Gayatri mantra: Gayatri mantra meaning & lyrics

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The Gayatri Mantra: Gayatri Mantra Meaning & Gayatri Mantra Lyrics

by Agraha Levine


By far the most famous and one of the most ancient mantras is the Gayatri Mantra. This powerful, sacred mantra – when chanted again and again most intensely and most soulfully – has taken countless sincere seekers to the highest heights of spiritual consciousness.


Gayatri Mantra Lyrics


These are the Gayatri Mantra lyrics in their original Sanskrit language (English transliteration):

Aum bhur bhuvah svah 

Tat savitur varenyam 

Bhargo devasya dhimahi

Dhiyo yo nah pracodayat.


Gayatri Mantra Meaning

The translation of the Gayatri Mantra as given by Sri Chinmoy is as follows:

“We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illumine our minds.”

“The Gayatri Mantra is the most hallowed mantra of the Vedas. It is the mother of all the mantras. Mantra means incantation. A mantra can be a one-syllable word or a few words, a sentence or a few sentences. The Gayatri Mantra can offer to the sincere seeker the Light of the Infinite, the Delight of the Eternal, and the Life of the Immortal.”

Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 7, No.12, July 27, 1972, AUM Centre Press, 1972



Gayatri Mantra – Free Download of the Gayatri Mantra mp3

Please see the following video with the Gayatri Mantra and its English translation by Sri Chinmoy: 

You can sing along and learn this ancient, sacred mantra of mantras.

Here are a few other recordings:

Video of sunrise with chanting of the Gayatri mantra:



Benefits from the Gayatri Mantra

Please try to find a quiet and peaceful spot to start your mantra meditation. Take a few deep breaths in and out to relax. Try to let go of all stress and feel peace inside your being. Now slowly begin to repeat the words to the Gayatri Mantra – either softly voicing the words or singing Sri Chinmoy’s tune to the Gayatri Mantra very softly and devotedly. As you repeat the sacred sounds of this ancient mantra, kindly feel that you are joining an uninterrupted flow of profound aspiration from countless spiritual seekers throughout thousands of years – all striving for inner peace and inner growth.


In time, you may find yourself inundated with more and more peace – even feeling that you are a part of the pure, ancient flow of peace embodied in the Gayatri Mantra.


“The Gayatri is eternal knowledge divine.”

Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 7, No.12, July 27, 1972, AUM Centre Press, 1972