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Shanti Mantra

Shanti Mantras are also known as "Peace Mantras".The Shanti Mantras are prayers for peace from the Vedas. Shanti Mantras are found in Upanishads.

Shanti Mantra are supposed to calm the mind of the reciter and environment around him/her. Reciting them is also believed to be removing any obstacles for the task being started.Generally they are recited at the beginning and end of religious rituals and discourses.

Shanti Mantras always end with three utterances of word "Shanti" which means "Peace". The Reason for uttering three times is for calming and removing obstacles in three realms which are:

  • Physical or Adhi-Bhautika realm; can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from external world, such as from wild animals, people, natural calamities etc.
  • Divine or Adhi-Daivika realm; can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from extra-sensory world of spirits, ghosts, deities, demigods/angels etc.
  • Internal or Adhyaatmika realm; is source of troubles/obstacles arising out of ones own body and mind, such as pain, diseases, laziness, absent-mindedness etc.

These three classes of troubles are called "Tapa-Traya". When Shanti mantras are recited, obstacles from these realms are believed to be pacified.

Shanti Mantras from different Upanishads are :

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and Ishavasya Upanishad

ॐपूर्णमदःपूर्णमिदम्पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते|
पूर्णस्यपूर्णमादायपूर्णमेवावशिष्यते||
ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः||

oṃpūrṇamadaḥpūrṇamidam pūrṇāt pūrṇamudacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇamādāya pūrṇamevāvaśiṣyate
oṃśāntiḥśāntiḥśāntiḥ

Meaning :Om ! That (Brahman) is infinite, and this (universe) is infinite. The infinite proceeds from the infinite.
(Then) taking the infinitude of the infinite (universe),
It remains as the infinite (Brahman) alone.
Om ! Peace ! Peace ! Peace !


Taittiriya Upanishad

ॐशंनोमित्रःशंवरुणः।

शंनोभवत्वर्यमा।

शंनइन्द्रोब्रिहस्पतिः।

शंनोविष्णुरुरुक्रमः।

नमोब्रह्मणे।नमस्तेवायो।

त्वमेवप्रत्यक्षंब्रह्मासि।

त्वामेवप्रत्यक्षम्ब्रह्मवदिष्यामि।

ॠतंवदिष्यामि।सत्यंवदिष्यामि।

तन्मामवतु।

तद्वक्तारमवतु।

अवतुमाम्।

अवतुवक्तारम्।

ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः॥


oṃśaṃno mitraḥśaṃvaruṇaḥ| śaṃno bhavatvaryamā | śaṃna indro brihaspatiḥ| śaṃno viṣṇururukramaḥ| namo brahmaṇe | namaste vāyo | tvameva pratyakṣaṃbhrahmāsi | tvāmeva pratyakṣam brahma vadiṣyāmi | ṝtaṃvadiṣyāmi | satyaṃvadiṣyāmi | tanmāmavatu | tadvaktāramavatu | avatu mām | avatu vaktāram | oṃśāntiḥśāntiḥśāntiḥ||


Meaning : Om May Mitra be blissful to us. May Varuna be blissful to us. May Aryaman be blissful to us. May Indra and Brihaspati be blissful to us. May Vishnu, of long strides, be blissful to us. Salutation to Brahman. Salutation to you, O Vayu. You, indeed, are the immediate Brahman. You alone I shall call the direct Brahman. I shall call you righteousness. I shall call you truth. May He protect me. May He protect the teacher. May He protect me. May He protect the teacher. Om, peace, peace, peace !

 

Taittiriya Upanishad, Katha Upanishad, Mandukya Upanishad and Shvetashvatara Upanishad

ॐस॒हना॑ववतु।स॒हनौ॑भुनक्तु।

स॒हवी॒र्यं॑करवावहै।

ते॒ज॒स्विना॒वधी॑तमस्तु॒मावि॑द्विषा॒वहै॑॥

ॐशान्ति॒ःशान्ति॒ःशान्ति॑ः॥

om saha nāvavatu

saha nau bhunaktu

saha vīryaṃkaravāvahai

tejasvināvadhītamastu mā vidviṣāvahai

oṃśāntiḥśāntiḥśāntiḥ

Meaning :Om ! May He protect us both together; may He nourish us both together;

May we work conjointly with great energy,

May our study be vigorous and effective;

May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).

Om ! Let there be Peace in me !

Let there be Peace in my environment !

Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !

 

Kena Upanishad and Chandogya Upanishad

ॐआप्यायन्तुममाङ्गानिवाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः

श्रोत्रमथोबलमिन्द्रियाणिचसर्वाणि।

सर्वम्ब्रह्मौपनिषदम्माऽहंब्रह्म

निराकुर्यांमामाब्रह्म

निराकरोदनिराकरणमस्त्वनिराकरणम्मेऽस्तु।

तदात्मनिनिरतेयउपनिषत्सुधर्मास्ते

मयिसन्तुतेमयिसन्तु।

ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः॥

oṃāpyāyantu mamāṅgāni vākprāṇaścakṣuḥ

śrotramatho balamindriyāṇi ca sarvāṇi |

sarvam brahmaupaniṣadam mā'haṃbrahma

nirākuryāṃmā mā brahma

nirākarodanirākaraṇamastvanirākaraṇam me'stu |

tadātmani nirate ya upaniṣatsu dharmāste

mayi santu te mayi santu |

oṃśāntiḥśāntiḥśāntiḥ||

Meaning :Om ! May my limbs, speech, vital air, eyes, ears, strength,

And all the senses be fully developed.

