Gaayatri mantra plays the main role in a
braahmin retaining his braahminhood. His braahminhood will be at
risk if he spends even one day without chanting this mantra. Therefore
it is mandatory for a braahmin to chant this mantra. But it is futile
to chant it without comprehending its meaning and significance. In
this background it is highly necessary to know and understand the
meaning of Gaayatri mantra.
Already many sages and scholars have interpreted and
explained its meaning. But our revered guru Shri Satyaatma Tirtha
Shreepaadangalavaru who enjoys the benign presence of all the
mentors, has mandated his disciples to chant 36 crores of Gaayatri japa.
In order to gain maximum benefits from this holy ritual he performed
Gaayatri Homa at Tirukkoilur at the sannidhaana of his guru and it is
no exaggeration to say that the meanings of Gaayatri mantra he has
explained on these occasions exceeds a thousand as on to-day.
While in the days of yore, Sage Vishwamitra, with the blessings
of the Lord, envisioned the Gaayatri mantra, our Guru to-day has
envisaged many unique and distinctive connotations to this mantra
and it is possible to confer on him the sobriquet Abhinava Vishwamitra.
I am sure that my opinion would be endorsed by those who have gone
through the experience of listening to the erudite explanations of our
In order that these interpretations emerging from the discourses
do not float away through the clouds, the favorite disciple of our
Guru, Pt. Kanteshacharya has, with great effort, compiled all
these interpretations and has brought them out in a book entitled
Dheemahi. This is indeed a great service rendered to our Guru.
Kanteshacharya has already brought out the Kannada version of
Vaadaavali and has also published Swamiji's discourses like Jignaase,
Satyatma Sudha and others which have been translated into other
languages, too. I pray God to bless him with the ability to bring out
many more such books which will be useful to people.
Shri E.D.Narahari, one of our favorite disciples and an ardent
devotee of our Guru has translated this book into English with a view
that the erudite thoughts of our Guruji reach a larger readership. May
Lord Lakshmi Narasimha bless him with good health and long life.
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