'Most days I try to chant a portion of the vedas, different portions on
different days. One day in the morning I chanted the pravargya chapter
containing the ghosha santi mantra referred to in the beginning of
this write up. Soon thereafter I learnt about the earth quake in
Japan, then later on the horrendous tsunami and then the nerve racking
news about the nuclear plants. The pain one feels in such situations
is compounded by one's impotence. I could only think of chanting the
45 minute pravargya chapter almost daily thereafter which contains the
beautiful ghosha santi mantras
May the Earth function peacefully
May there be peace in outer Space
May there be peace in the Heavens.
Peace, may there be, in all Directions
In all the intermediate directions, may there be Peace
May the Fire function peacefully
May the Air function peacefully,
May the Sun warm us gently
May the moon shine peacefully,
So the stars function peacefully,
May the waters function in peace,
May there be peace in herbs
May the trees (and forests) be peaceful
May the milch cows be peaceful
So the goats be peaceful
And the horses be peaceful,
May human beings be peaceful.,
May the Lord be kind and peaceful,
May the scholars (brahmanas) be peaceful,
Let there be peace alone (no strife)
Let there be Peace alone in me.
May I be peaceful as the Universe becomes peaceful
May peace be instilled in me, in bipeds and quadrupeds
May there be Peace
By this universal peace may I remain peaceful
And I pledge to remain peaceful
And pledge to create peace in bipeds and quadrupeds
May there be Peace in me, Peace alone in me!!
This is also known as Maha Shanti or the great peace invocation. I had
included this chant on the cd that accompanied the first few prints of
my book “The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga”.'
I've been hunting around trying to find the Sanskrit to chant and found this
Taittirîya Aranyaka, 4th Prasna (Pravargya Mantras, 42nd Anuvaka)
Mahyam Dvipade Chatushpade Cha Shaantim
Om Shaanthi Shaantih Shsantih.
Let me know if anyone has a better translation and/or audio, can't seem to find Ramaswami's version.