The word "Shanti" literally means "peace". Shanti Mantras are prayers for peace. As such, they are meant to calm the mind of the one who recites as well as the environment around. Shanti mantras are found in Upanishads and there are many kinds of Shanti Mantras from different Upanishads. These mantras are generally recited at the beginning and end of religious rituals and discourses. They are also recited before pursuing a new education or a new task. These mantras always end with the phrase "AUM Shanti Shanti Shanti". It is mandatory to tell the word "Shanti" thrice as it has an important hidden meaning. Since Shanti mantras are for peace, it is believed that obstacles from three realms are removed by reciting these mantras....

Though there are many "Shanti" mantras, we are going to explore the one from "Krishna Yajurveda Taittriya Upanishad" today. This is a very simple manta and we would have heard this mantra several times. This mantra is specifically recited in "Gurukul" (schools in olden days) before starting the study of scriptures and in this context, it talks about two people, the Guru and the Disciple. It is meant to create peace and tune the mind before undertaking the study. Let us take a look..

The Mantra :
AUM Sahanaa Vavatu !
Sahanau Bhunakthu !
Saha Viryam Karavaavahai !
Thejasvinau Aditham-asthu Maavid Vishaavahai !
AUM Shanti Shanti Shantih !

The Meaning :
May  Lord protect us !
May Lord nourish us !
May we acquire the capacity and vigor ! (to learn and understand the scriptures)
May our study be brilliant and enlightened ! May we not argue with each other !
AUM Peace Peace Peace !

Though this mantra is recited before staring a new educational venture, we can chant this mantra daily for calming our mind.  We should note that mantras are like secret codes to unlock the potential within us. But most importantly, they have to be chanted with correct pronunciation and modulation because the sound vibrations are the key factor here. Mantras are energy based sounds which tunes both our body and mind and brings out our subtle power. For those who wish to progress spiritually, chanting mantras with unquestionable faith will make the process easier. Thank you all for reading. Let us have peace within us!!!!

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