A shanthi path is a mantra for peace, harmony and happiness.
Shanthi path literally means the falling down or descent of peace.
The following shanthi path is chanted at the beginning of teaching.
Om Saha naa vavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Tejas vinaa vadhita mastu ma
Om shanthi shanthi shanthi
May we together be protected
May we together be nourished
May we work together with great energy
May our study together be brilliant and effective
May we not hate each other or dispute with each other
Om peace, peace, peace.
Shanthi means peace.
The first shanthi is peace from personal suffering.
The secondary shanthi is the peace from the suffering caused to us by other beings
The final shanthi is peace from suffering caused by larger patterns in life like storms
The three shanthis also refer to physical, mental and spiritual peace.