The Gayatri Mantra is a universal prayer that is derived from the Vedas, the sacred texts of Hinduism. It is primarily a prayer for enlightenment, but is attributed with many other beneficial outcomes for the individual, the world and the universe.
Since 24 April 2017, the Sathya Sai International Organisation through its worldwide groups and individually has been engaged in chanting the prayer, aiming to have it completed 92 million times by 23 November 2017. The purpose is to offer a world service commemorating the 92nd anniversary since the advent of Sathya Sai Baba.
‘The Gayatri is a universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. It is addressed to the Immanent and Transcendent Divine which has been given the name ‘Savita,’ meaning ‘that from which all this is born.’ The Gayatri may be considered as having three parts – (i) Adoration (ii) Meditation (iii) Prayer. First the Divine is praised, then It is meditated upon in reverence and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man. The Gayatri is considered as the essence of the Vedas. Veda means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact the four core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in this Gayatri mantra. – ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’, vol 13.34: June, 20, 1977
The Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
For more information regarding the Gayatri Mantra and Sathya Sai Baba’s quotes regarding its meaning, its importance and the value of its chanting, refer to the link below.
Members of the SSIO may refer to their group presidents for more information towards contributing towards the commemorative chanting.