What’s the true meaning of Gayatri Mantra?


Be it Sani Peyarchi (Saturn Transit) or the Hanuman Jayanthi that happened in the past weeks, one thing is certain. A whatsapp forward that contains the Gayathri manthram for us to recite. This Gayathri Manthram will help us to face all obstacles in life and get great things going.

What’s so special about this mantra? Let’s explore:

Who is Gayathri?

In Induism, Siva, Ram, Krishna and even Krishna’s wives have a long story or puranam to offer. We even have stories about Ekalavya, an aspiring student for Guru Dhronacharya in Mahabharatam. If Gayathri Devi was so powerful, why the general public is not aware of any great things about this Goddess Gayathri?? Why are there no old statues of this Goddess in our temples?? Why does no temple have this Goddess as the primary God??

Why didn’t my family teach this?

Being raised in an Hindu household, I don’t have to look at the Internet or a whatsapp forward to see on how to do pooja for Diwali, Pongal, Krithigai, ammavasai or Karthigai worship. This was usually transferred down from generations and we follow the same thing. And we Hindus have a standard way of doing things (eg., Take any festival and it will be celebrated differently with your family and with your in-laws and we intend to pass this on this way).  If Hinduism was in practice for thousands of years, why is some one preaching us on the mantras to practice now?? Why didn’t our ancestors teach us this?? Why weren’t they aware of this information?? How did they manage to receive the divine energy then?

How many Gayatri Mantras?

Just google and you will find hundreds of Gayatri’s suited to each God. All of it with just a slight modification.  Attached Gayatri’s of a few famous Gods.

Gayathri Mantra

Even Shirdi Sai Baba who passed away in 1918 or Sathya Sai Baba who passed away in 2011 have Gayatri Mantras. If these Gayatri Mantras were so original and so powerful and so sacred, who is having the authority to create these new mantras?? Will the new mantras work as the original?? Why is there no governing body around this??

Colgate is a tooth paste whereas Colgate (cuelgate) in Spanish means “Go hang yourself”. How will we achieve anything we are hoping for if we do not know or even intend to know the meaning of what we are saying.

 

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