This chant is the most esteemed mantra in Hinduism. It consists of the prefix om bhur bhuvah svah, a formula regularly appearing in the Yajurveda (an ancient Vedic Sanskrit text), and the verse 3.62.10 of the Rig Veda.
Gayatri is the name of the twenty-four syllable meter of this verse (removing the prefix), and also the name of the goddess considered the embodiment of the mantra.
This mantra is a way to splendor, selflessness, and mercy, but also a means to subservience to this world. Initiation means a new beginning, to get going, progressing, and also conveys receiving indications.
This chant appeals to the highest knowledge, to the radiance of the universe and helps to enlighten the understanding of our true nature.
Complete om bhur bhuva swaha lyrics:
”Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha,
Tat Savitur Varenyam,
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat.”
Meaning of Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha Mantra
”We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Supreme Deity, who is inside the heart of the earth, within the life of the sky and inside the soul of Heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds.”
”Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we secure thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right path.”
Explanation on syllable:
- Aum means Brahma;
- Bhur means embodiment of vital spiritual energy (prana);
- Bhuva means destroyer of sufferings;
- Swaha means embodiment of happiness;
- Tat means that;
- Savitur means bright like sun;
- Varenyam means best choices;
- Bhargo means destroyer of sins;
- Devasya means divine;
- Dhimah means may imbibe;
- Dhiyo means intellect;
- Yo means who;
- Nah means our;
- Prachodayat means may inspire!
„This chant talks about the unbounded wealth contained within the 4 „foots” of the Gayatri Mantra.
The first foot is said to be equivalent to the wealth contained in the 3 worlds put together.
The second foot is said to be equivalent to the wealth contained in the 3 main Vedas. If one were to obtain a gift extending as far as there are living beings, that would equal the 3rd foot.
The 4th foot is based on the triumph of the sun, whose power and wealth remains unrivaled and unequaled. Hence, there is no amount of wealth that can equal the 4th foot of the Gayatri!” – quote from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.14.5.
The practice of this healing mantra enabled the sages to receive the revelation of all other mantras, for this mantra calms our mental body, washes off karmic impurities, sharpens the intellect, purifies the ego, and illuminates the inner being with the light which flows directly from the Source of creation.
This soothing mantra helps us to connect with the teacher within and helps us receive inner inspiration and inner guidance.
One may not notice a spontaneous transformation, but the effect of this mantra is everlasting and immense.
The process of purification through this spiritual practice begins in the deep unconscious and steadily pervades all aspects of our personality.
We become new and fully metamorphosed, from the inside out.
Other Sanskrit Healing Mantras
Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha
This mantra means – ”Salutations to the being and power of the celestial healer.”
In India, this mantra is typically recited during cooking in order for the food to be charged with prana, either to prevent disease or help in healing for people who are sick.
In addition, this Sanskrit mantra directs us to the right spiritual teacher as well as it helps us find the right path to healing.
„Prana, Apana, Sushmana Hari, Hari Har, Hari Har, Hari Har Hari.”