Why ‘Shanti, Shanti, Shanti’ at the end of prayer?


ever wondered why every prayer ends with Shanti, Shanti, Shanti? everybody knows ‘Shanthi’ means peace, so why take the trouble of saying it three times? The reason is simple, each ‘Shanti’ represents something to ward-off.

The first is, AdhyAtmika (a-thi-yat-mi-ka) – self afflicting through mental and physical.  Eg; envy, avarice, hatred, anger, sloth, bad habits, etc.

The second, Adhidaivika (a-thi-thai-vi-ka) – mental and physical pain caused by others surrounding us. Eg; an authoritative boss, gossips, accidents, unfaithful partner, intentional friend, etc.

and the last, AthiboHika (a-thi-bo-ti-ka) – pain caused by natural phenomenon. Eg; storms, tsunamis, hails, etc.


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