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Om Bhur Bhuva Suvah
Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat
We meditate on that most adorable, most desirable and most enchanting luster
(effulgence) of our supreme Lord, who is our creator, inspirer and source of
eternal Joy. May this light inspire and illumine our intellect (and dispel the
Meaning: Aum: The primeval sound (from
which all sounds emerge); Dheemahi: We meditate upon; Varenyam: the most
adorable, most desirable or most enchanting; Bhargo: luster or effulgence; Tat:
of that; Devasya: supreme (Lord); Savitur: from whom all creations emerge (also
means the Sun God who is our life source); Bhur: who is our inspirer; Bhuvah:
who is our creator; Suvaha: who is the abode of supreme joy; [Bhur, Bhuvah and
Suvaha are also considered to mean three lokaas or worlds namely Heaven, earth
and lower worlds]. Yo: May this light; Prachodayaat: inspire/illumine; Naha:
our; Dhiyo: intellect (activities of the intellect)]
Dharma Vahini Chapter VI
that is visible shines as Gayathri, for Vaak is Gayathri
and all objects or Bhuthas are Vaak, indicated by Vaak and
subsumed in Vaak. Vaak is speech or sound. It is Vaak that
describes them, it is Vaak that declares them and it is Vaak that
denotes them. All objects are also of the world or Prithvi. Nothing can
go beyond it. This world is the body of man; he cannot leap out of his body.
There is the Prana that sustains him; breath or the Prana is
inside the Hridaya or "Heart". And, the Prana cannot move
outside and beyond the Hridaya.
Gayathri has four feet and six categories. The categories are: Vaak,
Bhutha, Prithvi, Sariram, Prana and Hridaya -
Speech, Objects, World, Body, Breath, and Heart. The Purusha that is
extolled by this Gayathri is indeed exalted, sacred, and glorious. All
this objective multiplicity, as has been said, is but a fraction of his body.
The number and nature, the measure and meaning of the objects or Bhuthas
are beyond understanding; yet all this is but a quarter of His Magnificence. The
other three quarters are His Effulgent immortal Form.
is impossible to grasp the mystery of that splendor filled Form. This Purusha
indicated by the Gayathri is indeed referred to as Brahmam. He is
the Aakaasa, beyond the comprehension of man; He is spoken of as, "Bahir
dhapurushaakaasah." This is the mark of the waking stage; that Purusha
is the Aakaasa, inside the personality of man. He is "Antah
Purushaakaasah". That is the mark of the "dream stage". He is
the Aakaasa inside the Hridaya of man. He fills it and fulfils it;
that is the "deep sleep stage". Whoever knows this Truth attains
Fullness and Brahmam. That is to say, he who knows the Three Avasthas
of wakefulness, dream and deep sleep (Jagrath, Swapna and Sushupthi)
is himself Brahmam. How ridiculous is it that man, known as Purusha,
bearing the name of this Atmaswarupa should become the repository of
egoism and consequent impurity, busy in the unholy pursuit of injustice! How
calamitous! At least for being known even today as a "Purusha",
man should try to practice the path that will endow him with an atom of that
what to speak of Purushadharma? How can Purushas who have not
cared to earn even the infinitesimal glory of the Primal Purusha be
expected to practice Purusha Dharma? Not even the most diligent search
will now reveal a fraction of it! As the ancient Rishi said:
Heeno Suchirnithyamanathas Sarva Karmasu
Yad Anyath Kuruthe Karmo No Thasya Phala Bhaag Bhaveth
is to say, when the twice born gives up the Sandhya worship, he falls
into perdition; so say all the Smrithis. Those who neglect the Sandhya
worship have no right for other type of ritual. It is because the sages of
ancient times performed the Sandhya worship for many years that they
acquired long life, fame, glory, wisdom and the splendor of Divinity; this is
mentioned by Manu also. Therefore from whatever point of view we consider, no Brahmin
can deserve that status if he does not meditate on the Gayathri.
course what Brahmin means in this context is the man who has realized the Brahmathathva
and who has purified himself by the practice of the Brahmopasana, the
ceaseless contemplation of the Brahmam. This has nothing to do with caste
and even religion. But, those who have inherited the name Brahmin have a
special responsibility in adhering to the Sandhya worship and the Gayathri.
exactly is Sandhya? Sam means well and dhya is derived from
dhyan and so Sandhya refers to the proper Dhyana or intense
meditation on the Lord. It means concentration on the Godhead. To fix the mind
on God, the activities have to be controlled. For, success in that process of
control one should overcome the handicaps of the Gunas, the Satwa,
the Rajas and the Tamas. When these faces of natural impulse
predominate and try to direct along their channels, one must pray to God to
negate their pull. That is the first duty of the man who strives towards God. It
is the rule of nature, that the morning is the period of Satwic quality,
the "noon" of Rajasic nature and the "evening" hour
of dusk of Tamasic nature. At dawn, the mind is awakened from the comfort
of sleep liberated from agitations and depressions and so, the mind is calm and
clear. At that time, in that mental condition, the Dhyana of the Lord is
very fruitful, as everyone knows. This is the reason why the Praathah-Sandhya
is prescribed. But ignorant of the significance, men continue doing the ritual
in a blind mechanical way, simply because the ancients have laid down the rule.
The second duty of man is to perform the Sandhya-worship, after realizing
the inner and deeper meaning of the same.
day progresses, man is infused with the Rajo guna, the active effortful
nature, and he enters the field of daily work and toll. Before he takes his
noonday food, he is directed to meditate on the Lord again and to dedicate the
work as well as the fruit derived through it, to the Lord Himself. He can start
eating only after this act of devotion and grateful remembrance. This is the
meaning of the Maadhyahnikam, the Noontime worship. By observing this
ritual, Rajo guna is kept in check and it is overpowered by Satwa
nature. This is the third duty of all men.
man is possessed by a third nature; the Tamas; when evening descends, he
hurries home and eats his fill and sleep overpowers him. But, there is one duty
still awaiting him. To eat and sleep is the fate of idlers and drones. When the
worst of the gunas, the Tamas, threatens to rule, man must make a
special effort to escape its coils by resorting to prayer, in the company of
those who extol the Lord, reading about the glory of God, the cultivation of
good virtues, and purposeful nursing of good rules of conduct. This is the
evening Sandhya-vandanam, which is prescribed.
the mind that emerges from the vacancy of sleep has to be properly trained and
counseled; it must be made to feel that the bliss of Dhyana and the joy
of being unaware of the outer world are much grander and more lasting than the
comfort one gets by means of the daily dose of physical sleep. This bliss, this
joy can be felt and realized by all; discrimination will bring this home to you.
This is the fourth duty of man.
man who, so long as he has life in him, observes the thrice a day Sandhya,
is indeed of the highest type: he is ever glorious; he attains all that he
desires. Above all, he is liberated, even while alive; he is jeevanmuktha.
must be taken to see that the Sandhya is not taken as a routine ritual,
one among many laid down for observance. This is to be carried out, aware of the
significance, dwelling on the inner meaning. One should clearly grasp the sense
of the Gayathri Mantra. It is necessary to feel the identity between that
Effulgent Being, the Atma Swarupa, mentioned therein and oneself. It is
only those who are ignorant of its meaning that will neglect the Gayathri.
lays special stress on just this: why he has declared the Gayathri is the
very life-breath of the Brahmin. It is not his declaration only; it is the
Truth. What is more efficient for spiritual uplift than Dhyana on the
Effulgence that illumines and feeds the Intellect of Man? What is more vitally
fruitful than the prayer, which pleads for saving the mind from sin-ward
man, there is no better armor than the cultivation of virtues. Manu states that
the Brahmin will not lose his status-so long as he holds on to the Gayathri
and is inspired by its meaning; he says that, if he is too weak to pursue the
study of the Vedas, he must at least recite the Gayathri and
adhere to it, till the very end. The Smriti too says that there is no
treasure richer than the Gayathri.
can.accomplish all thc tasks of the world; and since--the Gayathri:
confers inner strength to foster that force, it has to be cultivated with care
at the right moment, without neglect. For the growth and development of the body
pure Satwic food is very necessary, is it not? So also, the effulgence of the
Sun has to be drawn, to reinforce the inner effulgence of man in the form of Bhaavana,
or creative imagination.
soul-force waxes, the senses too are activated and directed along fruitful
lines. When it wanes, the senses fail and fail you. So, if the solar energy is
drawn at that very juncture, it will be as seeds planted in season, the harvest
is assured. Can darkness hide and confuse when the sun has risen and bathed the
earth in splendor? Can sorrow prevail, when we have infused ourselves with that
effulgence? How can we be devoid of strength, the strength derived from the very
fountainhead of Brahman? The technique of this process has been laid down
by the ancients, for the benefit of all aspirants. Learn and practice it; by
your own experience, you will be able to witness the Truth of their path.
what purpose is the Upanayana sacrament? Which is the Mantra that
you are initiated into that day? Why has that Mantra alone to be taught
then? Why are other mystic formulae not given equal prominence? Reflect on these
matters and then you will find that the Gayathri is the Monarch of Mantras.
You will also find the rituals shining with a new meaning, the rituals and
restrictions full of purpose; the deeds and activities of the ancients will seem
worthwhile. If you do not try to know the significance, you will interpret them
as your fancy leads and land yourselves in tricks and stratagems, to escape the
obligations of life. You will be caught in injustice and negation, Anyaya
what is the real meaning of the word Gayathri? Does any one try to know
it today? The word is taken to mean either a Goddess or a formula. Gayathri
is that which protects (Thra) the Gaya-s, or Pranas or the Indriyas,
beginning with Vaak. Besides, it is said, "Gaayantham thraayathe
yasmaad gayathri, thena thathyathe." That is to say that which saves
those who sing it, or revere it and repeat it or meditate on it is called Gayathri.
