Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.
The eternal, earth, air, heaven
That glory, that resplendence of the sun
May we contemplate the brilliance of that light
May the sun inspire our minds.
The Gayatri mantra first appeared in the Rig Veda, an early Vedic text written between 1800 and 1500 BC. It is mentioned in the Upanishads as an important ritual and in the Bhagavad Gita as the poem of the Divine.
The mantra is a hymn to Savitur, the Sun god.
According to vedas, the sun in the mantra represents both the physical sun and the divine in all things. The Vedic mind doesn't separate the physical presence of the sun from its spiritual or symbolic meaning.
The mantra is an expression of gratitude, to both the life-giving sun and the divine. Chanting this mantra evokes the literal meaning of life. It's an offering, a way to open to grace, to inspire oneself to connect to the ancient vision of India.