antras are sound vibrations that permeate every cell of our being; they let the mind dissolve. Mantras are impulses or rhythms of consciousness They create spiritual vibrations. Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free us from worries.
Often we wonder why we chant some sounds without understanding their meanings. Can something that we do not understand, help us? A mantra is like a seed. Every seed has the potential to become a tree. Similarly, these sound vibrations contain all the possibilities of creation. Some mantras are in seed form, called the bija mantras. Others are fully expressed, that is the fruit of the mantra is also expressed, like the Gayatri mantra.
It is wrong to conceive of the notion that the Gayatri Mantra is solely meant for the chosen orthodox Brahmin class. It is universally applicable, for it is nothing but an earnest prayer for light, addressed to the Almighty supreme spirit. It is verily the sole transcendental guide-light to humanity. Of all Mantras the supreme and the most potent power of powers is "The Gayatri Mantra". The nature of Gayatri is such that you can adore worshiping it in any form or name you like.
The Gayatri is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy, power and glory, be he of any caste, creed, clime, or sect. It is only one's faith and purity of heart that really count. Indeed Gayatri is impregnable spiritual armour, veritable fortress that guards and protects the votary that transforms him into the divine and blesses him with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination.
One must start regular daily Gayatri Mantra/Japa and and you will feel for yourself the wondrous power that you derive there from. It is always advisable to fix a particular time for the Japa and stick to it permanently. At least one mala of Japa should be done daily without a break. It will guard you from all dangers, give you infinite strength to overcome all obstacles and give you power, peace and bliss.
THE GAYATRI MANTRA WHICH WE HAVE TO PRACTICE DAILY AND REGULARLY IS: -
"Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah"
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat".
"Let us meditate on Ishvara and His Glory, who has created the universe, who is fit to be worshipped, who is the remover of all sins and ignorance. May he enlighten our intellect."
*Kanayalal Raina is a Brampton based writer who contributes regularly to various Canadian publications. He is working as Executive Director at Canada Hindu Heritage Centre in Canada. An automobile Engineer and MBA (Mktg) by profession he is providing consultancy on Project Management, Financing and Marketing.
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