ShantiMayi explaining and chanting the Gayatri Mantra

Goddess Gayatri. Illustration by Raja Ravi Verma. In illustrations, the goddess often sits on a lotus flower and appears with five heads and five pairs of hands, representing the incarnations of the goddess as Parvati, Saraswati etc. She is especially identified with Saraswatī.

Gāyatrī is typically portrayed as seated on a red lotus, signfying wealth. She appears in either of these forms:

  • Having five heads with the ten eyes looking in the eight directions plus the earth and sky, and ten arms holding all the weapons of Vishnu,.
  • Accompanied by a white swan, holding a book.
The Gayatri Mantra 
Om Bhoor Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayaat

English Translation

Throughout all existence
“That” essential nature
illuminating existence is the
Adorable One.
May all beings perceive with subtle intellect
the magnificent brilliance of enlightened awareness.

 The Gayatri is an Ancient Vigil

People all over the world are chanting this deeply moving prayer at this very same time. No matter what time of day or night you may chant, there are others chanting the mantra too. Gayatri is an ancient vigil surrounding the planet. The Gayatri Mantra is one of the keynotes for the transformation of consciousness and is an identical vibration to the vital force in nature. The mantra is chanted in its original language, Sanskrit. It is one of the oldest prayers known to humanity; its sentiment is as ancient as light. This prayer appeals to the highest wisdom, to the brilliance of the cosmos, to illuminate a realization of our true nature.” 

(Read the rest of ShantiMayi’s (1) article explaining the Gayatri Mantra on ShantiMayi’s website.)
 See also  the World Wide Gayatri Mantra Light Circle.
“Join our World Wide Gayatri Mantra Light Circle by chanting the Gayatri Mantra for the enlightenment of all beings.
You may also include areas that need spiritual awakening and humanitarian aid such as natural disasters, catastrophes and areas which have been affected by anti-environmental impact.


Anyone can participate in chanting this marvellous mantra. You need not be a Hindu.

Mother Gayatri has promised enlightenment to all the worlds, the mantra is non-sectarian so all can join and chant.”    

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(1) Shri ShantiMayi was born in the United States. She met Shri Hans Raj Maharajji in 1988, and immediately understood that she was at the feet of the one she had been looking for for so many years. Her devotion to Maharajji and the steadfast pursuit of her sadhana enabled her to attain the goal – enlightenment – in only a few years, in the early 90s. In the following years, a large number of disciples from different countries of the world started to gather around her.

Maharajji then gave her the task of  turning the hearts of men and women around the world back to God. That is what she does in travelling to different countries every year and creating centres of light here and there, like, for example, her ashram Terre de Sacha in the French Pyrenees.




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