The Meaning of Sat Chit Ananda
Satcitananda mantra is often translated as a mantra for “pure bliss consciousness,” though it has many variations, replacing ‘pure’ with ‘absolute’ or ‘true’ and ‘consciousness’ could be replaced by ‘awareness’ or ‘presence.’
- Sat – Sat represents the eternal and everlasting. It is often described as ‘that which never changes,’ and can be thought of as absolute or pure truth, which is one’s total essence, or nature, of existence.
- Chit -Chit is consciousness, or awareness. It refers to that on which you focus or place your attention and, more broadly, can refer to the total consciousness of All That Is.
- Ananda – Ananda means bliss, happiness, or joy. It is an essential and natural state of being, and is one of the fundamental traits of Brahman, or universal energy.
As with many of the ancient mantras, there are many ways to interpret the meaning of the words, and while you can translate the individual words from Sanskrit or Hindi into English, it can be difficult to fully convey their meaning.
The essence of the mantra is a feeling of stepping back into pure awareness, and reveling in the joy-bliss-love-light that is always present within and around you. With practice, this mantra can help you to experience a profound feeling of Oneness with all things.
Video Sri M Speaking On The Sat Chit Ananda Mantra
This is a great explanation by Sri M of the meaning of the satcitananda mantra and how you can apply it to your life.
Video is provided courtesy of the Satsang Foundation.
Guided Sat Chit Ananda Meditation by Deepak Chopra
Here is one of my favorite guided sat chit ananda mantra meditations. Deepak Chopra begins this recording with a short discourse on living carefree, and then introduces the mantra.
I encourage you to listen to this fully at least once before working with the sat chit ananda mantra on your own. This will help you to gain the correct flow of the words and allow them to resonate more strongly through your meditation practice.
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