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From the Yoga Studio of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in Spa in Costa Rica, Yogi Aaron shares some stories and insights into the power of Mantra, and how they can influence and shape us. He specifically talks about the Gayatri Mantra.

Gayatri Mantra (GUY-ah-tree) is one of the most known and beneficial of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Gayatri is a mantra of physical, emotional, and mental healing, purifying the subtle karmas, protection from the onslaught of obstacles, and of spiritual awakening or Self-realization.

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah 
Tat Savitur Varenyam 
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi 
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

There are many translations, and this is one below.

O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.