Asato Ma Mantra

This month, many of you have chanted this mantra with me:

Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
 lead me from Illusion to Truth
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
 lead me from Darkness to Light
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
 lead me from Death to Life 

The Winter Solstice (Dec 21) is the shortest day/longest night of the year.  I chose this mantra for meditation during this time because it literally asks that we be led from “darkness to light.”

In this case, “light” is translated as jyotir in sanskrit, which means the Inner Light, Higher Self, Inner Divine, or Witness. The prayer of this mantra is to gradually shed our identification with the outer packages of ourselves – our physical bodies, our cars, our jobs, even relationships – to the Inner Light of our hearts.

Click the Play Button below to hear my favorite version of this mantra