Gayatri — The Big Bang

Introduction

I had already written an article on AUM from a scientific perspective, mapping AUM to Universe through particle physics and states of matter. This article is about Gayatri Mantra.

Gayatri Mantra is held next to AUM in most hindu scriptures. It is one mantra that is common to many sects of Hinduism. All seers and saints of various sects of hinduism and scriptures of various hues talk very high of Gayatri Mantra, though they interpret it differently.

 

I for one, may not be the right person to comment on Gayatri Mantra. But something in me has been forcing me to look at many things in Upanishads and Rg veda from a scientific angle and I have been trying to map these worlds. One realization that I have is that Upanishads (many if not all) are not about vague philosophies, but were the science of their times. Since they have not been understood well, it has passed on to the domain of spirituality and decayed.


This has happened not only to science of the olden days, but various arts, mathematics and other subjects. Hence we find after Bhaskara mathematics had no takers in India and many similar examples do exist in other spheres.


The crux of the argument of this article is that while AUM indicates the Universe, its composition in terms of particles and states of matter, Gayatri Mantra indicates how AUM the Universe or cosmos expanded or came into being. More precisely, it points to some kind of Big Bang theory for the formation of Universe or AUM.


And that is why Gayatri Mantra has been held as the Supreme Mantra by most of our Saints and Seers cutting across the schools of thoughts in Hinduism.

Gayatri Mantra

 

Aum
Bhuh Bhuvah Sva
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat

~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)


The First Word Om (Aum)

It is also called Pranav because its sound emanates from the Prana (vital vibration).

AUM characterizes the cosmos, the entire universe. In my previous article on Aum-An Analysis, I had put forward a hypothesis on how AUM maps to Universe in comparison to particle physics. Aum by describing matter, energy, dark matter/energy and the unknown beyond in terms of particles and states of matter, describes the cosmos or universe in a single word.

Hence, Aum indicates the Universe

The "Vyahrities": Bhuh, Bhuvah & Svah

 

Bhu indicates 'Springing', 'comes into being', 'arises of', 'place of being' etc. From the perspective of 'place', bhu indicates also earth.

In fact all the above three words of the Gayatri are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of entire cosmos or "ahriti". Bhu, Bhuva, Svah can also be mapped to Past, Present, Future (in time domain), Tamas, Rajas, Satwah (in physical properties domain) etc..

Traditionally scholars take the meaning of Earth for Bhu, which is an indicative meaning of Bhu. Assuming a direct meaning of Bhu that indicates 'comes into being' or 'arises of',

'OM Bhu' indicates Universe arises of or springs of..

Bhuvas as a vyahriti, indicates atmosphere or the space between Earth and Heaven. The direct meaning of Bhuva is 'of Agni' or 'of fire'.

Traditionally scholars take the meaning of Atmosphere for Bhuvas. Assuming the direct meaning of Bhuva, which is 'of agni',

"Om Bhu Bhuva" indicates "Universe comes into being/arises of fire".

Sva as a vyahriti, indicates heaven or space above atmosphere. Sva also indicates on ones own.

Traditionally scholars take the meaning of Heaven or the third world for Svah. Assuming the meaning of "on its own", the

"Om Bhu Bhuva Sva" indicates "Universe comes into being/arise of Agni/fire on its own(self)".

Well, I am not a sanskrit scholar, but this meaning looks very interesting. If Big Bang theory is true, then universe came into being from that massive explosion of fire. Is this what the Gayatri indicates..? And the seed of that fire is the Savitr.

The Remaining Words



Tat simply means "that" or "thus" or "in this way"

Savitr means 'Stimulator' or 'arouser'. It is also used to indicate light, wisdom etc. Traditionally Savitr indicates the sun that is before rise. Many scholars interpret it as Sun itself. Many scholars associate it with a spiritual Sun and not the physical sun.

Traditionally savitr indicates sun before rise or light in physical or spiritual domain. The sun just before sun rise is indicated as Savitr. Actual Sun is referred to as Surya.

Assuming Savitr indicates Stimulator or Arouser (one that arouses), Savitr indicates the seed of fire, which matches with the usage of 'Savitr' to denote the Sun just before the Sun rise.

" tat savitr" indicates, "that arouser or that seed of fire"

Varenium means " adore" or 'adore-able' or excellent

" tat savitr varenyam" indicates, "arouser or seed of fire that is adorable or excellent"

 

Bhargo means "illumination" or 'radiance'

Devasya means "Divine" or "Divine like or pure"

Dheemahi means "we contemplate, desire or wish upon or meditate'

 

"Bhargo devasya dheemahi" indicates, "we meditate/desire on that divine-like or pure radiance"

Dhiyo means "true knowledge or understanding of reality"

Yo means "who"

Nah means "ours"

Prachodayat means "excites/inspires/commands/proclaims (life)/impels"

"Dhiyo yonah prachodayat" indicates, "True knowledge of the one who commands/excites/inspires"

Combing all the above, it could be interpreted as

"Om Bhu Bhuva Sva" indicates "Universe comes into being/arise of Agni/fire on its own/self".

