Definition – What does Om Asatoma mean?
Om asatoma – sometimes referred to as Om asatoma sadgamaya – is a peace mantra often used after yoga class or meditation. It comes from the Sanskrit, om, which is the primordial sound of the universe; asato, which means “unreality”; and ma, meaning “not” or “me.”
Peace mantras, or shanti mantras, are recited for their ability to create a serene environment; in particular, to calm the mind and create inner peace. Often, the sound vibrations created by chanting the syllables are more important to creating this peace than any meaning ascribed to the words.
Yogapedia explains Om Asatoma
The full Om Asatoma mantra is:
Om asatoma sadgamaya. Tamasoma jyotirgamaya. Mrityorma amritamgamaya. Om shanti, shanti, shanti.
Translations vary ::
“Om, lead me from the unreal to the real. Lead me from darkness to the light. Lead me from death to eternal life. Om, peace, peace, peace.”
The Om Asatoma dates back to ancient times, having been mentioned in the Hindu text, “Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.” It is also known as the pavamana (“purified”) mantra. Today, it is also used as an invocation or prayer during spiritual gatherings, in Indian schools and at social events.
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Lead us from the unreal to the real
Lead us from darkness to light
Lead us from death to immortality
Aum peace, peace, peace!
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• This mantra does not form part of Kundalini Yoga as Taught By Yogi Bhajan
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