Sahanavavatu Mantra


Om sahana avavatu 

Om help us together to (saha na) that which is happening in good manner (avavatu)

sahanau bhunaktu

Help us together to that we are part of  (sahanau) which we eat/enjoy with our bodies (bhunaktu) (in essence to say that which we consume with our bodies literally and figuratively)

saha viryam karaavavahai 

Help (saha) to give us strength (viryam) to perform in order to (karaavavahai)

Tejasvinau adhitamastu 

illuminate in us (Tejasvinau) that ignorance/darkness (adhitama) be it so that (astu)

maa vidvishaavahai

from our (maa) study (vid) the enmity/poison that exists around us (vishaavahai)

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Om peace, peace, peace


Om…. help us together to that which is happening in good manner; help us together to that we are part of which we eat/enjoy with our bodies, help to give us strength to perform inorder to illuminate in us that darkness/ignorance from our studies, be it so that from the enmity/poison that exists around us.  Om peace, peace, peace. 

It is a beautiful prayer that is recited at the beginning of a study or before a spoken discourse. 

sahana avavatu


Check out the internet with the many other meanings.

Om Sahana Vavatu – In sanskrit with meaning

Om Sahana vavatu shanti mantra Lyrics and meaning


Notes: for the meaning in the above website I would like to point there are no words in the sloka for a teacher or student or lord or to be protected. One website writes ma visha, to mean let us never be poisoned, it is ma vid visha so knowing that it would not make sense to think of it that way. Nonetheless, the meanings from the all of the other websites though there are variations convey the over all meaning if that is all you care about. Since I am particular about what makes sense to me and how I understand things that is reading from left to right and taking a deeper look at the meaning to understand it and make sense of it in way it is meant to be understood in Sanskrit.

About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious. veena kodali

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