It is this sacred Mantra that transformed a Rajarishi like
Vishwamitra into Brahmarshi. The Vedamatha, the mother that is the
Veda, will confer all boons on all those who worship Her. That Goddess is
described in glorious terms in Brahmanas and in the Dharmasuthras:
if you understand these clearly, you can realize it, unaided.
imbued with such deep mysteries, is today rationalized and interpreted willfully
in various paltry senses, that is the reason why the decline of Dharma
has come about. So, it is imperative to revive Sanathana Dharma and the
principles of interpretation natural to the Atmic Truth, which is the
basis of Dharma. Otherwise, the meaning will be changed out of all
recognition and the whims of individuals will prevail. Every act will be stamped
as Dharma whatever its nature!
16 May 1964- Occasion: Upanayanam - Place: Prashanti Nilayam
is Sankara Jayanti - the day commemorating the advent of Shankaracharya who came
to restore Dharma; it is also the day on which Brahmopadesam was
given here for the boys sitting on this dais, who have come from Bengal, Bombay,
Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Sankara Jayanti Day was chosen by Me for their
initiation into the Higher Adhyatmic Life, for Sankara is an inspiration
even today for millions of Sadhakas all over the world, who seek to know
the Reality of the Universe and its fundamental Unity. They had this lucky
chance of getting initiated here in My Presence by Me, as a result of their own
ceremony of Brahmopadesam is Upanayanam, because the word means,
"taking near", taking the young aspirant near Brahman, that is
to say, introducing him to Brahmajijnasa, the path of Brahma. It
is one of the Samskaras, that is, rites which reconstruct the
personality, re-form the mind, purify it and re-build it. It makes the person
receiving it a Dwija, a twice-born! The boy is born first into the world;
now, he is born into the Sadhaka world. He becomes a Brahma-chari,
a person who walks towards Brahmam. So, it is a very significant day in
the lives of these people, a day they must long remember with joy and
thankfulness. It is the day when their hearts were turned towards God; and they
should try not to run away from God, hereafter; that is a great responsibility.
initiation was done by the Upadesam of the Gayathri manthram. The manthram
is a universal prayer that can be used by men of all climes and creeds, for, it
calls upon the Glorious Power that pervades the Sun and the three words to
arouse, awaken and strengthen the Intelligence, so that it may lead to intense Sadhana
and Sadhana may lead to success.
little moment or incident results in sound; only, you may not be able to hear,
because the range of your ear is limited. The falling of an eyelid over the eye
makes a sound, the dropping of dew on a petal makes a sound. Any little
agitation disturbing the calm is bound to produce sound. The sound caused by the
primal movement that resulted in the enveloping of Brahman by self
evolved Maya is the Pranavasabda or Om. The Gayathri
is the elaboration of that Pranava and so, it is now held so venerable
and valuable that initiation into Adhyatmic life is achieved by its
sound of a Mantra is as valuable as its meaning. Even a poisonous cobra
is quietened by music; Naadam, sound, has that allaying property. The
child in the cradle stops wailing as soon as the lullaby is sung; it may not
carry any meaning; it may be a nonsensical rhyme or just a jungle, but, it
quietens, soothes the nerves and induces sleep. In the case of the Gayathri,
the meaning too is easy and profound. It does not ask for mercy or pardon; it
asks for a clear intellect, so that the Truth may be reflected therein,
correctly, without any disfigurement.
Brahmachari has vowed himself into a life of Sadhana. Now, what
are the requisites for Sadhana? First, Faith--that can stand the ridicule
of the ignorant, the caviling by the worldly, the laughter of the low minded.
When someone ridicules, you should argue like this within yourself: Is he
ridiculing my body? Well, he is doing what I myself would wish to do; for, I too
want to escape out of this attachment to this body. Is he ridiculing the Atma?
Well, he is doing the impossible, for, the Atma is beyond the reach of
words or thought; it is unaffected by praise or blame. Say to yourself, "My
Atmathathwa is Nischala, it is Nirmala," and carry on.
Second: Do not worry about ups and downs, loss or gain, joy or grief. You are
yourself the maker of the ups and downs. If you but care, it can all be one
smooth level. You label something as loss and something else as gain. You crave
for a thing and when you get it, you call it joy; when you don't, you call it
grief. Cut the craving off, and there will be no more swinging from joy to
grief. Third: Reason out and get convinced of the truth, Sarvam Brahmamayam.
know there are 5 elements or Bhuthas, which constitute by their
permutations and combinations, the world called Pra-Pancham, the
"Five-constituted." Prithvi or the Earth-element has 5
qualities, the maximum and so, it is the grossest. It has its own special
characteristic of Gandha as well as the characteristic of the other four,
namely, Sparsa, Rasa, Rupa and Sabda. The next one, Jala,
the Water-element has only four, its own special one Rasa-and Sparsa, Rupa,
and Sabda. So it is subtler than the Earth-element. Agni is
subtler still, because apart from its special characteristic of Rupa, it
has only two others, Sabda and Sparsa. Vayu, the Air-element has Sparsa
as its special quality and one more quality, Sabda. Finally, the lightest
and subtlest of all the five, Akasa-the Sky-element, has only one
characteristic, its own, namely Sabda. Now, God is subtler than even Akasa
and so He is all-pervading, even more than ether or anything more pervasive than
that. His nature is beyond all human vocabulary, beyond all human mathematics.
Have this conviction well stabilized in your Buddhi.
Be steady in Sadhana, and never hesitate once you have decided on it.
When the bus is moving on, the dust will be floating behind as a cloud; it is
only when it stops with a jerk that the dust will envelop the faces of the
passengers. So, keep moving, keep, steadily engaged in Sadhana. Then, the
cloudy dust of the objective world will not cover your face.
came for the work of Dharmasthapana, but, he did not wage a war against
the narrow sectarians or the wild theologians who opposed him or the critics who
condemn him as a pseudo-Buddhist. He won them over by argument, persuasion, and
preaching. He spoke softly, but with conviction. He gave his opponents fair
chances to present their cases to the best of their ability and sometimes he
even helped them to clarify their own points of view. Through Bodha alone
can Dharma be saved in the modern Kali age. That is why I am
engaged in Bhoda, in this task of re-constructing through Upadesa.
you scatter seeds on the surface of the soil, they do not germinate. You have to
keep them inside the soil. So too, Bodha if it is scattered on the
surface it will not germinate, grow into the tree of knowledge and yield the
fruit of wisdom. Plant it in the heart, water the plant with Prema,
manure it with Faith and Courage, keep off pests with the insecticides of Bhajana
and Sathsanga, so that you can benefit in the end. You have not yet got
started in Sadhana; still, you demand Shanthi; you demand Grace.
How is it ever possible? Start! Then, everything will be added unto you.
gives you whatever you pray for; so, take care. Ask for the right things. There
was a man who had four wives; he happened to go to Bombay on some work connected
with his business. From there, he wrote to all of them that he was prepared to
bring home whatever each of them wanted. So, they all wrote to him giving a list
of the things they wanted. The first wife asked for some nice tonics for her
health, and rugs and woolen clothing, to be of service whenever she fell ill.
The second wife wanted some saris of the latest style, choli pieces,
jewelry of the Bombay type and such other sundry decorative stuff. The third
asked him to select for her some religious books, the Jnaneswari, abhangs,
Bhakthivijaya etc. available in Bombay book-shops, as well as pictures of
Pandarinath, Bhavani, Sai Baba etc. The fourth wife had no list at all; she
simply wrote, "If you return soon and safe, that is enough for me".
She got nothing but his love. The others got big packets containing whatever
they had written for. So, think well, discriminate clearly, before you ask,
before you pray.
know how systematic you are all in eating and drinking. You take pretty good
care of the body. I do not condemn it; I only want that you should take equally
good care of the needs of the spirit also. Take a dose of Dhyanam and Japam
as the morning breakfast, Puja and Archana as Lunch at noon, some Sathsanga
or Sath-chinthana or Sath-granthaparayana or Namalikhitha
as afternoon tea and snacks, an hour of Bhajana as Dinner and a small
ten-minute Manana as the cup of milk before going to bed, that dietary is
enough to keep your inner being happy and healthy. That is My advice to you
for My Army
25 Feb 1965 - Occasion: Upanayanam - Place: Prashanti Nilayam
Samskara of Upanayanam is beneficial not only to the boys who were
initiated, but, for every one of you, who witnessed it and drew inspiration from
it, The learned Pandit from Delhi spoke to you now of the meaning of this
Samskara; it has made all these lads, "twice born" "dwithiyam
mounjibandhanaath" he said. The belt of munja grass has given
them that status, he said. The Upanayanam or the ceremony of leading the
lad to the teacher and the recital by the initiate of the Gayathri mantra,
which prays for clear Intelligence, are the first steps towards the ultimate
Realization of the Reality. Pundit Ramasaran explained how the Gayathri
is the essence of the Rig Yajur and Sama Vedas and how the
traditional conception of the Gayathri Devatha embodies an harmonious
blending of the Five Gods, Vishnu, Surya, Maheshwari, Ganapathi and Iswara,
representing the Five Elements, and how prayer to Gayathri confers the material
and spiritual needs of man.
man is burdened with one body and four births! He is born a Sudra; for,
as a child he has no sense of cleanliness or definite ideas of right and wrong.
