Guruji, why is it said that the constant chanting of Gayatri Mantra will help in the control of one’s impulses, emotions, sentiments and passion?
Yes, it is definitely possible to control our senses through constant chanting of the Gayatri Mantra. Deep within our sub-conscious mind, we have a store-house of doubts, fears, desires, unresolved issues, etc. Through continuous chanting, the impure tendencies of the mind will be erased and in its place pure thoughts will be replaced. It is a mantra for the purity of the mind, heart and speech. Even diseases are said to be cured through the chanting of the Gayatri mantra.
It is a fact that sincere and continuous chanting will induce immense strength and peace of mind in the sadhaka, and will also invoke the presence of the divine power within. Continuous chanting of the Gayatri Manta will induce in the person, characteristics of devotion and knowledge, humility and equanimity, and will also make the person immune to temptations.
Om bhur, bhuva, swaha, Om tat savitur varenyam,
Bhargo devasya dheemahi, Dhiyo yonaha prachodayat
O! thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions,
Who has created the Universe; Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of Sin and Ignorance;
We contemplate upon Thy divine light.
May He stimulate our intellect;
And bestow upon us true knowledge.
Chanting of the Gayatri is one of the most powerful ways of going towards God-consciousness. It is a powerful mantra that purifies the intellect and bestows knowledge. It awakens the mind and leads it towards union with the universal consciousness or Brahman. According to the Atharva Veda, “The divine mother Gayatri is the bestower of boons. She distracts her followers from evil and directs them to the moral ath, fulfils all their needs and desires in this world – a good life, health, progeny, cattle, wealth, riches, fame and glory. Ultimately she brings him face to face with the Brahman.”
It is a good practice to chant and meditate upon the Gayatri mantra as one conducts the day-to-day activities of life. Life invariably becomes peaceful and happy. It is necessary to chant the mantra with full understanding of the meaning of its syllables. One must not chant only as a ritual. Yet, it is true that even ritual chanting contains immense powers. However, when one does sincere chanting of the Gayatri Mantra continuously, with meditation upon the mantra, the mantra gets fixed in the mind and one begins to repeat it automatically, even in the sleep state.
Gayatri is a mantra from the Rig Veda, composed by Maharshi Vishwamitra more than 6000 years ago, arranged in such a way that along with the meaning and wisdom, it also creates certain powerful and significant vibrations, through its chanting. The different words of the mantra are connected to different nerves in the body. Each word when uttered, excites the corresponding nerves. Our rishis are known to have accumulated siddhis through many, many years of continuous chanting and by meditating upon the syllables of this mantra.