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Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Science of Gayathri Manthra



A simple boon for common man
Gayathri Manthra is the prayer of United Smart Soft skills and I would like to put on this blog why at all we chose this.

The verse dates back to Rig Veda period when no religion was conceived. This was dedicated to this world by Brahma Rishi Maha Maha Viswamithra.

This is a basically a prayer and exercise to enhance the intelligence and increase the awareness, the fundamental requirements for soft skills.

How both are achieved by this manthra? Is it scientific or miraculous? When the mechanism of a miracle is understood it can be catagorised as scientific.

The manthra has four lines including the prefix called vyahruthi, the first line of vedic manthras.

OM BHUR BHUVA: SUVA:
THATH SAVITHUR VARENNYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHIMAHI
DHIYOO YO NA: PRACHODHAYATH.


The literal word by word meaning is as follows.

OM- The pranavam
Bhur- wake state
Bhuva: - dream state
Suva: -sleep state
Thath Savithur- That Savithur( SUN GOD)
Varennyam- the best bestowed
Bhargo-Light
Devasya–divine
Dhimahi–meditate
Dhiyoo- thought( intelligence)
Yo- which
Na: -our
Prachodhayath- stimulates.

The literal meaning can be comprehended as

Our consciousness exists in wake,dream and sleep states.
We meditate upon the best bestowed divine light of that Savithur( the Sun God) which stimulates our thoughts (intelligence).



The procedure is to stand in the sun light facing the sun, eyes closed and observe the brightness that penetrates through the eye lids and chant the manthra for 10, 28 or 108 times. The counting need not be concentrated and I think it is only to act as a measure of time. Nothing happens if you exceed by a few or short by one or two. 108 times need not be attempted. The long duration of 108 times is done by Hindu Pundits observing some more conditions. The suitable time is that between sun rise and up to three hours there after, and/or three hours before sun set to sun set.

The procedure is not recommended for children below age 5 years, pregnant women and women during mensturation.( I have not studied this group)

What happens when some one does this?

Our brain has distinctly two hemispheres, the right and the left. The left hemisphere is a store house of knowledge and the creation centre of the dreams or plans. The right hemisphere is responsible for the present moment living, the observation and the experiences every moment.

When one stands up to the procedure of the manthra the bright sun light, the brightnessof the order of 1,00,000 lux captures the right hemisphere and
the mind comes to the present moment and experiences the enormous energy of the Sun. Due to the residual bright light which can well be above 2500 lux entering through the eye lids and falling on the retina causes suppression of Melatonin and activates the secretion of Serotonin.

Melatonin suppression helps to over come the sleepy mood. Serotonin when secreted enhances the sharpness of the mind.

The Brahma Rishi has experienced this over and over again for a very long period and stated this secret in his verse. Because it is a verse it has not been misinterpreted and is available to us after thousands of years.

The above explanation is based on studies with bright light for treatment of SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) a mental depression experienced by some individuals in winter when the sun shine is minimum.

The psychological aspect of the procedure can also be postulated based on simple psychological studies. If the hormone serotonin can be triggered and melatonin can be suppressed while chanting in bright sun shine, even when there is no bright sun shine, at the designated time when chanting is done the same hormone management can happen.

Once the observation is sharp and the mind is awake and the depression is over come, there is great way for intelligence.

When the present moment is experienced so completely, the divine powers just get down loaded into our system and the awareness of the self is enhanced to lead an intelligent life.

There are elaborate explanations to Gayathri Manthra and I hope this scientific explanation is the shortest that I could state after browsing through so much on the effect of light on us. My own five years of experiences and analysis are used to state the fact as true.

Why miss all these things by ignoring a prayer that takes lesser than our bathing time and does not have any preconditions and absolutely out of the boundaries of any religion. ( However Hinduism has widely adopted this manthra and the vedas are claimed to be the sacred Hindu religious verses.)