By the rite of initiation into spiritual life, that is to say, when he is taken
as a pupil by a guru, who takes up the responsibility of leading him to
the Goal of Human Life, he becomes Dwija, twice-born, entering into the
second chapter of his human career. When he has finished the spiritual
disciplines and studied the scriptures, he becomes a Vipra; at last, when
as a result of those practices and experiences, he visualizes Brahmam as
immanent in all, he is a Brahmana. A Vipra attains Brahmajnanam
and becomes a Brahmana. This is therefore the first step, but, the most,
important step, in the process of self-realization.
parents endow you with the material body the Deha; the Guru points
out to you the Dweller within the Body, the Dehi. So, he is entitled to
be honored as a God, says the Vedas. Mathru Devo-bhava: Pithruu Devo
Bhava; Aachaarya Devo Bhava. To make gold more amenable to the
operations attendant on ornament making, it is alloyed by the addition of a
little silver or copper; so too in order to manifest the multiple variety of
Nature, the Brahmathathwam is converted into an alloy, with the addition
of a little egoism or Mamakaaram; the Guru teaches you to regain
the pure unalloyed Brahmam by the processes of Sravanam Mananam
and Nididhyasa in the crucible of the intellect. The Jivathathwam
and the Brahmathathwam are then clearly understood as facets of the same
aim of all human effort is to achieve this One, Ekam that lies behind all
this plurality. Without achieving it, man can have no peace, within or without;
no amount of repetition of the Santhi manthra is capable of granting him
that. The Guru reveals to the disciple the invisible current that
activates the many seemingly distinct instruments, like the bulb, the mike, the
fan, the refrigerator, the tape-recorder, the stove, etc. He deserves your
gratitude. He is like the stranger who entered the cottage of a poor man and
announced that underneath the floor of that hovel, there lies hidden a precious
treasure, which he can take and own, by a few minutes of digging! The sage
Vishwamitra devised the Gayathri mantra as a fine drug for the spiritual
aspirant; he is also to be revered, for the drug awakens your Buddhi and
confers upon you Viveka, Vichakshana and Vairagyam--the
three distinguishing marks of humans, elevating them far above other animals.
involves double actions: removing dirt and applying paint, when the word is used
with reference to a house. This Gayathri has the subtle power of removing
evil tendencies and implanting virtuous habits, and so, the Upanayanam is
a unique Samskara. Man is Divine; he has the Lord dwelling in his heart,
but yet he is bound, miserable, limited, weak, agitated. Why? He is ignorant of
his reality. He imagines himself weak, limited, bound and he is so shaped by the
mind, which is the source of that imagination. How then can you be freed? How
are you to overcome this Bhrama or delusion? If you desire to overtake a
train, you must speed in a car or board a plane. No vehicle slower than the
train will help. So too, if you intend to overcome the delusion you must
establish yourself in God; the Bhrama of Manavasakthi can be
overcome only by the attainment of Daivisakthi. The Gayathri
promotes the acquisition of Daivisakthi.
means 'that which saves, when repeated'! It is the torch of Jnana, given
into the hands of these lads venturing into the regions of intellectual inquiry
and sensory restrictions. As paddy is treated to a process of pestling and
winnowing and cleaning in order to get rice, that can be cooked and eaten, these
boys have to de-husk the individual, discover the Atma hiding inside the
five sheaths, of Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnanamaya
and Anandamaya. The Sandhyavandana rite they are enjoined to do,
three times a day, from this very day, is part of this process of de-husking.
Time must be found, time can be found, provided they have the will and they get
encouragement from the elders. Supplying the calories for the spirit is as
necessary a process for happy living as supplying calories for the body;
breakfast, lunch and dinner, Prathahsandhyaa, Maadhyaanhika and Saayamsandhyaa--all
six are equally essential. You miss any one of the six at your peril.
boys, you have today got the Gayathri, the milk from the four teats
called four Vedas of the udder of the cow that is Godhead; it has in it
the sustenance that will make you shine with spiritual health. You must now
carefully use it for your good; do not spill it or spoil; boil it, make curds
out of it, churn it and get the butter that is immanent in it. It will become
curds by means of your contemplation on the Lord, Bhagavath-chinthana;
with the churning-rod of discipline, collect the butter of Ananda. You
were initiated in this holy Presence, remember, the Presence that so many
thousands covet; so, you have a special responsibility to fulfill your Brahmacharya,
the path that leads to Brahmajnana. The body is fundamentally unclean,
but, yet it craves to achieve both cleanliness and Godliness, because, its
nature is Purity and Holiness.
cleanliness should be your first aim. Which do you cleanse more in a drinking
vessel? The interior or the exterior? You may have fine vegetables, excellent
tamarind juice, chilies, salt, dal; the cook may be a master of the art;
the oven may be the perfect type; but, if the copper vessel, is not tinned, the 'Saambaar'
will be turned into dangerous stuff, that cannot be eaten. It will act as poison
to those that eat it. Sathkarma (virtuous deeds) Sadaachaara
(beneficial habits) these act to protect the Saambaar from contact with
copper. For you the Gayathri and the Sandhya rites three times a
day will act as the 'tin' for the Hridayapaathra, the heart-vessel, where
emotions impulses and instincts are cooking. The discipline of Sandhya
will tame all instincts even as the mahout's good subdues the might of the
elephant and trains it to perform tricks in the circus ring. Do not fail to make
the best of this chance.
many as 450 boys have had this chance today. Some persons at Prashanthi Nilayam
felt that, this being the examination season for schoolboys, many may not be
able to come and get initiated in this sacred presence; but, see how, on account
of strikes and consequent disturbances, schools were closed, examinations were
postponed and almost all who had written about their desire to come are here
before Me! This is another reminder of the efficacy of unseen merit; the rain
fails on barren land and all the seeds hidden underneath the land sprout, making
a green carpet to cover the area! No one knew, except Myself, that there were
these seeds, of earned merit awaiting the showers of Grace in the heritage of
the revival of Sanathana Dharma these boys will be efficient instruments.
They will replenish the glory of Bharathavarsha. They are today recruited
into My army. I am achieving the re-establishment of Dharma, the
restoration of the Vedas, and it is with that in view that I am
initiating in My Presence every year boys from all parts of India. This Samskara
is fast losing its significance; the recital of the Gayathri and, the
performance of the Sandhya rite are both being neglected; so, they have
to be restored to their pristine glory. This is an important step. Until you see
the Akshara, the unchanging, you must practice the Kshara, the
changing, which helps you to transcend it. When once you are able to pronounce
'cat,' you can give up reading the word 'c-a-t'. The Gayathri will help
you to reach the Akshara; practice it, three times a day, in the Sandhya
rite. The Deha-maatha (the Mother who bore the body), the Lokamaatha
(the Mother who sustains the Universe) and the Gayathri-maatha (the
Mother who saves you from Bondage and Ignorance) all three, deserve your
devotion and worship.
26 Apr 1965 - Occasion: Upanayanam - Place: Prashanti Nilayam
day as well as yesterday, Pundits spoke to you about Sanathana Dharma
and its greatness. I too shall speak only about that, for, there is nothing more
important than that Dharma for material and spiritual happiness. Sanathana
Dharma calls on you to revere the Achaarya, for he is seeking to save
you from disaster, the flood of birth and death into which you are slipping,
through ignorance. Eetha or Swimming you have to learn to escape from the
swollen river; Geetha or the Lord's Teaching you have to learn to escape from
the swirling torrent of birth death. The Guru points out the Guri
(Goal) to you; he reveals the Atmathathwam. A man struggling in a bog
cannot be saved by another who is also caught in its slime. Only one standing on
firm ground can pull him out. So the Guru must have a secure footing,
above and beyond the slush of Samsara. The Rishis or Sages
struggled with themselves and elevated themselves into the purer regions of
thought, to discover their own truth. They felt the thrill of that discovery and
sang of the freedom they gained. These songs serve as signposts and all who
derive benefit therefrom have to acknowledge the debt. How to repay the Rishi-rna,
the debt of the Rishis ? By study, by reflection on what they have sung
of their liberation, by practicing the Sadhana they adopted, by proving
them right out of your own experience.
are also three other Rnas, or debts, mentioned in the scriptures--Pithr-rna,
Maathr-rna and Deva-rna, the debt of the father, of the mother and
of the Gods. Once there was a great sage named Uddalaka, famous for his
scholarship. He had a son, Swethakethu and a daughter Sujatha. Among his
disciples was Kahodaka a young man who was well behaved, virtuous, devoted to
the teacher and earnest in his studies. But, he could not keep pace with the
other bright lads and so became the target for taunts. The Guru loved him
all the more on account of this. Sympathy with his lot grew into Grace; Grace
resulted in the Guru offering his own daughter in marriage to Kahodaka!
While Sujatha was enceinte, Kahodaka recited the Vedas as laid down in
the disciplinary rules, but within hearing of the child growing in the womb. It
heard the recitation but, since it was already aware of the correct
pronunciation of every syllable, whenever Kahodaka spelt a syllable wrong, it
squirmed in distress. So, when the baby was born, it had eight bends, crooked in
eight places, in fact! Naturally, he was named eight bends or Ashtavakra.
Ashtavakra was still in the womb, Sujatha had persuaded her husband to seek some
monetary help from King Janaka to relieve their dire poverty and when Kahodaka
went to Mithila, in the midst of a big Yaga which the king was
celebrating, he had to stay on till it finished; later, he was forced by
circumstances to join a competitive disputation with a celebrated scholar called
Vaandena, and accept the terms laid down by the challenger, namely whoever gets
defeated in argument was to be thrown into the sea.
