“A power dwelt in her soul too great for earth,
A bliss lived in her too large for heaven,
Light too intense for thought and love too boundless,
For earth’s emotions lit her skies of mind
And spread though her deep and happy seas of soul
All that is sacred in the world drew near,
To her divine passivity of mood,
A marvelous voice of silence breathed its thoughts,
All things in Time and Space she had taken for her.
In her they moved, in her they lived and were,
The whole wide world clung to her for delight.”
~ “Savitri” by Sri Aurobindo
Gayatri Devi is the Mother of the Vedas, the Mother of Devotion, and a divine incarnation of the Goddess Saraswati. She is the physical incarnation of the Gayatri Mantra which is one of the most famous Vedic hymns/mantras and was first recorded in the Rig Veda (ancient Hindu scriptures) over 3000 years ago. It has potentially been chanted far longer than that as there were oral traditions in place prior to the writing of the Rig Veda.
While the mantra is a hymn to the Sun God, Savitri is the feminine counterpart since the mantra is applied to the Supreme Deity and all emanations. Gayatri is the metre in which the mantra is written and also the Goddess Gayatri. She is also associated with Ushas, Goddess of the Dawn and Daughter of the Sun.
Om bhur bhuvah swah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
The literal meaning of the mantra is:
O God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty, You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear, You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon Your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction. more info here
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