Mantras use the breath and they are believed to be a creative force for transformation. I believe that since God spoke to create All That Is with the Sacred Breath or Word, then reciting mantra will bring us much closer to The Creator. Words and breath, through song and meditation, have been used in religion the world over since the idea of faith blossomed within us.
The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most well-known and inspiring mantras from the Vedas, and it is revered in both Buddhism and Hinduism. It has been used for thousands of year to transcend, inspire wisdom and enlighten. I have a version of this on my iPod and on my computer. It’s a very powerful mantra and should be said several times a day.
Recite the Gayatri Mantra regularly to receive wisdom and enlightenment. There are sites all over the web that offer digital versions of the mantra so you may learn the pronunciation.
Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yonah prachodayat
It essentially means (by many English interpretations):
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.