Ashtavakra, in spite of his physical deformity, became an erudite Pundit
full of intricate scholarship, even while in his teens. Both Sujatha and
Swethakethu kept his fatherís fate from the lad for many years, but, one day,
some one as one who was ignorant of his fatherís fate taunted him and the sad
tale was revealed to the son. Immediately, he proceeded to Mithila and sought
entrance into the audience-hall of King Janaka. The guards laughed when he
wanted them to report to the King that a Vedic scholar eager for
disputation with the court pundits had come. They slighted him for his tender
age but he said that age was no criterion. At last, he pleaded that his
deformity, at least, entitled him to hospitality and sympathy.
was struck by the boy's persistence and courage; he ordered that he should be
admitted and arranged the disputation the boy sought! If I start telling you the
absurd questions that the court pundits teased him with and the replies with
which Ashtavakra sparred them with, it will take so much time that perhaps we
will have to sit beyond Sivarathri even! Janaka tried his best to
dissuade him; he told him that he was too young to risk death in the sea. But,
Ashtavakra argued that Atmavidya does not take account the Dehathathwam,
the physical principle of the body. Vaandeena entered the fray with the deformed
lad resplendent with spiritual scholarship; to the great astonishment of all,
the boy gained the upper hand; the aged pundit squirmed under the questions; he
failed; he had to be thrown into the sea; the deformed son of Kahodaka had
triumphed over the victor who had consigned his father to the waves. The mother
was delighted that her son had discharged the debt, and retrieved the honor of
father must encourage the son by example more than precept. Prahlada told his
father that only the parent, who directs his progeny to God deserves obedience
and respect. All others are, so far the sons are concerned, human ogres like
Hiranyakasipu. There are some parents who are sorry that their sons are coming
to Puttaparthy and who dread that they would start doing Puja or Japam
or Naamasmarana, and give up the habits of smoking or drinking or
gambling, which they have learnt from their fathers! Such do not know the value
of Satsang, for peace and happiness. They fail to equip their children or
themselves with armor against the blows of fate or fortune. The Gayathri
mantra develops the Dhee sakthi or power of discrimination and, so
its consequence will be the giving up of evil company, and the seeking of
kindred souls. If Satsang is not available, you can keep company with
your own higher impulses and noble thoughts. Dive deep into your own divinity.
The crocodile is happy and unharmed; it is undefeatable, in the depths of the
lake or river. Once it sprawls on land, it becomes the plaything of man, an easy
target for death. The depths; They are your refuge; the source of your strength.
Do not stray into the shallows or the sands. You know that the Garuda bird feeds
on snakes. Well, once the Garuda went to Kailasa Mount to pay respects to Siva,
who wears snakes on His head, arms, wrists, neck, waist and ankles. When the
snakes saw Garuda, they were unafraid; they even dared put out their forked
tongues at Garuda and challenged it to come near them. That was the extent of
the courage lent to them by the place where they had established themselves, So,
establish yourselves in the Atma; no worry or grief or pride can harm you
types of Prema were spoken about today, but, all types are based on the
'I' feeling; it is like a drama in a film story, a plot within a plot. You must
feel that all this is just a passing show, that you are the central figure, the
only figure, the entire figure. Thathwam asi; that thou art. That is
this. The external world is fundamental) One, is really Brahmam,
appearing as many. Thwam is you, yourself. And, what does the experience
of all the sages tell them? What is the profound discovery embodied in the
wisdom of the Vedas? Thath is thwam, thwam is Thath;
there is no second, there is only One.
you act or feel or talk contrary to your nature you demean yourself; you deny
your reality. The Brahmathathwam is Vimalam, Achalam, Pure,
Unshakable; be pure and unshakable. It is thrigunarahitham, devoid of
qualities (dull active or balanced); it is pure consciousness. The storms of
feeling, or the fog of dullness and sloth too must not agitate you. Play your
role, as a puppet does; the unseen Director unfolds the drama, which He has
willed. Once it happened that a village drama, Harischandra, was put on boards,
with Harischandra and his son, Lohithaksha selected from one of the two rival
fractions and Chandramathi being acted by a man from the other! Lohithaksha fell
dead, bitten by a cobra, as required by the drama and Chandramathi the mother
had to wail. Everyone expected the actor to do that very realistically; but,
since the boy belonged to the rival party, Chandramathi refused to weep! This
led to a minor riot; the 'puppets' had deluded themselves into attachment. They
had failed to remember that they were acting 'roles'. This is the basic
hypocrisy; claiming to be a character in the play, but, not speaking the lines,
exhibiting emotions, going through the movements and not making the role a
success. Many pundits claim to be exponents of the Vedas and Sastras,
but, it is not what they teach that tells, but how they live. Many sing the
glory of the Lord, but, few live in His constant Presence and in the constant
awareness of that glory that fills the Universe. Udipi Krishna, they sing--but
they don't make their hearts Udipi, so that Krishna may come and be installed
are certain special hours when you have to perform Sandhya and repeat Gayathri.
This is very good discipline. Just before the Sun rises, the morning rite has to
be gone through. Jonnalagadda Sathyanarayanamurthy described very poetically the
calmness, the color, the eloquent silence of those hours the waking birds and
flowers, the earth that thrills to the touch of dew--that is the time when you
too should acclaim the rising Sun with the Gayathri. Yesterday, one
speaker described the Gayathri as equal to Rama Nama, today
another Sastry said it was the elaboration of Krishna Nama and the
Bhagavatha; I ask you to fix your mind on any name of the Lord, that brings up
into your consciousness the Glory and the Grace of the Lord. Also, train, your
hands to do acts that serve the Lord that is shining in every being. All men are
He; He shaves as the barber, He makes pots as the potter; He starches and irons
clothes as the Dhobi. He prompts, He inspires, He devises, He fulfils.
You take a sheet of paper on which My Form is printed, as Myself; you revere It;
you fall to the ground before It in reverence; why cannot you then revere all
human beings, believing that I am in each of them, in an even clearer Form?
Gayathri is a prayer for the development of your Intellect, so that you
might reach this Vision. So let Me advise the elders who are here, this. You
have brought your sons or grandsons or wards for Upanayanam and Gayathri-upadesam
here to My presence. You are happy at their fortune; but, they will repeat the Mantra
only if you too repeat it, sincerely. And it is good for you also. Repent
therefore, that you have given up taking that priceless drug; start from today,
the Sandhyavandanam. Learn it from your son or grandson, keeping aside
your sense of superiority. When you have the royal road to reach the Goal, why
scramble through thorny jungle tracks? Do the Sandhya as prescribed, and
you will find a calm descending inside you, a calm that will not be shaken by
any storm. You need not flee to a Himalayan valley; you can make your heart that
Valley, by the discipline of the Sandhya.
20 Jun 1977 - Occasion: Upanayanam - Place: Brindavan
Gayathri is the universal prayer enshrined in the vedas, the most
ancient scriptures of man. It is addressed to the Immanent and Transcendent
Divine which has been given the name 'Savitha', meaning 'that from which
all this is born'. The Gayathri may be considered as having three parts
--(i) praise, (ii) meditation, (iii) prayer. First the Divine is praised, then
it is meditated upon in reverence, and finally an appeal is made to the Divine
to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man.
Gayathri is considered as the essence of the Vedas. Veda
means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding
faculty. As a matter of fact, the four core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas
are implied in this Gayathri mantra (chant).
Gayathri is usually repeated at dawn, noon, and dusk. But since God is
beyond time, it is a result of our limitations that we talk of dawn and dusk.
When we move away from the sun, it is dusk; when we move into the light of the
sun, it is dawn. So you need not be bound by the three points of time to recite
the prayer. It can be repeated always and everywhere, only one must ensure that
the mind is pure. I would advise you young people to recite the Gayathri
when you take your bath. Do not sing cheap and defiling film songs; recite the Gayathri.
When you bathe, the body is being cleansed; let your mind and intellect also be
cleansed. Make it a point to repeat it when you bathe as well as before every
meal, when you wake from sleep, and when you go to bed. And also repeat 'shanthi'
thrice at the end, for that repetition will give shanthi or peace to
three entities in you -- body, mind and soul.
human being has four birthdays. The first is when he emerges from his mother's
womb and, being neither holy nor unholy, craves only for food and shelter; the
second is when he begins his spiritual study to lead him from darkness to light;
the third is when he has gained wisdom, having mastered the disciplines
propounded by the sages for achieving self-realization; the fourth and last is
when he realizes his true identity and merges with Brahman.
sacred thread (yajnopavitham) is a symbol of purity, which is necessary
if you wish to participate in the ritual of living. Life is a continuous series
of sacrifices of the lower for the sake of the higher, of the tiny in favor of
the vast. Upanayana, the word which has been given to this ceremony of
initiation, means the conferment of another eye. Your two eyes cannot reveal to
you the magnificence and the majesty of the realm of the spirit. They are
focused towards the objective world and its transient attractions. So the Gayathri
mantra has been given to you as a third eye to reveal to you that inner
vision by which you may realize Brahman.
is a treasure you must guard throughout your lives. If you have not caught the
sounds of the mantra correctly now, learn it from your parents or from
your family priest. Perhaps they may not know the Gayathri themselves, or
they might have forgotten it through culpable neglect. Then I would ask them to
learn it from you.
give up the Gayathri; you may give up or ignore any other mantra,
but you should recite the Gayathri at least a few times a day. It will
protect you from harm wherever you are traveling, working, or at home.
Westerners have investigated the vibrations produced by this mantra and
have found that when it is recited with the correct accent as laid down in the Vedas,
the atmosphere around becomes visibly illumined. So the effulgence of Brahma
will descend on you and illumine your intellect and light your path when this mantra
is chanted. Gayathri is the mother, the force that animates all life. So
do not neglect it.
and priests, the custodians of this mantra, have given it the go-by. But
you, as inheritors and guardians of the great culture of this country, have a
great responsibility in preserving it and demonstrating its efficacy and worth.
