The Ashtanga (Aṣṭāṅga) Yoga Closing Mantra: The Maṅgala Mantra

The Maṅgala Mantra is a peace mantra from the Ṛg Veda. Shanti mantras, peace mantras, are usually distinguishable by the call for peace (śāntiḥ), three times at the end. Maṅgala means auspicious, and this mantra is a wonderful one for sending the fruits of our practice out to the world for the greater good. It is a form of loving kindness, the practice of non-attachment in action.

स्वस्ति प्रजाभ्यः परिपालयन्तां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः ।
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः


Svasti prajābhyaḥ paripālayantaṃ

nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṃ mahīśāḥ I

Gobrāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubhamastu nityaṃ

lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu II

Oṃ śāntiḥ śantiḥ śantiḥ

May the rulers of the earth protect the well-being of the people,
through justice, and through righteousness.
May there always be good fortune for the sake of cows, Brahmins [and all living beings],
May all the inhabitants of the world be full of happiness.
Oṃ Peace, Peace, Peace

Translated by Dana Tarasavage

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