I sang it for almost seven years. They made us recite sahana vavathu before we started our breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Never worried what it meant (Actually what we more worried were the number of idlis we had in our plates.🙂 The numbers were never enough for us. We used to go for the second time after finishing those four idlis. Of course, by deceiving the one who was serving) .
After the completion of my secondary education whenever I remembered it, I thought it is to be something related to the way of having our food. To have it in silence or something of that type. I also remembered the way we used to tease a girl named Sahana by reciting the shloka. Dirty work of course.🙂
Yesterday my friend (who happens to be a girl🙂) asked me the meaning of asatoma sadgamaya. While I was searching on the nettappa I found few shlokas that we often use and more commonly be blind to its meaning. I present those shlokas with their meaning for you. I think you will like it
Sahana vanathu for you:
Om Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu
Tejas Vinavati Tamastuma vidhwishavahai
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
May He protect both of us. May He nourish both of us. May we both acquire the capacity (to study and understand the scriptures). May our study be brilliant. May we not argue with each other. Om peace, peace, peace.
Asatoma sad gamaya:
Asato Ma Sadgamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir gamaya
Mrityorma Amritam gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Lead me (by giving knowledge) from the unreal to the real; from darkness (of ignorance) to the light (of knowledge); from death (sense of limitation) to immortality (limitless liberation)
Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha:
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha
Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu
Mas Kaschid Dhuka Bhag Bhavet
May all be happy. May all enjoy health and freedom from disease. May all enjoy prosperity. May none suffer.
Ya devi sarva bhooteshu:
Ya Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Lakshmi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Salutations again and again to the Devi who abides in all beings in the form of good fortune.
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshvarah
Guru Shakshat Param Brahma
Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah
Know The Guru To Be Brahma Himself. He Is Vishnu. He Is Also Shiva. Know Him To Be The Supreme Brahman, And Offer Thy Adoration Unto That Peerless Guru.
Gajananam bhuta ganati:
Gajananam Bhuta Ganathi Sevitam
Kapittha Jambu Palasara Bhaksitam
Uma Sutam Shoka Vinasha Karanam
Namami Vignesvara Pada Pankajam
He who has the face of an elephant, one who is worshipped by the Bhootha ganam, He who eats the essence of kapitha and Jumbu fruits, He who is the son of Uma Devi and He who allieviates the ill feelings in us. O! Lord Vigneshwara who is an embodiment of all the above, we offer our Namaskarams at your Divine feet.
Om Bur Buvah Suvaha
Thath Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhi-Mahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat
Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life, Remover of pain and sorrow, The Bestower of happiness, Oh! Creator of the Universe, May we receive thy supreme sin destroying
light, May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.
here for you..
Today’s Quote: Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens – Carl Jung🙂