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Shanti Mantra: Sahanavavatu Mantra

30 Jun 2016   Shanti Gowans
Sahanavavatu is one of the shanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad. It is often used as a universal prayer, to invoke divine blessings, and for harmony amongst teacher(s) and student(s).
 
The transference of mental, spiritual and intellectual energies from the teacher to the student can be achieved through a mutually nourishing relationship which is based on mutual respect, the joy of giving and receiving, and absence of malice or negative thoughts. Thus, the Sahanavavatu mantra highlights the nature of the teacher-student relationship that produces ideal results for the student. 
 
THE MANTRA                       ITS MEANING
Aum saha navavatu,              Let us together (saha) be protected (na vavatu
saha nau bhunaktu                and let us together be nourished (bhunaktu
Saha veeryam                        Let us together join our mental forces in strength 
                                               (veeryam)
karvaavahai                            for the benefit of humanity (karvaa vahai). 
Tejasvi naa                             Let our efforts at learning be luminous (tejasvi
vadhita mastu                         filled with joy, and endowed with the force of purpose 
                                               (vadhita mastu)
maa vid vishaa va hai             Let us never (maa) be poisoned (vishaa) with the 
                                                seeds of hatred for anyone.
Aum shanti, shanti, shanti.      Let there be peace and serenity (shanti) in all the 
                                                 three universes.
 
 
Listen to the Sahanavavatu Mantra 
Download a rendition of the Sahanavavatu Mantra from the “Chants of India” CD by Ravi Shankar. 
 

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