26 Jun 1981 - Occasion: Upanayanam - Place: Prashanti Nilayam
Gayathri mantra has in it the validity of the Vedas. It contains
the essence of Vedic teachings. Each of the four Vedas has a core
axiom (Mahaa Vaakya) enclosed in it: Thath Thwam Asi (That thou
art), Prajnaanam Brahma (Consciousness is Brahma), Ayam Aathma
Brahma (This Self is Brahma) and Aham Brahmaasmi (I am Brahman).
When all these are synthesized, the Gayathri emerges.
is all Gods in One: The triple stranded Yagnopaveetham (Sacrificial
Strand of Thread) is to be worn by every one who is initiated into Gayathri
recital, for he has to perform the three Sandhya rites when the sun rises
and sets, as well as when the Sun is at the zenith. The rites are in adoration
of the Trinity---Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The purpose of the rites is to invoke
the Gods to bless the novitiate to lead a good life at all times (past, present
and future), in all places (heaven, earth and nether region). The Gayathri
divinises the five elements; it represents the presiding deities of all the
five. Gayathri is worshipped as a Five-Faced Goddess---Om, being
the first, Bhoor-bhuvahssuvah, the second, Thath Savithur
Varenyam, the third, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, the fourth, and Dhiyo
Yonah Prachodayaath, the fifth face.
meditation on the Gayathri, one can become aware of the inner motivating
principle of the five elements, the five vital airs in the human body and the
five sheaths, which encase the Atma. Just as there are three basic
energies that govern man---the physical, the metaphysical and the psychical, the
Aadhi-bhowthik, the Aadhi-daivik and the Aadhi-aathmic,
Gayathri has three facets: Gayathri, Savitri and Saraswathi.
Gayathri fosters the metaphysical, Savitri, the physical, and Saraswathi,
the psychical. These three karanas or instruments have to be cleansed and
sublimated so that man can realize the goal of life. Through the recital of Gayathri
mantra and meditation thereon, this great task can be achieved.
Gayathri Path to God
17 Mar 1983 - Occasion: Upanayanam - Place: Prashanti Nilayam
of action arises the bondage of delusion;
From delusion grows a perverted mind;
Mental perversion leads to perverse deeds;
Such deeds again result in rebirth.
embodiments of the Divine! The grand mansion of Hindu thought has been raised on
the four walls of karma, janma, dharma and Brahman
(action, birth, righteous action, and Supreme Self or God). These four are
interdependent. No one can escape the consequences of one's action, whether good
or bad. No action goes in vain. Karma (action) is the primary cause of
jeevi is born in karma,
He grows through karma,
He ceases in karma.
Karma is the cause
Of happiness and misery.
has been well said, "The body
indeed, is the basis for the pursuit of dharma" (Shareeramaadhyam
khaIu dharma saadhanam). It is by the pursuit of dharma that Brahman
is realized. The Geetha has declared that whenever dharma declines the
advent of the Avathar (Divine incarnation) occurs. This implies that the
object of human existence is to uphold dharma. As creation is a
projection of the Divine Will the aim of every human being should be to live in
harmony with that Will. One's life should be dedicated not for promoting one's
selfish interests or to serve the interests of other fellow-beings but in the
service of the Divine. Whatever is done to anyone, if it is done as an offering
to the Divine, it will reach the Divine. Man should consecrate every action by
regarding it as an offering to the Divine.
initiation gives one the Second Birth
the moment of issuing from the mother's womb, one is involved in action. This
natural state is common to all and may be described as Shuudhrathwam (the
state of the Shuudhra, that is, one who is not subject to any regimen).
After one receives the Gayathri initiation, he is born again and becomes
a Dwija (the twice-born). The Gayathri is described as "Chhandhasaam
Maathah'--the mother of all the Vedas (ancient sacred scriptures).
One meaning of Gaayathree is that it is a mantra (sacred formula)
which protects or fosters the "Gayaas" or jeevis
must note that today you have all got a second birth by receiving the Gayathri
mantra (Vedic prayer to illuminate the intelligence). By observing
the disciplines of the Brahmachari (celibate) stage, you will qualify
yourselves for the study of the Vedas. When one begins to study the Vedas
he is known as "Vipra" (Braahmana). This is a third
birth, as it were. At this stage, by the study and understanding of the Vedas
and living up to their precepts, one gets the opportunity to understand Brahman
(Supreme Being). Once the Brahman principle is understood, one merges in Brahman.
It is only when there is awareness of Brahman can one claim to be a real Brahman.
It is not birth alone, but the realization of Brahman, which confers real
Braahmanathwa (Braahmana-hood) on a person.
mantra is the embodiment of all deities
Gayathri mantra has to be recited three times a day--in the morning at
sunrise, at noon, and at sunset. These are called "Sandhyaa Kaa!am"--the
time of coming together of night and day, of morning and evening, and of day and
night. Time, like man, has three qualities: Satwa, Rajas and Tamas
(poised, passion and inertia). The day is divided into three parts. The four
hours between 4 and 8 a.m. in the morning and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the
evening have the Satwa (equanimous) quality. The eight hours between 8
a.m. and 4 p.m. are Rajasic (Passionate). The eight hours between 8 p.m.
and 4 a.m., which are mainly used, for sleep, are Tamasic (inaction). The
eight hours of the day (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are employed by all beings,
including animals and birds, in the discharge of their day to day duties and are
regarded as Rajasic (active pursuit).
the four Satwic hours of the morning (4 a.m. to 8 a.m.) are used for
engaging oneself in good actions like worship, virtuous deeds, keeping good
company, one is sure to raise, himself from the human to the Divine level. It is
during the Satwic period (from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) the
Gayathri mantra should be recited. This mantra is the embodiment
of all deities. It is not related to any particular sect, caste or idol or
institution. It is said to embody nine "colours": (1) Om (2) Bhuh
(3) Bhuvah (4) Suvah (5) Thath (6) Savithur or
powers (7) Varenyam (8) Bhargah (9) Dhevasya. "Dheemahi"
is related to the meditative aspect. "Dhiyo-yo-nah prachodayaath"
relates to the aspect of prayer. The manthra as a whole thus contains
three aspects descriptive, meditation and prayer.
the Unity that underlies the Diversity
the basis of differences in behavior, the antahkarana (inner-psyche) has
been accorded four names. When it is concerned with thoughts, it is called manas
(mind). When it is restless and wavering it is called chiththa
(consciousness). When it is concerned with enquiry and understanding, it is
called Buddhi (intellect). When it is associated with the sense of
"mine" (possessiveness), it is called ahamkaara (egoism). Why
are four different names and attributes given to one and the same entity (the Antahkarana)?
The mind is pre-occupied with distinctions and differences. The Buddhi is
concerned with oneness and reveals the Unity that underlies the diversity. All
our efforts must be directed towards discovering the Unity that underlies the
diversity rather than seeking to divide the One into the many.
Gayathri mantra (Vedic prayer to illuminate the intelligence) is a
sacred mantra, which demonstrates the unity that underlies manifoldness
in creation. It is through the recognition of this unity that we can understand
the multiplicity. Clay is one and the same thing, though pots of different
shapes and sizes can be made from it. Gold is one, though gold ornaments can be
multifarious. The Atma (Divine Self) is one, though the embodied forms in
which it resides may be many. Whatever the color of the cow, the milk is white
is no object in the world, which does not have a form and a name. The Cosmos is
made up of things with forms and names. While the forms are subject to constant
change, the names remain unchanged. The form may change and even completely
disappear but the name remains. Once we know the name, we can recognize what or
whom it represents. In a large gathering, it will not be easy to trace a person
merely from the description of his features. But when his name is called, he
immediately responds and can be identified. Likewise, through the name of the
Lord, the form of the Lord can be visualized.
faces - Three deities
is described as having five faces. The first is "Om". The
second is "Bhurbhuvassuvah". The third is: "Thathsavithur
Varenyam". The fourth is "Bhargo Dhevasya Dheemahi".
The fifth is: "Dhiyo-yo nah Prachodhayaath". Gayathri
represents in these five faces the five Praanas (life forces). Gayathri
is the protector of the five Pranas in man. Gaayantham thraayathe ithi
Gayathri - "Because it protects the one who recites it, it is called Gayathri."
When Gaayathree acts as protector of the life-forces, she is known as Savitri.
Savitri is known in the Puranik story as the devoted wife who
brought back to life her husband, Sathyavaan. Savitri is the presiding
deity of the five pranas. She protects those who lead a life of Truth.
This is the inner meaning.
one's intelligence and intuition are developed by the recitation of the mantra,
the activating deity is Gayathri. When the life forces are protected, the
guardian deity is called Savitri. When one's speech is protected, the
deity is called Saraswathi. Because of the protective roles of Savitri,
Saraswathi and Gayathri, in relation to life, speech and the
intellect, Gayathri is described as "Sarvadhevathaa-swaruupini",
the embodiment of all goddesses.
is essential to recite the Gayathri mantra at least three times during
morning, noon and evening. This will serve to reduce the effects of the wrong
acts one does every day. It is like buying goods for cash, instead of getting
them on credit. There is no accumulation of karmic (result of action) debt, as
each day's karma (action) is atoned for that day itself by reciting the Gayathri
Power of the Gayathri mantra
plea that one cannot find time for reciting the Gayathri thrice a day is
specious and untenable. People waste so much of their time in worthless
activities that they can easily find a few moments for reciting the Gayathri
when they wake up from bed and before they go to sleep, if only they have the
will. The Gayathri can be recited even when one is taking his bath. It
will mean also offering ablutions to the goddess. At noon, if the Gayathri
is recited before taking one's meal, the food will get sanctified and become an
offering to the deity.
