Along the history of human civilization, the sun has been the most visible entity that has commanded man’s awe, gratitude, reverence, and worship.
Most emerging religions of the world have drawn from this original source of inspiration. Just like the shared sense of time, the rhythm of day and night, the rotation of the seasons…the sun will continue to illuminate and unite us as children of one Supreme Source.
Science has recognized this great ball of fire and energy to be an exploding furnace of Helium and Hydrogen, without which noting on earth can thrive or survive. But beyond the physical harnessing of solar energy, where the sun is the Godhead, lies the final frontier of man’s destiny. Beyond the myths of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Peru…beyond the antiquities of Solomon’s Temple, Stonehenge, and the sun temple of Konarak…beyond the mysteries of astrology, lies the preordained tryst of mankind with its most original perception of divinity: the light behind the sun, the spirit within the fire…the resplendent form of the benevolent mother of the universe…who as we know her…is Gayatri.
In awe or anguish, whenever we have looked up at the sun, knowingly or unknowingly, we have also looked up to the smiling face of Gayatri. To celebrate this great fortune and to bring it within the grasp of active consciousness, we have the Gayatri Mantra gifted to us. The power to utter, chant and contemplate it, is our precious privilege.
Widely acclaimed in India, the Gayatri Mantra’s supreme status is further enhanced by Lord Krishna’s proclamation in his spiritual discourse, the Geeta, that among the mantras he is Gayatri. Our earth life being a material manifestation of the supreme solar power Gayatri, it follows that the Gayatri Mantra exerts its influence over various levels of existence: physical, mental, and emotional. Therefore, irrespective of our cultural leanings or scientific beliefs, regardless of our religious faiths, if we choose the Gayatri Mantra, to chant, absorb and meditate upon, it has the power to open up the floodgates to the highest intellectual and creative capacities. In our experimentation with the Mantra, we might possibly experience divine bliss, leading us to a spiritual ascent…in this world, and beyond.
In defiance of the contemporary and ominous pointer to global calamities, we believe that the Gayatri Mantra can make even the non-believer, a believer in his own what may be considered as the ultimate spiritual journey of man.
The word Om is the seven spheres of existence: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Intelligence and Consciousness. That eternal Om, the creative principle of light manifesting through the sun which bestows wisdom, bliss and immortality, that quintessence of earth, atmosphere and heaven, we meditate upon. May it lead us to illumination, and energize our consciousness!
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