Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu is a shanti mantra derived from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. It’s a mantra asking for bountiful blessings of wellness, opulence and peace for the whole world. Mantras like these, loving kindness meditations, such as, Planetary Peace Meditation or Metta Meditation and prayers similar to Great Invocation, are intended to channelize the Divine Blessings and energies to the entire Mother Earth, to alleviate the suffering of all. By such practice and becoming a conduit for the benefit of all, you experience great joy, fulfilment and feel purposeful.
Literal Translation of the Words
Sarveshaam : All beings or everything without exception
Swastir : Good Health or well-being and happiness
Bhavatu : May there be or let there be
Shanti : Peace
Poornam : Completeness, perfection or fulfilment
Mangalam : Prosperity, abundance or Spiritual success
OM : Manifested and unmanifested Supreme Parabrahman
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Hi : May there be peace, peace and peace
Meaning of the Shanti Mantra
1. “OM Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu”:
May there be good health, happiness and well-being in all.
2. “Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu”:
May there be peace in all.
3. “Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu”:
Everyone must become complete or whole at each stage. There are levels or degrees of completeness. May there be completeness in the Causal body. By developing the Causal body, you go to the Intuitional plane. That’s Poornam! That’s first level of development. Then, accomplish wholeness in the Intuitional plane, followed by fullness on the Atmic plane and finally, at the Paramatma level as well. The prayer is for everyone to experience it!
4. “Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu”:
As mentioned above, Mangalam means auspicious, good, peace, bliss, oneness, prosperity, spirituality, success or happiness. May everyone have these at physical level and all other planes of existence. Mangalam is called Metta in Pali. Another term for Mangalam is Badhraani.
5. “OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Hi”:
May we achieve peace from the disturbances that are known, unknown or inside us and at all lower states of Jagrut, Swapna or Sushupti.
To elaborate, we are asking for peace from all the known causes of suffering. Like, we are in discomfort when someone bothers us or say, we have disturbed someone that we know or remember about. Also, we are requesting for peace from the anguish that is not clear to us. For instance, we have hurt someone unknowingly or have forgotten about it or some unknown fears and concerns. Yet, the consequences of distress are felt. Lastly, we call for peace from any uneasiness arising from inside of us. For example, not able to forgive our own self or some disquiet within. If we understand the practice of Forgiveness, we can use it to forgive others, ask for forgiveness and forgive ourselves. Then, there will be peace at all the three levels.
We are further wanting peace in the lower three quarters of OM. That is, at Physical, Emotional and Mental or Jagrut, Swapna and Sushupti. In any case, there is peace in the higher planes of Intuitional and above. So, we are wishing peace, well-being, mangalam, good health, happiness and poornam from there to be brought down.
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