In yoga, the mantra is a mystical formula, an incantation, which aids the individual to liberate the self and attain bliss and ultimate fulfillment.
This book describes the Gayatri, the mantra which helps the higher man to be born in us all. It describes in great detail the meaning and many facets (water rites, sitting posture, time, atmosphere, breath control, pronunciation of sacred sounds) of this ancient meditation.
Anyone who ever heard Sadguru Sant Keshavadas speak, as I did, became instantly mesmerized by the beauty and wisdom of his speech. He was equally gifted at sharing great truths through the written word. Gayatri: The Highest Meditation is not only a treasure of ancient vedic wisdom revealed by a genuine guru but the lanquage is so poetic as to sparkle and shimmer with a light all its own. Sant Keshavadas conveys the teaching on mediation, God and why we should devote ourselves to practice with a voice that rings divine. I could not read his work without feeling a sweet celestrial thrill that let me know I was connecting with something vital.
Sant Keshavadas introduces the readers to fascinating Sanskrit terminology then explains the true meaning. His exposition on the "OM" is worth the price of the book. Westerners have long poked fun at the sound, having no idea of what it truly signifies. No matter what religion one comes from readers of Gayatri will expand their sense of God's power and grace feel inspired to seek a closer relationship, an inner-relationship. The quest for God may be pursued in a group but the experience is still intensely personal. This book reminds us we must take an active interest in our own illumination, if we would acheive it.