The Powerful Mantra
The Gayatri mantra, which occurs in the Rigveda, is supposed to be the most powerful mantra in the world. In the Nineteen Fifties, a convention was held in Paris to count the number of the divine vibrations created by the various mantras of different religions. It was found that the divine vibrations created by the Gayatri mantra were far more than those created by the other mantras.
The Marathi book ‘Gayatri Vidnyan ani Upasana‘ by the late Shri Shripadshastri Kinjwadekar tells us that a scientist called Lederbitter has written an article called ‘ A Temple Thought Form’ regarding the Gayatri mantra.
The article says that if the mantra has been properly recited along with ‘Pranava, which means the sound ‘om’ that has been often recited at the beginning of the mantra, and ‘vyahrutis’, which mean the sounds Bhu, bhuv: and swaha: is also recited at the beginning of the mantra, which creates a wave of peace and bliss in the atmosphere -something we so desperately need in the gloom of Carona surrounding us.
The book says that the article claims that if the mantra has been recited properly in a standing position, it attracts a ray of solar energy to the one who recites and the article even carries a photograph of the same.
The book also says that there are twenty-four letters in the mantra and there are corresponding twenty-four centers of energy in our body. The utterance of every letter can rise up the corresponding center of energy. So reciting the mantra properly can enhance physical energy.
This theory has been corroborated by my own experience. As a child, I came into contact with a saint called Shri Gurunath baba Dandavate, who used to recite the mantra thousands of times, standing in the waist-deep water of a river.
It had enhanced his physical energy to such an extent that he could look at the scorching sun for five minutes, without batting his eyelids!. As the mantra demands intelligence from the sun, reciting the mantra can also enhance intelligence.
It is sad that the mantra of such potency has been generally neglected in India, the country of its own origin. Even when it has been recited, it has not been done properly. The word ‘tatsaviturvarenyam’, for instance, has been mispronounced as ‘tasyavoturvarenyam’.
Let us recite the mantra properly and thereby enhance our physical energy and intelligence as well as dispel the atmosphere of gloom surrounding us.