Today's sermon is about a mantra.
Yes it is...
And the sermon goes like this:
Vedic scripture isn’t so prominent in the current religion of India. Today’s Hinduism is mostly based on Purāṇas, the Gītā, and late-period commentaries.
However, one Vedic verse that is well-known even today is the so-called Gāyatrī mantra from Ṛgveda 3.62.10. It is for instance used in morning rituals. Macdonnell says that this stanza “has been a morning prayer in India for more than three thousand years” (A Vedic Reader for Students, p. 10).
And here we have it:
oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥFor the translation we have employed interpretations by Vivekânanda and Monier-Williams, plus our own judgment. And so we say that the meaning is:
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
“Om (oṃ) – hear, you Earth (bhūr), Sky (bhuvaḥ), and Heaven (svaḥ)... let us meditate (dhīmahi) on that (tat) excellent (vareṇya) glory (bharga, radiance, splendor) of the divine (devasya) sun (savitur), may he enlighten (pra-cud, impel, send forth) our minds (naḥ dhiyo).”
Now, repeat this mantra 108 times and you will reach satori, samatva, enlightenment, and peace of mind.
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