I am so grateful for this inspiring exposition about the Gayatri
mantra! I read and studied it again and again! I especially appreciated learning the meaning and significance of the three main words in the Gayatri
mantras. I feel deeply connected to Gurumayi in my heart and through the Siddha Yoga path website.
A few years ago I was in a hospital for several days to recover after an appendectomy. As I lay in my hospital bed, I covered myself from head to toe with my meditation shawl. I was in my own little temple and listened for hours on end to the Surya-gayatri
mantra through my ear plugs. I was in heaven, absolutely blissful, at peace, and filled with gratitude. I could have stayed there forever.
I recovered very quickly from the operation. And that experience will always remind me of one of the happiest, most contented, and blissful times of my life. Every time I hear the Surya-gayatri
mantra, I am brought back to that experience.
Having just read this beautiful exposition on the power of this mantra to “both protect the listener as well as produce delight,” I now have a deeper understanding of my experience. I shall forever be grateful to Gurumayi for guiding me with such loving care.
Windsor, United Kingdom
While I was reading through “Invoking the Divine: An Exposition on the Gayatri Mantra,” I began reciting the gayatri
mantra itself. After a little while of doing so, I found that my mind let go of the explanation of the meaning of the words, and dissolved into the sounds of the mantra. In turn, the sounds drew me into a fine, still point inside myself.
For a while I did not want to stop reciting it. The beauty of the meter and the sounds felt like they were dissolving all the pains of existence. A sense of many lives arose within and then was washed away in turn by the mantra itself. Then it was just simply the mantra, repeating itself.
London, United Kingdom
I have enjoyed chanting the Surya Gayatri
mantra for a number of years, and this exposition has given me a deeper understanding of its meaning and purpose. I see more clearly how and why I feel rejuvenated and delighted as I recite it!
St. Laurent, Canada
When I recite the Surya Gayatri
mantra with care while remembering its meaning, I feel that I am entering into the luminous space of Consciousness. This feels like a sacred practice of worship, recitation, and meditation. I have the sense that it supports me in gleaning the wonders of the universe and extracting the knowledge of the Self.
Reading this exposition led me to observe and reflect on what I feel when I sing an invocation, whether before meditating or just to begin the day.
Whenever I sing an invocation, I feel a subtle alchemy within my being. I feel the energy of the mind and body coming together to a point of stillness and clarity within me. Chanting an invocation to the divine power is also a way for me to access witness consciousness and be fully present.
Singing an invocation infuses my spiritual practices with divine love and sweetness toward my body. It allows my body to participate in a beautiful way. It gives me an experience of freedom and quietude, for invoking the divine frees me from the conditioning of the mind. In that way, I feel that my “insight is awakened” and I can apply the wisdom of spiritual teachings to my daily life.
I slowly read each line of this exposition and was uplifted and enchanted as the deeper meanings and understandings became more apparent to me.
Just when I was reading about the significance of the meter, I became aware of a small bird outside, singing, calling out. I focused on the sound of the bird. It was calling out happily and powerfully, seeming to express delight in this very moment. The sound was repeating in a regular meter, and I sensed a deep feeling of connection between us. I relaxed into the moment, into the sweet sound, and received its vibrations. I felt my heart throb and expand. I was sitting in this expanded state for a little while, feeling great joy. After some time, my attention again focused on the text in front of me, and the little bird soon finished its song.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for this sublime and potent exposition and for the grace that you bestow upon us to receive its deepest meaning and experience.
I have been chanting the shri gayatri
mantra since childhood, as my late grandfather encouraged every member of my family to do so on a daily basis.
When I was in school, the vibrations of this mantra guided me throughout my study and exams. Now, repeating it daily, I feel it unfolding within me in a mystical way: my mind becomes calm and focused during work, and the mantra offers me protection, helping me say the right words at the right time.
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for introducing the gayatri
mantra, infusing it with the Siddha Guru’s shakti
Thank you, Shri Gurumayi, for your treasured teachings.
Bedford Gardens-Gauteng, South Africa
I appreciate this exposition on the gayatri
mantra—well researched, conveying a depth of knowledge, and written in a way that was easy for me to understand. Reading this kind of exposition makes it possible for me to take refuge in the scriptures.
New York, United States
I was grateful to receive this thorough exposition on the gayatri
mantra; reading it supports my intention to recite it regularly.
This morning, as I was chanting the gayatri
mantra, I felt the sounds of each word vibrating musically in my body, and I thought that the mantra was simultaneously nourishing and purifying my mind. The image of Brahmin priests around a yajna
came into my mind, and I understood that this practice is revealing the sacredness of my life.
Every morning, I recite the gayatri
matras that I know for each deity on my puja
. These mantras are a vehicle for my relationship with each deva
. As I focus on expressing my love for them, I can also feel the blessing of their shakti
inside me while I recite.
I am very grateful to have this way of honoring and expressing my love for each deity.
California, United States
I awoke this morning from a dream which I quickly recognized as reflecting my own feeling of being "not good enough" at work. As I read this exposition, I felt a strong urge to chant the Shri Adi-gayatri
Immediately, I was drawn into meditation. All my negative feelings were washed away. The verses of “Five Stanzas on the Sandals of Shri Guru” played in my mind. As I imagine myself sitting at the Guru's feet, I feel at one with the earth, the sky, and heaven, and I am ready to start my day with a fresh and positive perspective.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for leading me on this path to liberation.
Oregon, United States
How wonderful it’s been to read and digest such profound teachings and beautiful insights! Each and every word reverberated inside me. I am sure that I will read the exposition many, many times.
New Mexico, United States
As I awake to the beauty of dawn, the fresh potential of a new day is unveiled, with the Surya-gayatri
mantra repeating silently in my mind. The weather becomes irrelevant as I am reminded that the sun is always there. I am most grateful for this exposition. I know it will expand my experience of this practice.
St. Lazare, Canada
It has become a beloved practice to repeat the Surya-gayatri
mantra every morning. As I repeat it with my eyes closed, a golden light appears within, strong and brilliant. This experience empowers and inspires me throughout my day and turns it into a glorious one!
I was so inspired to read this exposition on the significance and power of the gayatri
mantras. As I delve deeply into the rich source of these ancient invocations, I feel like I’m receiving sweet prasad
. I am immensely grateful to be able to recite these and further understand the profundity of this practice.
New York, United States
For the last two weeks, I have been inspired to recite the Surya-gayatri
. Each morning, sitting in the living room of our home, I recite this mantra as the sun's warm embrace washes over me and the shakti
within dances in delight. I experience the power of the gayatri
mantra to unite my awareness with the Self and settle my being in the ecstasy of oneness.
New Jersey, United States