Shantih shantih ...

Shantih. Repeated as here, a formal ending to an Upanishad. 'The Peace which passeth understanding' is our equivalent to this word. [Eliot's note] The Upanishads are poetic dialogues on Hindu scriptures, written after the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures, and in part commenting on them. The fact that the benediction is in a language so foreign to Western tradition may indicate that the solution is willed, not achieved. (NA)

 
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