Mantra- Commencement of Studies

By Rudra Shivananda

It is traditional that before the commencement of studies and teaching, the following mantra is recited to establish the proper frame of mind and attitude towards the subject and prevent any misunderstanding between teacher and student:

Saha naavavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karavaavahai
Maa vidvishaavahai.
Shanti, shanti, shanti.

O Lord
Protect us (from misinterpretation)
Give us enjoyment (through our studies)
May we strive together (to arrive at the truth)
May our studies be thorough and free from error
May we be free from quarrel and full of mutual respect.
O Lord
Give us perfect peace.

You can hear this mantra at in this link  (

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