Gayattrii Rhythm and the "Gayattrii Mantra"

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Gayattrii Rhythm and the “Gayattrii Mantra”
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1964 December 8
Place Salem, India
Topic Composition of a mantra in the Vedic school of thought
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34
Location in Sarkarverse
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Gáyattrii Rhythm and the "Gáyattrii Mantra" is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1964 December 8 in Salem, India. This discourse is the tenth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34.[1]


In ancient times there were two recognized stages in the process of initiation. The first one was Vaedikii diikśá, that is, initiation as per the Vaedik [Vedic] school of thought, and the second one was Tántrikii diikśá, that is, initiation as per Tantra. The most important mantra in Vaedikii diikśá was the “Gáyattrii Mantra”. The spirit of Vaedikii diikśá was to pray to God to get the proper path, the path of bliss; and the spirit of Tántrikii diikśá was to move along that path. In the first phase the aspirant requested God to show the path, and in the second phase the sádhaka had to move along that path. And this “Gáyattrii Mantra” was the most important mantra in Vaedikii diikśá.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that in the Vaedic initiation the spiritual aspirant asks the Lord to show him/her the proper path. Anandamurti then explains that Gayattrii is a rhythm and not a mantra. The three requirements in the composition of a Gayattrii Mantra are: a rhythm of three lines and eight syllables, addressing a particular name of God and that it is composed by a Seer. Anandamurti goes on explaining a particular Mantra of a Gayattrii rhythm: Tat Savitur vareńyam; / Bhargo devasya dhiimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayát. Oṋḿ bhúr bhuvah svah oṋḿ.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34 
Preceded by
Further Names of the Supreme
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34
With: Gáyattrii Rhythm and the "Gáyattrii Mantra"
Succeeded by
One Will Have to Know Oneself