Shantih shantih shantih

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius

Meaning

Shantih shantih shantih

Means: Peace peace peace, and when preceded by “Om” is part of one of the Shanti Mantras or Peace Mantras from the Vedas. It appears in The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and more generally is used to both begin and end formal prayer in the Hindu religion.

Eliot’s note in the first American printing of the poem offers his “feeble translation” of Shantih: “the peace which passeth understanding.”

The soft, repeated “shantih” sounds may also be an onomatopoeia mimicking the sound of falling rain, which the “jungle…crouched in silence” has been anticipating and which has finally arrived after the rumbling of the thunder.

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