Sahana Vavatu is a prayer chanted before each class and before each private learning session. It asks for protection and blessings as the teacher and student embark together on a learning journey. What is this journey? It is to know OM/God/Presence.
Ideally it is chanted together by both student and teacher as both are united in their search for Truth, for Presence. It reminds ourselves that this is our goal: our own enlightenment but also that of others.
We learn it word by word later but the general meaning is this: May we both be protected and enjoy this process! May we both work hard and may we both shine! May we not fight! May there be only peace, peace, peace.