Which is the Gayatri Mantra?

HARE KRISHNA! The first sloka of SB is

oḿ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya

janmādy asya yato 'nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ svarāṭ

tene brahma hṛdā ya ādi-kavaye muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ

tejo-vāri-mṛdāḿ yathā vinimayo yatra tri-sargo 'mṛṣā

dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakaḿ satyaḿ paraḿ dhīmahi

 Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport that the slokas of most of the puranas including SB begin with Gayatri Mantra.

The Gayatri Mantra which we all know is completely different. request to remove this confusion.

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  • The authority behind what I have posted is Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura who has translated and written the Purport of Brahma Samhita. There is no conflict between me and Ganesh Prabhu, it is also known as the Brahma Gayatri.
    Prabhupada writes that it is for spiritually advanced people. When one is successful in chanting the Gayatri mantra, he can enter into the transcendental position of the Lord. One must therefore acquire brahminical qualities or be perfectly situated in the quality of goodness in order to chant the Gayatri mantra successfully and then attain to the stage of transcendentally realizing the Lord, His name, His fame, His qualities and so on.
  • This is the opening invocation of Srimad Bhagavatam(1.1.1).'The Absolute Truth(satyam param)' indicates the relationship, and 'we meditate(dhimahi) on Him' indicates the execution of devotional service and the ultimate goal of life.
    Obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva, directly indicate Lord Sri Krsna, who is the divine son of Vasudeva and Devaki.
    Brahma, the original living being has explained the subject of Sri Krsna substantially in his treatise named Brahma Samhita.
    Sri Brahma Samhita Text 27
    Then Gayatri, mother of the Vedas, being made manifest, i.e. imparted, by the divine sound of the flute of Sri Krsna, entered into the lotus mouth of Brahma, born from himself, through his eight ear-holes. The lotus-born Brahma having received the Gayatri, sprung from the flute-song of Sri Krsna, attained the status of the twice born, having being initiated by the supreme primal preceptor, Godhead Himself.
    The sound of Krsna's flute is the transcendental blissful sound; hence the archetype of all Veda, is present in it. The Gayatri is Vedic rhythm. It contains a brief meditation and prayer. Kama gayatri is the highest of all the Gayatris, because the meditation and prayer contained in it are full of the perfect transcendental sportive activities which are not to be found in any other Gayatri. The Gayatri that is attained as the sequel of the eighteen lettered mantra(klim krsnaya govindaya gopi-jana-vallabhaya svaha) is kama gayatri which runs thus: klim kama-devaya vidmahe puspa-banaya dhimahi tan no 'nangah pracodayat.
    In this Gayatri, the realization of the transcendental pastimes of Sri Gopijana-vallabha after perfect meditation and the prayer for the attainment of the transcendental god of love are indicated. In the spiritual world there is no better mode of endeavour for securing the super excellent rasa-bedewed love. As soon as that Gayatri entered into the ear holes of Brahma, he became the twice born and began to chant the Gayatri.
    Text 28
    Enlightened by the recollection of that Gayatri, embodying the three Vedas, Brahma became acquainted with the expanse of the ocean of Truth. Then he worshipped Sri Krsna, the essence of all Vedas.
    On a personal note: this is a good start for understanding the Srimad Bhagavatam since it was passed on by Brahma to Narada to Vyasa to Sukadeva Gosvami and so on.
    Nevertheless "There is no scripture equal to the Brahma-samhita as far as the final spiritual conclusion is concerned. Indeed, that scripture is the supreme revelation of Lord Govinda, for it reveals the topmost knowledge about him. Since all conclusions are briefly presented in Brahma-samhita, it is essential among all the Vaisnava literatures."(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila, Ch. 9, Texts 239-240) By His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • This sloka is not gayatri mantra. This sloka invokes the Brahma gayatri mantra (om bhur bhuvah suvaha.......). Parbhupada specifies in purport that "Therefore, he purposely invokes a Gāyatrī mantra, dhīmahi."


    Also in Chaitanya caritamrta the following is explained by Chaitnaya Mahaprabhu to Prakasananda saraswati

    CC Madhya 25.147: "In the beginning of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam there is an explanation of the Brahma-gāyatrī mantra. 'The Absolute Truth [satyaḿ param]' indicates the relationship, and 'we meditate [dhīmahi] on Him' indicates the execution of devotional service and the ultimate goal of life.

  • Om bhu..bhuvaha..suvaha mantra is vEd MAtA GayatrI Mantra(also called GAyatrI mahA mantrA as it is directed to srI krishNA Himself recognizing Him as 'Savitha' (the origin of All) in this mantrA. Here, the mantrA is directed to srI krishnA and the form(metre) is also krishnA as stated in the gItA). However, as krishnA says in gItA that one must approach a guru and learn about Him, similarly one must be initiated to this mantrA by a guru (preferably the father who does this in the presence of the kula AchArya) who initiates the son to the devotion of srI krishnA.

  • Hare Krsna

    In this case Lord Brahma was initiated by this Gayatri mantra from Lord Krsna Himself.

    The same is also verified in the Brahma Samhita.


  • ||shrI krishnAh sharanam mama|| || shrI krishna charanau sharanam prapadhyE ||

    Gayatri is one of the primary metres (format that governs length, organization of bija mantras etc.) by which a mantrA can be organized (srI krishnA says that among the mantra metres He is gAyatrI). The foremost GAyatrI mantrA is an invocation to the Supreme Lord Himself with the form of DevI GayatrI (vEda mAthA who blesses us with the realization of Supreme paraBrahma krishnA) to meditate upon when the angAs of the GAyatrI mantra is chanted. It is the foremost mantrA chanted by the brAhmanAs. Any vEdic chant or yagNA is incomplete when gAyatrI is not remembered. A brAhmin, kshatriyA or vaishyA boy at a suitable age is taught the gAyatrI mantrA by a guru. Continuous chanting with reverance to dEvI gAyatrI gives us brahma tEjas, the power/intellect to discern between dharma/adharma, protection from evil and support of lord krishnA. Putting the 4 vedAs in one side of the balance and the gayAtrI on the other lets gAyatrI weigh more proclaiming the greatness of this mantrA. gayatrI recognizes who is OM, salutes the lord and offers prayer all at once in the same mantrA.

    This is different from the kAma gAyatrI by which Lord KrishnA is remembered. Also, the gAyatrI mantrA is not different for different varnAs.




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