Friday, 2 September 2011

Forms of Gayatri Mantra

It is the most efficacious Mantra with various forms for specific needs. Mantras are used for protection, destruction or to attain one's wishes. Amongst the various Mantra, none can even equal, let alone surpass Gayatri Mantra. All the deities bow to the Gayatri Mantra. She is the Mother of all Mantra.

Gaayantam Traayate Gayatri -- One who protects those who sing of her.

This is the eternal saying of the Ved. Gayatri Mantra finds place in all the Ved. The Devee Bhaagvat Puraan says there is no difference among Krishn, Devee and Gayatri. All are images of the same Para-Brahm (Supreme God).

Gayatri is also among the four Ga which grant Moksh (salvation) - the other three being the Gangaa River, Govind and the Geetaa. The Devee Bhaagvat Puraan extols the beauty of Mother Gayatri, Gayatri Kavach and Gayatri Sahastranaam which are also forms of Gayatri Mantra.

Gayatri Mantra burns even the meanest of mean sins to ashes. Such is the power of this Mantra. Scriptures proclaim that no other Poojaa or Hom will bear fruit if Gayatri Mantra is not recited. All kinds of Praayashchit (repentance for sins) are done by repeating this Mantra. Once, when Lord Brahmaa weighed on a scale the Ved and the Gayatri Mantra, the latter outweighed the Ved. In short, Gayatri is the essence of the Ved.

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