This particular Mantra is for those who teach and/or learn. I find it particularly fascinating, since it realises that whenever a teacher and student meet, there is all possibility of there arising an ego-clash and hence an argument. So besides an enlightening study, the mantra invokes peace.
Sah nau Bhunaktu
Sah Veeryam Karvaa vahai
Tejasvee naav dheeta mastu
Maa Vidvishaa vahai
Om! Shanti Shanti Shanti
|Avatu||may He protect|
|Bhunaktu||may He look after (The Study)|
|Veeryam||putting an effort enthusiastically|
|karva vahai||exert together (for the study)|
|nau||of both of us|
|Ma vid vishaa vahai||(May both of us) never quarrel|
Om! may He protect us both (teacher and student)
May He look after us, so that we both enjoy (the fruits of our study)
May our study acquire a lustre
May we never quarrel with each other.
A Like in ‘but’
Aa Like in ‘Far’
Ai Like in ‘hair’
Ey Like in Whey
I Like in ‘Pin’
Oo Like in ‘Shoot’
Oon ‘n’ has got a nasal sound.
U Like in ‘Put’
Sanskrit believes that the sound of the word never gets ruined and that it has an everlasting value.
Words in Sanskrit open out from their seed (beej) form.
A root is always a single syllable that contains one of the basic sounds a, I, u, ri
The root or seed may create a word, yet the word will vibrate to its best, and gives it tremendous power.
The Vedic or the Sanskrit view gives more importance to the special sound it should produce, than to the meaning of the spoken word.