of the Vedas
In the Vedas it is written, God bestowed upon man three things; mind, false ego and the intelligence to overcome both. The mind is like a mad monkey, swinging aimlessly from one branch of thought to another, having no real destination. The ego, raising its ugly head, constantly utters the words of painful separation, I, Me and Mine.
Dear Ones, how long have we been trapped, caught between mind and ego? Where can one discover the elusive key that awakens the intelligence, unlocking the door of ignorance, freeing us from mind and egoic insanity? The Vedas declare that the answer lies hidden within the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra.
When we chant the Gayatri Mantra, we call upon the glorious powers of Divine Mother Gayatri, to arouse, awaken and strengthen our intelligence. With sincere effort and Mother Gayatri's grace we are promised safe and successfull passage across the turbulent ocean of life. A passage which shields and safeguards the Soul as it travels through the vehicles of mind and ego, back to it's ultimate and final destination - God.
Every life is a journey across time, from "I" to "We" to "He." - Sai Baba
Pray to Mother Gayatri with loving devotion.
Surrender your heart and head to Her.
Stretch your limitations.
Move out of your comfort zone.
Step out of fear.
Dare to be happier than you are right now!
The Mad Monkey
"Monkey thoughts. Mad monkey thoughts! Not good!” Declared Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Feeling disheartened, overwhelmed and helpless, I looked up into His loving, compassionate face, imploring Him to deliver me from the lunacy of my wayward mind and the ugliness of the false ego. It was to become my first of many sojourns to Sai Baba's ashram, Puttaparthi, India. It was in the month of December, 1981, the morning after Christmas day. It was my first interview, I had just turned twenty.
Resting His palm upon my head, Sai Baba assertively responded, “Chant the Gayatri Mantra and repeat the Name of God. This practice will restore harmony in your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional bodies. I will bless.” I sat motionless and received His divine direction.
Several days later, back home in San Diego, I lay awake in my bed and prayed thus, "Lord, is Gayatri the mantra you wish me to chant the rest of my life? Is this the Mantra of Deliverance that will send me back home to You?" That very night I had the most amazing dream:
I found myself floating in a pool of crystal, clear water. As I became more aware of my surroundings, I was amazed to discover that I was under water and breathing at the same time. Immersed in this new wonder-filled, water world I became conscious of and felt a vibrating, pulsating resonance. I instantly recognized it as the sound of OM, and it was coming from somewhere within the pool. I looked up to the surface and then to the sides and discovered nothing. Next, I directed my attention downward and beheld embedded in the floor beneath me the magic dreams are made of, OM was emanating from the word Gayatri. This seven letter, sanskrit word was written in the most attractive, big, black, bold, master-edition calligraphy I had ever witnessed. Moreover, rising up from each of her letters, were thousands of effervescent, multi-sized, heart-shaped bubbles, displaying a plethora of rainbow colors rising up to embrace, nuzzle and support my suspended body.
Back then I was just a young man barely out of my teens. What did I know? I didn't think anything of spiritual dreams. In fact, I took no credence in dreams at all. I didn't realize that dreams are heavily laiden with rich symbology and deep, inner meaning. Dreams embodying Avatars, Saints, Sages and Angels are actual visitations, not a play of the subconscious mind. Celestial Beings can actually commune with the dreamer, offering their gifts of wisdom, insight, healing, blessings and such. It wasn't long before I received a second confirmation, it too, came disguised as a dream:
Sathya Sai Baba was teaching in an auditorium filled with young students. I was running late, so as not to be recognized I secretly maneuvered my way inside walking along the rooms outer, darker perimeter. Straightaway the gig was up, I was instantly detected by the atmic Sherlock Holmes, Sai Baba and was motioned to come forward and join Him on stage. So, there I stood before Baba and the entire student body expecting a full reprimand. Instead, I became the recipient of a delightful smile and further endorsement. Sai Baba walked over to the large, portable chalkboard He was using and flipped the board to its backside. He then proceeded to pick up a piece of chalk and began writing in big, bold, master-edition calligraphy, the seven letter word - Gayatri.
Finally, fully convinced Sai Baba had specifically chosen the Gayatri Mantra for me, I commenced chanting it with love, fervor and firm resolve.
As the months faded into years, and years into decades, the Mantra, as well, diminished into the illusion of life. I ended up repeating it when the occasional thought struck me. My firm resolve had turned into a limp noodle. My monkey mind had lost the very treasure it so painstakingly procured after many lifetimes and left it hanging from a tree somewhere.
Of late, by the grace of God, I am inspired to rededicate myself to the chanting of my Gayatri Mantra. This new commitment brings with it the need for a greater understanding of it's power, potential, and grace, coupled with a method that will help me to concentrate on it's meaning via visual aids and short, powerful english translations, thus, this site.
How To Use This Website
Watch the Sanskrit/English video on the SSSB (Sri Sathya Sai Baba) Chants Gayatri page. The User will get aquainted with the Sanskrit pronounciation and English meaning of the Mantra. Watch the video until you get comfortable with it. Pay particular attention to tone and meter, as Sai Baba says this is crucial when reciting the Mantra out loud.
The Gayatri Mantra consists of four verses.
Each of the four verses is presented on a seperate Mantra page:
Within each Mantra page the User will find a Mantra verse, English translation, and beautiful, appropriate image. Read the Sanskrit verse and English translation while concentrating on the image. Practice this exercise several times, then repeat the process for the remaining verses. This practice will help the User to remember, visualize and focus while chanting the Gayatri.
Start training your mind to chant by simply repeating the Mantra 3x during dawn, noon and dusk. Increasing your practice of chanting time, increases the benefit to the one who chants it.