Excerpts from Magic Mantra by Achyut Railkar
Theosophists say that the Gayatri
Mantra is a powerful design of words.
It is both a
mantra and a prayer.
Mantra purifies the energy and physical bodies of human
the atmosphere and prana
sound potencies that awaken vital energies and dormant parts of
arranged the words of the mantra in such a way that it not only
conveys the meaning but also creates a specific power of
righteous wisdom through its utterance.
syllables of the mantra are said to create positive effect on
all the charkas (energy centers) in the human body.
It has no
relation with any religion and is widely used by devotees for
spiritual upliftment and unfolding of Consciousness.
Gayatri is an incarnation of Goddess Saraswati…She is believed
to have given the 4 Vedas to Mankind…She is depicted seated on a
lotus…the presiding deity of the mantra is Lord Sun, who
inspires wisdom through cosmos.
My friend Rohini Gupta informs me that there is a
longer version of the Gayatri Mantra which is only used for breathing
It is not a mantra for recitation. the version
for recitation is the short version. Many foreign books do not know that the
longer version is not used for chanting so they only give that version.
It is not common in India since it is only used with breathing exercises.
It does not predate the short version. all
versions appear in a five thousand year old text the Rig Veda. they are
just used for different purposes.
if you plan to do the Gayatri do only the short
The Gayatri mantra was 'discovered' by Vishwamitra and it
first appears in the third mandala of the Rig Veda.
The long Gayatri Mantra
is used for pranayaam, breathing exercises. (the short form is used for
Om bhu Om bhuva Om swah Om mahah Om janah Om tapah Om satyam
tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhi yo yo nahah
Feedback from Readers on the topic of Gayatri Mantra :
Can you please tell me if girls are allowed to chant the Gayatri Mantra
and if not, why?
The Gayatri Mantra is considered a Mantra which gives tremendous 'Shakti'
I suppose the men of yore did not want women to chant the above Mantra
because women were an epitome of Shakti anyway. More likely, they did not want
women to have more Shakti.
I believe that if you are an aggressive sort, you should chant Mantras to
In Kaliyuga (present times) all restrictions have been removed. Maybe because
we are neither male nor female. Soul has no gender.
I came across your site through Rediff while searching for the meaning of
the Gayatri mantra.
I have a question, I hope you can give me a correct answer and also
enlighten me more about this mantra.
I have heard a lot of people tell many different stories regarding this
mantra. I used to say this mantra every day three times in the morning and
evening. Later I used to say it 108 times in the morning. But some people told
me not to say this mantra, if I utter a word wrongly or without the correct tune
this will have adverse effects on me. Hence I stopped saying it as I am also
going through a very bad period time of life. But I remember my mother telling
me that if even we try to utter GODS name HE forgives any wrong pronunciation as
at least we made an attempt.
Please write to me about all my my doubts and also tell me the correct
time and number of times to me utter it. I really will appreciate your help in
enlightening and clearing my doubts.
Thank you in advance Rao
It is always right to utter the Lord's name. So is my belief.
However the Gayatri mantra is considered a very powerful Mantra, so I would
feel 3 times in the morning,3 times in the afternoon and 3 times at night is a
I don't believe that it can have an adverse effect, if chanted with faith.
However learn to chant it correctly.
How does its chanting make you feel?
Does it make you feel more energised?
Pray, and follow your intuition, your inner guide.
No, I don't think you are going through a bad phase because of any 'mistakes'
that you have committed.
You have a lovely website and I am a second year Sanskrit student not an
expert but I am an Agnihotri and you should check your spelling of the third
word in the Gayatri mantra - it is SVAH not SVAHA or SVAHAH which is the way of
making offering at the end of this mantra in puja. Your translation is for SVAH
the correct spelling or transliteration of the word for the heavens or ether,
please check with other sources Iam quite sure many people confuse these two
spellings of similar words that mean different things. I have seen many students
of Agnihotra confuse this constantly. as I said you do have the definition
correct and am sure you mean to spell SVAH. Namaste -
& Purpose -
I have since followed the instructions of Niradhara
A Like in 'but'
Aa Like in 'Far'
Ai Like in 'hair'
Ey Like in Whey
I Like in 'Pin'
Oo Like in 'Shoot'
Oon 'n' has got a nasal sound.
U Like in 'Put'