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Udgīthā is a Sanskrit word referring to the chanting of the Sāma Veda by the Brahmin (Sk. brāhmana) priest known as the Udgāt and, by extension, especially when the word vidyā (“science” or “wisdom”) is added, to the science of chanting or of resonant sounds. A well-known Sanskrit Mantra found in the Udgītha section of the Bhadāranyaka Upaniad (3rd Brāhmama, 1st Adhyāya) and frequently used by theosophists is:
Asatomā sad gamaya, From the unreal, lead me to the real,
Tamasomā jyotir gamaya, From darkness, lead me to light,
Mtyor māmrd gamaya. From death, lead me to immortality.
This mantra is usually prefaced by the sacred syllable “om” and completed with “om, śanti, śanti, śanti.”
The philosophy of the udg…tha, as found in that Upaniad, teaches the law of harmony in music by which the Devas that are enmeshed in matter become liberated. By practicing this chant, the Upaniad says, humans can themselves become liberated. It is possible that the reference to devas is symbolical and the hidden meaning in this context might be to those divine tendencies, symbolized by light (which the word “deva,” from the root div, “shine”, implies), which are inherent in human beings.
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