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Man today spends his life fully preoccupied with worldly concerns. Owing to attachment to the body, he forgets his true nature, is immersed in the affairs of the world, and involves himself in misery. He regards the body as permanent and makes bodily comforts his goal in life. These are the things which every individual experiences in daily life. If anybody accosts a person and asks him, "Who are you?", out of his identification with the body he gives his name in reply. In answer to further questions he introduces himself as a doctor, a farmer, student, or the like. When the enquiry goes further, he identifies himself with his nationality as an American, an Indian, a Pakistani, or so on. When you examine these answers deeply, you will find that none of them gives the truth. He got his name from his parents. It did not belong to him at birth. His identification with one or other of his professions is not true because he is not the profession. Body, jiva, and Atma What, then, is the truth about him? "I am the Atma. That is my true Self." That is the truth. But people identify themselves with their names, professions, and nationality and do not base their lives on the Atma. No driver of a car identifies himself with the car. Likewise, the body is a car and the Atma is the driver. Forgetting one's true role as a driver, one is identifying one's self with the body, which is only a vehicle. This truth is emphatically brought out by the Gayatri Mantra. Dehabudhyath daasoham --in the context of the body, I am an instrument, a servant. Jivabudhyath Thadamsah --in the context of the jiva (individual soul), I am a spark of That (the Divine). Atmabudhyath Thvamevaham --In terms of the Atma I am you. When one views one's self from the Atmic standpoint, one is identical with the Divine. I am you and you are me. Three-storied mansion Every man has thus three aspects. Our life itself is a three-storied mansion. The brahmacharya (celibate) stage is the foundation of this mansion. After that, the stage of grihastha (householder) is the first floor. Then you have the vanaprastha (retirement from the life of a householder) stage as the second floor. Finally, there's the stage of the sanyasa(renunciant) , constituting the third floor. Thus, brahmacharya is the foundation
It is made up of different kinds of material substances. without jnana (Awareness) the body will be of no use. the body. It is made up of the five elements (pancha bhutas). The invisible roots are the basis for the visible tree. the Vedas declared that the divine appears in human form. Three potencies in man The first line in the Gayatri Mantra is Om Bhurbhuvassuvah. the Atmic principle. Prana has no form. which finds expression in radiation. . This mantra is assumed to refer to three worlds: the earth. It is by the presence of prajnana that the life force is able to animate the body. There is. But. The body represents inert matter. The body inherently is inert. It is because of the power imparted by the Atma that the life force is able to activate the body. The life force operates in the body as a vibration. lt is because of these three constituents that we are able to see the cosmos and experience many other things. There is an intimate relationship between the body and nature. It is on this account that the Vedas declared: Prajnanam Brahma (Constant Integrated Awareness is Brahmam).for the other three stages of life. the invisible vital force (prana) is the basis for the visible body. Therefore. This vibration derives its power from prajnana. How did this human body get animated by the life force? Whence has this life force come? It is from the Atma Sakthi (the power of the Self). But the whole edifice may collapse at any time if the foundation is weak. Hence. The same five elements that are in nature are also in the body. Making use of this power of the Self. The unseen foundation is the basis for the visible mansion. which confers all the potencies for the life force (prana). Likewise. unfortunately this vital fact has been forgotten by people. Every human being is inherently divine. the life force and the prajnana are all within man. When you feel happy at the sight of a tree and its flowers and fruits. but owing to his attachment to the body he considers himself a mere man. brahmacharya). you must be concerned about its roots. It follows from this that true humanness (maanavathvam) is divinity itself (Daivathvam). Even if the life force exists. however. The safety and security of the other three floors depend on the strength of the foundation (viz. the land of the gods). Bhu refers to the body. They feel happy on seeing the super structure. while the body has a form. Bhuvah is the life force that animates the body (prana sakthi). The entire cosmos is present in miniature within man. the middle world and heaven (or swarga. Hence. These five elements constitute nature (prakriti). brahmacharya is the basic foundation. the life force carries out all activities. Every potency is within us. The external is a reflection of the inner being.
The third is: Thath-Savitur-varenyam. Sathyavan. The five faces are: Om (the pranava) is the first face. meditation. Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas (Gayatri Chandasam matha). Is there anybody in the world with five faces? No. Power of Gayatri mantra The Gayatri Mantra has all the three elements which figure in the adoration of God : description. The pranava principle represents the eight different forms of wealth (ashta aiswarya). Saraswathi. If really he had ten heads. Gayatri is said to have five face and hence is called Panchamukhi. Gayatri is that which redeems the chanter of the mantra. and deed (Thrikarana suddhi). who brought back to life her dead husband. Savitri signifies truth. The first nine words of the mantra represent the attributes of the divine. the power of speech (Saraswathi) and the life force (Savitri). word. it will be realised that all the five aspects of Gayatri are within each of us. Gayatri is described as five faced. The fourth is: Bhargo Devasya dheemahi. Gayatri. Ravana is said to have ten heads. all three are in each of us as the senses (Gayatri). Gayatri represents the senses.Triple aspects of Gayatri Who is Gayatri? Gayatri is not a Goddess. and prayer. Om Bhur-Bhuvas-Suvah Thath Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya. Likewise. has three names: Gayatri. The second face is: Bhurbhuvas-suvaha. Saraswathi is the presiding deity of speech (vak). It is the master of the senses. When the Gayatri mantra is understood in this way. He is said to be ten headed because he was the master of the four Vedas and the six Sastras. These three are present in everyone. The fifth is: Dheeyo yo nah prachodayath. Gayantham thrayathe ithi Gayatri. Savitri is the master of the life force (prana). The three represent purity in thought. In the Ramayana. Although Gayatri has three names. . Gayatri is present wherever the Mantra is chanted. Savitri. Many Bharatiyas (Indians) are familiar with the story of Savitri. how would he be able to lie in his bed or move about? This is not the inner meaning of this description. however.
