Why is Gayatri Mantra one of the main mantras in any pooja?
Any activity should always engage the 3H model – of the heart, the head, and the hand. The
same has been advocated by the western scholars. The concept means that while doing any
work, one should ask the head for choices, then refer these choices to the heart to choose one
and finally order the hands to do the action.
Deepak Chopra also talks about this in great detail in his book ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.’
He writes that conscience-based decisions are the best decisions. Before taking any decision, he
recommends asking the body for the signals of comfort or discomfort and if the signals of
discomfort are perceived, then one should not indulge in that action.
All these concepts come from ancient Vedic knowledge. The two main mantras are the
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and the Gayatri Mantra.
The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra comes from the Rig Veda. This is the greatest reliever from all
evils: ‘Aum Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam, Urva Rukamiva Bandhanan,
Mrityor Mokshiye Mamritat’. It means ‘we worship Shiva – The Three-Eyed Lord; who is
fragrant and nourishes all beings; May he protect us (bandhan) from all big (urva) diseases
(aarookam). May he liberate us (mokshiye) from death (mrityor), for the sake of immortality
(mamritat, amrit); as the cucumber is automatically liberated, from its bondage from the creeper
when it fully ripens.’
The manta speaks of the importance of the third eye and its benefits. The two eyes are at the
level of the physical body. The third eye means the eye of the mind and the soul. It also indicates
that in difficulty, one should look inward with the eyes of the mind and ask for choices. Like the
cucumber, one should choose the good ones and drop the bad choices. (‘Jo acha lage use apna
lo; Jo bura lage use jaane do’).
The mantra for conscience-based decisions comes from Gayatri Mantra. ‘Om Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savutur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat’. It means: ‘we
meditate on the glory of the Creator; who has created the Universe; who is worthy of Worship;
who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
may He enlighten our Intellect.’
It talks about the importance of conscience-based decisions and its directions to the intellect to
choose the right and not the convenient actions.
The Gayatri Mantra is the Vedic prayer to illuminate the intellect. Gayatri is considered Vedasara
or “the essence of the Vedas”. Veda means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the
knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact, the four mahavakyas or ‘core-declarations’
enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in the Gayatri Mantra.
Making the right decision from the consciousness was later defined by Buddha. He taught that
before any action, ask yourself the following four questions and if the answer to any of the
questions is ‘no’, then that action should be avoided. These four questions are:
Is it the truth?
Is it necessary?
Will the action bring happiness to you?
Will the action bring happiness to others?