Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shanti Mantra

ॐ सह नाववतु| सह नौ भुनक्तु| सह वीर्यं करवावहै| तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै|
ॐ  शान्तिः  शान्तिः शान्तिः ||

This peace invocation is chanted both by the teacher and the taught before commencing study. This helps each to be in tune with the study and discourse and also in unison with each other. Misunderstandings may crop up in the form of teacher’s dissatisfaction towards his students or it can be due to the student’s misjudgment of the teacher’s attitude or words, leading to clogging in the attuning between them. Transference of knowledge is immediately blocked. This verse is chanted in all sincerity in order to avoid such a sad plight and to assure a perfect tuning up both from the teacher to the student and from the student to the teacher.

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