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Shanti Mantra

Vedic Peace Chants

(Translation by Sri Swami Shivananda of The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh)

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Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
Maakaschit duhkha bhaag bhavet
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

Auspiciousness (swasti) be unto all; peace (shanti) be unto all;
fullness (poornam) be unto all; prosperity (mangalam) be unto all.
May all be happy! (sukhinah)
May all be free from disabilities! (niraamayaah)
May all look (pashyantu)to the good of others!
May none suffer from sorrow! (duhkha)
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om asato maa satgamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritam gamaya
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

Lead us from the unreal to the real (from untruth to truth)
From darkness to light
From death to immortality
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om poornamadah poornamidam
Poornaat poornamudachyate
Poornasya poornamaadaya
Poornamevaavashishyate
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

That (pure consciousness) is full (perfect);
this (the manifest universe of matter;
of names and forms being maya) is full.
This fullness has been projected from that fullness.
When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om sham no mitrah sham varunah sham no bhavatvaryamaa
Sham na indro brihaspatih sham no vishnururukramah
Namo brahmane namaste vaayo twameva pratyaksham
Brahmaasi twaameva pratyaksham brahma vadishyaami
Tanmaamavatu tadvaktaaramavatu
Avatu maam avatu vaktaaram.
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

May Mitra, Varuna and Aryama be good to us!
May Indra and Brihaspati and Vishnu of great strides be good to us!
Prostrations unto Brahman! (Supreme Reality).
Prostrations to Thee, O Vayu! Thou art the visible Brahman.
I shall proclaim Thee as the visible Brahman.
I shall call Thee the just and the True.
May He protect the teacher and me! May he protect the teacher!
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om saha naavavatu sahanau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karavaavahai
Tejasvi naavadheetamastu maa vidvishaavahai
Om shantih shantih shantihi

Meaning:

May He protect us both (teacher and the taught)!
May He cause us both to enjoy the bliss of Mukti (liberation)!
May we both exert to discover the true meaning of the sacred scriptures!
May our studies be fruitful!
May we never quarrel with each other!
Let there be threefold peace.

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Namaste sate te jagat kaaranaaya
Namaste chite sarva lokaashrayaaya
Namo dvaita tattwaaya mukti pradaaya
Namo brahmane vyaapine shaashvataaya
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

Salutations to that Being, the cause of the universe!
Salutations to that Consciousness, the support of all the worlds!
Salutations to that One Truth without a second, which gives liberation!
Salutations to that pure, eternal Brahman who pervades all regions!
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om yaschandasaamrishabho vishwaroopah
Chhandobhyo dhyamritaat sambabhoova
Sa mendro medhayaa sprinotu
Amritasya devadhaarano bhooyaasam
Shareeram me vicharshanam
Jihwaa me madhumattamaa
Karnaabhyaam bhoori vishruvam
Brahmanah Koshoasi medhayaapihitah
Shrutam me gopaaya
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

May He, the Lord of all, pre-eminent among the Vedas
and superior to the nectar contained in them, bless me with wisdom!
May I be adorned with the knowledge of Brahman that leads to immortality!
May my body become strong and vigorous (to practise meditation)!
May my tongue always utter delightful words!
May I hear much with my ears!
Thou art the scabbard of Brahman hidden by worldly taints
(not revealed by impure, puny intellects).
May I never forget all that I have learnt!
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om aham vrikshasya rerivaa
Keertih prishtham gireriva
Urdhwapavitro vaajineeva swamritamasmi
Dravinam savarchasam
Sumedhaa amritokshitah
Iti trishankor vedaanu vachanam
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Meaning:

I am the destroyer of the tree (of samsar; worldly life).
My reputation is as high as the top of the hill.
I am in essence as pure as the sun.
I am the highest treasure.
I am all-wise, immortal and indestructible.
This is Trishanku’s realisation.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om aapyaayantu mamaangaani vaak
Praanashchakshuh shrotramatho
Balamindriyaani cha sarvaani sarvam brahmopanishadam
Maaham brahma niraakuryaam maa maa brahma niraakarod
Niraakaranamastva niraakaranam me astu
Tadaatmani nirate ya upanishatsu dharmaaste
Mayi santu te mayi santu.
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Meaning:

May my limbs, speech, Prana, eye, ear
and power of all my senses grow vigorous!
All is the pure Brahman of the Upanishads.
May I never deny that Brahman!
May that Brahman never desert me!
Let that relationship endure.
Let the virtues recited in the Upanishads be rooted in me.
May they repose in me!
Om peace. peace. peace!