All that is revealed by the Upanishads is Brahman.

May I never deny Brahman:

May Brahman never disown me.

Let there be no repudiation (from Brahman);

Let there be no infidelity from my side.

May all the Dharmas extolled by the Upanishads shine in me

Who am intent on knowing the Self.

May they shine in me !

Om ! Peace ! Peace ! Peace !

 

Aitareya Upanishad

ॐवाङ्मेमनसिप्रतिष्ठिता

मनोमेवाचिप्रतिष्ठित-मावीरावीर्मएधि।

वेदस्यमआणिस्थःश्रुतंमेमाप्रहासीरनेनाधीतेनाहोरात्रान्

संदधाम्यृतम्वदिष्यामिसत्यंवदिष्यामितन्मामवतु

तद्वक्तारमवत्ववतुमामवतुवक्तारमवतुवक्तारम्।

ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः॥

oṃvāṅme manasi pratiṣṭhitā

mano me vāci pratiṣṭhita-māvīrāvīrma edhi |

vedasya ma āṇisthaḥśrutaṃme mā prahāsīranenādhītenāhorātrān

saṃdadhāmyṛtam vadiṣyāmi satyaṃvadiṣyāmi tanmāmavatu

tadvaktāramavatvavatu māmavatu vaktāramavatu vaktāram |

oṃśāntiḥśāntiḥśāntiḥ||

Meaning :Om ! May my speech be based on (i.e. accord with) the mind;

May my mind be based on speech.

O Self-effulgent One, reveal Thyself to me.

May you both (speech and mind) be the carriers of the Veda to me.

May not all that I have heard depart from me.

I shall join together (i.e. obliterate the difference of) day

And night through this study.

I shall utter what is verbally true;

I shall utter what is mentally true.

May that (Brahman) protect me;

May That protect the speaker (i.e. the teacher), may That protect me;

May that protect the speaker – may That protect the speaker.

Om ! Peace ! Peace ! Peace !

 

Mundaka Upanishad, Mandukya Upanishad and Prashna Upanishad

ॐभद्रंकर्णेभिःश्रुणुयामदेवाः।

भद्रंपश्येमाक्षभिर्यजत्राः

स्थिरैरन्ङ्गैस्तुष्टुवागंसस्तनूभिः।

व्यशेमदेवहितम्यदायुः।

स्वस्तिनइन्द्रोवृद्धश्रवाः।

स्वस्तिनःपूषाविश्ववेदाः।

स्वस्तिनस्तार्क्ष्योअरिष्टनेमिः।

स्वस्तिनोब्रिहस्पतिर्दधातु

ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः॥

oṃbhadraṃkarṇebhiḥśruṇuyāma devāḥ|

bhadraṃpaśyemākṣabhiryajatrāḥ

sthirairanṅgaistuṣṭuvāgaṃsastanūbhiḥ|

vyaśema devahitam yadāyuḥ|

svasti na indro vṛddhaśravāḥ|

svasti naḥpūṣā viśvavedāḥ|

svasti nastārkṣyo ariṣṭanemiḥ|

svasti no brihaspatirdadhātu

oṃśāntiḥśāntiḥśāntiḥ||

Meaning :Om ! O gods, may we hear auspicious words with the ears;

While engaged in sacrifices,

May we see auspicious things with the eyes;

While praising the gods with steady limbs,

May we enjoy a life that is beneficial to the gods.

May Indra of ancient fame be auspicious to us;

May the supremely rich (or all-knowing) Pusa (god of the earth)

Be propitious to us;

May Garuda, the destroyer of evil,

Be well disposed towards us;

May Brihaspati ensure our welfare.

Om ! Peace ! Peace ! Peace !

 

There are various Other sources of Shanti Mantras, of which some of the most famous are:

ॐद्यौ: शान्तिरन्तरिक्षँशान्ति:

पृथिवीशान्तिराप: शान्तिरोषधय: शान्ति: ।

वनस्पतय: शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवा: शान्तिर्ब्रह्मशान्ति:

सर्वँशान्ति: शान्तिरेवशान्ति: सामाशान्तिरेधि॥

ॐशान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ॥

Om dyauḥśāntirantarikṣaṁśāntiḥ

pṛthivī śāntirāpaḥśāntiroṣadhayaḥśāntiḥ

vanaspatayaḥśāntirviśvedevāḥśāntirbrahma śāntiḥ

sarvaṁśāntiḥśāntireva śāntiḥ

sā mā śāntiredhi

Om śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ

Meaning :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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