The Gayatri Mantra, also known as the Savitri Mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda dedicated to Savitri, the deity of five elements.

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Suvah
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||


The Gayatri mantra has been translated in many ways. Quite literal translations include:

Swami Vivekananda: “We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”

Monier Monier-Williams (1882): “Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Sun, May he enlighten our understandings.”

Ralph T.H. Griffith (1896): “May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the god: So may he stimulate our prayers.”

S. Radhakrishnan:
(1947): “We meditate on the effulgent glory of the divine Light; may he inspire our understanding.”
(1953): “We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence.”

Sri Aurobindo: “We choose the Supreme Light of the divine Sun; we aspire that it may impel our minds.”

Sri Aurobindo further elaborates: “The Sun is the symbol of divine Light that is coming down and Gayatri gives expression to the aspiration asking that divine Light to come down and give impulsion to all the activities of the mind.

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