Truth Alone Succeeds
(“satyam” = truth; “eva” = alone; “jayate” = succeeds)
This verse is one of the most heard phrase for anyone grown up in Bharat. This is from the sixth verse of the first chapter of part three of scared text “Mundaka Upanishad” in Atharva Veda (i.e. Mundaka, III. i. 6). The complete verse or shloka is:
सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः |
satyameva jayate nānṛtaṃ satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ।
Meaning : Truth alone triumphs, not untruth. Through Truth lies Devayâna, the divine path.
When India became a Republic on January 26th, 1950 (in after its independence form foreign invaders on August 15th, 1947), “Satyameva Jayate” was adopted as the national motto. “Satyameva Jayate” in Samskrit was inscribed under the four-headed lion, which became the national emblem of the country. “Satyameva Jayate” is also printed on one-side of all Indian currency.
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