Om Shanti

The mantra we’ll be focusing on this week is Om Shanti. Last week we discussed that the Sanskrit word om doesn’t have an exact translation but is used to connect us with the original source through this universal sound. Shanti can be translated into peace, calm or bliss in English. The mantra, Om Shanti, helps to call up a sort of cosmic harmony as we free our minds of distractions and unwelcome thoughts.

Two typical mantras used at the beginning or end of a yoga class to wish others divine peace are “Om Shanti Om” and “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.” Below is a musical interpretation of the popular chant.

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