Shanti Mantra

ओं सह नाववतु

सह नौ भुनक्तु

सह वीर्यम् करवावहै

तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै

ओं शान्ति शान्ति शान्ति हि

Om Saha naavavatu

Saha Nau Bhunaktu

Saha Veeryam Karavavahai

Tejasvinavadheetamastu Ma Vidhvishavahai

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Meaning:

OM, May Brahman protect us

May Brahman enjoy us

May our study be vigorous

May the light of understanding spread without limit

May we never hate one another

OM peace, peace, peace

Listen to the Mantra

Shanti mantras are traced back to upanishads. They are a way of pacifying or creating a serene atmosphere. Most of the Bala Vihars or Gurukulas start their classes with this invocation prayer involving the teacher and the students. This prayer is intended to get God’s blessings in doing the activities together free of obstacles and to have a good communication or understanding between the teacher and students which is key to the success of learning. At the end of the shanti mantras we say three times “Shanti Shanti Shanti Hi”. This usually represents the desire to have peace within the person who is seeking the peace, his/her surrounds, and on the forces that are acting on him/her.

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