This is the first verse of Isavasya Upanishad of Yajurved. I heard it for the first time at our Chinmaya Yuvak Kendra class and just fell in love with it. Have been reciting it everyday for the last 25 years and it always give me tremendous strength because of the sheer clarity and perspective it brings to the everyday existence. If everything is infinite then what is there to fret about for those small losses and what is there to be euphoric about the petty wins. The underlying principle of everything and everyone is the same infinity or Bramhan or God or the quantum field. Just think about the wonderful meaning and chant it with a belief that this is my true nature. Each word will will start having a deeper meaning and a life lived from the depth of that understanding can get agitated for a short while but then like the ripples in a lake the mind will settle down and the consciousness will go back to its eternal, primordial state which is – Infinity !

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णिदं पूर्णात पूर्णउद्यचते।

पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादायः पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ।।

ॐ शांतिः शान्तिः शांतिः 

Since we are talking about it the chanting of Shaanti three times also has a profound meaning. The seeker acknowledges that there are three types of Kaleshas (problems) which could disturb his practice

 – adi daivik (arising from forces of nature)

– adi bhautik ( arising from surroundings)

– adhyatmik ( arising from within us)

The seeker then chants Shanti three times to invoke these forces to help him not to get disturbed and be at total peace within and without. 

In chanting Shaanti thrice, the first time it’s chanted loudly, the second time as if you were speaking to someone and the third time almost under the breath so that only you can hear it. 


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