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet vibrates at a unique frequency and stimulates a particular spot in our body. They are strung together in a particular way to create a seed sound (or bija). These seed sounds essentially wrap a garland of healing energy around and through the body when chanted.
The Gayatri mantra is one of the three most auspicious chants of this tradition. As we move toward the end of a decade, and into a new year, I'd like to share this important mantra with you. You may chant it while gazing into a candle flame, or visualizing the light of the sun softly illuminating your third eye.
Feel free to explore using it on your own, and if you find you'd like some guidance on chanting it well, I'd be happy to help you.
The Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra has its origins in the Rig Veda (1000 BC). Traditionally chanted 108 times in one sitting, it is a prayer to the eternal light – the energy of life which is within and all around us - to the source of light and life.
The Gayatri is considered to be one of the most powerful healing mantras there is. The vibration created by chanting this mantra has the potential to bring about physical and emotional healing. The mantra is chanted to purify and protect us from subtle energetic obstacles. It may also be chanted to help you awaken your spiritual self.
Here is a transliteration of the Sanskrit Chant:
DHIIYO YONAHA PRACHODAYAAT
Here is one translation of the Gayatri Mantra:
Oh Divine Light - You are the Giver of Life,
The remover of pain and sorrow,
The bestower of happiness.
As the Creator of the Universe help us open to
And receive your supreme light.
May that healing energy guide us in the right direction.
Wishing you and yours a deLIGHTful new year!
~Sharon Harvey Alexander
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