Shanti or inner peace – is a reclusive place within us but we still find it hard to find it. It’s because our daily activities, aims, and to-do lists fill our days. The continuous running – running after something in the future or fixing something in the past takes up our time and energy. We get a little too far away from our peaceful inner self. Not our fault. That’s how we all – collectively – built this world, which brought the human race to today. We created thousands of comforts for ourselves, but still, we are not comfortable inside. We create so many processes, tools, and the internet to help us, to make our lives easy, but we still feel uneasy inside. Sometimes, we crave for the time when life was easy and simple. We cannot go back 1000 years, but we can use the techniques used by people back then to find that inner peace, which is there inside all of us.
In ancient India, chanting mantras early in the morning was the kind of thing everyone followed – it was more of a tradition, actually. A mantra is a sacred utterance – a sound, which now we know has many healing and spiritual effects. Some mantras, sounds, are known to help us find that peace inside. Even when you do not know their meaning, just uttering or listening to these sounds can help in relieving stress and bringing peace inside and even outside.
Here are 8 mantras. If you make a routine of practicing these first thing in the morning – every morning, it is guaranteed to help you, make your mind calm, and more at ease. And if you can, meditate along with it and don’t just learn the meaning but, develop your own understanding of these mantras. A true understanding of the mantras will come with meditation. That’s when the real transformation, in every cell of your body starts to occur.
We are sharing these 8 mantras with meaning and a video of chants, hope you will find these helpful.
1 . Om Shanti Om
Om Shanti Om is an ancient Vedic mantra. Om is the sound of the universe, the primordial sound. ‘Shanti’ means peace in Sanskrit. As we meditate on this mantra, we are wishing and spreading peace for all human kinds, all the living, and non-living beings, and spreading peace in the entire universe.
2. Antarjami Purakh Bidate
Anṯarjāmī purakẖ biḏẖāṯe sarḏẖā man kī pūre.
Nānak ḏās ihai sukẖ māgai mo ka o kar sanṯan kī ḏẖūre.
Inner-knower, Searcher of Hearts, Primal Being, Architect of Destiny: please fulfill this yearning of my mind.
Nanak, Your slave begs for this happiness. Let me be the dust of the feet of the saints.
3. Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Om Sarveshaam Svastir-Bhavatu
Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti
May there be Well-Being in all,
May there be peace in all,
May there be fulfillment in all,
May there be auspiciousness in all,
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
4. Tan Man Shaant
Ŧan man shāŉṯ hoi aḏẖikāī rog kātai sūkẖ savījai.
My mind and body are calm and tranquil. The disease has been cured, and now I sleep in peace.
5. Lokah Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah: Location, realm, all universes existing now
Samastah: All beings sharing that same location
Sukhino: Centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
Bhav: The divine mood or state of unified existence
Antu: May it be so, it must be so (‘antu’ used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
6. Gayatri Mantra
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
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 sin and ignorance.
May He open our hearts and enlighten our intellect.
7. Asatoma Sadgamaya
Om Asato Ma Sad Gamaya
Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead from the darkness to the light
Lead me from fear of death to immortality of soul (gained by the knowledge of the immortal self beyond death )
Let there be peace, peace, and peacefulness all around us.
8. Shanti Mantra
Aum dyauḥ śāntirantarikṣaṁ śāntiḥ
pṛthivī śāntirāpaḥ śāntiroṣadhayaḥ śāntiḥ
vanaspatayaḥ śāntirviśvedevāḥ śāntirbrahma śāntiḥ
sarvaṁ śāntiḥ śāntireva śāntiḥ
sā mā śāntiredhi
Aum śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ
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, the brahman.
And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone.
Peace, peace, and peace to us and all beings!