Om Shanti - Meaning, Fundamentals
Now let us learn the meaning of 'Om Shanti', which is written as ॐ शांति in Hindi. You would have noticed that those who are connected with Brahma Kumaris Godly University greet each other by saying - 'Om Shanti'. And it is a simple two-word phrase which means "I am Peace" or "My religion is Peace". Om here simply means "I or myself" and Shanti means "peace or silence". "Om Shanti.. Shanti.. Shanti" is also an ancient slogan in Bharat (India) often spoken during holy gatherings, yagya, and before we take a meal. If you have studied in India, you would surely know as it is also sung in primary schools during lunch-break before food is served. This phrase can be traced to a 2300-year-old prayer: Asato ma Sadgamaya. The prayer appeals to God to come and restore peace, light of immortal knowledge, and righteousness in the world. But the meaning indeed is in respect of the soul, and not of the body. Now let us explore in greater detail. Before that, must listen the audio given on this page.
Audio: Meaning of Om Shanti
Om Shanti - My original religion is Peace
More accurately, the phrase 'Om Shanti' is used to remind me of the soul that 'peace' is my original religion. That is the nature of my supreme father (god) and I am an embodiment of peace. Knowing that human beings are restless in search of true peace, true love, and true happiness, god the father comes and reminds us that these are in fact your innate qualities. The peace for which you are searching outside is indeed within you.
You are Shanti - We remind to Nature
In wider context, when we realise that 'I am Peace (Om Shanti)', we also send the same vibration out to the universe. We remind the entire existence that you are 'Shanti'. Your original state is of peace. We remind the rivers, the ocean, mountains, trees, the sky and land, the animals and birds, and the world in general. A Yogi soul's powerful vibrations definitely reach to every corner of the world. As we remind them of their original state, the process of transformation begins. Every living being or a non-living thing responds to our thought and vibrations. You would have heard or witnessed that even a non-living thing like a plant grows fully if given high energy thoughts, like of love and peace; while it also dies early if given low energy thoughts, like of hatred or impurity. That is the power of our thoughts, which we are now using constructively to create a peaceful world.
Term 'Om Shanti' and its relation to Murli
In relation to Sakar Murlis (murlis spoken by Shiv baba through Sakar/corporeal Prajapita Brahma), the term 'Om Shanti' is fundamental which baba used to speak at the beginning and end of each Murli. You can also hear the original murlis.
Shiv Baba (God) explains- ''I am an ocean of peace. You, my children, are an embodiment of that peace." Thus baba reminds us of this before and after every gyan murli.
Avyakt Murli: "Just as easily you come in sound and speak using words, as easy you can practice to be in silence and convey the message."
Explanation: We can convey our thought using words. This is called coming in sound. But the soul can also convey the message at thought level by remaining silent. To remain in silence here does not mean to stop speaking, but that while speaking or while coming in conversation and while doing our tasks, our inner state is at peace. Intellect is inert and the mind is calm. In such a spiritual stage, if a soul sends a thought to another soul, this adds the power of silence. Love and peace is the language of the soul. Thus baba inspires us this so that we become more aware of being a 'Soul' and not a body.