धियोयोन: प्रचोदयात् ||”
The Gayatri Mantra was written by Rishi Vishwamitra between 1800-1500 BCE. It is a poem from the third section of the Rigveda Samhita (which is considered to be superior as compared to other Vedas by some). As it is composed in the poetic manner Gayatri, it is called as the Gayatri mantra. All Hindus and even people from other religions recite the mantra. Sacred descriptions of the glory of Gayatri are mentioned in scriptures. It contains the essence of the three gods, Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. The translation of this mantra is as follows:
“Dear lord, you are the definition of purity, destroyer of evils, whose glory is like the shining sun, please bless us with the same divine powers to fight against predicaments and guide us towards the right path.”
Meaning of the Gayatri mantra: This mantra is dedicated to a sun deity. The true essence of the meaning of the Gayatri mantra can only be realised by sages and intellectuals. It is said that he who experiences and realises the true essence of this mantra unites himself with the divine powers. It is addressed to the creator, the lord saying that we meditate in your glory, please help us to move towards the path of enlightenment, please help us to light the Light of Knowledge that exists in us, please prevent us from going towards the sinful way and help us to open our hearts for all the living and non-living things you have created.
This mantra is considered very holy because is doesn’t ask anything from the god for selfish purposes but a request to the god for well being of all the creatures. Each word of this mantra is considered to be holy. In Brahmins and Kshatriyas, boys have to undergo a Thread ceremony (munja/ upanayan) at the age of about 8. According to tradition, such kids have to chant this mantra 108 times in the evening.
Benefits of the Gayatri mantra: The Gayatri mantra has certain mental, spiritual and other effects. For children, chanting of this mantra helps them learn grateful ness, truthfulness, teaches them to lend a helping hand to the ones in need. This mantra helps the youth with a peaceful mind, it helps them to accept their lives, grow further and move ahead. This mantra helps the adults to live a stress free life happily. It helps the grown ups to enjoy their life with a peace of mind.
This is why, the Gayatri mantra is of utter importance all over the universe.