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During the year 2000, in the winter month of February, I visited a temple close to my home. Before entering the temple, my eyes get fixed on the big stone engravings on the topmost portion of the entrance gate of the temple and three words were written there, OM TAT SAT. I started wondering, what does it mean? Several years later, holy book Bhagavad-Gita solves the puzzle of "OM TAT SAT". These three words indicate supreme absolute truth since the beginning of creation. The Brahmanas used these symbolic representations while chanting hymns of Vedas and during sacrifices for the appeasement of the Supreme God.


This is the sacred sound and spiritual symbol in Hinduism. Even God Shri Krisna declare in Bhagavad-Gita that he is sacred syllable called OM which is used by transcendentalist before commencement of penance, sacrifice, charity. It is a symbol of consciousness or soul. It is also used in Buddhism and Jainism. Most of the powerful mantras to evoke God are preceded by "OM". It gives power to Mantras. Devotee used these mantras to get their wishes fulfilled. 


All of the holy acts such as penance, charity, sacrifice should be performed with no motive of any sort of gain or profit with the word"TAT". The purpose of these sacred acts is to get free from the clutches of material energy. "TAT" means that everything belongs to God and whatever penance, sacrifice charity is being done by me is for God's satisfaction.


"SAT" word indicate that all of the auspicious activities such as penance, sacrifice, charity are performed for the satisfaction of God with honesty and everything present in these activities is also "SAT". The performer of these activities is also "SAT". God or absolute truth or supreme person is also "SAT".

Sacrifice, penance, charity performed without faith in God is "asat" or not permanent and is not beneficial in this life or next life.

Thanks for reading the blog.

Hare Krishna


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