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Om vaang me manasi pratishthitaa
Mano me vaachi pratishthitam
Aaveeraaveerma edhi vedasya ma aanisthah
Shrutam me maa prahaaseer anenaadheetena
Ahoraatraan samdadhaami ritam vadishyaami
Satyam vadishyaami tanmaamavatu tadvaktaaramavatu
Avatu maam avatu vaktaaram avatu vaktaaram
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Meaning:

Let my speech be rooted in my mind.
Let my mind be rooted in my speech.
Let Brahman (Supreme Reality) reveal Himself to me.
Let my mind and speech enable me to grasp the truths of the Vedas.
Let not what I have heard forsake me.
Let me spend both day and night continuously in study.
I think truth, I speak the truth.
May that Truth protect me! May that Truth protect the teacher!
Let peace prevail against heavenly, worldly and demoniacal troubles.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om bhadram no apivaataya manah.
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Meaning:

Salutations! May my mind and all these
(the body, senses, breath etc.) be good and well!
Om peace, peace. peace!

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Om bhadram karnebhih shrunuyaama devaah
Bhadram pashyemaakshabhiryajatraah
Sthirairangaistushtuvaamsastanoobhih
Vyashema devahitam yadaayuh
Swasti na indro vridhashravaah
Swasti nah pooshaa vishwavedaah
Swasti nastaarkshyo arishtanemih
Swasti no brihaspatir dadhaatu.
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Meaning:

Om, O worshipful ones,
may our ears hear what is good and auspicious!
May we see what is auspicious!
May we sing your praise, live our allotted span of life
in perfect health and strength!
May Indra (who is) extolled in the scriptures,
Pushan, the all-knowing Trakshya, who saves from all harm,
and Brihaspati who protects our spiritual lustre,
vouchsafe prosperity in our study of the scriptures
and the practice of the truths contained therein!
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om yo brahmaanam vidadhaati poorvam
Yo vai vedaanshcha prahinoti tasmai
Tam ha devmaatma buddhi prakaasham
Mumukshurvai sharanamaham prapadye<
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Meaning:

He who creates this entire universe in the beginning,
and He about whom the Vedas gloriously praise and sing,
in Him I take refuge with the firm faith and belief
that my intellect may shine with Self-knowledge.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om vishwaani deva savitar duritaani paraasuva
Yad bhadram tanma aasuva
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

O all pervading, Supreme Lord, the effulgent Creator,
we place our faith and trust entirely in Thee.
Keep away from us all that is evil
and bestow upon us all that is good.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om agne naya supathaa raaye asmaan
Vishwaani deva vayunaani vidvaan;
Yuyodhyas majjuhu raanmeno
Bhooyishthaam te nama-uktim vidhema.
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

O Supreme Lord, who art light and wisdom,
Thou knowest all our thoughts and deeds.
Lead us by the right path to the fulfilment of life,
and keep us away from all sin and evil.
We offer unto Thee, O Lord, our praise and salutation.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Tvamekam sharanyam tvamekam varenyam
Tvamekam jagatpaalakam svaprakaasham;
Tvamekam jagatkartu paatruprahartru
Tvamekam param nishchalam nirvikalpam.
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

O Thou my only refuge,
O Thou my one desire,
O Thou the one protector of the world, the radiant One.
O Thou the creator, sustainer and dissolver of the whole world,
O Thou the one great motionless Being, free from change and modification.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Vayam tvaam smaraamo vayam tvaam bhajaamo
Vayam tvaam jagat saakshiroopam namaamah;
Sadekam nidhaanam niraalambameesham
Bhavaambhodhi potam sharanyam vrajaamah.
Om shantih shantih shantih!

Meaning:

O Thou eternal all-pervading witness of the whole universe,
we meditate on the one Truth.
We silently adore Thee and offer Thee our salutation.
We take complete refuge in that one Almighty Being,
the basis of everything, self-supporting and supreme,
a vessel in the stormy sea of life.
Om peace, peace, peace!

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Om dyauh shaantih Antariksham shaantih
Prithivee shaantih Aapah shaantih
Oshadhayah shaantih Vanaspatayah shaantih
Vishvedevaah shaantih Brahma shaantih
Sarvam shaantih Shaantireva shaantih
Saamaa shaantiredhih
Om shantih, shantih, shantih!

Two interpretations:

Meaning according to Swami Shivananda
Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India

O Supreme Lord, Thy celestial regions are full of peace and harmony;
peace reigns on Thy earth and Thy waters.
Thy herbs and trees are full of peace.
All Thy forces of nature are full of peace and harmony.
There is peace and perfection in Thy eternal knowledge;
everything in the universe is peaceful,
and peace pervades everywhere.
O Lord, may that peace come to me!

Meaning according to Swami Abhedananda
Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, India

May peace radiate there in the whole sky
as well as in the vast ethereal space everywhere.
May peace reign all over this earth,
in water and in all herbs, trees and creepers.
May peace flow over the whole universe.
May peace be in the Supreme Being Brahman.
And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone.
Om peace, peace and peace to us and all beings!

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