say the scriptures. One who follows Atma (the Self) is divinely endowed. inhalation is termed purakam and the exhalation is called rechakam. and hatred are displayed. Aham Brahmaasmi (I am Brahman). Sarvaroganivaarini Gayatri (Gayatri is the reliever of all diseases). various kinds of powers will emerge in one. When air is inhaled. Ayam Atma Brahma (This Atma is Brahman). In the breathing process. Both these are present everywhere. All the while. Gayatri is the bestower of all that is beneficial. They are opposed to human nature. Hence the Gayatri mantra should not be treated casually. So is Thath. the mind and Atma is a human being.Dheemahi pertains to dhyana (meditation). there is inhalation and exhalation. Every breath proclaims this. Sarvaduhkha parivaarini Gayatri (Gayatri wards off all misery). It has been declared that one who bases himself entirely on the mind is a demon. Hridaya contains the word daya meaning compassion. Wisdom is God. Dheeyo yo nah Prachodayath is the prayer to the Lord. Sarvavaancha phalasri Gayatri(Gayatri is the fulfiller of all desires). present. You all know in what a chaotic condition the world is today. He is within you . That truth is Gayatri. That sound is a reminder of our true form. I am Thath. Ham is I. There is compassion in every heart. mind. Truth is God. In our respiration process the sound of Gayatri is imbedded. only anger. the sound that is produced is So-o-o. One who bases himself on body is an animal. But to what extent is it shown in real life? Very little. One who relies on the body. So-ham (Bhagavan demonstrated how this happens while breathing in and out). These evil qualities are not natural to man. Sathyam Jnaanam Anantham Brahma. The mantra is thus a prayer to God to confer all powers and talents. When it is exhaled the sound is Ham-m-m. In the Yoga Sastra. So-ham. I am Divine. pride. People want to see God. Holding the breath is called kumbhakam. Truth is that which is valid at all times past. an future. Parent's duty From today onward parents should teach their children stories with morals. The Vedas declared the same thing in the pronouncements: Thath Thwam Asi (That thou art). and Atma. They transcend the categories of time and place. Don't imagine God is somewhere remote from you. jealousy. Disorder and violence are rampant . Humanness is the combination of the body. Man should strive to ascend to the divine and not descend to the demonic or animal nature. Gayatri is thus the indweller in the heart (hridaya). You are God. If the mantra is chanted.
Peace and security are not to be found anywhere. In the practice of the Gayatri mantra. Nearness to God will enable you to get rid of your bad qualities and acquire virtues. How is insecurity to be removed and security secured? It is by giving up desires. but it tends to forget his divine origin. As a professional. one should realise that everything is within one and thereby develop confidence in the Self. Where is peace to be found? It is within us. In the language of the ancient Bharatiyas (Indians). because Gayatri embodies all the divine potencies. The Atma is the witness to everything. the user of the instrument is the Self. As a student. Security is also within us. Without the body. and Maheswara. All sense organs function because of the Atma. Do not indulge in excesses of any kind. you should consider how you can lead an ideal life.everywhere. This does not mean giving up home and family and retiring into the forest. infatuation. The conscience derives its sanction from the divine. It is an essential requisite for the young because it ensures a bright and auspicious future for them. It is reduction of wants. It is a fragment of the divine. The aspirant on the spiritual path is he bound to face the troubles caused by the six enemies --lust. Through faith in God you have to sanctify the body. While the body is a instrument. Upanayanam means being near to God. It should be kept in proper condition. Man today is racked by numerous troubles because he has no confidence in the Self. greed. The human being is essentially divine. the body is the instrument. and future. and envy. as declared in the Gita. this was termed vairagya (giving up attachment). The Gayatri mantra has been imparted to you. Nearness to God The Upanayanam ceremony is over. you cannot experience the mind and the intellect. Call to students Students! On an auspicious occasion like this. Every human being is a spark of the divine. To achieve your ideals. It is also known as conscience. Hence. Students! . anger. pride. Vishnu. present. adhere to the duties of your profession. The young students are the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. He has to he overcome them. stick to your studies. They also represent the past. they should develop pure and noble thoughts. The three strands represent Brahma. The parents also should foster such a development. As a householder limit your desires to the needs of the family. You are wearing the sacred thread with three strands tied in one knot. The Gayatri mantra is enough to protect the person who chants it.
your entire life will be filled with happiness. Likewise. Chant the Gayatri as often as possible.The Vedas have emphasised three duties: Esteem the mother as God. If you chant it while you take a bath. The food becomes an offering to the divine. your bath gets sanctified. and the preceptor as God. chant it before taking your food. Love your parents and remember God. Develop heartfelt devotion to God. This is the lesson taught by Sri Rama. Gratitude to your parents is your foremost duty. the father as God. . Bear this injunction in mind. When you please your parents and make them happy.
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