Shanti, shanti, shanti

“Shanti, shanti, shanti” – is the basic concept for the understanding of life in India. Practical mastering of it is a prerequisite of psychological and physical comfort in this country.

The word “Shanti” (Sanskrit, Hindi: शान्तिः, English: shanti) means peace,bliss, goodness. This implies physical relaxation, quietness of mind, and peace.

The famous mantra “Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” first appears in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.3.28).
It is heard in the final of the third Matrix together with equally famous prayer:

 असतो मा सद्गमय 
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय 
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय 
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः 
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Om, from illusion lead us to Truth
From darkness lead us to Light
From death lead us to Immortality
Om, Let there be peace, peace, peace.

This triple Shanti is found in the later Upanishads. The reason for triple repetition: calming / destroying obstacles / sins / impurities in three worlds – physical, divine and inner (spiritual, mental).

In “hinduist” and Buddhist philosophy of religion this mantra indicates, in particular, that the true state of mind – is complete calmness and silence. However, this mantra as a religious practice, a psychotechnic, with the regular repetition brings the embodied creature to the state described: everything that happens is a reflection of order and harmony of God’s will (in the “Hinduist” thought), so the best life strategy is to receive everything that God / Universe / Personal Karma sends quietly, humbly, without wasting vitality.

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