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ksksat27

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pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:45:53 AM »
will there be any side effects if one could not pronounce Gayathri Mantra properly?


Many audio CDs confuses in pronunciation:

for example om bhur bhuva suvaha:  is what my sastrigal told me always.  Nowadays in CDs,  they chatn om bhur bhuva swaha:   the U sound is absent.

The comes a difference in stress in the word devasya dheemahi.      My sastrigal just told devaysa dheemahi but in CDs there is a stress of one or two maatras in the word dheemahi.   means the syllable dhee is stressed by them for 2 seconds


last comes prachodayaathu:   my sastrigal told u sound at the end.   but in CDs,  it is pronounced as prachodayaath:

anycase I am assuming Gayathir Mother will forgive all these lapses.

Subramanian.R

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 02:54:39 PM »
Dear Krishnan,

Yes. A perfect pronunciation is a must. But today many (perhaps including me) do not pronounce it properly. This may
cause some sin. But Devi should forgive us. It is better to engage a good Vedic pandit and record the Gayatri Mantra
without depending on pre-recorded cassettes.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 05:45:35 PM »
It is better to follow the Sandhya Vandanam CD of Prakash Kaushik or other that has a chant or instructions of Vedic Scholars . Do not get the CDs that have just Gayathri playing in the form of music or like a Bhajan .They are pleasing to hear but are not correct with regard to pronunciation of the Mantra . Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetam has released a Sandhya Vandanam CD + book and that should help .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 11:45:34 PM »
Krishna(ksk),
You may refer to the recitation of the gAyatri Mantra as found in the 'Chants of India' CD of Ravi shankar.'suvaha' is correct.
Please refer to this link:
http://www.eaglespace.com/spirit/gayatri_audio.php
You may compare the chant in the Ravi Shankar's CD with that of the very First one by Rattan Mohan Sharma,which has the alternative way of Pronouncing it.Try and see which one works.The Ravi Shankar is definitely the more orthodox way of intonation and certainly more contemplative in tone.

It is useful to note that we use the following seperate terms when doing prAnAyAma :

"om bhûhû, om bhuvaha, om suvaha, om mahaha, om janaha, om tapaha, om satyaM, Om tat savitr vareNyam,etc"
It is not difficult to see how we are faring.Correct chanting of the Mantra will take one inwards and this is exactly the same as Self enquiry without having to enquire 'who am I'.

This is exactly what Sri Bhagavan has also said (Day by Day with Bhagavan,14-09-1945):
The next day a visitor asked Bhagavan, with reference
to the words dhimahi in the gayatri, “What is the idea meant?
I am not able rightly to grasp it.”
B: The words only mean fixing the aham in the Self,
though literally they mean, “We meditate”.

Visitor: I am not able to form a conception of the ‘Tat’ or
the Self. Then, how am I to fix the aham in the Tat.
B: Why should you bother to conceive the Tat which
you don’t know? Try to find out the ‘I’ that you know, what it
is and whence it arises. That is enough.

Sri Ramakrishna says:
"The sandhya merges in the Gayatri, the Gayatri
in Om, and, Om in samadhi. It is like the sound of a bell: t-a-m. The yogi, by following in
the trail of the sound Om, gradually merges himself in the Supreme Brahman.
His sandhya
and other ritualistic duties disappear in samadhi. Thus the duties of the jnani come to an
end."

Namaskar.

Ravi.N

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 08:17:42 AM »
Subramanian/Krishna/Friends,
"It is better to engage a good Vedic pandit and record the Gayatri Mantra
without depending on pre-recorded cassettes."

What a stupendous thing it is to have preserved the  Vedas  through Oral tradition!No Technology other than Human aspiration and Diligence has been called for.One can only marvel at the wisdom of The Great sages in investing this Responsibility with a dedicated set of Specialists,The Brahmins, to carry on and preserve this Oral Tradition.Opening it to anyone and everyone would have created a Huge confusion.It is elementary to understand this,notwithstanding the glib talk of political/Social activists that Brahmins have monopolized the Vedic Chanting,and that it should be open for one and all.

coming to the apprehension with regard to incorrect intonation and pronounciation of the gAyatri Mantra-It is for this reason that towards the end of Sandhya vandanam,it ends with the chant-'kAyena vAcha manas indriyairvA ...sreeman nArAyanAyeti samarpayAmi '.This means that everything is offered to nArAyana.

The 'Dhiyo yonah prachodayAt' -is an invocation that benefits the whole of Cosmos,as the 'nah' means 'our'.We can relate it to how AndAl in TiruppAvai uses quite  the First person Plural- 'nAAmum' nam pAAvaikku'(we ,our girls).

He who does the Sandhya and the gAyatri is doing the sadhana for the benefit of one and all.

Namaskar.





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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 10:39:30 AM »
Friends,
I warmly recommend GAyatri mantra chanting by challakere Brothers.Please ignore the additional Music masala that goes on in the background.In terms of Diction,intonation these Brothers do real justice.I had the opportunity to listen to them live chanting the Taitriya upanishad at Ramakrishna Mutt,Chennai.They are absolutely superb.Get hold of any rendering by them.In bangalore it must be easy to get CDs of their chanting.

Please download their Gayatri mantra chant:

http://www.divinebrahmanda.com/2012/04/gayatri-dhyanam-108-times-by-challakere.html

Namaskar.

