'Gemma was devastated by her son’s serious illness and hospitalisation. Then her yoga teacher gave her some very practical advice. To chant the Gayatri Mantra every day.
Hardly believing such simplicity could work she nevertheless went outside, stood by a tree, and chanted the Gayatri. Somehow, as she focussed her intention on her son's wellbeing, her own pain seemed to vanish. Thankfully her son did recover and Gemma still chants the Gayatri every day 30 years later. She says she's never now without the feeling of inner joy that comes with her daily chanting of the Gayatri.'
This account of the Gayatri Mantra is a serious spirit lifter. When life feels challenging, it's a great reminder that we can move from pain to joy – through simple, yet profound practices.
What makes the Gayatri Mantra so effective?
The Gayatri mantra is said to be the oldest and one of the most powerful mantras in the world. It is a meditation on the divine light, the ultimate source of energy in the universe, calling on that energy to enlighten our mind and impart a perfect understanding of reality. As part of the process of bringing wisdom and enlightenment, the Gayatri Mantra calms the mind, heals the body, and protects us from fear.
Will you join with us in bringing light into the WORLD and healing and joy into your OWN life?
You can do this by chanting the Gayatri mantra 4, 12, 24 times, or more, every day.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
You may like to listen to this version of the Gayatri Mantra by Sam Garrett containing a translation of Sanskrit to inspire or re-inspire your practice.
More ways to bring joy and light to the world
- Walking in nature as often as possible, visualizing that each footstep creates a spark of light to heal the earth
- Lighting a candle and sending out feelings of love and peace
- Spreading the light of friendship by giving a gift, visiting a lonely person, feeding someone – or any other act of kindness
The power of giving. You receive too!
Whatever you choose to do, have as your intention that peace and spiritual wisdom fill the earth and the lives of all beings. And remember that the way you feel deep down as you do the practice is the energy you send out.
So, before you start please take a few moments to really settle into a sense of gratitude for all the beautiful and dharmic things that you have experienced in your life. It’s the feeling that counts and spreads, not just the words. And, like Gemma, you will also find a beautiful shift in your own life. We can’t give out kindness without it coming back to us!
How can I really make a difference? Share this inspiration with others.
Do spread the word to your family, friends, and students and ask them to join in. The more people creating light the more profound the peace and healing will be.
To read Gemma's story in full and many more uplifting true-life stories of how people have conquered their painful emotions try (re)reading The Dance Between Joy and Pain. It’s full of practical techniques and inspiration for life-changing actions.