Love, Serve, Remember

Further Advice on New Practices (2010 - 2013)

So far as the AHYMSIN family is concerned, upon seeing you all I feel deep satisfaction – that there is a sense of deep stability here. Even though the gathering is smaller than last time, which is to be expected, the family is more stabilized – the commitment of many people. You do not know fortunate you are to associate with other members of the AHYMSIN family – how many experienced, wise devotees are here, people who can guide others. And it is for them to start guiding, and it is for them to be found. It is for you, while you are still here, to find them and make a friendships with them, create kalyana mitras, noble friends, and let that stability continue.

First, go back, if you do not have copies of what was distributed [at the time of the special practices pertaining to Ity-ukta Mantra] in 2007. That is life long. Continue with that, and then this an addition.


Now we seek depth to our wisdom: dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt – "may he inspire our wisdom."

The first part of the expanded mantra is:

OM bhūr OM bhuvaḥ OM svaḥ OM mahaḥ OM janaḥ OM tapaḥ OM satyaṃ

These are known as vyāhṛtis – "divine utterances." They are closely connected with the traditional yogic texts, the stories of genesis, according to the rishis, that the Divine Being uttered these sounds and thereby created the universes. Uttered in your mind, they will give you an understanding of the universes that are within you and the universes that are the expansions of the universes within you – external universes that are expansions of the universes within you.

At this time, I would advise only that you learn the full expanded Gāyatrī Mantra and do the mental japa. I have written down how much you should do.

OM bhūr OM bhuvaḥ OM svaḥ OM mahaḥ OM janaḥ OM tapaḥ OM satyaṃ

OM tatsavitur vareṇyaṃ bhargo devasya dhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt

OM āpo jyotī raso ‘mṛtaṃ brahma bhūr bhuvaḥ svar OM

There is a whole recorded course on Gāyatrī Mantra. I have not written about that here, but you can inquire about it in which each letter of the Gāyatrī is explained, each letter, not just each word. Literal translations of the mantras do not carry the meaning. Those who have read about mantras, they have studied this point for years and years. If you ask me to translate the first Seven Utterances, the translations would run into thousands of pages. I would have to explain all the chakras, all the breathing practices and so forth.

The part: OM tatsavitur vareṇyaṃ bhargo devasya dhīmahi dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt

has been explained many times. And the literal translation of the last part,

āpaḥ (āpo) = "waters"

jyoti = "light"

rasa, (raso) = "essence and flavor"

amṛtam = "the nectar of immortality"

brahma = 'Brahman"

bhūr, bhuvaḥ, svaḥ are the three maha-vyāhṛtis. These three are essences of the first seven – AUM.

– This last part, bhūḥ bhuvaḥ svaḥ āūṁ,

You can see that the mantras are written in three ways: (1) in Sanskrit, (2) then according to the international system of transliteration, and then (3) with the regular Roman script / English script. And the way that it is written at the end there: bhoor bhuvah svar Om, you recite it that way. Maybe someone can recite it for you. We will also have the CDs available.

When you do japa, the two mantras are alternated so, for example, when you are doing three repetitions, you do the akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāraṃ, which is to seek the Guru's blessing on what you are doing, and then you do the expanded Gāyatrī Mantra. Then come back to akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāraṃ, and then do the Gāyatrī. Then do the akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāraṃ and Gāyatrī. You just keep on doing that...

...There are times when I do not advise some people to do Gāyatrī Mantra, but that is in terms of a purascharana, an intensive practice. To do one mala of Gāyatrī a day is all right for anyone anywhere. Secondly, if you are going to read or reread my booklet on Special Mantras, what does it say about previous mantra that you have done? You do a few repetitions of the previous ones in each sitting, so that that link remains. And then you concentrate on the correct practice. Like with Ityukta, you do not totally forget it. Do at least three or four repetitions every day.

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