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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Indian Poetry Vedic Verse Gayatri (the one who protects the one who sings, Goddess of Past Present and Future) is considered a priestly Vedic meter and one of the most favored chandas or meters of the mantras of Indian verse. The Gayatri is associated with the head or intellect and is said to have originated from the skin of Prajāpati. This is a form that seems to have transitioned from Veda to Sanskrit during the overlapping period from 700 to 200 B.C. and appears to be synonymous with the Sanskrit sloka. The elements of the Gayatri are: stanzaic, written in any number of tercets syllabic, lines of 8 syllables each which are most often written in simple iambic cadence. from the Reg Veda 2000 B.C. Hymns to the Mystic Fire translation changes the syllable count. We meditate on the glory of the Creator; Who has created the Universe; Who is worthy of Worship; Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance; May He enlighten our Intellect. The Gayatri Mantra, is a well known mantra which is thought to have been recited from the beginning of time through today. It is always proceeded by an invocation of Aum or OM (Ōhmm) which is "Yes to God" entreated with Bhuh (devotion), Bhuvah (action), Svah (knowledge). Aum Bhuh Bhuvah Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illumine our minds. ~ The Reg Veda (10:16:3)"O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge." Wahiduddin The Haunting by Judi Van Gorder The fiery fingers of the song climb up my spine to set on fire resistance to the music's force. Rhythm so vibrates in my veins that now I throb with its tambour and yield all to the harmony. You are the haunting melody that rides the flame and brands my soul with the sweet tenor of your voice. Other Vedas Anistubh Brhati gayatri Jagati Pankti Tristubh Ushnik II. Sanskrit Verse Regional Forms: III. Bengali, IV. Hindi, V. Kashmiri, VI. Marathi and VII. Teluga