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012, 02:50:13 PM »
Dear Ravi,

Nice post on Gayatri Mantra and its pronunciation. Challakare is one small town in Karnataka. The brothers must have
been hailing from there. In fact, due to good amount of affinity of Kannada with Sanskrit, many people pronounce
Sanskrit words in a proper manner. They use Sanskrit words in their own language. Spashta, vyakti, hrudaya etc.,
are commonly used in Kannada even by ordinary people.

Unfortunately in Tamizh Nadu, Sanskrit has been given a go by, thanks to 45 years of DMK and AIADMK rule. Today in
Tamizh Nadu, children can learn Sanskrit only in Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools or in Veda Patasala or some private schools.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 08:06:33 PM »

       
   
     
               

I got the following input from a friend of mine about why many people are unable to get proper benefits of Chanting Gayathri Mantra . He said that Devi Bhagavatham has dealt on this issue .
As Kali Yuga is characterized by materialistic tendencies and straying far
away from Dharma, it is believed that the sages have cast curses on various sacred
mantras to become ineffective in Kali Yuga in order to prevent these mantras from
being misused. There are mantras that  seek to remove the curses of Lord Brahma,
Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishvamitra on Gayatri Mantram. In Devi Bhagavatam, it is
given that  Shapa Vimochana Mantras should be chanted prior to
Gayatri Japam, though this practice is not strictly in vogue.

Those who have more inputs on the same can share it .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2012, 09:55:38 PM »
The Gayatri Mantra-Swami Sivananda

Of all the Mantras, the Supreme and the most potent power of powers is the
great, glorious Gayatri Mantra
. It is the life and support of every true Hindu.
It is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy,
power and glory, be he of any caste, creed, clime or sect. It is only one's
faith and purity of heart that really count.

Indeed, Gayatri is impregnable spiritual armour, a veritable fortress that
guards and protects its votary that transforms him into the Divine and
blesses him with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination
.

The regular repetition of a few Malas (one Mala consists of repeating the
Gayatri Mantra 108 times) of Gayatri every day will bestow upon you all
that is auspicious and benevolent to you, herein and hereafter.

It is wrong to conceive of the notion that the Gayatri Mantra is solely meant
for the orthodox Brahmin class. It is universally applicable, for it is nothing
but an earnest prayer for Light addressed to the Almighty Supreme Spirit
. It
is verily the sole transcendental Guide-Light to humanity.

The Sun that the Gayatri Mantra speaks of is 'TAT SAVITUR', the Great
Sun which this sun or moon does not illumine, and that is the Impersonal
Absolute Brahman.

Therefore it is the greatest of all Mantras, and its presiding Deity is Para-
Brahman Itself
. Yet it is acceptable to all types of aspirants. The tejas of the
Brahmachari, the prosperity of the Grihastha and the strength and solace of
the Vaanaprastha lies in his Gayatri Japa.

Even if you are of a different religion or caste, you can also take to the
Gayatri Sadhana, if you are really sincere, earnest and faithful. Your life will
indeed be blessed
.


continued....

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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2012, 10:00:52 PM »
The Gayatri Mantra-swami Sivananda continued...

Dear aspirants! Realise the wondrous potency of the glorious Gayatri.
Realise clearly what a precious heritage you have in this Mantra. Neglect not
this Divine Shakthi that the Rishis of yore have bequeathed to us.
Start regular, daily Gayatri Japa and feel for yourself the wondrous power
that you derive therefrom
. Fix a particular time for the Japa and stick to it
permanently.

At least one Mala of Japa you must do daily without a break. It will guard
you from all dangers, give you infinite strength to overcome all obstacles,
and take you to the very pinnacle of splendor, power, peace and bliss
.
The Lord says in the Vedas "Samano Mantraha". Let one Mantra be
common to all, and that Mantra is the Gayatri. The secret lore of the
Upanishads is the essence of the Four Vedas, while the Gayatri Mantra with
the three Vyahritis (Bhur, Bhuva, Svaha) is the essence of the Upanishads.
Gayatri is the Mother of the Vedas and the destroyer of all sins. There is
nothing more purifying on earth than the Gayatri Mantra
. The Japa of
Gayatri brings the same fruit as the recitation of all the Vedas with the
Angas. This single Mantra repeated sincerely and with a clear conscience
brings the Supreme Good
, which is liberation or emancipation from the
wheel of birth and death.

Namaskar.


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Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2012, 11:28:20 PM »
I found this good piece of advice on Chanting Gayathri Mantra from the site :http://www.kanchiforum.org
So better use this site that has a comprehensive coverage of Gayathri Mantra
Chanting gAyatrI

1. The gAyatrI should be chanted as five parts, with four passes, thus:
AUM | bhUr bhuva suvaH | tat savitur vareNyam | bhargo devasya dhImahi | dhiyo yo naH prachodayAt AUM ||

2. Specific care should be taken to follow the svara marks in the Sanskrit version of the mantra. Here is an image of the mantra with the svara notations:
www.mediafire.com ...
Here is an audio version of the mantra chanted with svaras :
www.mediafire.com ...

Note : I was able to get the Mantra downloaded from the above link but the image could not be opened .


3. When doing gAyatrI japam , the meaning of the mantra should be contemplated. The japam must be preceded by a saMkalpam and a count is always maintained, either using a japamAla or the knuckles of the right hand. The person in gAyatrI japam should sit erect and still and should not let the mind wander outside the scope of the mantra.

4. The gAyatrI proper should never be chanted in isolation in gAyatrI japam . It is ordained that the gAyatrI should be chanted with the praNavam and the vyAhRutis , and that the chanting should be done in nitya-karma --daily religious routine and in prAyashchittam --atonement.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha