The Three Worlds… the Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra:                                          

Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodhyat

The Gayatri Mantra is a very important and beloved mantra. It has its origins in the sacred text, the Rigveda, and has been chanted for thousands of years all over the world. This was the first mantra i learned, and after 0ver 15 years of chanting, meditating and sitting with this mantra, i feel i have just begun to scratch the surface in understanding it. There is so much meaning contained within this mantra- its effects on the Koshas (the layers of Being), on its use for meditation and the expansion of consciousness, studying the tone and resonance of the specific sound vibration it produces, the effect of different melodies in singing it, even in understanding the sacred syllable Om… and there is a lot of writing out there that deals with all those aspects of the mantra. This writing is simply intended to express my current favorite interpretation – woven respectfully together with the translations from my teachers Betsy Siva, David Patton and Donna Farhi.


(the sound of the universe, the sound of all creation- the expression of God through divine sound vibration- representing all of language and spoken word)

Earth – Atmosphere – Heavens – the three worlds

Which arise from the same sacred effulgent source, the same source of divine light.

If we understood this,

If our thoughts, words and deeds reflected this understanding

That ALL that is-

(The density of the earth- it’s land, waters, plants and animals- including humankind.

The subtlety of air, that we breathe- and from the atmosphere, which surrounds the planet.

The mystery of the divine, spirit world- heavens, celestial realm, the vast unbounded universe)

To know that everything held within the three worlds

originate from the same source of divine light, illumination, and effulgence…

Then we would know peace.

(Photo by me, taken in Bali 2012)

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