Asatoma Sadgamaya

Many teachers start their classes with a chant and I’ve always been a fan of Asatoma Sadgamaya. It’s also the only on I’ve managed to remember.

Om! Asatoma Sadgamaya,
Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya,
Mrityorma Amritamgamaya

Sanskrit is difficult to translate, but one translation is as follows:

From ignorance, lead me to truth;
From darkness, lead me to light;
From death, lead me to immortality

If you’re the one in charge of my funeral, I’d like to have this chant during the ceremony. No, I didn’t get the idea from BSG. I’ve liked this chant before then, but just to be clear, Deva’s Premal’s melody is my preferred version.


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