Mantra meditation is an effective way to focus energy, and it brings about a calm and collected mind. Mantra meditation is great way to get started on a meditation practice. Those who are dedicated to understand and follow truth will benefit from the Gayatri mantra.
The Gayatri mantra is a highly revered mantra coming from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. This mantra first appears in a hymn of the Rigveda (3.62.10). This predates the rise of Brahmanism.
This mantra is considered to be not different from the divine entity that forms the content of the mantra, and thus it is considered sacred. The recommended times to recite this mantra are at sunrise, noon and sunset. Devotees of this mantra recite this mantra at least ten times at those junctures of the day. I find this mantra to be invigorating. It has helped me to come into a collected state after my mind becomes scattered or my energy is low.
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।
भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt
There are many translations of this mantra. Understanding Sanskrit grammar and the possible variations of the word translations helps to intuit different meanings. Here is my current translation:
Let us meditate upon the Divine as the ceaseless life-light energy that is illuminating the three worlds, and uplifts our understanding.
Here’s a post on youtube with a clear and exact pronunciation chanted 108 times. Even without knowing the meaning, one can be uplifted by the devout gravity of sacredness of this chant.