Known as a mantra that is representative of peace, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti is often recited as a means of welcoming inner peace on the pathway towards having a truly awakened mind. It can be challenging to find a literal translation of any mantra, as many of the literal meanings either won’t make much sense on today’s world, or they have been changed slightly throughout the years as Buddhism has evolved and grown. It is also important to point out that there are many different schools of Buddhism, each with teachings that differ slightly; but the essential truths will hold true across each.
As is the case with many of the mantras, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti begins with “Om.” Om is often thought to have no one meaning, but to mean the universe. The origins of the word Om are thought to have been lost over the passage of time, but it is still also considered to be the very sound of the universe, and the very sound from which all others are created. Om is also often considered to be much more than the sound of the universe, but to be the universe itself. Om can sometimes be explained as also being representative of time itself; Om is everything in the past, everything in the present, and everything in the future.
Om can also be thought of as being a sound that symbolizes the reality that we all face. Not only is it representative of the past, present, and the future, and it is also representative of everything that exists outside of the past, present, and the future. It is said to represent both the world of time that the human mind perceives, and the world of time that the awakened mind is able to experience timelessly.
Om can also represent both non-enlightenment and the quest towards enlightenment that accompanies it, along with the attainment of enlightenment. Some followers believe that Om is the equivalent of pure white light, which is the light that houses all of the colors contained within the rainbow.
Shanti is a simple word that is beautiful in meaning and in sound. Shanti is reflective of peace, and is typically recited three times with this mantra; as is the case with numerous Buddhist chants. Shanti as a mantra is actually present in both Buddhism and Hinduism, and is typically interpreted to mean the Threefold Peace.
The Threefold Peace is said to be peace that is felt and experienced with the entirety of your being. Your body will be at peace, your mind will be at peace, and your speech will be at peace.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti is used to invoke peace within, and peace without. It is very often used at the start and the conclusions of some Buddhist and Hindu devotional ceremonies.
One of the key aspects to wholly understanding this mantra is to understand how to take the mantra of peace a step forward in an effort to cultivate peace in the lives that we live. This is often accomplished through a variety of methods, including the method of mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to help many find the inner peace they have been seeking.
Shanti is representative of inner peace, rather than the outer peace we may also be in pursuit of. What this means is that it is essential to cultivate a still and peaceful mind, even when the people and activities around us are less than ideal and tranquil. Outer peace and a peaceful surrounding can certainly help you with your pursuit of meditation peace, but if you have effectively cultivated a mind that is able to retreat to a place of pure tranquility, then the hustle and bustle of the outside world will silently retreat and becomes less of a priority to the mind that is at peace.
A mind that is in harmony with itself will be able to seek out harmony with others, which is another part of embracing the pathway towards enlightenment. After all, how can we possible expect to avoid conflict and arguments with others if we are constantly in a form of conflict with our own state of mind and state of being? Seek out peace within ourselves in order to attain peace and harmony with our surroundings and those who surround us.
Shanti can also be thought of as being not just peace itself but as being the path towards peace. Nirvana is said to be the ultimate attainment of inner peace and tranquility, and is therefore the utter removal of any and all inner turmoil.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti can help us to ease and calm our mind by allowing us to let go of the conflict that would otherwise be responsible for inner turmoil. By cultivating a sense of inner peace, we can get rid of inner turmoil and be able to present a much kinder face to the others with whom we would otherwise react in a hostile or defensive manner. It is said that the practice of peace is every bit of as important as is the attainment of inner peace. It allows us to embrace the very essence of what peace means, and allows us to get in touch with our true spirituality.
Whether recited on its own as a stand-alone mantra, or as a part of a larger ceremony, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti is a very important mantra to include. The goal of attaining inner peace is an important one in the practice of Buddhism. Inner peace will allow us to calm the over-thinking, over-stimulated minds that so many of us live with; these kinds of minds are typically overflowing with turmoil, which can quickly lead to conflict and a definite lack of peace. True enlightenment is not possible without releasing your mind from the turmoil, and without allowing your mind to be at peace regardless of what is going on around you. Find your inner peace and allow it to become your refuge, and you will be well on your way towards a better understanding of enlightenment.