Our Previous Saatvik Shabda:

Saatvik is one of the three Gunas (characteristics) of everything in nature.  The three are: Saatvik (pious ones, the ones that always gives peace and happiness); Raajsik (most everything in nature, the ones that gives us both the pleasure and pain) and Taamsik (that which always gives us pain and suffering – with an important twist – it mimics Saatvik behavior initially).  It is desired that we should tilt everything towards Saatvik as much as we can.

Shabda literally means a word – here it refers to a saying or a phrase.

August 2016 – GuSabdaStavandhakaarah Syaat, RuSabda Stannirodhakah, Andhakaar Ninadhitvaat Gururityamidheeyate.  (From Advaya Taraka Upanishad. 16)

The word Gu refers to darkness (ignorance of knowledge of Brahman).  The word Ru refers to He who destroys that darkness.  Because he can remove (destroy) darkness, he is called a Guru (teacher).

July 2016 – Eka Eva Hi Bhootaatmaa Bhute Bhute Vyavasthitah.  Ekadhaa Bahudhaa Chaiva Drishyate Jalachandravat.  (From Amrit Bindu Upanishad. 12)

The atman in all (beings) is of the same essence. Just as the moon reflected in many (pots) of water appears to be many but actually there is only one moon.

June 2016 – Mana Eva Manushaanaan Karanan Bandhmokshyoh.  (From Amrit Bindu Upanishad. 2)  Mind alone is the cause of people’s bondage (attachments) and liberation (moksha).

May 2016 – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.  Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.(From Kali Santaran Upanishad: 5)  This is the 16 word Mantra popularized by Hare Krishna Movement. Hare has multiple meanings. Most commonly accepted for the first two Hare are “He who removes (pain, suffering, ignorance) and for the latter two Hare are “Please remove (pain, suffering, and ignorance).” All are addressed to Lord Vishnu’s 7th Avatar, Rama and 8th Avatar Krishna.

Apr 2016 – Om Namo Narayanay (From MahaNarayanayopanishad :15)  One of the most commonly recited Ashtakshari (8 letters) Mantra invoking Lord Narayana.

Mar 2016 – Yenaham Naamritaa syaam kimaham (From Brihadaaranaka Upanishad of Yajur Veda 2:4:3) What shall I do with things that do not lead to eternal life?  The famous reply of Maitrey when offered material things by her husband Sage Yaagnavalkya.

Jan 2016 – Mriturmaa Amritumgamaya (From Brihadaaranaka Upanishad of Yajur Veda 1:3:28)  O Lord, Lead us from death to Eternal Life. Knowledge of Brahman is considered the Amrit (nectar of eternal life). Everything else is considered to lead to the path of destruction (death).

Dec 2015 – Tamaso Maa Jyotirgamay (From Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad of Yajur Veda 1:3:28) O Lord, Lead us from darkness to Light. Knowledge of Brahman is considered the Light.  Everything else is considered darkness (ignorance).

June 2015 – Asato Maa Sadgamaya (From Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad of Yajur Veda 1:3.28) O Lord, Lead us from Untruth to Truth. Knowledge of Brahman is considered the Truth. Everything else is considered false (untruth).

May 2015 – Aham Brahmaasmi (From Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad of Yajur Veda 1:4.10)  I am Brahman.  One of the four Mahavaakyas (great sentences).

April 2015 – Ayam Aatmaa Brahma – (From Mandukya Upanishad of Athar Veda 1:2 )  This Atman is Brahman.  One of the four Mahavaakyas (great sentences).

December 2014-March 2015 – Tat Tvam Asi (From Chhandogya Upanishad of Sam Veda 6:8.7) That (reference to Brahman) (is what) you are.  One of the four Mahavaakyas (great sentences).

November 2014 – Prajnaanam Brahma (From Aitereya Upanishada of Rg Veda, 3:1.3) Brahman is the supreme knowledge. One of the four Mahavaakyas (great sentences).

October 2014 – Om Tat Sat (From: Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta 17:23) Om, That   reference to Brahman) is the Truth.  Also considered fifth mahavaakya (great sentence). Commonly used outside the scriptural reading to signify an end to the discussion.

Sept 2014 – Tena Tyak-tena Bhunjeethaa. From: Eeshopanishad, 1. Protect yourself (from Karma and Maya) through detachments.

Aug 2014 – Satyamev Jayate.  From: Mundakopanishad, 3:6. The Truth always prevails. Used as a national slogan by the Government of India.

July 2014 – Na Teshu Ramate Buddhah.  From: Shreemad Bhagawad Geeta, 5:22. Lord Krishna to Pandava Prince, Arjuna: The wise do not indulge in them (excesses of pleasures of senses).

June 2014 – OM, Bhadram Pashyami Mangalam.  From: Kaivalyopanishad.  O Lord! Let everything I see be auspicious and beneficial.

May 2014 – To fulfill our Artha in life, we must do our Dharma.  To fulfill our Dharma, we must do our Karma.