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Shanti Mantras And Their Meanings

Shanti Mantras And Their Meanings

The oldest living religion on Earth, Hinduism, follows varied systems of philosophy, belief and rituals, most of which is explained in a collection of ancient Sanskrit texts, The Upanishads. The Upanishads, along with the ideas of Hinduism, also contain  mantras, the reciting of which, is supposed to calm the mind and bestow peace in the mind of the reciter.

These sacred texts also explain the correct method of reciting these “Peace mantras”, also called “Shanti Mantras”.

The Shanti Mantras are generally recited (in a sing-song manner) at the beginning and end of religious rituals as it is believed to remove any obstacles in the path of the task being started.

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There are different Shanti Mantras for each of the Vedas and most end with the word ‘Shanti’, which is recited three times with a small pause in between each word, not for emphasising the word, but to remove the three types of disturbances, which are categorised as:

1)Aadhi-daivikam(Disturbances beyond our control like hurricanes)

2)Adhi-bhautikam(Disturbances partially under our control like ringing of phone[It can be switched off])

3)Adhyatmikam(Disturbances totally in our control, like anger, ego)

Some ‘Shanti Paaths’ from the Vedas and Upanishads, that are recited the most are:

ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः

पृथिवी शान्तिरापः शान्तिरोषधयः शान्तिः ।

वनस्पतयः शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवाः शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्तिः

सर्वं शान्तिः शान्तिरेव शान्तिः सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॥

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

[Om Dyauh Shaantir-Antarikssam Shaantih

Prthivii Shaantir-Aapah Shaantir-Ossadhayah Shaantih |

Vanaspatayah Shaantir-Vishve-Devaah Shaantir-Brahma Shaantih

Sarvam Shaantih Shaantireva Shaantih Saa Maa Shaantir-Edhi |

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||]


 Om, May there be Peace in Heaven, in the Sky,

 on the Earth, in the Water, in the Plants,

 in the Trees, in the Gods in the various Worlds, in Brahman,

 May there be Peace in All, May there be Peace Indeed within Peace, Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,

 Om, Peace, Peace, Peace, to all.

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।

तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।

मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om asto maa sadgamaya,

Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya,

Mrityor maa amritam gamaya,

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih.


Om, Lead me from the unreal to the Real,

From the darkness to Light,

From fear of death to Immortality

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते

पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om poornam adah poornam idam,

Poornaat poornam udachyate,

Poornasya poornam aadaya,

Poornam eva avashishyate.

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih.


Om; That (pure consciousness) is full (infinite); This (the inner world) is full(with divine consciousness). This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges with that fullness, the end result is fullness.

ॐ सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।

सर्वेशां शान्तिर्भवतु ।

सर्वेशां पुर्णंभवतु ।

सर्वेशां मङ्गलंभवतु ।

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu,

Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu,

Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu,

Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu,

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih.


May there be well-being unto all; peace unto all;

Fulfilment unto all; prosperity unto all.

Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः

सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।

सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु

मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।

 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |

Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu

Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


May all become happy

May none fall ill

May all see good in others

May none ever suffer |

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

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