Gayatri Mantra

Often chanted with the rising of the sun, this mantra calls upon the illuminating force of the divine, and asks that that same light shine down on our hearts and awaken the light within each of us so that we might shine forth, brilliantly and with great clarity.

Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah

Prachodayat

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... a loose translation:

Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very God, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.