Brahmachaaris (celibates/religious students) should realize the
redemptive power of the Gayathri mantra. Through the Brahmopadesam
(initiation into sacred knowledge), the young boys have had a second birth. It
is only when they have achieved the purposes of this second birth will they be
qualified to enter on the sacred third stage of "viprathvam" (Braahmana-hood),
which leads to the realization of Brahman.
who is aware of Brahman, becomes one with Brahman" is the Vedic
saying. To recognize the Brahman principle, one has to understand one's
own true nature. There is a story to illustrate how one can see whether he is
qualified to realize Brahman. An unmarried girl acquires the right to a
half-share in a man's property after she is married to him and he ties the mangalasuuthra
(the auspicious marriage thread) round her neck. It is this sacred thread that
confers the fight on her. Likewise, one remains remote from God as long as one
has not acquired the thread of "surrender to the Divine" (Sharanaagathi
thathwa). The moment one wears the suthra (thread) of Sharanaagathi
(total surrender), one acquires the right to a half share in the energy and
authority of the Divine. We must strive earnestly to pursue the path of
submission to the Divine Will and offering everything to the Divine.
attitude of surrender will grow in us as we recite regularly the Gayathri
mantra. This is the reason why boys are initiated into the mantra at
an early age. There is also another reason for this early initiation. Boys, who
have been indolent or dull before getting the Brahmopadhesam have been
able to develop their intelligence and be more diligent in their studies after
they have received the Gayathri mantra. This is a matter of proven
experience. Like sunrise after the night, the Gayathri mantra dispels the
darkness of ignorance: "Dhiyo-yo-nah prachodayaath" The rays of
the Gayathri mantra illumine the mind and intelligence and promote
knowledge, wisdom and discrimination.
bless the young vatus (boys who have been initiated) so that from today
they recite the Gayathri regularly, lead exemplary lives and grow into
good, god-fearing, educated and enlightened citizens of Bharath.
Mantra is the royal road to Divinity
people should realize the connection between food and the state of one's mind.
For much of the demoniac qualities prevalent among men today, the primary cause
is the food they consume. One will develop good qualities if one takes Satwic
food, which is wholesome and moderate in quantity. It should not involve causing
pain to others. And all that is eaten should be regarded as an offering to God.
This is the inner significance of the Sandhayaa Vandhana mantras.
When uttering the different names of Vishnu - Keshava, Narayana, etc.--one
should bear in mind the meaning of each name. Narayana, for instance, means that
He is the Lord of the Five Elements. If the name is recited, bearing in mind
what it signifies, the full benefit of reciting the manthra will be got.
Gayathri mantra is the royal road to Divinity. There is no fixed time or
regulation for reciting it. Nevertheless, the young Brahmachaaris
(celibates) would do well to recite it during the morning Sandhya and
evening Sandhya (worship during dawn and twilight hours) to derive the
greatest benefit. However because the Divine is beyond time and space, any time,
any place is appropriate for repeating God's name. The Bhagavatha declares:
"Sarvadhaa, sarvathra, sarvakaaleshu Harichintanam'".
"Contemplate on God always, at all places and at all times." You must
learn to think of God in whatever you see whatever you do and whatever you
touch. You must realize that you are playing temporary roles on the cosmic
stage. You must get back to your true Divine Selves when the play is over. By
regularly reciting the Gayathri, you must purify your lives and be an
example to the world in righteous living. This is my benediction for you.
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today spends his life fully preoccupied with worldly concerns. Owing to
attachment to the body, he forgets his true nature, is immersed in the affairs
of the world and involves himself in misery. He regards the body as permanent
and makes bodily comforts his goal in life. These are the things, which every
individual experiences, in daily life.
anybody accosts a person and asks him, "Who are you"?, out of his
identification with the body he gives his name in reply. In answer to further
questions he introduces himself as a doctor, a farmer, or student or the like.
When the enquiry goes further, he identifies himself with his nationality as an
American, an Indian, a Pakistani, or so on. When you examine these answers
deeply, you will find that none of them gives the truth. He got his name from
his parents. It did not belong to him at birth. His identification with one or
other of his professions is not true because he is not the profession.
Jiva and Atma
then, is the truth about him? "I am the Atma. That is my true
Self." That is the truth. But people identify themselves with their names,
professions and nationality and do not base their lives on the Atma. No
driver of a car identifies himself with the car. Likewise, the body is a car and
the Atma is the driver. Forgetting one's true role as a driver, one is
identifying one's self with the body, which is only a vehicle.
Gayathri Mantra emphatically brings out this truth. Dehabudhyaath Daasoham
- In the context of the body, I am an instrument, a servant. Jivabudhyaath
Thadamsah - In the context of the Jiva, the individual soul, I am a
spark of That (the Divine). Aatmabudhyaath Thvamevaaham - In terms of the
Atma I am you. When one views one's self from the Atmic
standpoint, one is identical with the Divine. I am you and you are me.
man has thus three aspects. Our life itself is a three-storied mansion. The Brahmacharya
(celibate) stage is the foundation of this mansion. After that, the stage of Grihastha
(householder) is the first floor. Then you have the Vanaprastha
(retirement from the life of a householder) stage as the second floor. Finally,
there's the stage of the Sanyasa (renunciant) , constituting the third
floor. Thus, Brahmacharya is the foundation for the other three stages of
life. The safety and security of the other three floors depend on the strength
of the foundation, (viz., Brahmacharya). Hence, Brahmacharya is
the basic foundation.
unfortunately people have forgot this vital fact. They feel happy on seeing the
super structure. But the whole edifice may collapse at any time if the
foundation is weak. When you feel happy at the sight of a tree and its flowers
and fruits, you must be concerned about its roots. The unseen foundation is the
basis for the visible mansion. The invisible roots are the basis for the visible
tree. Likewise, the invisible vital force (Prana) is the basis for the
visible body. Prana has no form, while the body has a form. There is,
however, the Atmic principle, which confers all the potencies for the
life force (Prana). It is because of the power imparted by the Atma
that the life force is able to activate the body. The body inherently is inert.
It is made up of different kinds of material substances.
potencies in man
first line in the Gayathri Mantra is Om Bhurbhuvassuvah. This mantra
is assumed to refer to three worlds: the earth, the middle world and heaven (or Swarga,
the land of the gods). Bhu refers to the body. It is made up of the five
elements (Pancha Bhuthas). These five elements constitute nature (Prakriti).
There is an intimate relationship between the body and nature. The same five
elements that are in nature are also in the body. Bhuvah is the life
force that animates the body (Prana Shakti). Even if the life force
exists, without Jnana (Awareness) the body will be of no use. It is on
this account that the Vedas declared: Prajnaanam Brahma (Constant
Integrated Awareness is Brahmam). It is by the presence of Prajnaana
that the life force is able to animate the body. The body represents inert
matter. The life force operates in the body as a vibration. This vibration
derives its power from Prajnaana, which finds expression in radiation.
the body, the life force and the Prajnaana are all within man. The entire
cosmos is present in miniature within man. lt is because of these three
constituents that we are able to see the cosmos and experience many other
things. Every potency is within us. The external is a reflection of the inner
follows from this that true humanness (maanavathvam) is divinity itself (Daivathvam).
Hence, the Vedas declared that the divine appears in human form. Every
human being is inherently divine, but owing to his attachment to the body he
considers himself a mere man.
did the life force animate this human body? Whence has this life force come? It
is from the Atma Shakti (the power of the Self). Making use of this power
of the Self, the life force carries out all activities.
aspects of Gayathri
is Gayathri? Gayathri is not a Goddess. Gayathri is the
mother of the Vedas (Gayathri Chandasaam maathaa). Gaayantham
thraayathe ithi Gaayathri. Gayathri is that which redeems the chanter
of the mantra. Gayathri is present wherever the mantra is
however, has three names: Gayathri, Savitri, Saraswathi. These three are
present in everyone. Gayathri represents the senses. It is the master of
the senses. Savitri is the master of the life force (Praana). Many
Bharatiyas are familiar with the story of Savitri who brought back to life her
dead husband, Sathyavaan. Savitri signifies truth. Saraswathi is the presiding
deity of speech (Vaak). The three represent purity in thought, word and
deed (Thrikarana Suddhi). Although Gayathri has three names, all
the three are in each of us as the senses (Gayathri), the power of speech
(Saraswathi) and the life force, (Savitri).
is said to have five face and hence is called Panchamukhi. Is there
anybody in the world with five faces? No. In the Ramayana, Ravana is said to
have ten heads. If really he had ten heads, how would he be able to lie in his
bed or move about? This is not the inner meaning of this description. He is said
to be ten headed because he was the master of the four Vedas and the six Sastras.
Likewise, Gayathri is described as five faced. The five faces are: Om (the
Pranava) is the first face. The Pranava principle represents the
eight different forms of wealth (Ashta Aiswarya). The second face is: Bhurbhuvas-suvaha.
The third is: Thath-Savitur-varenyam. The fourth is: Bhargo Devasya
dheemahi. Dheeyo yo nah prachodayaath is the fifth face. When the Gayathri
mantra is understood in this way, it will be realised that all the five
aspects of Gayathri are within each of us.
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Gayathri mantra has all the three elements which figure in the adoration
of God : description, meditation and prayer. The first nine words of the mantra
represent the attributes of the divine, Om Bhur-Bhuvas-Suvah Thath Savitur
Varenyam Bhargo Devasya. Dheemahi pertains to dhyaana
(meditation). Dheeyo yo nah Prachodayaath is the prayer to the Lord. The mantra
is thus a prayer to God to confer all powers and talents.
