1 – Drg Drsya Viveka: Why We Pray Before Starting A Class (Drig Drishya Viveka)


Lecture 1 speaks about the “saha na vavantu” prayer before the class starts. Why we do 3 OM shantis. Why knowledge fails for most people (unfriendly psychology, projection, triggered, etc)

Source: Drg Drsya Viveka

Explanation of “Sahana Vavatu” Verse:

  • saha nāvavatu : May the Lord (being a source of blessing) protect both of us (teacher and student).
  • saha nau bhunaktu : May he nourish both of us (with knowledge). 
  • saha vīryaṃ karavāvahai :  May both of us make effort for capacity (required for knowledge to be imparted by the teacher and to be
    received by the student).
  • tejasvi nāvadhītamastu :  May what is studied by us be brilliantly clear (meaningful, free from vagueness). 
  • mā vidviṣāvahai :  May we not be subject to any kind of misunderstanding (so that this communication is complete). 
  • om śāntiḥ  śāntiḥ sāntiḥ :  Let there be freedom from three possible obstacles (that can deny santi and become a hindrance to the pursuit of knowledge – like obstructions from forces over which we have no control, disturbances from beings around us and factors centered on ourselves). 

Next verse begins the text. This was only an introductory verse.


Course was based on [1] Drig Drishya Viveka book by Swami Tejomayananda [2] Book by Swami Nikhilananda [3] Neema Majmudar.

Recorded 16 Jan, 2024

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