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gAyatrI is the very breath, if it can be so called, of the Lord Absolute, as to be received and treasured in the heart so that ultimately it may open up the gate of Self-Realization.  It is the One thing that unveils the vastness of the Infinite to our heart. 

For a detailed meaning of the gAyatrI, go to
The Three fundamental Urges of Man.

The passage from the finite to the Infinite, is not on the physical, mental or intellectual plane. It has to be a transformation of the heart. It is by that internal transformation alone that one hopes, with the Grace of the Absolute, to have the experience of the Infinite.  Actually the Lord expresses His agony, as it were, when He says: (Gita, VII -26):

I know all the past, all the future and all the present,
but nobody knows Me.

Instead of trying to know Him we often spend time in discussing mundane trivialities. 

(For instance, every one of us spends time, money  and energy to enjoy the sunrise and sunset, particularly at certain key tourist spots - but what does not come to our minds is the fact that every sunrise and every sunset is taking away our life and must be a reminder for us to hasten to know what is to be known, satyasya satyaM - the Truth of Truth).

The sage Ramana puts the occupation with  mundaneness graphically: 'I tell you there is no snake; there is only the rope. But you want to spend your lifetime in researching whether the snake that appears to you is of this variety or that variety, whether it is a cobra or not'!
To continue with the same  analogy,  a very standard one in Vedanta literature, one notices that the rope is the more substantial one whereas the snake is only an appearance, a manifestation, a phenomenon that comes and goes. There is no permanent reality to it. In the same manner, the only Immutable and ever-permanent Reality is the Absolute
brahman - which  may be taken either in The  Personal Form  (the Supreme Transcendental Personality) or in the Impersonal 'Form'.  For Him the six 'waves' ( = Urmis)  of samsAra are non-existent. But these matter very much for us, because they are the ones which create all the ups and downs, pleasures and pains, in fact all the dualities in our lives. They are

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