Gayathri: Gayathri is the reliever
of all diseases. Sarvaduhkha parivaarini Gayathri: Gayathri wards
off all misery. Sarvavaancha phalasri Gayathri: Gayathri is the
fulfiller of all desires. Gayathri is the bestower of all that is
beneficial. If the mantra is chanted, various kinds of powers will emerge
the Gayathri mantra should not be treated casually. In our respiration
process the sound of Gayathri is imbedded. That sound is a reminder of
our true form. In the breathing process, there is inhalation and exhalation. In
the Yoga Sastra inhalation is termed Poorakam and the exhalation
is called Rechakam. Holding the breath is called Kumbhakam. When
air is inhaled, the sound that is produced is So-o-o. When it is exhaled
the sound is Ham-m-m. So-ham, So-ham (Bhagawan demonstrated
how this happens while breathing in and out). So is That. Ham
is I. I am That. I am Divine. Every breath proclaims this. The Vedas
declared the same thing in the pronouncements: Thath Thvam Asi (That thou
art), Aham Brahmaasmi (I am Brahman), Ayam Atma Brahma (This Atma
imagine God is somewhere remote from you. He is within you . You are God. People
want to see God. Sathyam Jnaanam Anantham Brahma say the scriptures.
Truth is God. Wisdom is God. Both these are present everywhere. They transcend
the categories of time and place. Truth is that which is valid at all times
past, present an future. That truth is Gayathri.
is thus the indweller in the heart (Hridaya). Hridaya contains the
word Daya meaning compassion. There is compassion in every heart. But to
what extent is it shown in real life? Very little. All the while only anger,
jealousy, pride and hatred are displayed. These evil qualities are not natural
to man. They are opposed to human nature.
has been declared that one who bases himself entirely on the mind is a demon.
One who bases himself on body is an animal. One who follows Atma (the
Self) is divinely endowed. One who relies on the body, the mind and Atma
is a human being. Humanness is the combination of the body, mind and Atma.
Man should strive to ascend to the divine and not descend to the demonic or
today onwards parents should teach their children stories with morals. You all
know in what a chaotic condition the world is today. Disorder and violence are
rampant everywhere. Peace and security are not to be found anywhere. Where is
peace to be found? It is within us. Security is also within us. How is
insecurity to be removed and security secured? It is by giving up desires. In
the language of the ancient Bharatiyas this was termed Vairagya (giving
up attachment). This does not mean giving up home and family and retiring into
the forest. It is reduction of wants. As a householder limit your desires to the
needs of the family. As a student, stick to your studies. As a professional,
adhere to the duties of your profession. Do not indulge in excesses of any kind.
the practice of the Gayathri mantra, one should realise that everything
is within one and thereby develop confidence in the Self. Man today is racked by
numerous troubles because he has no confidence in the Self. The aspirant on the
spiritual path is he bound to face the troubles caused by the six enemies -
lust, anger, greed, infatuation, pride and envy. He has to he overcome them.
On an auspicious occasion like this, you should consider how you can lead an
ideal life. Through faith in God you have to sanctify the body. Without the
body, you cannot experience the mind and the intellect. To achieve your ideals,
the body is the instrument. It should be kept in proper condition. While the
body is a instrument, the user of the instrument is the Self. All sense organs
function because of the Atma. The Atma is the witness to
everything. It is also known as conscience. The conscience derives its sanction
from the divine. It is a fragment of the divine.
human being is a spark of the divine, as declared in the Gita. The human being
is essentially divine, but tends to forget his divine origin. The Gayathri
mantra is enough to protect the person who chants it, because Gayathri
embodies all the divine potencies. It is an essential requisite for the young
because it ensures a bright and auspicious future for them. The young students
are the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Hence, they should develop pure and
noble thoughts. The parents also should foster such a development.
Upanayanam ceremony is over. The Gayathri mantra has been imparted
to you. You are wearing the sacred thread with three strands tied in one knot.
The three strands represent Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. They
also represent the past, the present and the future. Upanayanam means
being near to God. Nearness to God will enable you to get rid of your bad
qualities and acquire virtues.
The Vedas have emphasised three duties: Esteem the mother as God, the
father as God and the preceptor as God. Bear this injunction in mind. Gratitude
to your parents is your foremost duty. This is the lesson taught by Sri Rama.
your parents and remember God. When you please your parents and make them happy,
your entire life will be filled with happiness.
the Gayathri as often as possible. If you chant it while you take a bath,
your bath gets sanctified. Likewise chant it before taking your food. The food
becomes an offering to the divine. Develop heartfelt devotion to God.
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is the most auspicious occasion of your life. Human life can be compared to a
four-storied mansion. The four stories are: Brahmacharya (celibacy), Grihastha
(householder), Vaanaprastha (recluse) and Sanyasa (renunciate).
Today you are laying the foundation for the mansion of your life. The safety and
security of the mansion is assured once you make the foundation strong and
is born four times in his life. He is born for the first time when he emerges
from his mother's womb. He becomes a Dwija (born for the second time)
when he is initiated into the Gayatri Mantra. He becomes a Vipra
through the study of Vedas and ultimately becomes a Brahmana when
he recognizes the principle of Brahman. One should be a Brahmin not
merely by virtue of birth, but by virtue of action too. For this, chanting of Gayatri
Mantra is very essential.
is the embodiment of all Gods. In fact, the gross form of the food that man
consumes refers to the principle of Brahma. On this basis, it is said, "Annam
Brahma, Raso Vishnu" (food is Brahma and the essence is Vishnu). The
subtle form of the food denotes the principle of Vishnu. The subtlest form
symbolizes the principle of Easwara. The gross form of the food strengthens the
body. The subtle form of the food strengthens the mind and the subtlest form of
food purifies the speech. Therefore, food plays a vital role in strengthening
and purifying the body, mind and speech.
is Sarvadevata Swarupini and Sarvamantra Swarupini (embodiment of
all Gods and goddesses and all Mantras). It is said, Gayatri
Chaandasaam Matha, meaning Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas.
There is no need to chant any other Mantra if you chant the Gayatri
Mantra. Gayatri has three names: Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswathi.
Gayantham Trayate ithi Gayatri, it protects the one who recites it.
Gayatri is the master of the senses. Savitri is the master of the life
principle. When Gayatri acts as the protector of life forces, she is known as
Savitri You might have heard the story of Savitri, a woman of chastity, who
brought her dead husband, Sathyavaan, back to life with the power of her prayer.
Savitri protects those who lead a life of Sathya (truth). This is the
inner meaning. Saraswathi is the presiding deity of speech. Man has to earn the
grace of Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswathi to sanctify his life.
and foremost, man has to purify his speech. Only then will his life be safe and
secured. If you slip and fall, the injury can be repaired, but the slip of the
tongue is irreparable. It will make your life miserable. So, you should have
control over your speech. Excessive talk will lead to untruth and
unpleasantness. That is why the ancient saints and seers used to observe
silence. You can uphold truth and attain fame only by talking less. Limited talk
will confer happiness. Excessive talk will put you to grave dangers.
Savitri and Saraswathi are latent in everybody. Bhur, Bhuvah and Suvah
in the Gayatri Mantra refer to body (materialization), life force
(vibration) and soul (radiation). Bhur means Bhuloka (the earth),
which is nothing but the combination of materials. This denotes the human body,
which is also a combination of materials. Bhuvaha refers to the life
force, which makes the body move. Suvaha refer to Prajnana Shakti,
which sustains the life force. This Prajnana Shakti is known as the
Constant Integrated Awareness. This is also termed as radiation. All the three,
viz., materialization, vibration and radiation are present in man. I tell you
often, you are not one, but three - the one you think you are (physical level),
the one others think you are (mental level) and the one you really are (Atmic
life is the combination of body, mind and the Atma. Body is the basis for
attaining wisdom. So, it should not be misused. One has to purify one's body and
mind by undertaking sacred actions. The principle of Atma is always pure
and unsullied. It is said, Janthunaam Narajanma Durlabham (human life is
the rarest of all). Sareera Maadhyam Khalu Dharma Sadhanam (it is by the
body can one undertake righteous actions). Do not underestimate the
potentialities of human body. In fact, human body is the basis for attaining the
goal of life. Work for the redemption of your life by chanting the Mantras
and undertaking sacred activities.
need not make any special effort to acquire the human qualities, viz., Sathya,
Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa. They are with you
right from your birth. But you have forgotten them, as you have not put them
into practice. Instead of giving 'tons' of speeches, it is better that you
practice at least an 'ounce' of what you have learnt. Today humanness is on the
decline because man does not practice human values. Man is developing Aasalu
(desires), forgetting Aadarsaalu (ideals). Attachment to the body is on
the rise, whereas attachment to the spirit is on the decline. No doubt,
attachment to the body is essential, but only when it comes to performing
should give up Dehaabhimaanarn (attachment to the body) and cultivate Deshaabhimaanam
(attachment to the motherland). After Ravana was annihilated, Lakshmana prayed
to Rama to reign over Lanka too. He said, "Brother, it is not proper on our
part to disturb our brother Bharata, who is ruling over Ayodhya. Moreover, the
kingdom of Lanka is more affluent and more beautiful than Ayodhya. So, it is my
humble prayer that you should become the king of Lanka." Vibhishana too
fell at the feet of Rama, saying, "Swami, I surrender myself, my wealth and
the kingdom at your Lotus Feet." But Rama was not carried away by the
affluence of Lanka. He said, "Janani Janma Bhoomischa Swargadapi
Gareeyasi," the mother and the motherland are greater than even the
forms the boundary on the northern side of India. 'Hima' means ice. It is
white in color and melts easily. Whiteness symbolizes purity. 'Achala'
means that which is steady. Your Hridaya (heart) also should be like
Himachala, pure and steady. It should melt with compassion. Hri + Daya
= Hridaya. Daya means compassion. God resides in your heart only
when it is pure, steady and full of compassion. But today human heart has lost
purity and steadiness due to limitless desires. Life is a long journey and your
desires are the luggage. "Less luggage more comfort make travel a
pleasure." The journey of life will become enjoyable only when you reduce
the luggage of desires. The lesser the desires are, the happier you will be. The
Gayatri Mantra teaches that you should offer everything to God. Sarva
Karma Bhagavad Preetyartham (perform all your actions to please God). Only
then you will be free from all difficulties and misery.
