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09:51 Sep 2, 2000
Sanskrit to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Sanskrit term or phrase: jai guru deva om
you know that Beatles song? "Across the Universe"
Well, it contains these words and I was wondering what they meant.
Jackie
English translation:See below
Explanation:
I was sure of one thing at once: It's NOT Latin - but it might be Sanskrit.

Then I tried Google, and lo and behold: The first search result was a Beatles fan site, which had this explanation:


Jai Guru Deva Om
Many people have emailed me asking what "Jai Guru Deva Om" means in the lyrics to Across The Universe. After searching the internet, this is the best answer I could find:

The word by word translation of the Sanskrit line is:

Jai: Live Forever
Guru: Teacher
Deva: Heavenly One
Om: The Vibration of the Universe

My own comment: Om is really the same word as Amen (the same "root").

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Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 04:58
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Thank you very much. I just wanted to know what that meant. I appreciate your help. Thanks much, Jackie
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Explanation:
You are not the first one who wanted to know...
Here's what I have found:
"Heya. I was out searching on the web all day because I wanted to know what "Jai guru de va om" means. It's a line in Across the Universe by John and Paul. Well, I finally found out what it means. It means "Glory to the spiritual master" so I thought I'd come here and tell everyone in case anyone else was wondering."


Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 04:58
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian

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agree  Balasubramaniam L.: Jai actually means victory. And om is just a sacred sound. It actually means "victory to the teacher who is like God to me"
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Explanation:
I was sure of one thing at once: It's NOT Latin - but it might be Sanskrit.

Then I tried Google, and lo and behold: The first search result was a Beatles fan site, which had this explanation:


Jai Guru Deva Om
Many people have emailed me asking what "Jai Guru Deva Om" means in the lyrics to Across The Universe. After searching the internet, this is the best answer I could find:

The word by word translation of the Sanskrit line is:

Jai: Live Forever
Guru: Teacher
Deva: Heavenly One
Om: The Vibration of the Universe

My own comment: Om is really the same word as Amen (the same "root").




    Reference: http://members.home.net/gcliving/atu/
Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 04:58
Native speaker of: Native in DanishDanish
PRO pts in pair: 4
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Thank you very much. I just wanted to know what that meant. I appreciate your help. Thanks much, Jackie
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1 hr
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Explanation:
The words are not Latin but Sanskrit.
This is what I found in an online Sanskrit-English dictionary (see link below):

JAI

live

GURU

great, venerable; teacher

DEVA

- divine

- a title affixed to the names of braahmaNas;

- (in dramas) a title of honour used in addressing a king ('my lord', 'your majesty');

OM
- the sacred syllable om, uttered as a holy exclamation at the beginning and end of a reading of the vedas, or previous to the commencement of a prayer or sacred work;

- as a particle it implies solemn affirmation and respectful assent (so be it, amen!);

- brahman




    Reference: http://aa2411s.aa.tufs.ac.jp/~tjun/sktdic/
    Reference: http://members.home.net/gcliving/atu/
Branka Arrivé
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Explanation:
Just a note about om and amen: I don't see how they could have the same root.
Amen comes from Hebrew, from a root made of 3 letters, alef, mem, nun, and it means "truth, true". The related verb is lehamin, i.e. to believe.

Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 04:58
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
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Explanation:
Laura is quite right.
Om is the Sanskrit syllable for Brhama, Shiva, Visnu the three major deities of Hnduist pantheon.
During their meditation practices, Hinduists use to repeat this syllable Om, in order to better concentrate.
As for translation, Laura is quite right again.



    I got a Phd at S.O.A.S. "school of Oriental and Aftican Studies"
    University of London
giogi
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