Mantras are perhaps the most important tools for clearing and cleansing the mind, helping break our unconscious and subconscious habit patterns and quiet the constant background chatter that is often present.
By consistently chanting a Mantra it gradually replaces this background noise and becomes our primary focus – the subconscious is restructured by the energy and intention of the mantra and the conscious mind is guided effortlessly towards meditation and stillness.
The Gayatri Mantra
The 21 sacred syllables of the Gayatri Mantra have been breathed into the ears of disciples by their Guru since time immemorial. The Gayatri contains the entire sound and form of Prana Shakti. It is considered to be the Mother of the Vedas and the essence of all scriptures. Through its recitation a sadhak awakens and realises the antar jyoti, the inner light. This light is none other than Maha Kundalini, the divine essence of life and the sole instrument of liberation. The mantra is the Chintamani, the wish fulfilling gem. Its outer form is revealed by the teacher but its inner form is revealed within the still lake of the devotee’s heart.
The 24 syllables of the Gayatri contain the entire form of prana (or energy). Chanting of the Gayatri should be practiced at sunrise, at noon or in the evening at sunset. Regular practice will help to harmonize and awaken pranamaya kosha.
Om Bhur bhuvah svahah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo Devasya dheemahi
Dheeyo yonah prachodayaat
Om the physical plane, the subtle plane, the causal plane; we meditate on the divine light of that adorable sun of spiritual consciousness. May it stimulate our power of spiritual perception.
Gayatri Mantra’s vibrational influence on the physical body.
Silently thinking or speaking or chanting the Gayatri Mantra influences the physical body, clears the emotional body, leads one to the inner heart. The Gayatri stimulates and facilitates insightfulness and awakening to the Truth within all.
Our energy centres, levels and rhythms are activated by the measure of breaths that are drawn in through the nostrils and released during recitation of the Gayatri Mantra, (even during silent repetition). This balances electromagnetic rhythm and energy currents in the body with prana. Prana is an undetectable life force energy. During recitation, all elements of the mantra are in use; even the breath is a precision instrument. It all works together, like an orchestra and the Conductor. The breath, voice, meditation and intention efficiently and effortlessly function (like the sun shines).