Gayatri the holiest verse of the Vedas (q.v.). It is addressed to the sun, to which it was daily offered up as a prayer, in these words: "Let us meditate on the adorable light of the divine sun; may it guide our intellects. Desirous of food, we solicit the gift of the splendid sun, who should be studiously worshipped. Venerable men, guided by the understanding, salute the divine sun with oblations and praise" (Colebrooke, Translation). The substance of this prayer is thus given by professor Horace Wilson: "Let us meditate on the sacred light of that divine sun, that it may illuminate our minds."