Faith Yoga

Asatoma Ma Sadgamaya

In my weekly Yoga classes my Yoga master starts the class and ends the class with either of the following two Sanskrit Hymns.

asato ma satgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrityorma amritam gamaya
(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad)

Meaning:
Lead me from the untruth/unreal (asat) to the truth/real (sat),
Lead me from darkness to light,
Lead me from death to immortality.

Om sahana vavatu sahana bhunattu
Saha viryam karawavahai
Tejasvinavaditamastu
Ma vidvishavahai
Om shanti shanti shanti
(Kato Upanishad)

Meaning:
Together may be be protected
Together may we be nourished
Together may we work with great energy
May our journey together be brilliant and effective
May there be no bad feelings between us
Peace, peace, peace

The first one is said to have come from Rig Veda and for a detailed explanation of it visit the page here.  The reason I was reminded of this hymns was this column today in Economic Times by Devdutt Pattanaik (Chief Belief Officer of The Future Group) titled “Management mythos: Who according to Brahma takes credit for success of business?”. Devdutt writes “In the Rig Veda, the poet wonders what existed before everything else. And after much pondering he concludes, the first to exist, even before breath, is desire – kama. Without kama, there would no movement from formlessness (asat) to form (sat), from darkness (tamas) to light (jyoti), from hopelessness (mrityu) to hope (amrita). The entrepreneur is the seat of kama, without whom culture would not exist.

Being an Entrepreneur myself I couldn’t agree more with what Devdutt on this.