Introduction to Gayatri … Continued from the previous issue
Gayatri is absolute and is the source of all knowledge. We can explore anything and everything with it, as it reveals secrets of the whole Universe. We call it Vedas. Gayatri is mother of Vedas (veda janani). Vedas contain the mantras or hymns. When you recite the mantra, it gives complete knowledge to the reciter. Most of the knowledge is latent in the mantra, and you have to receive it silently in meditation. Meanings are hidden and latent in the mantras. A meditator can reveal or relate the secret of mantra after the experience only.
The veda mantras must be exposed and explained only after exploring it inside by a meditator. Only Rishis have explained these thoughts and explained as vedangas (darshana in meditative states), and as they saw, they wrote them down as vedangas in the Upanishads. Gayatri mantra is the condensed form of Vedas which contains the absolute ancient knowledge. It is a spiritual code in just 24 letters. Among the mantras there is no mantra like Gayatri, and among deities, there is no mother equal to Gayatri. “Na gayatriyah parama mantram na matru parama devata.” Enough attention is not given to know, feel, realize, and propagate the mantra, and when chanted regularly, its benefits are not explained properly. There are many books on the principles of Gayatri and her multidimensional aspects. We must make this effort to study the basics, scientific contents, and meaning of the mantra, and understand its pervasive characters and benefits.
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