Maha Gayatri Mantra Meaning – Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha

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Gayatri mantra lyrics:

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha,

Tat Savitur Varenyam,

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat.

Gayatri mantra translation, by Swami Vivekananda:

„We meditate on the splendor of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”

This healing mantra is a sacred Hymn from the ancient Indian sacred scripture Rigveda, frequently repeated in other sacred texts like Upanishads, and this sacred chant is attributed to sage Vishwaamitra.

Moreover, this mantra is called Savitri Mantra, because it is aimed towards Goddess Gayatri, who is not considered a demigod or deity, but the single supreme and powerful personality.

This Sanskrit hymn is considered as the most important mantra in Sanatana Dharma and it can be chanted (in your mind or aloud) by anyone, at anytime but it is best early in the morning, before sunrise, when our mind is calm. It is the first Vedic Mantra to transcend both gender, religious beliefs, and caste restrictions.

Om bhur bhuva swaha mantra meaning:

  • Om – this is sound of the universe, the One, Brahman, the Godhead, Supreme Deity;
  • tat – this syllable is translated as ”that,” and it is referring to Savitri, God, Paramatma;
  • savitur – this Sanskrit word means ”Savitri,” the Spiritual Sun, the all-pervading Consciousness, the One Light;
  • varenyam – this word translates from ancient Sanskrit as most excellent, adorable, venerable, fit to be worshiped, worthy of being sought;
  • bhargo – this Sanskrit word literally translates as effulgence, splendor, radiance;
  • devasya – this word represents the divine, of the deity;
  • dhimahi – – this word translates as to reflect upon, we meditate upon or it can also translate as may we meditate upon;
  • dhiyo – this word literally translates as noble thoughts, prayer, intuition, understanding of Reality;
  • yo – this syllable means ”he who” or ”the one who”;
  • nah – this syllable translates as ”of us” or ”our”;
  • prachodayat – this is the last word of the mantra and it means may he energize, direct, inspire, unfold, guide or it can also mean ”he who
  • energizes, inspires, directs, unfolds, guides.”

Chanting Gayatri mantra benefits:

It has been said that chanting this sacred mantra with a sincere heart, at least 3 times in the morning and evening, bring great benefits materially, mentally, and spiritually.

This Maha Mantra is considered to be a great calling of spiritual healing light into the practitioner life. It is a simple method to pray to the Divine Goddess to impart Her spiritual energy into us.

„Of the countless methods of yoga (and other spiritual methods) one of the most potent is the yoga of Savitri mantra. Sanskrit mantras have powers to endow one with exceptional abilities (siddhis). This mantra gives the devotees spiritual as well as material benefits.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi.


When this mantra is chanted in a mantra meditation, an additional line is added at the beginning. This stanza contains the primordial sound Om, followed by 3 short sounds called the maha vyahritis (also, usually called the „great utterances”: bhur, bhuva, and swaha).

Spiritual progress does not succeed simply by means of intellectual analyzing or theoretical arguments, but rather by direct spiritual experience (practice).

If you would like a deeper intellectual understanding of this mantra, it is well and good that you should begin with the understanding of the words and the intention behind your actions, but that is only a preliminary step, wich eventually will lead to your own direct spiritual experience of the Divine (That Which is beyond words).

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