Gayatri Mantra is a prominent mantra in Hinduism. It is also known as Savitri mantra. Gayatri mantra finds praise in many Hindu scriptures like Bhagwat Gita, Chhandogya upnishad, Atharva veda etc. The mantra is believed to be the mother of all the mantras. The recital of Gayatri mantra leads to the growth in intelligence and also gets rid of all the sorrows and pains.
There is no other mantra like Gayatri mantra in all the four Vedas. The Vedas, yagna, charity and penance are smaller than the power of Gayatri mantra - Rishi Vishwamitra
om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ ,
tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt
You have given us the birth and you are nourishing us.
We get the life from you and you are the redeemer.
Your divinity is great and is spread everywhere.
You are present in each and every molecule of this universe.
We worship you and seek your compassion.
O supreme Lord, please take us to the enlightened path.
Meaning Word by Word:-
Om - The ever savior
bhūr - The one which is the basis of the life, dearer than the life and is self originated.
bhuvaḥ - The one which is devoid of all the sorrows and makes the life free from sorrows.
svaḥ - The one who is comforter.
tát - To that form of the supreme
savitúr - The one who created this universe and provides the bliss
váreṇyaṃ - The one who is very good to accept
bhárgo - The one who is very pure and purifies everything and is divine
devásya - The one who gives all the boons and everyone wishes to attain him
dhīmahi, dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt- And finally attain him so that the supreme lord takes our senses away from the bad and puts them in the good work.
We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence. - S. Radhakrishnan
We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.- Swami Vivekananda.