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Gayatri Mantra remains one of the most popular Mantras recited in every day life by Hindus.It is attributed to Rig Ved,but its citation is also found in Bhagwad Gita and other scriptures. In fact when asked by Arjun, who he was, Sri Krishna likens himself to Gayatri.

Gayatri Mantra: Universal Prayer for Wisdom


Bhur Bhuva Svaha

Om: The primeval sacred sound
Bhur: the earth (physical world)
Bhuvah: the atmosphere(Space between earth and stars)

Svaha: the celestial, heavens, spiritual world

Tat Savitur Varenyam.

Tat: That;
Savithur: the Sun, Creator, Preserver
Varenyam: Desirable, excellent, enchanting

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi.

Bhargo: Glory, Radiance
Devasya: of Supreme, God

these first nine words describe the glory of God
'we meditate upon

Dhi Yo Yonah Prachodayat.

Dhiyo: the intellect,wisdom, understanding
Yo: May this light
Nah: our
Prachodayath: enlighten,guide,inspire

"dhiyo yo na prachodayat" is a prayer to God

"We meditate upon/ we pray to that excellent glory of the creator of the earth, atmosphere and heavens,
that enchanting Savitur, Sun God:"
  May His light give us wisdom and guide us."

Savitar, the God prayed to, is called on as a manifestation of one who helps you rise above your current state.
He is requested to help you rise to a point that you may be Him.
As one can see, amongst all the prayers, the prayer to be at the highest level of consciousness may very well be the highest of all prayers. It doesn't ask for glories or property or wealth, but that one who prays maybe able to rise to the level of one prayed to, helped by the latter.

Translation and Interpretation from our class:

Let us pray to the creator of the earth and the atmosphere,

to the bestower of happiness,

to the one who personifies knowledge.

May that god give us wisdom and lead us in our lives



Full scientific interpretation of the Mantra:

The earth (bhur), the planets (bhuvah), and the galaxies (swah) are moving at a very great velocity,
the sound produced is Om, (the name of formless God.)

That God (tat), who manifests Himself in the form of light of suns (savitur) is worthy of bowing / respect (varenyam).
We all, therefore, should meditate (dheemahi) upon the light (bhargo) of that deity (devasya) and also do chanting of Om.
May He (yo) guide in right direction (prachodayat) our (nah) intellect (dhiyo).