Om Sahana Vavatu

Definition - What does Om Sahana Vavatu mean?

Om sahana vavatu is an ancient mantra often used as a prayer recited before studying sacred Hindu scriptures and at the beginning of classes at school. It is considered a shanti mantra, which is a chant or prayer for peace, and comes from the "Krishna Yajur Veda Taittiriya Upanishad."

The name of this prayer mantra comes from the Sanskrit, om, which is the primal sound of the universe and symbol of the supreme deity; saha, meaning “together”; nau, meaning “both”; and avatu, meaning “may He protect.”

Yogapedia explains Om Sahana Vavatu

Direct translations of the Sanskrit words into English often do not relay the full meaning of the text. The translator must consider the context; therefore, translations of the mantra vary. One translation of the full prayer is as follows:

Om sahana vavatu
(Om, may God protect both teacher and student)

Saha nau bhunaktu
(May He nourish us together)

Saha viiryam karavaavahai
(May we work together with great energy)

Tejasvi nau-adhiitam-astu
(May our studying be effective)

Maa vidvissaavahai
(May there be no hate among us)

Om shanti, shanti, shanti
(Om peace, peace, peace [in three forms – in me, nature and the divine forces])

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