Goddess Gayatri is depicted seated on a lotus. She is depicted with five faces representing the pancha pranas /pancha vayus (five lives/winds): prana, apana,vyana, udana, samana, of the five principles/ elements (pancha tatwas) earth, water, air, fire, sky (prithvi, jala, vayu, teja, aakasha). She has 10 hands carrying the five ayudhas: shankha; chakra, kamala, varada, abhaya, kasha, ankusha, ujjwala utensil, rudrakshi mala.
Gayatri Devi is an incarnation of Saraswati Devi, consort of Lord Brahma, symbolising the “shakti” (strength) and “dev” (quality) of Knowledge, Purity and Virtue. Saraswati Devi is held to be the patronness of the Arts, being a poet and musician, as well as skillful composer. In the form of Gayatri Devi, with the blessings of Lord Brahma, she is believed to have given the four Vedas to mankind.
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.
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The full moon day in the month of May (May 21st, 2018) is known as Vaishakha Purnima or Buddha Purnima. But this is no ordinary Purnima, as it is observed worldwide as the day that Gautam Buddha was born (563 B.C) – some texts say that the Buddha achieved full enlightenment after years of meditation under the Bodhi tree on this day.
He walked away from a life of luxury, from all the wealth and comforts of being a prince, to seek true wealth and freedom, and eventual enlightenment.
The Buddha was once asked by a very skeptical person – “What have you really gained by all this meditation? I do not see any tangible change in you?”.
The Buddha replied – “Nothing. I have gained nothing”.
The skeptic continued – “So what is the use of this meditation?”
The Buddha smiled and said – “Well, I may have not gained anything, but I have lost a lot! I have lost the anger, depression, ill-health, fear of old age and fear of death. So, now, you can decide if you want to meditate or not!”
I may have not gained anything (via meditation),
but I have lost a lot! – Gautama Buddha
Do you meditate? If not, maybe today is a good day to start!!