Significance Of Gayatri Mantra and Havan
Gayatri is the mother of all the vedas. Gayatri pervades everywhere. Gayatri consists of three deities, Gayatri, Savitri, and Saraswati. Of these, the first one is master of the sense, the second is the teacher of truth, and the third is the master of speech. Hence it is a Trinity of the senses, the mind, and speech. She is the Param Sakti (i.e., the sustaining Force that animates all life), the universal mother and the power of god manifestation. She is depicted as sitting on a lotus with the five faces (hence called the Punchamukhi) representing the panca pranas (five basic energy or life forms) and the panca tatwas (five elements) and the ten hands holding the various ayudas (weapons).
Gayatri Mantra is a sacred mantra comprising of praise, meditation, and prayer. First the Divine is praised, then It is meditated upon in reverence, and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man. Gayatri is a Mantra devi, the manifestation of all the beeja mantras (i.e., is the shortest form of a Mantra just like a beej (seed) which when sown grows into a tree). Similarly beej mantras of different Gods, when recited together give humans lot of positive energy and blessings of all the Gods. They are the vibrations, and represent the “call” of the soul. The presiding deities of the Gayatri mantra are Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati.
Gayatri Havan is an intensive way chanting Gayatri mantra and initiates one to form a close bond with Gayatri by creating a conscious flow of subtle energy within one’s body. This will empower various aspects of one’s personality – intelligence, beauty, speech, health, etc – which will naturally reflect in one’s actions and growth.
Gayatri Homa assists to ward off all misery, protect one from harm, bestow one with an incomparable inner strength which can only be experienced and cannot be explained, illuminate one’s intellect and gain of peace of mind. Besides, the effect of bad karma is also reduced and good karma facilitated.
It should be noted that apart from the personal benefit you gain, when one chants Gayatri, one’s family and everybody else also gain. Gayatri is the spirit behind the slogan of Sanatana Dharma “LokaSamastha Sukhino Bhavantu” meaning let the all the people of this world be happy.
Gayatri homa at Sai centre- Simple Puja vidhi
It is important that this hawan is done with LOVE and everyone must be HAPPY and WILLING to do it. Also, the meaning of the Gayatri must be known.
1. Hawan Khund
3. Ghee (Melted butter)
5. 1 Coconut
7. Water in glass container, empty bowl, teaspoon
8. Japa Mala (108 Rosary beads)
1. Chant 3 OM’s
2. Chant 3 Ganesha Mantras (holy recital)
3. Chant 3 Gayatri Mantras
Wash each participants hands with a teaspoon of water whilst saying the above 3 Gayatri Mantras i.e put a teaspoon of water in each persons hands. After saying the Gayatri, the participants can drink the water which is in his/her hands.
4. The person doing the hawan should then fill the teaspoon with water and holding the spoon, should say the purpose of the prayer, i.e “We are doing this prayer for peace”
Then follows a prayer to Swami. This is a most sacred prayer. It is for you as an individual…. your family, your friends, your centre, your town, your province, your country. The prayer will be in personal words, along the lines of……..
“Swami, there is a lot of violence throughout the whole country. Please protect us, your devotees, our families, our friends and relatives, our centre, this town, this province, the country that we live in. Keep us from harm, Lord. Grant us all understanding and tolerance, so that we may all live in peace with each other.
Cleanse our hearts and minds of hate, and sow love in us all, that this country may truly be called Your land….” …whatever comes direct from your heart..
- Now, put the water from the spoon into the empty container.
- Cleanse the area around the khund with water – 3 times
- Light 2 to 3 pieces of camphor saying “OM Sai Ram” to start
- Repeat the following INVOCATION in the same order given.
- (After each “OM Swaha” offer Samagri and a little ghee in the fire.
a. Om Sri Ganesha Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
b. Om Durgaya Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
c. Om Shri Maha Luxmai Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
d. Om Saraswathi Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
e. Om Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
f. Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudevaya Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
g. Om Namo Shivaya Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
h. Om Shri Shirdi Babaya Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
i. Om Shri Sathya Sai Baba Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
j. Om Shri Hanumante Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
k. Om Shri Pitru Devaya Namaha x 3 – Om Swaha
Repeat the GAYATRI MANTRA – 108 times. (Each time with “OM SWAHA” at the end of each mantra, offering Samagri and a little ghee into the fire).
Hold the Coconut above the fire (Be careful not to get burnt) and say the Gayatri Mantra three times and chant “Om Swaha”. Put the coconut into the fire. Take a fresh spoon of water and repeat the purpose of the prayer (see 4) and then say:
“Please Swami, forgive us for any mistakes we may have made in making our prayer”
Put the water from the spoon into the bowl with the first. Water should be left to evaporate.
11. End with the Aarathi.