वेद -> शांति मंत्र <- वेदांत
शांति मंत्र is a set of pre-requisites for वेदांत/उपनिषद्
Pre-requisites can be आधिभौतिक,आध्यात्मिक & अधिदैविक.
In my understanding, only chanting them at the beginning won’t help.
Yes, Living life as per वेद can surely help fulfilling वेदांत pre-requisites.
For example:
ॐ आप्यायन्तु ममाङ्गानि वाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः श्रोत्रमथो बलमिन्द्रियाणि च सर्वाणि।
मेरे (हाथ-पाँव आदि) अङ्ग सब प्रकार से पुष्ट हों, वाणी, प्राण,नेत्र, श्रोत्र पुष्ट हों तथा सम्पूर्ण इन्द्रियाँ बल प्राप्त करें।
OM may my organs, speech, Prana, eyes and ears be nourished and be well, so should all (my) senses become strong.
If this strength is not felt/achieved, realizing ब्रह्म by sitting with उपनिषद is distant dream.
For me, वेदांत is surely not for this birth. Yes, I will chant and read and understand but realization? Not possible without Pre-requisites. And there is lot of home-work to do before I can sit with . वेदांत/उपनिषद् for self-realization.
वेद -> शांति मंत्र <- वेदांत
वेद -> Prepare self for pre-requisites -> शांति मंत्र -> Be ready for end of self-realization <- वेदांत
Only वेद can lead us to वेदांत 🙂 Till then, it is mere Maa’s play. Delusion, illusion or hallucination 🙂