Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Hinduism in The Wasteland
In Eliot's "Wasteland", he writes "shantih shantih shantih" at the end of his poem. Since Chrissy and I are currently studying Hinduism in religion, I thought I'd research this line a bit more. "Shanti" means peace, and is the basis of Shanti mantras found in the sacred text, the Upanishads. Reciting "shanti(h)" over and over again is supposed to calm the person and remove obstacles from the physical, divine, and internal. Shantih is associated with meditative and contemplative knowledge. Thus, I find it interesting that Eliot included this in his futile-feeling, work about emptiness and nothingness. Why do you guys think Eliot incorporated this sacred Hindu mantra in his poem?