The meaning of Asatoma Sadgamaya

ऊँ असतोम सद्गमय, तमसोमा ज्योतिर्गमय ।

मृत्योर्मा अमृतंगमया, ऊँ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।

Om! Asatoma Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritamgamaya, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!

This is one of the most famous slokas in India. I think most schools (at least when I was a kid) have this in their silence or prayer hour. When I was in primary school, we had a two minute silence period, in which all of us had to stand silently. I hardly knew the meaning of this sloka when I used to sing this after the silence hour in the morning. Here is what it means:

Lead the world from the unreal to the real (truth), from ignorance to knowledge, from mortality to immortality and peace!

This signifies one thing – what ever happens, at the end, we need one thing – PEACE!

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  1. sha
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    i like all this mantar, have you got any more of different god .thanks hppoe to hear from you soon

  2. Girish Menon
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Lead me (not the world) Ma means me.

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