A clairvoyant means someone who can see things that normal people cannot see. For instance, it’s a well-known fact–I don’t know if you will call it fact or fiction but there are those who can see these things, the clairvoyants. They say that, in the human being, there is an aura surrounding the body that ordinarily one cannot see. Such clairvoyants are on record that if you watch a person chanting Gayatri Mantra, you can see a light come out of their heart; go through all the people who are sitting around and continue to go on, touching everyone, every human being for miles and miles away.
This is not merely because of the meaning of the mantra–the meaning is important of course–but the sound–the acoustics–all the mantras have been set to a certain rhythm, a certain pattern, a certain sound which has effects on one’s psyche and also on the outside world. So if you chant the mantra–the Gayatri Mantra–or any mantra regularly in its proper form, then it’s bound to have an effect within as well as without. It will do good to the outside world, it will also stimulate and open up your intellect.
I would say rather intelligence and not so much intellect, because your understanding of things inner and outer will grow and before long, you’ll discover that this entire world is pervaded by one Supreme, living, intelligent Being. It’s my personal opinion that chanting of the Gayatri in its proper tune or proper meter, slowly, quietly with complete attention brings about changes not only in one’s psyche which becomes sharp, alert, more intelligent and of course, spiritual in the end, it also increases one’s efficiency, but more about that later.
Continuous chanting of the Gayatri mantra under proper instructions brings about activation of some parts of one’s limbic system and connects to higher meditative states.
It is my personal understanding that it affects the cells of the physical body. I know it, since it’s my experience and I cannot give you any proof other than that it affects every cell of the human body and I also feel it brings about some kind of alteration in the genes and takes the human being one step towards his ultimate biological evolution also. When it is chanted properly, at a proper time and under proper instructions, I am also firmly convinced that it brings about changes in the brain cells so much so that the brain cells become more efficient. It influences certain centres in the brain, for instance, the limbic system that takes care of our feelings. If the limbic system isn’t working properly, you won’t have any feelings. You will live like a zombie. It’s in the centre of the brain and consists of the amygdala, the pituitary, the pineal gland and so on.
Now, I am convinced, it’s my experience that the continuous chanting of the Gayatri, under proper instructions and in the proper meter brings about activation of some parts of one’s limbic system and connects to higher meditative states. In fact, by itself, it does a great Sadhana.
How do we go about it? Sit quietly in the morning just as I have instructed you during the talk on meditation. Follow all those procedures. Then close your eyes, do the inhaling and exhaling, the ujjayi for 20-25 rounds. Then, visualising a light in your heart centre or if you like Gayatri as in the form of the goddess Gayatri, put your right hand on your heart centre and chant the mantra any number of times, preferably multiples of 9 like 9, 18, 36, 108.
But then, you don’t have to worry about that. Chant any number of times but a minimum of 108 times and keep chanting until you feel the effect of the mantra coming down your whole body and mind.
It can be tried out. Try it! Just shut your eyes, switch your attention to your heart centre and chant.