Adī-gāyatrī

Also Known as Sūrya-gāyatrī

The Adi-gayatri, also known as the Surya-gayatri, is an invocation that first appears in the Rig Veda, an ancient scripture of India. It is considered the oldest and principal mantra among the gayatri mantras dedicated to different deities.

Savitri, the giver of life is another name for Lord Surya, the sun, and is the deity of this mantra. As the effulgence that brings life and illumines all activities in the world, Savitri embodies the supreme light of Consciousness—the Self of all.

On the Siddha Yoga path, gayatri mantras are recited as a way to honor God and invoke grace, particularly before entering into meditation. They can be recited out loud or repeated silently when practicing mantra japa.

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