Shanti Shanti Shanti
Om Peace Peace Peace
vidvisavahai-may we not argue with each other.
Tejasvi Na Vadheetamastu
tejasvi-be brilliant; nau-for us; adhitam- what is studied;
astu-let it be
Saha Veeryam Karavavahai
Saha- both; viryam karavavahai-may we
acquire the capacity
Saha Nau Bhunakthu
Saha- both; nau-us, bhunaktu-may he nourish
Om Saha Na Vavathu
Saha- both; nau-us; avatu- may he protect
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The "Sahanavavatu mantra" is one of the shaanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad.
This mantra is often recited as a prayer to invoke God's blessings for harmony amongst teacher(s) and student(s).
May He protect both of us. May He nourish both of us. May we both acquire the capacity (to study and
understand the scriptures). May our study be brilliant. May we not argue with each other.
Om peace,peace, peace
Translation from our class
May He protect us both!
May He enable us to enjoy and work hard in the
pursuit of knowledge!
May we attain brilliance in our study!
May we not quarrel with each other!
Peace! Peace! Peace!
FOR 5TH GRADE AND UP ( Why is it important?)
At the beginning of a class, the teacher and students generally recite this peace invocation together. Both
seek the Lord’s blessings for study that is free of obstacles, such as poor memory, or the inability to
concentrate or poor health. They also seek blessings for a conducive relationship, without which
communication of any subject matter is difficult. Therefore, this prayer is important for both the teacher
and the student.