May you have a blessed week

Gayatri

As a mental health worker, I can attest that the transition between the weekend and the work week can be one of the most stressful points of the week for people. Mantras can a powerful tool to direct internal energies toward the devine and away from anxious feelings. Below is a link to the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra is considered to be one of the great boons given to humanity. It is a Vedic hymn from the Rg Veda. It is curious in that it is considered both about the object of devotion, and as an act of devotion itself. If that does not fit into your belief system you can at least enjoy the beautiful singing. This particular version offers deep explanation to each word while the mantra plays.

Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥtát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃbhárgo devásya dhīmahidhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt

The gist of the mantra is that it is a request of the devine to provide us with guidance. Also it asks to enlighten our intellect to make proper decisions and provide spiritual wisdom. Enjoy and have a great week!

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7 thoughts on “May you have a blessed week

  1. babycrow

    Thank you for sharing! I’m just taking a breather mid morning from a hailstorm of emails, so any form of guidance is welcome here! Have a good week yourself!

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  2. k8macdo

    This is so cool! Just this past week I started to use the gayatri mantra – first playing it during my asana and sitting practice, and then I started to learn how to chant it myself. I was using the tune that Deva Premal sings. And – boom! – there you are talking about it! There are no coincidences! I am finding that concentrating on singing a mantra, or listening to it being sung, is extremely helpful to a “reluctant sitter”. It makes the space where I practice a little more hummy harmonious and makes me feel more calm all day long : )

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  3. So...

    Too much of a coincidence! I just posted on the Gayatri mantra a few days back. The one I used to learn it was the chanting by Swami Brahmanand of Chinmaya Mission. His chanting of the Gita is excellent as well.

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  4. Mike Holliday

    Gayatri: normally given to children at about he age of 8 by he grandfather who would whisper it in his ear. The child would be told to never say it out loud. It’s often considered one of the most sacred and secret mantras even though every Brahmin boy would know it. Maximum volume should still be so quite that someone sitting next to you would not be able to hear your repetitions. Make the sound internally and not externally. Once you’ve learned it you should remove it completely from your external environment (no Deva Premal, no Krishna Das, and not even Swami should be heard uttering it). Even speaking about it should be kept to a minimum. Most people find a very big difference in less than a month, though mantra should be given approximately 40 continuous days to show effect. Wonderful stuff this mantra!

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