‘Our greater self of knowledge waits for us …
Our larger being sits behind cryptic walls:
There are greatnesses hidden in our unseen parts
That wait their hour to step into life’s front …’
– Savitri, Book VII, The Book of Yoga,
Canto II: The Parable of the Search for the Soul
The Gayatri mantra to Savitri, an important form of the Sun God, is the most important of all Vedic man-tras and one of the most commonly used mantras in Yoga practices. The Gayatri mantra is an important tool for drawing in the spiritual energy of the Sun into our minds, hearts and bodies.
We meditate upon the supreme light of the Divine trans-forming Sun (Savitri) that he may stimulate our intelligence.
Vedic rituals, including Agnihotra and the chanting of the Gayatri mantra, oc-cur at sunrise, noon and sunset, the main points of solar transformation throughout the day. The deity of this mantra Savitri, represents the transforma-tional power inherent in the Sun, not only to change night into day but also to take us beyond the dark-ness of the ego into the infi-nite light of the higher Self.
Savitri is the deity of Yoga and meditation, who sets that process in motion within us as a manifesta-tion of the Divine Will. Yet we should remember that this Gayatri is only one of hundreds of Vedic verses to the Sun that can be used in a similar manner. It is not at unique in the Vedas…..