Vedas declare: "Mathru Devo Bhava, Pithru Devo Bhava"
(revere the mother and the father as God). I keep telling the students very
often that their blood, food, head and Dudalu (money) are all the gifts
of the mother. So, first and foremost, one should show gratitude to the mother.
You should never forget your mother who gave you birth after carrying you in her
womb for nine months and brought you up providing all care and comfort,
unmindful of her own physical strain. The mother always has your well being
uppermost in her mind in whatever she says or does. You may be highly educated
and your mother may be an illiterate, but still you should have utmost regard
for her. You should consider the teachings of your mother as the Veda
is the embodiment of the mother-principle. You should chant the Gayatri
everyday, morning, afternoon and evening. These are referred to as Praathah
Sandhya, Maadhyahna Sandhya and Saayam Sandhya. When you show
your back to the sun, your shadow will be ahead of you. It will fall behind you
only when you stand facing the sun. Similarly, Maya (illusion), which is
like your shadow, will overtake you when you turn your mind away from God. It
can be overcome only when you turn your mind towards God.
to the impact of Kali Age and the advancement of modern education, man's
intellect is getting perverted. There is no point in acquiring education bereft
of character. Worldly education, which corresponds to mere bookish knowledge,
can never help you to lead a divine life. No doubt, worldly education is
essential, but along with worldly education, one should have spiritual education
too. "Aadhyaatma Vidya Vidyaanaam,'' spiritual education is the true
education. "Nadinaam Saagaro Gathihi," all the rivers
ultimately merge in the ocean. There can be no river without the ocean. Worldly
education corresponds to rivers and rivulets. Spiritual education can be
compared to a mighty ocean. So, of all the forms of education, spiritual
education is the highest and the noblest. Today even the highly educated parents
are acting without any sense of discrimination. They discourage their children
from worshipping God and participating in Bhajans. They tell them that
they would have ample time to think of God after retirement. This is a grave
mistake. "Start early, drive slowly, reach safely." One can remember
God in the old age only when one thinks of Him right from one's childhood.
is the right age to contemplate on God. This is the golden age, a very sacred
age. Do not misuse it. Some parents want their children to go abroad immediately
after the completion of their graduation. What is there in foreign countries
that is not available in Bharat?. In fact, that which is not present in Bharat
is not present anywhere else in the world. Most of the students who go abroad to
pursue higher studies develop perverted minds and lose their character. I have
seen Myself many who went abroad, but few of them returned to Bharat with good
character. People send their children abroad because they want them to become Dhanavantulu
(wealthy), but not Gunavantulu (virtuous). Money may provide all the
comforts and conveniences, but can it confer mental peace? No. Only spirituality
can grant peace of mind.
people are crazy to go to foreign countries, whereas the foreigners themselves
are coming to Bharat in search of peace of mind. They have all the material
comforts, but lack peace of mind. They have money, but no character. Excessive
money gives rise to arrogance, which in turn leads to all wicked qualities. So,
one should not go abroad in search of wealth. One should remain in Bharat if one
wants to cultivate noble character. Take Swami's own example. Thousands of
devotees have been praying to Me to visit their respective countries. But till
today I have not entertained the thought of going abroad. What is the reason?
Bharat is the center of all Dharmas. It is the land of sacred rituals and
sacrifice. Here is a small example: The train has an engine in the front and
many compartments attached to it. You will find coal, fire and the driver only
in the engine, but not in any of the compartments. Bharat can be compared to the
engine. In Bharat alone you find the sacred fire of Yajnas and Yagas.
The other countries are like different compartments attached to the engine of
Bharat. Some 'compartments' may fall aside, what is the reason? They do not have
proper link with the engine. The culture of Bharat is highly sacred. The
Bharatiyas should remain in their motherland, practice and propagate its sacred
is known as Panchamukhi, meaning she has five faces. What are they? Aum
is the first face; "Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha" is the second;
"Tat Savitur Varenyam" is the third; "Bhargo Devasya
Dheemahi" is the fourth; "Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat" is
the fifth. The Gayatri has three parts: 1.Praise, 2.Meditation, and
3.Prayer. First, the Divine is praised, then it is meditated upon in reverence
and lastly, an appeal is made to the Divine to dispel the darkness of ignorance
and to awaken and strengthen the intellect. "Dheemahi" is
related to the meditative aspect. "Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat"
relates to the aspect of prayer. Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra purifies
the mind and confers devotion, detachment and wisdom. Young men must necessarily
chant the Gayatri Mantra. Today we find people getting initiated into the
Gayatri Mantra in the advanced stages of their youth. Intellect will
blossom and shine forth in all its splendor only after initiation into the Gayatri
Mantra. That is why it is essential that Upanayanam be done at the
age of eight. One who is initiated into the Gayatri Mantra at an early
age will become highly intelligent. Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra will
sanctify man's life.
is because man does not think of God with devotion and sincerity that fear and
restlessness have become the order of the day. Chanting of Divine Name alone can
make one fearless. God is referred to as Hiranyagarbha. Hiranya
means gold. Only when you place this 'gold' in your heart, can you get the
jewels of Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and Prema. Once
God is installed in your heart, only divine feelings will originate from it.
When sweet pudding is poured into a vessel with a number of holes, what comes
out of the holes will also be sweet pudding. Likewise, when you fill your heart
with Divinity, all your actions will become divine. But man lacks faith in
Divinity. He has Swasa (breath), but no Viswasa (faith). Such a
life is useless.
should work for the progress of the country. They should always help the
fellow-beings. Sage Vyasa gave the essence of 18 Puranas thus: Paropakarah
Punyaya Paapaya Parapeedanam (helping others is meritorious, harming others
is sin). So, Help ever, Hurt never. This is the true devotion and surrender.
Devotion does not mean offering worship or doing Bhajans. They are all
external activities. All these are futile if there is no inner purity.
is God. God is love, so live in love. Love your parents. Serve them, obey their
command and satisfy them. They have immense love for you. But, sometimes, they
may try to put you on the wrong path unknowingly. In such a case, explain to
them, what is right and what is wrong and convince them. If they want you to go
abroad to earn more money, tell them that character is important, not money. If
you explain to them in a proper way, there will certainly be a transformation in
you chant the Gayatri Mantra wholeheartedly, you will never face
difficulties or misery in life. Chant the Divine name incessantly. You know the
story of Prahlada. His father Hiranyakasipu commanded him to stop chanting the
name of Lord Narayana. Prahlada would never argue with his father. He would
smilingly listen to all that his father had to say, but ultimately would l
follow the dictates of his conscience. He was trampled upon by huge elephants,
bitten by poisonous snakes, pushed down from mountain cliffs, thrown into deep
sea; but never did he give up chanting of Lord's name. As a result, the
elephants, the poisonous snakes, the mountain cliffs and the mighty oceans,
transformed into Lord Narayana Himself. The Lord came to his rescue whenever he
was put to danger. Likewise, if you have divine feelings in your heart, God will
protect you, wherever you are. You should have unwavering faith in Him and chant
His name with love.
not give scope to the evil qualities of anger, greed and jealousy. They are like
gateways of hell. Ravana was highly educated and powerful. But he ruined his
entire clan and kingdom, as he became a victim of Kama (desire).
Hiranyakasipu symbolized anger and ultimately ruined himself. Duryodhana was
greed personified and he too suffered the same fate as that of Ravana and
Hiranyakasipu. You may have immense knowledge, wealth and valor, but you are
bound to suffer if you become a slave to anger, desire and greed. Do not take
pride in your wealth, physical strength and education. Develop the strength of
love. Love can transform even a foe into a friend. Only through love can your
life be redeemed.
people may argue it is foolish to believe in the existence of God whom you
cannot see. But, in fact, you are seeing God all the time, because the entire
universe is the form of God. Right from microcosm to macrocosm, all forms are
His. The Vedas declare: Easwara Sarva Bhuthanaam (He is present in
all beings). You are unable to see Him because you see the nature from the
physical point of view. Give up the worldly feeling and see the nature with
divine feelings. Then God will certainly manifest before you. Just as fragrance
is present in the flower, Divinity is latent in you. Flower can be seen by the
naked eye, but can anyone visualize its fragrance? Mother loves the child. She
has a form, but her love has no form. That love is God.
Gayatri Mantra is highly sacred. As the Sastrigaru pointed out, Gayatri Mantra contains the essence of all the Mantras of all Gods and Goddesses. Just as single thread runs through all the flowers in a garland, the same divine power exists in all the god forms. Understand this unity in diversity. One who has understood this unity will never be put to suffering. Develop faith in God. Do not get carried away by what others say. Follow the dictates of your conscience. If you have the strong desire to see God, contemplate on Him with unflinching faith. Then you can certainly see Him. Never doubt His existence. He exists for those who believe in His existence and does not exist for those who deny His existence. He acts according to your feelings. So, develop faith in Him. Chanting the Gayatri Mantra for three times in a day, i.e., morning, afternoon and evening, is not enough. You should chant this Mantra incessantly. Why should you stipulate a particular time period for chanting His name who is beyond time?
Sarvakaleshu Sarvathra Harichinthanam, chant
His name at all places, at all times and under all circumstances.