Siri Gayatri Mantra
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
Ra Sun Ma Moon Da Earth Sa Infinity Sa Infinity Say the personal perception of infinity So Hung I am that
The mantra, used within and through all these meditations, is called: Siri Gayatri mantra, the mantra for healing. This mantra was taught by Yogi Bhajan.
It is referred to as a precious gem, a sonic crystal, made of 8 facets - 8 syllables.
This sonic structure captures the healing energy of the cosmos like a gem captures and reflects the light of the sun. The Siri Gayatri mantra, like a beautiful gem, can be placed to reverberate within different settings, to be used through different contexts in different occasions.
The 21 meditations, offered on the RaMaDaSa Remedy app, are such - each one a beautiful jewel, a work of art.
Exploring the roots
Those of you, who are a bit familiar with the world of mantra, know the classical Gayatri mantra. It is not Yogi Bhajan’s Siri Gayatri. How are these two mantras related? What was Yogi Bhajan referring to when he said that this healing mantra is the Siri Gayatri?
Here is one possible explanation:
Gayatri is probably the most known mantra from the Vedic tradition. (The Vedic tradition is rooted in the old civilization (c. 1500 – c. 500 BCE) of Northern India at the Ganges basin. It has been named after the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, which have been composed at that time.)
“Gayatri” is not only a mantra. It is also worshipped as a Goddess deity. The essence of this deity is the elevating principle of Gayatri as a Chanda: Chanda(Sanskrit), a Metre (English); a pattern on which poetry is constructed, a mold through which sounds and words become a rhythmic poetic expression.
The Gayatri metre is the one, through which maximum number of hyms of the Vedas came into being. Hence, Gayatri, through the passing of the ages, has been considered as being the mother of the Vedas, as the Vedic mantras, in large numbers, had been gathered from this metre of twenty-four syllables.
In the beginning, the meters consisted of four syllables only. The gods asked them to bring Soma from heavens. (Soma was a plant from which a ritual drink was pressed. A lot of the Vedic poetry is dedicated to the Soma).
The first to leap forth was Jagati. She flew-up, but she came back without getting the soma, leaving behind three syllables.
The Second to fly up was Tristup. She leapt forth, but she too came back without soma. She left behind one syllable
Then, The third ventured forth – Gayatri, in the form of a hawk, flew up for Soma…
When the Gayatri bird came, frightening its guardians, and carried off Soma, It was flying so speedily as though it was alone on the vast path. It went rapidly with the sweet soma plant and the hawks hence forth acquired celebrity status in the world.
The straight forward Gayatri hawk, conveying the soma plant from long distances, attended by the gods, brought the adorable exhilarating soma, having taken it from the lofty heavens.
Not only that Gayatri has returned with soma, she has also brought with her these four syllables, left behind by Jagati and Tristup. Therefore, from that celebrated day onwards, Gayatri consists of eight syllables in a pada (footstep in Sanskrit- a chapter) and it is only Gayatri, which does transform itself into other meters by adding four syllables, step by step.
Flying back with the remedy
In kundalini yoga, the rhythm of 8 is used a lot, as it correlates and activates the consciousness, known as "Kundalini".
Therefore, we can assume that Yogi Bhajan’s reference to the healing mantra as “Siri Gayatri” refers to this same potent essence it carries. Just like the journey of the Gayatri hawk flying beyond the sun with her 4 syllables,
The four base syllables of the Siri Gayatri mantra – RaMaDaSa – take us from earth to the ether, the heavens – Sun Moon Earth Infinity.
Then, like the Gayatri hawk returning back with the elevating soma, the second part of the mantra, the last four syllables – SaSaySoHung – holds us there, at the heavens, for a moment, to collect the remedy of the expanded consciousness. Then it takes us back, to our Self – all that is infinity I Am.