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Shanti, Santhi or Shanthi (Sanskrit: शान्तिः, śāntiḥ, Sanskrit pronunciation: [ʃaːnt̪iɧ]; √ शम śam: ‘be calm’) means peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.

The poet T. S. Eliot, in his poem The Waste Land (where he spelled it Shantih) translated it as "The Peace which passeth understanding"

In Sanskrit[edit]

  • Inner peace, a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress.
  • Ksanti, one of the paramitas of Buddhism.



In the media[edit]

Other uses[edit]

  • Shanti Project, a group providing support and guidance for people with life-threatening illnesses
  • Shanthi Nagar or Shanthi Nagar Colony, one of the major and oldest colonies of Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh
  • Shanthi Sena or 'Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena Sandasaya' (Peace Brigade), a country wide Sri Lankan youth force
  • Shanti Mantra, as used in the final line of T.S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land"
  • Shanti Stupa, is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir
  • Shanthi (elephant), a "musical elephant" at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.[1]
  • SHANTI or the Sciences, Humanities and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives centred at the University of Virginia[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shanthi (elephant) (2012-05-01). Shanthi, the National Zoo's Musical Elephant, Plays the Harmonica!. The National Zoo, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC: YouTube. 
  2. ^ SHANTI— Sciences, Humanities and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives.