Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be happy.
May all my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness of all beings.
I keep my Deva Premal playlist on in the background frequently when I am writing or reading and it includes 170 tracks. During this particular moment this weekend, something unusual happened. As I listened, I could feel my heart swell, expand … radiate. I checked to see what the mantra was and it was “lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu“. This mantra is on the playlist and I probably hear it at least weekly, so my reaction caught me by surprise. I sat with it in meditation and sure enough, the expansive heart feeling kept growing and vibrating intensely. I honored the reaction and my heart and began to research the mantra.
The Hugging Mother – Amma includes Om Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu as part of the daily chanting for her devotees and disciples. More insight on the mantra and why it is important:
Instead of asking for something for our self, Amma advises us to pray for the whole creation. Praying for the welfare of all sentient beings–all humans, all animals, all plants—our mind becomes more expansive. Through such prayer we slowly can go beyond our limited egocentric concepts of self to identify with the entire creation, recognising its true nature to be none other than our own. And as we too are part of the world, we also are benefited from the blessings of the prayer.
Meaning of each of the words in the mantra from Jivamukti Yoga:
lokah: location, realm, all universes 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)
In the expansiveness of this mantra – we all become one. As we chant and our hearts expand, we contain and collapse into the heart of the Universe. One rhythm that is breathtaking in its simplicity.
This mantra also calls us to look mindfully at our thoughts, words and actions. Are we truly contributing to the happiness of all beings? What does that look like in our lives and how can we expand it with love? The lokah mantra will now be included in my daily practice – I like the idea of adding it to the end of my meditation as a heartfelt closing. Inviting more love, happiness, freedom, gratitude and compassion into our daily lives can only have a positively exponential impact on our lives and in the world. As well, this mantra is the perfect way to pray and INSPIRE CHANGE in our world (the theme for March!).
Wishing you Happiness and Freedom … chant with me!