Kirtan at The Art of Balance

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat

The Gāyatrī Mantra, also known as the Sāvitrī mantra, is dedicated to Savitur, the sun god.  The sun in the mantra represents both the physical sun and the Divine in all things.  It is believed that there is no separation between the physical presence of the sun and the spiritual or symbolic meaning.  Gāyatrī is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed.  It has a vedic metre of 24 syllables.

To give back to the sun (as the sun gives, without asking for anything in return).  To express gratitude to the sun (for the life-giving energies).  To meditate, and ask for illumination from the sun.

“ The eternal, earth, air, heaven
That glory, that resplendence of the sun
May we contemplate the brilliance of that light
May the sun inspire our minds. “    

Translation by Douglas Brooks