Om Shanti Mantra - Lyrics, Meaning, Benefits, Download

Learn everything about this peace mantra that is known to
promote peace and prosperity

The Om Shanti Mantra is the most powerful and the most loved prayer for peace and prosperity.

This simple mantra brings an instant sense of calmness, relief, and positivity to the heart and mind.

Through this mantra, the chanter and the listener pray for peace and positivity in their minds, their lives, and in the entire Universe.

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History of the mantra

The Om Shanti mantra finds its roots in the Upanishads. It is one of the core ancient Shanti mantras written in Sanskrit.

This prayer was practiced at the beginning of all spiritual practices and discourses, to tune the mind into peace.

The mantra captures the ultimate desire of all humanity - peace. That is how it came to be included in several other Shanti mantras, as the concluding line.

In Buddhist practices, the Om Shanti mantra holds utmost importance.

Peace is the one virtue that embodies Buddha's teachings. So in many Buddhist practices, the mantra is often recited,

Lyrics of the Mantra

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

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Meaning of the Mantra

Lyrics :
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Meaning :

Let there be peace, peace, peace!

The word Shanti means peace in Sanskrit. It features three times in this mantra. This repetition is to removing obstacles from three realms.

  1. Adhi-Bhautika (the physical realm): This realm can create obstacles that could physically harm you.
    For instance, wild animals, natural disasters, people, etc.

  2. Adhi-Daivika (the Divine realm): This realm can create obstacles from the intangible.
    For instance, evil spirits, karma, demigods, etc.

  3. Adhyaatmika (the realm within us): This realm can create obstacles from within. For instance, stress, pain, illness, disorders, lethargy, anxiety, etc.

Some consider that the three 'Shanti's are to request peace from the three core Gods of the Universe: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Some even believe that the Shanti mantra invokes the three core Goddesses: Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati.

Invoking peace from Lakshmi ensures that there will be no stress financially. Being blessed by Saraswati ensures that your knowledge and creativity won't face any obstacles.

And Parvati's blessings will give you the nurturing power to sustain your well-being.

That is why Om Shanti is often assimilated with a lot of Hindu prayers and chants. It is often used at the beginning and/or the end of the verse of other ceremonious mantras.

Similarly, in many Buddhist ceremonies, the mantra is fused within other mantras.

In Buddhist practices, the three repetitions of Shanti signifies peace in mind, speech, and body.

Benefits of listening to Om Shanti Mantra

The Om Shanti mantra holds several benefits for the mind of both the chanter and the listener.

Listening to this mantra along with meditation helps you in the following ways.

Benefit 1 - Relaxation
This mantra works perfectly for general relaxation or calming techniques

Benefit 2 - Finds inner peace
The mantra instantly detaches the mind from its ongoing thoughts and taps into our inner stream of peace

Benefit 3 - Great for meditation
It allows the mind to focus on the experience of meditation and deep breathing

Benefit 4 - Brings out joy
When played at home, this mantra creates an atmosphere of peace, joy, and positivity

The healing effect of this ancient chat extends to soothing the emotional turmoil of depression.

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