Om Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat
As I was preparing for the Memorial Day practice I was reminded of a past writing of mine about the Gayatri Mantra. This mantra is one of the oldest and most well known ancient Sanskrit mantras. There are many translations – this is my favorite:
Everything on the earth is arising from one effulgent source
If my toughts words and deeds
Reflected an understanding of unity
I would be the peace I am seeking in this moment.
I often play a version of this in savasana. Though you may not know the words, or even the translation, the healing of this mantra happens nonetheless. As this sacred chant moves through you it creates a space for you to feel connected, to find peace and to be that peace in the world. It is a meditation that can inspire understanding and enlighten us to feel at one with the world around you, at one with all beings.
I offer this again, to all of us in a space of remembering. We live in a world wrought with competition, rivalry and opposition. Rather than a sense of oneness, we cultivate a deep sense of separation. Rather than ways to find connection, we look for what separates us through our judgments, labels, our fear. In this space any understanding, any unity, any peace is elusive.
Today my heart is calling to me to know that peace is possible. I believe this will take a remembering every day that we all arise from one effulgent source. I believe this will take a release of pride, of ego, and a movement toward forgiving and loving unconditionally. I believe this will take keeping my heart open even though the pain may feel unbearable. I believe this will take a letting down of defenses, standing vulnerable, courageously opening to the unknown. I believe and I am willing.
I invite you to join me, to feel the calling in your heart, to believe and imagine peace, to find a way, each day, to move beyond our separateness toward the freedom and peace this mantra holds.