Om Tat Sat

Definition - What does Om Tat Sat mean?

Om Tat Sat is a mantra found in the ancient Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita. As a mantra used in yoga and meditation, it is one of the most common and most soothing. It is generally translated as "The supreme Absolute Truth” or “All that is.”

The individual words are also three different ways of describing Brahman. Om is the sound of Brahman, the vibration or primordial sound. Tat translates as “that” and symbolizes the universal consciousness. Sat means “truth” and represents pure existence or the supreme soul.

Yogapedia explains Om Tat Sat

Mantras help link the self to the higher Self by awakening or cultivating higher consciousness. Om Tat Sat is one of the most common mantras. The repetitive chanting of this mantra encourages the mind to enter into a meditative state so that the yogi may begin to connect with the higher Self or the Divine within. It is believed to change the person's vibration.

Om Tat Sat is recited during religious practices, including the study of the Vedas and at the end of the yajnas (sacrifices). According to the Bhagavad Gita, all religious work or sacrifice should begin with the sound of Om. The sound of tat reminds the faithful to renounce any reward for the work or sacrifice. The sound of sat declares what is good and true, as is work that is done well.

This mantra is also used by yogis in India as a greeting with hari (the manifest cosmos), as in “Hari Om Tat Sat.” The greeting is a reminder that individuals are more than the body and earthly life.

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