The Gayatri mantra is indeed a priceless jewel gifted by the rishis and sages to the world. It is both, a mantra as well as a prayer. As a mantra, the Gayatri mantra therefore has the power to take the practitioner within, to consolidate his mind and lead to an integrated awareness. As a prayer in worship of the Sun, it expresses a heart-felt petition to the Sun God to lift up the intellect from the quagmire of doubt and petty thoughts, to enable it to receive and retain the rarefied knowledge of Truth. It gives expression to an intense desire to be delivered from the limitations of conditioned thought and existence to touch horizons of an expansive perceptivity, refined intelligence and right discriminative wisdom.