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I am praying for the light that will dispel the darkness. Mahatma Gandhi

The Gayatri Mantra

Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

'Let us meditate on that adorable glory of the divine Sun (Divine Light): may we receive enlightenment and understanding!' Rig-Veda, iii. 62. 10


"May The Supreme Reality

Illumine All My Thoughts Actions and Deeds

Shining On Me

To Deliver Me From Darkness (Ignorance)

Into Light (Ultimate Truth, Reality)"



Other Versions:


"Which illumines all, delights all, 
from which all proceed, to which all must return, 
and which alone can irradiate our intellects."


Aum = The sacred syllable Om, identified with Brahman, the immanent reality and with the Hindu Trinity ( Trimurti )
Bhur = Bhuloka, The earth.
Bhuwah = Bhuvarloka, The air.
Swaha = Svarga or Suvarloka, Heaven.
Tat = That
Savitur = Savitr's
Varenyam = Supreme/Excellent
Bhargo = Radiance/ Splendour
Devasya = Of the Deity (Savitr's)
Dheemahi = we contemplate
Dhiyo = Intellects (Plural of Dhihi = Mind or the intellect)
Yo = Who
Nah = Our
Prachodayat = Awakens, rouses, inspires


Aum = The sacred syllable Om
Bhur = The earth, Embodiment of vital spiritual energy (prana) / breath
Bhuwah = Destroyer of sufferings
Swaha = Embodiment of happiness/destroyer of miseries and symbol of bliss
Tat = That (Supreme Being)
Savitur = Bright like sun/Effulgent/Radiant/Creator
Varenyam = Best choicest/Supreme/Excellent
Bhargo = Destroyer of sins
Devasya = Divine/Bestower of Divine Power
Dheemahi = May imbibe/To adopt/To aquire
Dhiyo = Intellect
Yo = Who
Nah = Our
Prachodayat = May inspire/Inspire to Righteousness

Source for 1: Kishor

Source for 2: William Jones

Source for 3 and 4: Wikipedia

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