Introduction to Gayatri … Continued from the previous issue
From the moment of conception in the mother’s womb till the disposal of the body at the funeral pyre, every follower of Vedic philosophy depends and lives on the mantras. Gayathri Mantra was formed in the early Vedic times by Prajapati (whose other name is Vishwamitra). This mantra was revealed through the 7 rhythms as a gift of Sage Vishwamithra, who performed tapas (penance) for several thousands of years. This mantra is considered to be a medium developed by Prajapati for communication with everlasting energy Savitra power. He who learns the Gayathri mantra from a competent Guru and practices it with faith and reverence will reap the benefits sooner or later. It is useless to expect a result as soon as the mantra is pronounced.
Practical experience and the Guru's instruction is essential in the practice. Practice for a considerable time to achieve definite results. The reason for quoting the devathas, rishis and chandas meter before chanting the mantra is not only to express our gratitude, but to establish contact with humility to get their blessings. Whether the rishis are living in physical forms or not, the message or thought reaches them. Once the sadhaka is eager to show respect and gratitude, there will be a mystical relation between the rishi and sadhaka. This is because rishi's consciousness is so expanded through his attaining cosmic consciousness and he is in intimate touch with humans whose thoughts can instantly reach the Guru.
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