" tat savitr varenyam" indicates, "that seed of fire that is adorable or excellent"

"Bhargo devasya dheemahi" indicates, "we meditate on that pure radiance"

"Dhiyo yonah prachodayat" indicates, "True knowledge of the one who excites/inspires(gives life)"

 


"Universe/cosmos arises from the seed of fire on its own, the seed of fire that is excellent, we desire/wish/meditate on that divine radiance, true knowledge of who gives life (excites/inspires/commands)"

AUM and Gayatri

From the above interpretation, importance of Gayatri becomes apparent. If AUM really indicates Universe by depicting matter, energy and dark matter, then Gayatri indicates how this AUM came into being as cosmos.

According to this interpretation of Gayatri, AUM or the Universe or Cosmos has arisen out of fire or a seed of fire on its own that is adorable/excellent. This is similar to the Big Bang theory, which states that Universe came out of a Big Bang explosion that occurred several light years back.

The critical word is Savitr, which I interpret as a seed of fire, based on the analogy of the sun just before it is rising (in the normal usage).

To me, it seems clear that our rishis understood that the Savitr, that is adorable/excellent is from where the Universe appeared on its own.

If we assume dheemahi is a mere desire or wish, it also says that the true knowledge of what excites us or gives life is to be desired upon or wished upon. This means that it is not known fully.

If we assume dheemahi as 'meditate' the meaning changes to "we meditate on that pure radiance and understanding of reality or true knowledge of the one who gives life".

Hence by reciting the Gayatri mantra, we ask ourselves or meditate on the true knowledge of the one who inspires and excites (gives life), the Savitr, the seed of fire, from which the Universe came out on its own.

Seed of Fire to Seven lokas

 

There are 7 lokas depicted in the scriptures, through which we have evolved. They are Satya Loka, Tapo loka, Jana loka, Mahar loka, Svar loka, Bhuva loka, Bhu loka.

From the seed of fire, the Savitr, we have evolved through different lokas from Satya loka into the Bhu-loka in which we are all living.

 

I for one, may not be the right person to comment on Gayatri Mantra. But something in me has been forcing me to look at many things in Upanishads and Rk veda from a scientific angle and I have been trying to map these worlds. One realization that I have is that Upanishads (many if not all) are not about vague philosophies, but were the science of their times. Since they have not been understood well, it has passed on to the domain of spirituality and decayed.

This has happened not only to science of the olden days, but various arts, mathematics and other subjects. Hence we find after Bhaskara mathematics had no takers in India and many similar examples do exist in other spheres.

The crux of the argument of this article is that while AUM indicates the Universe, its composition in terms of particles and states of matter, Gayatri Mantra indicates how AUM the Universe or cosmos expanded or came into being. More precisely, it points to some kind of Big Bang theory for the formation of Universe or AUM.

And that is why Gayatri Mantra has been held as the Supreme Mantra by most of our Saints and Seers cutting across the schools of thoughts in Hinduism.

 

Very approximately, Satya loka indicates peace with which Savitr, the seed of fire with divine radiance existed. Tapo loka indicates heat. Jana loka indicates birth of cosmos. Mahar loka indicates stars and planets. Svar loka indicates our solar system. Bhuva loka indicates our atmosphere. Bhuloka indicates earth. But this explanation needs to be expanded, which I will try to do sometime later.

Conclusion

 

AUM, the pranava, life vibration, that has the entire universe in itself, gives rise from savitr the seed of fire, is what the Gayatri Mantra describes. The person reciting Gayatri Mantra asks or meditates on the divine pure radiance and true knowledge of life source.

Teaching Gayatri Mantra is called 'Brahma Upadesa', the primary teaching. It is confidentially administered to a person during the Upanayana (sacred thread ceremony). If it is a mere worshipping of SUN god, then this much hype would not have been required. There are so many slokas that worship the SUN, which do not have the same 'hype' as with Gayatri Mantra. Since Gayatri Mantra describes the way we evolved and our evolution, or the secret of our evolution, it is administered in utmost secrecy and sacredness.

This adds to my argument that while AUM indicates the Universe or the Atman, Gayatri Mantra indicates the way AUM expanded from Savitr, the seed of fire and the secret of our evolution.

Disclaimer:

 

At the risk of being apologetic, I should admit that I am neither a scholar nor a spiritualist to talk about Gayatri Mantra. So the religious, irreligious, scientists and psuedo-scientists, I apologize to one and all, if anyone found something disrespectful or untruthful in my interpretation. This view is free to be criticized. I welcome all comments.

Easwaro Rakshathu!

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