Lead me from Untruth to Truth

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Mantras are sacred sounds that serve us to focus our mind and come back to the inner peace. This ancient technique seems to be recently coming back to the general awareness of  contemporary yoga practitioners. More and more students are getting opened for learning mantras in a great detail! In our Yoga Teacher Training course, we are happy to have a block of classes on mantras – in a traditional Vedic, and contemporary modern way. We host musicians for short kirtan and incorporate mantras to our asana practice. Below we present one of our favourite mantra:

Lead me from Untruth to Truth

 असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om || Asatoma Sadgamaya

Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya

Mrityoma Amritamgamaya

Om || Shanti Shanti Shanti-hi

The above mantra literally means: “Lead me from Untruth to Truth. Lead me from Darkness to Light. Lead me from Ignorance to Enlightenment. Lead me from Death to Immortality”.

The ultimate goal of Yoga is to awaken the spiritual realm of enlightenment, to get liberated – from darkness, ignorance and illusion. This mantra expresses the seeker’s admission of his sense of limitedness and his need for assistance in transcendence. It is not a prayer for the things of the world. It is not a pray for food, shelter, health, partnership, riches, success, fame, glory or even for heaven. Material world, even health and well being is only “Maya” – illusion. It is temporary, limited, and cannot bring the real happiness and joy. One who recites this mantra has realized that world around is full of holes, soaked in pain and, even in abundance, will forever leave him wanting. The mantra is a manifestation of being ready to see the TRUTH, to get FREEDOM and REAL perspective/Real sight.

Mantras are sacred sounds or words found in Vedas and other ancient scriptures, repeated to aid concentration in meditation. The literal meaning of word mantra is “the instrument of thoughts”. They might be called prayers, but they don’t mean to worship any Idol, or belong to any religion (they are used by Hinduism and Buddhism though). They contain important words, metaphors, messages and reflections. If you focus on some particular mantra, e.g. ” I want to be healthy” or “I am healthy” – your mind automatically will focus on this phrase and its meaning, and therefore you have bigger chances to reach your goals.

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