Updated: Apr 24, 2020
A Universal Prayer - Meaning and Significance
Gayatri is a prayer as well as a mantra. As a mantra, it is a set of sounds used by meditators to realize a higher state of consciousness—a state symbolized by the sun. As a prayer it petitions a Higher Power for guidance. “Direct my mind,” it asks.
Om bhur bhu-vah suva-ha tat sa-vi-tur va-re-ni-yam bhar-go de-va-sya dhi-ma-hi dhi-yo-yo-nah pra-cho-da-yat
“We recall within ourselves and meditate upon that wondrous Spirit of the Divine Light. May This Light guide our inner vision.”
May I receive the Light. May I be a bright Light in the world.