A daily collection of verses from the Vedas, Hinduism's revealed scripture
If he (the knower of the Gayatri) accepts as a gift the three worlds full of wealth, he will be receiving the fruit of knowing only the first foot of the Gayatri. If he accepts as a gift as much as this treasury of knowledge, the Vedas, has to confer, he will be receiving the fruit of knowing only the second foot of the Gayatri. And if he accepts as a gift as much as is covered by all living creatures in the world, he will be receiving the fruit of knowing only the third foot of the Gayatri. While the fruit of knowing its fourth, apparently visible, supramundane foot-yonder sun that glows-is not to be counterbalanced by any gift received. Indeed, how could anyone receive so much as a gift?
Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad V, XIV-The Sacred Gayatri, 6
The salutation to the Gayatri: O Gayatri, thou art one-footed, two-footed, three-footed and four-footed. And thou art without any feet, for thou art unattainable. Salutation to thee, fourth foot, apparently visible and supramundane! May the enemy neverattain his object! Should the knower of the Gayatri bear hatred towards anyone, he should either use this mantra: May his desired object never flourish!-in which case that object of the person against whom he thus salutes the Gayatri never flourishes-or he may say: May I attain that cherished object of his!
Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad V, XIV-The Sacred Gayatri, 7
On this subject Janaka, Emperor of Videha, said to Budila, the son of Asvatarasva: Well, how is it that you, who called yourself a knower of the Gayatri, have come to he an elephant and are carrying me? He replied: Because, Your Majesty, I did not know its mouth. Janaka said: Fire is its mouth. If people put a large quantity of fuel into the fire, it is all burnt up. Similarly, a man who knows this, even if he commits a great many sins, consumes them all and becomes pure, clean and free from decayand death.
Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad V, XIV-The Sacred Gayatri, 8
The door (real nature) of the truth (Satya Brahman) is covered by a golden disc. Open it, O Nourisher! Remove it so that I who have been worshipping the truth may behold it. O Nourisher! O lone Traveller of the sky! O Controller! O Sun! O Offspring of Prajapati! Gather your rays. Withdraw your light. I would see through your grace that form of yours which is the most benign. I am indeed He, that purusha who dwells in the sun. I am immortal. Now when my body falls may my breath return to the all-pervading Prana! May this body, reduced to ashes, return to the earth! Om. O Fire, who art the symbol Om, O god of deliberations, remember, remember all that I have done.
Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad V, XV-The Prayer of a Dying Person, 1
O Fire, lead us by the good path towards the enjoyment of the fruit of our action. You know, O god, all our deeds. Destroy our sin of deceit. We offer by words repeated salutations to you.
Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad V, XV-The Prayer of a Dying Person, 1 (cont)
These daily verses are drawn from the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas, Hinduism's revealed scriptures, which are 6,000 to 8,000 years old. Many of the verses are from the book The Vedic Experience, by Raimundo Panikkar, available at our Minimela online store.