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Gayatri mantra & Ramayan

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Our Shastra is not just meaningful explanation or narration. It is embibed in chhanda - meters -- and this extends beyond the core Vedas -- like anushTup chhanda being used for Bhagavad GeetA.

It is not at all surprising that Valmiki wrote RamayaN in such a way that each 1000 shlokas are the "vistaar" (expansions) of 24 syllables, "beeja" (seeds) of the GayatrI mantra. It means the saar i.e. ESSENCE of RAmAyaN is the GAyatrI. Yes, our scriptures are esoteric.

For that matter, each syllable of Gayatri corresponds to one of 24 names of Lord VishNu

tat --- om keshavAya namah:
sa --- om nArAyaNAya namah:
vi --- om mAdhavAya namah:
tur --- om govindAya namah:
va --- om vishNave namah:
re --- om madhUsUdanAya namah:
Ni --- om trivikramAya namah:
yaM -- om vAmanAya namah:
bhaR --- om shrIdharAya namah:
go --- om hRushikeshAya namah:
de --- om padmanAbhAya namah:
va -- om dAmodarAya namah:
sya--- om sankarshaNAya namah:
dhI --- om vAsudevAya namah:
ma --- om pradyumnAya namah:
hI --- om aniruddhAya namah:
dhI --- om purushottamAya namah:
yo --- om adhokshajAye namah:
yo --- om nArasIMhAya namah:
nah --- om achutAya namah:
pra --- om janArdanAya namah:
cho --- om upendrAya namah:
da --- om haraye namah:
yAt --- om shri kRshNAya namah:

Meditate on the meaning of GayatrI -- whom is it addressed to?
Whom does it glorify?
tat savitur vareNyam. That brightest One (bhargo deva) we adore and glorify, Who is the only one worth adoring.

Meditate on the artha - meaning of each name (nAma) of Lord VishNu that goes with each syllable.
What is all this about?
tat savitur vareNyam bhargo devasya dheemahI -- we meditate on that Brightest One.
Why? What for?
dheeyo yo nah prachodayAt -- we request the One to uplift our intellect to righteousness and knowledge of Him (that One)

Who is VishNu? Is He the One addressed in the prayer that is the GayatrI? Certainly. All-pervading One and Only.
What is the RAmAyaN really about ?
Who is Shri RAma ?
Why do we study the life history of BhagvAn Shri RAmachandra?
How does it pave our spiritual journey?
How does the goal of gAyatrI meditation coincide with the goal of RAmAyaN meditation?
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Here is a comparative example gives a hint / clue to think about how Vedopanishad and itihAs-purAN (our scriptural base) is laid out:

The chatuh-shlokI bhAgvat :This is the summary / gist of the entire BhAgvat PurAn of 18000 verses in 4 densely packed verses.
This chatuh-shlokI bhAgvat was narrated by Lord NArAyaNa the Ultimate Supreme Lord to Lord BramhA -- and you must read it if you haven't - SB 2 . It is the ESSENCE , purpose and saar (gist) of the entire BhAgvat. (O BramhA, all this is but Me, by anvaya (direct) and vyatireka (indirect) ) clay --- anvaya pot --- vyatireka. So give up your Creative Ego)

This is amazingly mimmicked by the patterns shown in the universes --
dense -----> sparse,
beeja -----> mantra ----> expanded shloka ------> expanded itihas or geetA

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Look at Bhagavad Geeta -- its chhanda (meter) of chanting is anushTup chhanda. It is not simply a logical sequence of explanatory shlokas. How do they fit so well in the chhanda? So, there is more to chanting Geeta than just understanding the meaning. It has a resonating effect. Also, every chapter is supposed to have a "lead" or "key" or "gist" shloka.
These scriptures are not only read for understanding, but reading-chanting them - pArAyaN - also requires a method. Therefore the pArAyaN includes nyAs, keelakam, astram and one beeja (seed) or one shloka (verse) is the keelakam (KEY) or seed for the whole chant.

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Updated 13 May 2015 at 11:28 PM by smaranam

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  1. Sriram257's Avatar
    Namaste Smaranamji,

    Nice post.
  2. smaranam's Avatar
    Thank You Shriramji
  3. Amrut's Avatar
    Namaste Smaranam ji,

    I had never thought about this meaning of gAyatrI mantra. Thanks a ton for sharing.

    I used to have two opinions

    1. Sun is the only pratyaksha (visible, cognizable by senses) devatA. sUrya deva is known to cure dis-eases in all bodies and give inner strength.

    2. Sun is a symbol of knowledge

    3. Is sAxI (sakshi), a witness to everything. Sun does not do everything but the entire ecosystem sustains on Sun, climate change, life, etc all is dependent on Sun.

    AND

    The inner Sun is sUrya nArAyaNa, the inner Self, the Self of ALL (for me it's nirAkAra ). Consciousness is responsible for giving knowledge. When one is day dreaming, the consciousness is not in waking state and hence day-dreamer is not aware of his / her surroundings.

    nArAyaNa is the inner Sun, the light of light, means that which gives knowledge i.e. power to know to organs that give us knowledge (e.g. senses, mind and intellect). Hence it is the light (knowledge / consciousness) that shines the Sun.

    nArAyaNa is also the cosmic Sun, the central Sun around which everything revolves. I dont know if this is true. Just heard about it.

    Namo Narayanaya
  4. smaranam's Avatar
    Amrutji, namo nArAyaN
    I am glad to see your interest in this meaning of the GAyatrI -- which is the natural way I was shown what it is. Now I have shared a secret with you.
    What you have said is correct. This is how I understand the innermost Self of SUrya as SUrya-nArAyaNa also. We had 2 recent threads on this and here is a post that talks about it :
    http://hindudharmaforums.com/showthr...434#post123434

    Regarding your mention of day-dreaming in relation with Consciousness giving knowledge: I will just say that there is a gulf of a difference between day-dreaming about and interacting with your PrANanAtha or IshTa Dev. Those interactions are His gracious blessings, most delicate flowers, pearls, to be wrapped in silk and cherished eternally. Of what need is there to day-dream when He is right with you?

    || Shri KRshNArpaNamastu ||
    Updated 22 May 2015 at 12:16 AM by smaranam
  5. Amrut's Avatar
    Namo nArAyaN Smaanam ji

    You are truly blessed. What caught my eye is gopAla chanting OM

    Regarding your mention of day-dreaming in relation with Consciousness giving knowledge: I will just say that there is a gulf of a difference between day-dreaming about and interacting with your PrANanAtha or IshTa Dev. Those interactions are His gracious blessings, most delicate flowers, pearls, to be wrapped in silk and cherished eternally. Of what need is there to day-dream when He is right with you?

    Divine experiences are not day-dreaming. That was just an analogy to explain that it is consciousness that matters and not physical body.

    || Shri KRshNArpaNamastu ||
  6. nightingalestore's Avatar
    Thank you Ji ..
  7. c.smith's Avatar
    You shed light on a topic of which I was unaware - the actual meaning of the Gayatri - and I appreciate the great detail to which you have gone. Thank you Ji. Om