Svadhyaya (study, memorization, and recitation of the revealed scriptures) is an important part of SRV sangha life. Students are encouraged to memorize all seven peace chants in both Sanskrit and English and recite them daily. Contemplating their meanings is a sure way to vitalize one's daily meditation practice. Lord Buddha stated, "The rust of monasteries is non-recitation of the scriptures; the rust of households is lack of spiritual self-effort." Thus we have found memorization of these profound and beautiful chants to be a joyous austerity conducive to endless inspiration. Om Shanti.

 

1. Peace Invocation from the Yajur Veda

Om sahana vavatu sahanau bhunaktu
saha vuryam karavavahai tejasvi navadhitamastu
ma vidvishavahai ~ Om shantih shantih shantih

May Brahman protect us. May Brahman sustain us.
May Brahman illumine our thinking process.
May we not find fault with each other, with our teachers or with the world,
and may what we study become a source of inspiration to us eternally. Om peace, peace, peace.

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