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25 Jun / 2008Program by:

Learning about Mantras

A mantra is a divinely inspired and powerful verse, chanted all over India on special occasions. Joy,’ an Aurovilian who has just recorded and released her second mantra cd, explains that these ancient mantras were strictly and precisely revealed in words and rhythms by gurus to initiates. She emphasizes the significance of singing them with the correct words and rhythms in a conscious way.
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Here one can read the mantras in sanskrit and it translation to english in the order they are played in the interview.


Om purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate.
Purnasya purnam adaya’ purnam evavashishyate
Om shantih shantih shantih

All that is invisible is verily the infinite Brahman.
All that os visible is also the infinite Brahman.
The whole universe has come out of the infinite Brahman.
Brahman is infinite although the whole universe has come out of it.
Om peace peace peace.


Saha navatu

Om saha navavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha viryam karavavahai
Tejasvi nav adhitam astu
Ma vidvishavahai.
Om shantih shantih shantih

May it protect us together,
May it nourish us together,
May we work diligently.
May our study be luinous,
May we never hate each other.
Om peace peace peace.



Om sarvesham svastir bhavatu
Sarvesham shantir bhavatu
Sarvesham purmam bhavatu
Sarvesham mangalam bhavatu
Om shantih shantih shantih

May there be good for all
May there be peace for all
May there be fulness for all
May there be auspicious for all
Om peace peace peace.


Sarve bhavantu

Om sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niramayah
Sarve bhadrani pashyantu
Ma kashchid duhkhabhag bhavet.
Om shantih shantih shantih

May all be happy
May all be free of disease
May all see the goodness in things.
May none be subject to grief.
Om peace peace peace.


Gayatri mantra

Om bhur bhuvas svah
tatsavitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi,
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.
Om shantih shantih shantih

We invoke the three worlds of mortal,immortal and divine planes.
We choose the Supreme Light of the Divine Sun,
we aspire that it may impel our minds
Om peace peace peace.
(translation by Sri Aurobindo)