Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Feb 24 05:53:07 CST 1998
On Thu, 19 Feb 1998, Ravi Mayavaram wrote:
> My original question has to do with shrii nArAyaNa gAyatri. I dont
> understand the vidmahe term well. Should it be interpreted as "known
> as". The format of the gAyatri addressed to deities are very similar
> and it is distinctly different from sAvitri mantra
> AUM kAtyAyanAya vidmahe kanyakumAri dhImahI
> tanno durgi prachodayat.
> Unlike the sAvitri mantra, these gAyatris do not make the deity under
> consideration as source of all and the term prachodyat is like stand
> alone. What is being awakened or kindled? My knowledge of sanksrit
> tends to zero ;-), that is why I asked a detailed explanation.
vidmahe has the sense "may we know". Becouse these Gayatris are for
upasana the intention expressed is to become one with the deity.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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