Tripada Gayatri


The 3 legs of Super Mantra Gayatri together form the Triveni Sangam or 3 fold confluences of 3 rivers. It is called Tripada or 3 legged Gayatri. In Tirthraj Prayag’s holy pilgrim spot in UP-India the Triveni Sangam of 3 rivers called Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati takes place.

By bathing in the spiritual Triveni Sangam of Tripada or 3 legged Gayatri our Kayakalpa or total inner and outer transformation takes place. In the Super Mantra Gayatri is Om made of ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’. The amplification of these 3 has taken place in the form of 3 Vyahvrittis. The analytical discussion of these 3 Vyahvrittis (Bhuhu, Bhuvaha, Swaha) are embedded in the 3 legs of Super Mantra Gayatri. The 1st leg is ‘Tat savitur varenyam’, the 2nd leg is ‘’Bhargo devasya dheemahi’ and the 3rd leg is ‘Dhiyo yonaha prachodayat’. In every leg there are 3 words. In this manner ‘3 x 3’ from the 3 legs forms 9 words. It is symbolized by the donning of the sacred thread or Yajnopaveet that has 9 strings.

Hence it is called Tripada or 3 legged Gayatri. In it the glory of 3 is tremendous. While elucidating Amighty God of these 3 legs it is termed as the supremely special quality of God in his Sat-Chit-Ananda or Existence-Consciousness-Bliss divine form. In human life this is glimpsed as ‘satyam Shivam’sundaram’. If we delve deeper into its spiritual philosophy it can also be called Karmayoga or Yoga of Action, Jnanayoga or Yoga of Wisdom and Bhaktiyoga or Yoga of Devotion. In order to render our gross-subtle-causal bodies sacred and purified that vision, ethics and self discipline required is called action, wisdom and devotion. In our day to day social transactions it is called religiosity, spirituality and theism. These then are the 3 parts of spiritual philosophy.

Gayatri is a Sanskrit word, made up of two words “Gaa” and “Yatree”. “Gaa” means to sing and “Yatree” means protection. Hence it means that those who “worship Gayatri gets protected”. Goddess Gayatri is considered as the essence of Upnishads. Gayatri mantra was written and developed by Brahmarishi Vishwamitra. The Puranas mention that only 24 Rishis since ancient time have understood the whole meaning and used the whole power of the Gayatri Mantra. Rishi Vishvamitra is supposed to be the first and Rishi Yajnavalkya the last.

Introduction :-

Gayatri is known as Veda Mata i.e. the mother of all Four Vedas. A person totally devoted to Goddess Gayatri can achieve great success in the path of self advancement as Goddess Gayatri inspires man towards righteous.

Gayatri on swan and lotus:-

It is said that Goddess Gayatri resides in each and every human heart in the form of a swan. If a person meditates deep within he sees a swan which is considered as goddess Gayatri. The swan is the symbol of God realization. The lotus is considered as seat of Goddess Gayatri which means the presence of Divinity and wealth.

Importance of Gayatri mantra :-

The performance of Gayatri mantra helps in self purification and protects a person from the malefic effects of sins. Gayatri mantra serves as a protector for all those who utter the mantra sincerity. The Gayatri mantra is a prayer to the Sun god to free a person from all human sins, physical dissipation and to bestow knowledge, health and longevity.

It has been said that this Gayatri Mantra has to be chanted three times every day: during the sandhyas of early morning, afternoon and evening.

Word by word meaning of Gayatri :-

Om
The primeval sound 
Bhur
The physical world, this earth 
Bhuva
The mental world 
Svaha
The spiritual world
Thath
That (the Paramatma) 
Savitur
The Sun, Creator 
Varenyam
The most adorable, highest 
Bhargo
Luster, Effulgence, tejas 
Devasya
Supreme Lord 
Dhimahi
We meditate upon 
Dhiyo
Intellect, understanding 
Yo
Who 
Naha
Our 
Prachodhayat
Enlightens, guides 

Meaning : We meditate on the most Supreme Spirit (Sun) who directs and inspires our intellect.

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