शं नो मित | Mantra for Removal of Obstacles

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This is the invocation to Anuvaka or Lesson one, of a section called 'Shikshavalli' or 'On Contemplation' from the Taittiriya Upanishad. The spiritual quest can be long and hard. There are frequent difficulties and obstacles. The purport of this chant is that we recognize this in advance, and ask for assistance in removing those upcoming impediments. But we at the same time promise that we will make all efforts to focus on the most important task at hand—constantly recognizing the spiritual.

Aum

śaṁ no Mitra śaṁ Varunaḥ

शं नो मित्र शं वरुनः।

śaṁ no bhavatvaryamā

शं नो भवत्वर्यमा।

śaṁ na Indro Bṛhaspatiḥ

शं न इन्द्रो बृहस्पतिः।

śaṁ no Viṣṇururukramaḥ

शं नो विष्णुरुरुक्रमः॥

namo Brahmaṇe

नमो ब्रह्मणे।

namaste Vāyo

नमस्ते वायो।

tvameva pratyakṣaṁ Brahmāsi

त्वमेव प्रत्यक्षं ब्रह्मासि।

tvāmeva pratyakṣaṁ Brahma vadiṣyāmi

त्वामेव प्रत्यक्षं ब्रह्म वदिष्यामि।

ṛtaṁ vadiṣyāmi

ऋतं वदिष्यामि।

satyaṁ vadiṣyāmi

सत्यं वदिष्यामि।

tanmāmavatu

तन्मामवतु।

tadvaktāramavatu

तद्वक्तारमवतु।

avatu mām

अवतु माम्।

avatu vaktāram

अवतु वक्तारम्॥

aum śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥

Aum.

May Mitra (the Sun and the giver of energy) be propitious to us; may Varuna (the oceans and waters, which nourish) be propitious to us.

May the blessings of the ancestors be with us.

May Indra (leader of the gods) and may Brhaspati (sublime teacher of the gods) be with us.

May the all-pervading Visnu be with us.

Salutations to Brahman.

Salutations to Vayu (god of wind)

You alone are the perceptible Brahman (the Creator).

You alone I shall declare as the perceptible Brahman.

I shall declare you as that which is beneficent.

I shall declare you as that which is true.

May That protect me.

May That protect the speaker.

Please protect me.

Please protect the speaker.

Aum shanti shanti shanti.

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MANTRAS INDEX:
Guru gayatri; Yogena cittasya; Yastyaktva; Sam no Mitra; Vedam anucyacaryo; Vande gurunam; Sarva kalyani; Aditya hrdayam

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