The “Sahanavavatu mantra” is one of the shaanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad. This mantra is often used as a “universal” prayer, to send the message of peace and prosperity. The mantra may also be used to invoke God’s blessings for harmony amongst teacher(s) and student(s).
Teachers are under a lot of pressure to do more, be more, be always at their best, set the best example and so on. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India (1962-67) was a great educator, and philosopher. He believed that students need to have certain ethics and virtues in ordered to be taught well by their teachers.