I have been chanting the Gayatri mantra for the last few weeks.
Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha
Om Tatsavitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat Om
It is quite long but well worth the time.
When I chant it, I get a feeling of universality and peace I’ve not experienced before in my mantra activities. A specialist in Eastern antiquities I met last week told me that it is a prayer to the Sun and that made sense to me. In another ‘find’, I came across a reference to this mantra in a rendition of a Vedic myth (about Varaha, incidentally), saying that it is a meditation on the ‘impersonal nature of existence’.
While chanting it today, it struck me that the Sun is indeed impersonal with its gifts. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, when the Sun shines its light bathes us all. As Tess Durbyfield said in Thomas Hardy’s novel:
“….the sun do shine on the just and the unjust alike…” Continue reading