I started the year with the beautiful sunrise (attached here) from our regular spot in East Oahu. When the unexpectedly beautiful sunbeam came out of the clouds over the ocean, which extremely moved me, I joined my hands in prayer and was chanting Gayatri Mantra before I knew it.
Gayatri Mantra is one of the representative Sanskrit mantras carried on from the ancient India. While repeating them, people can be filled with pure and glory sensation maybe because of the mystic power of the words’ vibration.
ॐ भूर् भुवः सुवः ।
भर्गो॑ देवस्यधीमहि ।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ suvaḥ
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10
(Excerpted from Wikipedia)
This mantra has been translated by various people, chanted with various tunes transcending countries and religions in the globe today. Here I would like to share the English translation by Swami Vivekananda who was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world in 19th century.
“We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.”