The Gayatri Mantra is a prayer to Brahman for the inspiration of our thoughts and involves meditation on the solar deity Savita, who represents the divine light of Brahman for all beings living in the solar system. With the divine light inspiring our thoughts, we not only become energetic but also turn righteous. Because our thoughts make our samskaras, this continual guidance from God allows us to generate only sattvic karma. As our mind gets disinfected from many of our attachments and habits of the past, our nature turns spiritual.
By continuing our meditation,** we eventually derive the knowledge of our Self, which is the ideal objective of the Gayatri Mantra. We get to realize our oneness with Brahman and see the whole universe within our Self.
**All potent mantras and meditation processes require an initiation and training from an experienced guru.
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In the Srimad Bhagavat Purana, Lord Krishna informs Uddhava about numerous mystical powers that can be achieved through yoga. While selected siddhis seem to defy the fundamental laws of physics by giving us the ability to reduce or increase our physical size and mass beyond what we can imagine, others focus on controlling fellow beings, circumstances, or the entire world and on obtaining all objects of our desire. Krishna also discusses lesser yogic powers like freedom from hunger and thirst, mind reading, invincibility, clairvoyance, and the ability to instantly reach a desired destination.
Though Lord Hanuman possessed many such siddhis, his childhood experiences, including a curse from a sage, had taught him to use such powers sparingly — only when needed. Later, due to his sole focus on Rama, the source of all powers, and his wisdom, Hanuman obtained the boon (from Goddess Sita) to bestow any of the siddhis on his devotees at his own discretion.
In contrast, many Indian mystics have enjoyed displaying their petty yogic powers to their followers. A siddhi, unless used unfalteringly for universal benefit, is not a mark of spiritual success. In the absence of bhakti and jnana, it is only a certificate of participation in yoga and may indicate that the seeker has had material desires in his or her mind while meditating. Besides, the enjoyment of controlling nature is not so distinct from being trapped (or controlled) by nature; both are forms of deeper involvement in nature, not attachment to the Supreme Person. So, what is the aim of yoga? Transcending nature, not controlling it. This is why Krishna warns us that siddhis may turn out to be a waste of an advanced-level yogi’s time.