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Asato Ma Sadgamaya – असतो मा सद्गमय – A Shanti Mantra From Upanishads

Asato-Ma-Sadgamaya

Asato Ma Sadgamaya – In English & Sanskrit With Meaning

Taken from Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (1.3.28), Asatoma Sadgamaya (असतो मा सद्गमय) is a Shanti Mantra (Mantra of peace). It is an intense prayer by an individual spiritual seeker asking the almighty to remove the veil of ignorance and enable him to attain the ultimate knowledge making him free from the cycle of life and death. It is used as a prayer in Indian schools, during spiritual or religious gatherings, social events and also at the end of a Yoga Session.

Asato Ma Sadgamaya in Sanskrit

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।

तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।

मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Asato Ma Sadgamaya in English

Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya |

Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya |

Mrityor Maa Amratam Gamaya |

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti ||

Asatoma Sadgamaya Meaning In English

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality;

Om peace, peace, peace

Word by Word Meaning Of Asatoma Sadgamaya Meaning In English

Asat – Unreal, non-existence, untruth, ignorance

Ma – Me

Sad (Sat) – Reality or Truth

Gamaya – Move or Lead

Tam – Darkness or Ignorance

Jyoti – Light

Mrityu (Mrityor) – Death

Amrita (Amritam) – Deathlessness (Ambrosia)

Om        The holy word of creation also meaning God

Shanti – Peace

Asato Ma Sadgamaya Meaning In Hindi

“हे ईश्वर, हम सभी को असत्य से सत्य की ओर ले चल, हम सभी को अज्ञानता (अंधकार) से ज्ञान (प्रकाश) की ओर ले चल, हम सभी को मृत्यु से अमरत्व की ओर ले चल| ॐ शांति शांति शांति ||”

Asato Ma Sadgamaya is true prayer in which the seeker is admitting his sense of limitedness and is his heartfelt prayer to the Almighty for assistance in transcendence. It is not a prayer for the materialistic things of the world like health, wealth, success, fame, glory or even for heaven. One who recites this mantra has realized that these things cannot give the real joy that he is seeking but are soaked in pain and will forever leave him wanting. The essence of this peach Mantra is: “O Almighty, please help me to free myself from my misunderstandings regarding myself, the universe and God and bless me with true knowledge”.

About the author

Mahendra Kumar Vyas

Mahendra Vyas, with parental home at Jodhpur and born to Late Shri Goverdhan Lal Vyas and Shrimati Sharda Vyas, did Civil Engineering from M.B.M.Engineering College, Jodhpur. Shifted to Mumbai after completing engineering and worked with Sanjay Narang's Mars Group and Aditya Birla Group. With an inclination to spirituality and service, joined the Yoga stream and became a part of Yoga Niketan, Goregaon (west) in 2002 and since then practicing and imparting Yoga knowledge at Yoga Niketan and different corporates.

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