One of the most important longer mantras, commanding great respect since Vedic times, is the Gayatri Mantra. It can be translated as: May we meditate on the effulgent light (or power) of S/He who is worshipful and who has given birth to all worlds. May S/He direct the rays of our intelligence toward the path of good.
Each of the syllables of the expanded mantra is linked with a deity, a color, a bodily mechanism, and a cosmic principle. The mantra is inscribed in a circular fashion, symbolically integrating a whole mantra-picture of the universe with the yantra form. The colors used in this yantra were taken from those linked to the syllables of the mantra.