When we recite this prayer, we are asking God to transform our food into spiritual food, into prasad. In this way, we ensure that what we eat (ideally wholesome and balanced vegetarian meals cooked with love) enhances our spiritual progress.
ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविः ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणा हुतम् ।
ब्रह्मैव तेन गंतव्यं ब्रह्मकर्म समाधिना ।।
Brahmārpaṇam Brahma Havir
Brahmāgnau Brahmaṇā Hutam
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam
Hari Om Tat Sat, Hari Om Tat Sat, Hari Om Tat Sat
Om Brahmārpaṇam Astu, Om Śāntiḥ, Śāntiḥ, Śāntiḥ
Brahman is the oblation, Brahman is the ghee offered in the fire of Brahman by Brahman. Only one absorbed in Brahman will reach Brahman. —Bhadavad Gitā 4:24
Saha Nāvavatu Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Vīryam Karavāvahai
Tejas Vinā Vadhītam Astu
Om Śāntiḥ, Śāntiḥ, Śāntiḥ
May He always protect us. May He always be pleased with us.
May we work together vigorously. May we be illuminated
and learned and never may hostility arise between us.
Note: the dual form (Sanskṛt) refers to the teacher and disciple working together.