Try This Mantra to Honor the Sun

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Chanting Gayatri Mantra regularly may assist in promoting better memory and concentration, while bringing peace.
Try This Mantra to Honor the Sun

There are thousands of mantras in Sanskrit. While each mantra is uniquely different in how it affects you, ultimately, all mantra is beneficial, even if you’re only listening to them.

If you’re starting out in mantra, I always think it’s a good idea to begin with chanting AUM. It is the primordial sound in everything we do, and it’s a part of all mantras. If you’re ready to chant an entire mantra, I recommend chanting one of the most powerful mantras: the ancient Gayatri Mantra.

A Powerful Vedic Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is also often called the Savitur Gayatri Mantra.

Savituh refers to the luminous source, and the mantra was written more than 2,500 years ago. It acts on all of your energy centers and pathways, drawing upon the power of the luminous source, the one who birthed life as we know it. Some people say Savituh references the sun, but regardless, it aims to harness the brilliant and divine luminous energy source that creates life on earth.

There are several Gayatri Mantras found in the Vedas, India’s most ancient sacred texts, and they are all composed of a poetic meter (Chandas in Sanskrit) called the Gayatri meter (hence the name). This ancient mantra is the poem of the divine, and even in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, “Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri.”

Raise Your Vibration

While every mantra is considered a transcendental vibration, the Gayatri Mantra is primarily known for raising your vibrations. Each syllable in the mantra corresponds to and acts on different parts of the body, stimulating all seven of our chakras.

Chanting Gayatri Mantra regularly may assist in promoting better memory and concentration, all while bringing peace to your mind, body, and soul. This powerful mantra can also improve your breathing patterns and soothe the heart and nerves, helping to manage stress and anxiety.

Chant Intentionally

You can chant the Gayatri Mantra anytime you’d like, but since it honors the sun, the luminous source, you might find it most powerful in the morning or when the sun is setting. Chant it every day, or just listen to someone else chanting it. I love listening to mantra when I get out of the shower as I’m getting ready for my day.

This mantra is beneficial for releasing stress, cultivating gratitude, and calming the nerves. If life has suddenly become chaotic, try chanting this mantra for five to 10 minutes, and see how you feel afterward. Notice if you feel an increased sense of gratitude and peace.

Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is rhythmic and pleasant to chant, especially once you get the hang of it. Find an audio version to chant along with if you are nervous to start, or take my Roundglass course on the power of mantra meditation. We go through all of my favorite mantras, including the Gayatri Mantra, and I show you how to chant each one.

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः


भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि

धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ।। - ऋग्वेद

Earth, atmosphere, heaven

We meditate upon that luminous source

So that it may guide our minds to move higher

Om bhur bhuvah svaha

Tat Savitur varainyam

Bhargo devasya dheemahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat

Try this Roundglass course, The Power of Mantra Meditation by meditation teacher Sowmya Raoh to learn more about how to chant mantra. 

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About the Teacher

Sowmya Raoh

Sowmya Raoh

Sowmya Raoh is a singer and songwriter in the Indian music industry, with a passion for sharing her mindfulness and meditation practices. Raoh's unique approach to meditation speaks to her experience singing and chanting mantra as a child, in addition to her career in the Indian film industry.
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