Gayatri Symbol and Meaning

Gayatri Mantra by Raja Ravi Varma. US public domain via wikimedia

Gayatri is a symbol of the source of life. It is said that the sound vibrations of the Gayatri give birth to the cosmos. Chanting the Gayatri mantra opens one to the supreme Self as it pervades all realms or all states of consciousness. We can meditate on the Gayatri mantra to experience the felt-realization of the source of life. Mediation of this mantra will purify the soul. Here is the mantra:

Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat

In the image above, we see Gayatri with five heads, seated on a lotus. It is said that her four heads represent the Vedas and the fifth head represents the supreme Self. Gayatri is also one of the most important Vedic Mantras. Gayatri offers herself as a wonderful healing hymn for all beings on the path to enlightenment. Singh says,

“There is nothing more purifying for one’s soul, either on this earth or in the heavens, than the Gayatri Mantra japa or repetition.” [1]

Krishna in the Gita asserts:

“Amongst the mantras I am Gayatri. The Gayatri is Brahma, Gayatri is Vishnu, Gayatri is Shiva, the Gayatri is Vedas.”