40 day practice of Gayatri Mantra
(Note: This is the the advice given by the author of the article cited below. We recommend you seek guidance from your respective guru who is learned in this practice of meditation.)
The period of 40 days has been widely recognized as an auspicious period both in the East and the West since ancient times. A traditional way to do an extended mantra practice is to choose a number of repetitions per day, and to do that for 40 days. The mind likes to have a beginning and end to a practice, a sense of completion, such as comes with a 40 day (or longer) practice.
Continue reading Part IV: Gayatri Practice for the New Year
With the New Year upon us, we all make resolutions and in the hopes that these changes improve our quality of life. This year we should all start simple: be mindful of the things we listen to and the things we say.
Simple enough, right? But the reason behind this advice is profound and ancient. Modern science has proven that words carry vibrations that affect your body and the body of those who hear them.
Continue reading A New Years’ Resolution
The Gayatri Mantra derives it’s power/Shakti from the fact that it is comprised of 24 Beej Mantra. Each Beej invokes each of the of 24 Deities specifically.
Continue reading PART III: WHY IS THE GAYATRI MANTRA SO POWERFUL
Gayatri Mantra (GUY-ah-tree) is one of the most known and beneficial of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Gayatri is a mantra of physical, emotional, and mental healing, purifying the subtle karmas, protection from the onslaught of obstacles, and of spiritual awakening or Self-realization.
Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat
On the absolute reality and its planes,
On that finest spiritual light,
We meditate, as remover of obstacles
That it may inspire and enlighten us.
Continue reading PART II: An Introduction to the Gayatri Mantra
Often, we attend Mandir but don’t question what goals we should be aspiring to in spiritual development. In an ideal, Utopian world, guru’s should be as described, but we are all human and hopefully striving to better ourselves each day. We are also each responsible for our own growth, therefore we should read and educate ourselves to the best of our ability and share this with others.
Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Note: This article is being posted to open a dialogue and does not reflect the thoughts, opinions and ideas of the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Inc. NY. The author’s discussion forces us to reflect on what our goals are.
Continue reading PART I: The Gayatri Mantra
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