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Asatoma Sadgamaya: lyrics and meaning

Asatoma Sadgamaya is a Shanti Mantra (Mantra of peace), it is taken from Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (1.3.28). It is used as a prayer in Indian schools, during spiritual/ religious gatherings , social events and other times; it is believed that the recitation of these verses bring peace. 

In recent times this peace mantra has been used in the 'Navras' soundtrack from the movie 'The Matrix Revolutions'

Sanskrit Lyrics

Lyrics transliterated in english

Meaning in English

असतोमा सद्गमय ।

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥

ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।

asato mā sadgamaya

tamasomā jyotir gamaya

mrityormāamritam gamaya

Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

Om peace, peace, peace

Words and their meanings

Word Meaning
Asat Unreal, non-existence, untruth, ignorance
Ma me
Sat (sad) Reality, truth, 
Gamaya gam means movement, gamaya means move or lead
Tam (tamas) darkness, ignorance
Jyoti (jyotir) Light, clarity, purity
Mrityu (mrityor) Death
Amrita (amritam) Deathlessness, ambrosia
Om holy ghost as in Christian trinity, holy word, word of creation, holy vibration, god
Shanti peace

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