The comprehensive picture drawn here of Vyasa in the MBh includes his functions as seer, priest, ascetic, and spiritual preceptor. Of all the epic’s, Vyasa is the one who most closely corresponds to the idea of brahminhood promulgated by the dharma literature and the MBh’s Shanti Parvan - The section of the epic having the greater similarity to the dharma literature.
Shanti – peace - is a most essential quality expressed in the ancient Vedic texts of the Upanishads. It is invoked at the beginning and the end of each Upanishad chapter.
There is group of special Shanti mantras found in vedic texts, such as the Upanishads. At he close of each Upanishad chapter, for instance, the word Shanti is chanted three times, as a mantra. This is to remove the three kinds of suffering – personal, external and atmospheric
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