Shanti mantra lyrics:
Om Sahana Vavatu
Saha Viryam Karavavahai
Tejasvi Navaditamastu Ma Vidvishavahai
OM Shantih Shantih Shantihi
Om Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu (Om Saha Navavatu) mantra meaning:
Om, May God Protect us Both (the Teacher and the Student),
May God Nourish us Both,
May we Work Together with Energy and Vigor,
May our Study be Enlightening, not giving rise to Hostility,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
This invocation is found in several Upanishads among which the Taittiriya Upanishad. Usually, peace mantras are recited at the beginning and end of religious discourses and rituals.
It is probably the most famous after the Gayatri.
As a Shanti mantra, it advocates peace between student and teacher, encouraging both of them to study and to practice yoga, without mentioning any particular god or any particular book.
On an energetic level, this peace mantra helps to raise our vibrations. In addition, it encourages unhealthy mental patterns to rise to the surface, where they can be noticed and dissolved.
Moreover, chanting this Sanskrit mantra is a pleasure that transcends the senses, it takes us beyond the bounds of space and time. It soothes on a cellular level. Therefore, it soothes in a most profound and spiritual way. It merges our finite identity with the infinite and so dissolves us.