A Bliss Mantra

From my notes from 2009. Here below is a “bliss mantra” from the Taitriya Upanishad in the Vedas, along with my interpretation.

<In Sanskrit>

Om saha naa vavatu saha nau bhunaktu
saha viryam kara vaavahai
tejaswinaa vadhItamastu maa vid vishavahai
Om shanti shanti shanti-hi

There are two interpretations. The first is as addressed to a friend or a partner

Let us enjoy life together, Let us experience life together
Let us engage ourselves together and share our energies to meet adversities
Pray we do not do or say anything that can divide us
Let there be bliss in our lives

The second is as addressed to the Universal Spirit (Parabrahman) which resides within all of us –

Let us be united, let our energies be united in overcoming adversities
Let our wisdom shine, Let us not be led astray by intellectual conquests
Let us be together in eternity, Let there be no division between us
Let there be bliss

Let there be bliss in your weekend.

bhavana July 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

aah this is a beautiful one! I often wonder if we did not waste so much time reading so many things and instead just studied, understood and followed just one page of such profundity, wouldn’t our life be more cheerful and happy? Wouldn’t our society be more healthier?

What Ho! July 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

Couldn’t agree more, Bhavana! “Let us not be led astray by intellectual conquests” is simple yet powerful advice for the times we live in..

bhavana July 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I visit this page again this evening, Srini, to dwell and learn from it. Each reading gives it so much more depth and color. This is definitely a good post.

What Ho! July 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

Thanks Bhavana. I find the simplicity of this mantra astonishingly inspiring.

shashikala July 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

great saying never fails,very much to be practised by each &everyone

for a peaceful life.

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