Om Tat Sat

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Om Tat Sat Mean?

Om Tat Sat is a Sanskrit mantra found in the ancient Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita. Each of the three sounds is a symbolic representation of God:

  • Om is the sound of Brahman or the ultimate reality.
  • Tat is the mantra of Shiva.
  • Sat is the mantra of Vishnu, which can also be interpreted as truth.

When combined, Om Tat Sat can be translated as "the Supreme Reality," "absolute truth" or "all that is."

When chanted alone, Om Tat Sat refers to absolute and unmanifested reality or truth. However, this mantra may sometimes include the prefix Hari, referring to God in the physical form. When chanted together, Hari Om Tat Sat is used to awaken practitioners to the true or higher self, beyond the physical body.


Yogapedia Explains Om Tat Sat

Chanting Om Tat Sat is believed to awaken and cultivate higher consciousness as a means of connecting with the true self. It is one of the most common mantras, often recited during Hindu religious practices, the study of the Vedas and at the end of the yajnas (sacrifices).

This mantra is also used by some yogis in India as a greeting, with Hari as a prefix. The greeting Hari Om Tat Sat is a reminder that individuals are more than the body and earthly, material life.

According to the Bhagavad Gita, all religious work or sacrifice should begin with the sound of Om. The sound of Tat reminds devotees to renounce any reward for the work or sacrifice they engage in. The sound of Sat serves as a reminder of what is good and true.

In particular, the Bhagavad Gita highlights the importance of Om Tat Sat in chapter 17 from verse 23 to 28. In this section, Lord Krishna declares that the mantra represents a threefold name for the Supreme soul, from which Brahman, the Vedas and yajnas originated

The repetitive chanting of this mantra encourages the mind to enter into a meditative state so that the practitioner may begin to connect with the higher Self or the Divine within.

Chanting may be practiced in any stable seated posture in which the spine can remain upright, such as sukhasana (easy pose) or padmasana (lotus pose). It is important to focus on the powerful inner vibration of this mantra whilst chanting, in order to connect with the divine truth within.

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