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Friday, September 28, 2012

Did You Know This About The Gayathri?

J. B. S. Haldane was a British-born geneticist and evolutionary biologist who is known for his contribution to human genetics. While intellectually he was a thorough scientist who strongly advocated quantitative study of biology, at heart he was a socialist. 

In fact at one point he got so disappointed with the imperialistic ways of the British Government that he left that country, came to India and even became an Indian citizen. India according to him is the “closest approximation to the Free World.”

But that is not the reason why I am writing about him. There is something else he has said about a facet of Indian culture which captured my attention, and that pertains to a vital Vedic verse. "The Gayatri Mantra should be carved on the doors of every laboratory of the world" he wrote.

One prayer that promotes the acquisition of Divine Power is the Gayathri Mantra,” Baba declared in a discourse on February 25 1965.

And yesterday I met Captain Yasas, a former Indian Air Force pilot, who is nearly 70 years old. He was diagnosed with terrible deficiency of Vitamin D (the count was 4 while it should be 30), and post a few months of chanting the Gayathri Mantra regularly, his count has increased to 24, and all the while he has been fit as a fiddle working 16 hrs everyday.

In January 2011 I had spoken to a gentleman from Venezuela who from being a small-time salesman has today risen to the position of being the private secretary to the Foreign Minister of Venezuela. His name is Homar Farhon Viera Rodriquez. Ask him how he made it and he says, “The Gayathri Mantra!” (You can listen to the entire interview here).

Dr. Srinivas Rao, from Belthur, Bangalore, was struggling to get his thesis for Ph. D reviewed and approved for 18 months with no success. Someone told him why don't you start chanting the Gayathri Mantra. He began and in the next 15 days he was a doctorate.

The most fascinating story I heard about the power of this Mantra is this – even though this belongs to the pre-independence era it is really revealing.

To the village Garrepalli (Karimnagar district of AP) came a new Tahsildar. As he stepped into his office he noticed a disgusting scene. With utter disrespect his assistant was sitting on the chair with his legs placed on his table. No one in that office for years dared to question the acts of this individual because it was known that he was a dangerous man adept in black magic.

When the new officer accosted and threatened this man saying if he did not change his behaviour he would certainly fire him, this is the reply he got: “You will not be alive tomorrow to come to this office, let alone sacking me.”

And that night a saint who was highly revered and respected by the villagers saw this mysterious sight:

An ugly and grotesque looking lady tried to storm into the residence of the new Tahsildar but in vain. 

At every door and window of the house this evil-looking being was stopped by a resplendent little girl. When repeated attempts to enter inside failed, the demoness retreated but now her anger, fury and speed was double than before.

The next morning the saint narrated this episode to the new officer and finally asked, “Do you chant the Gayathri Mantra?” and the Tahsildar said, “It has been my practise to chant this hymn 1008 times everyday for many years.” 

“Then that explains everything,” said the saint, “Mother Gayathri is zealously protecting you.”

When the Tehsildar went to his office that day, news was rife that the assistant had mysteriously died the previous night. “That is because the malicious being he had created had to take a life to satiate herself and she had no other option,” explained the saint.

Till this day, the residence of this Tehsildar is where a place of worship stands, for it is here that Mother Gayathri had chosen to manifest herself.

I heard this from Ranganatha Raju, an alumnus of Baba's University, whose grandfather lived in Garrepalli for decades and knew all about this account in great detail.

If you chant the Gayathri Mantra you do not need to chant any other devotional or vedic hymn... it will bestow on you all power and talents,” Baba said on August 23, 1995.

And now every other day I meet people who have been saved or promoted or awarded or cured, thanks to this powerful hymn.

Some of them in fact have done some interesting experiments with this Vedic verse. More about it in future posts. Meanwhile, if you have any thoughts or experiences on this, please do share.

The inspiration for this blog was this ceremony of more than 600 young children being blessed with their sacred thread ceremony yesterday (Sep 27, 2012). What a glorious event it was in this Divine hamlet of Prasanthi!


  1. I have been doing various Mantras. Mantras as verse, in music and as slokas have been a tremendous draw with me since I was a wee little girl!!! I recite the Devi Mantra, Gayatri Mantra or any Mantra and know that each and every pulsation and vibration tides over and makes the impossible , possible. Very intense and moments of tremendous anxiety have been taken off and cool calm and happy moments restored, just like that!!! I love Baba, my savior Hridayavasi. Om Sai Ram :-)