sexta-feira, 24 de junho de 2011

Gayatri Mantra


O Gayatri é certamente um dos meus mantras preferidos. 
Sempre me vejo cantarolando ele durante o dia.
Recentemente li um artigo maravilhoso na revista Yoga International 
que explica um pouco mais sobre esse mantra sagrado.
Coloco aqui (no original em inglês) alguns trechos interessantes.
Se quiser ler o artigo inteiro clique aqui.

The gayatri mantra is found in the Rig Veda (3.62.10). It takes its name in part because it is written in a meter called the gayatri meter: twenty-four syllables divided into three lines of eight syllables each. But the word gayatri also means "she who protects the singer" (from gai, to sing, and trai, to protect). Thus, Gayatri is a name of the Divine Mother, she who protects her children and leads them toward self-realization.

The gayatri mantra reads:
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

When the mantra is recited in meditation, however, an additional line is added at the beginning. This line contains the sound Om, followed by three short seed sounds called the three maha vyahritis ("great utterances"): bhur, bhuvah, and svah. Thus the complete mantra as it is used in meditation is:

Om bhur, bhuvah, svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

Gayatri is a prayer as well as a mantra. As a mantra, it is a set of sounds used by practitioners to realize a higher state of consciousness—a state symbolized by the sun. As a prayer, it petitions God for guidance. "Direct my mind," it asks.


We all wish that selflessness, love, and humility would characterize our thoughts and actions, but they often slip away. Ego problems are a disturbing complication—anger, fear, and desire cloud our thinking. So we wangle our way through life, hoping all the while to outgrow these limitations.

But within each of us is a natural desire to bare our inner life, exposing it to higher wisdom, and the gayatri mantra does this for us. It gives us a prayer through which we may address our predicaments in the privacy of our heart, and by so doing it fulfills a deep need. It returns us regularly to our inner aims. And when our actions do not support those aims, the mantra has the capacity to lead us from contrition and remorse to self-acceptance and, finally, forgiveness.


Contained in the prayer is an elaborate exposition of spiritual philosophy. The gayatri describes the bhargah (the pure solar spirit), who is the essence of Savitri (the divine solar being), who is yet the inner identity of Surya (the sun). The gayatri as a prayer is a petition to tat (that) which is the infinite light of pure consciousness.


2 comentários:

Once Upon A Tea Time disse...

Lovely post, Fernanda! I always find inspiration here. I don't comment often but I read each one of your posts. Have a wonderful day!

Flor Baez disse...

Esse mantra é realmente muito bonito!