Day 21: Congratulations!
Lokah Samashta Sukhino Bhavantu
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
We close our course together, by chanting this beautiful mantra, moving from our personal egoic small selves, with our limited world views, to radiate a prayer of love for the world and global well-being. In chanting this mantra, we remind ourselves that we are part of a vast universe and we have the power to positively impact all of creation.
Often chanted at the end of yoga practices, Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a potent Sanskrit prayer and invocation for personal and collective peace that has been used for centuries to invoke greater states of awareness, love, compassion and peace.
lokah: location, realm, all universes, seen and unseen, ancestors, future generations, plants, animals etc. existing now
samastah: all beings sharing that same location
sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence
antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
At first, the blessing is for ourselves to help us cultivate self-love. Once we can easily forgive and accept ourselves unconditionally, we can see the light and are able to readily offer this love and compassion to others.
The great saint Amma – Sri Amritananadamayi Ma – the famous Hugging Saint, uses this mantra as a daily prayer for the world, and I invite you to as well!
May all beings be happy
May all beings be free from affliction
May all see auspiciousness everywhere
May none be sorrowful
May the spring of happiness prevail
May peace continue to prevail in the world
Let us remain without desire and be selfless
May we progress towards you
May all be happy in the world
May everybody see the divine in everyone
May the flame of love burn in our minds
May everyone ever live in harmony
Let us worship together,
Let us desire the same goal
Let us chant together:
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu
Path of Practice
Do your “Big” or “Small” practice – Enter your “Yay” or “Nay”.
Journal / 3 Gratitudes
Chant the ‘Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu” mantra a minimum of 9x
Make a plan: Moving forward, how would you like to keep your home practice flowing? Take 5 minutes and journal NOW.
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