Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

Mantra makes me happy. I may not have the best chanting voice, but simply grumbling out of tune makes my heart sing. It simply puts a smile on my face. I stop caring about what I sound like or if I pronounced the sanskrit words perfectly and I just settle into the mantra. It makes my heart sing. The first chant I ever learned was Om Namah Shivaya. The chant itself has no direct translation, but when chanted over and over it is said it clears obstacles from your path.  Chanting or reciting a mantra can give us access to our creative spirit and bring harmony to our minds and bodies, creating wellness and vitality. At the very least, it lifts your spirits. Seems like a no brainer to chant away.

Lately I have been drawn to a new chant. I find myself reciting it during the oddest times: sifting through my wedding guest list, deciding on Save the Dates, analyzing over the next t-shirt design.  Lightbulb moment – these aren’t odd times, they’re times when I am feeling stressed and sometimes annoyingly un-yogic and even a little bridezilla. Hey, I live my yoga, but I’m also HUMAN!

The mantra I’ve been reciting, Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu.

Unlike Om Namah Shivaya, this mantra has a direct translation:  May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life, contribute in some way, to the happiness and freedom for all.

It’s the perfect chant for a stressing bridezilla. Even if you’re not in the middle of starting a new business and planning a wedding. It’s the perfect chant for a stressing human.  This chant really gets to the root of my own yogic philosophy – living in the moment, not sweating the small stuff, act with peace, get through life with a smile on my face and a little humor. All of that is summed up in Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. No wonder I have been drawn to it in times of stress.  I love that my go to nourishment for stress is now a chant. 10 years ago it was a shot of bourbon and a pack of Camel Lights.

Thanks yoga!


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6 thoughts on “Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

  1. Miss JD

    Love it! I’ve been out of yoga for a few month now (just moved from NY to Amsterdam) and haven’t found a new studio but def missing the me-time! Just found your blog on the Bee and can’t wait to read more :D

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  2. Teresa Gagne

    Warm Greetings,
    At the end of today’s over 40 yoga class we finished off with chanting Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. I put the English translation as one of my “signatures” on my emails.
    Thanks for the great post.
    Namaste,
    Teresa

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  3. Dr. O. P. Sudrania

    Your translation seems to be more near to its meaning that “everybody in the entire Universe be happy, as compared to “Samastha loka sukhino bhavantu” changed by Sri Sathya Sai Baba on 31st August 2008 and he asked his devotees to chant from 4th September 2008. He translated it that “All the beings of all Universes be happy”.

    This is an extract from the last piece of the following verse:

    svasti prajabhyam paripalayantham
    nyayeana margena mahim maheesah
    gobrahmanebhya shubamsthu nityam
    “lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu”

    May there be well being to the people;
    May the kings rule the earth along the right path;
    May the cattle and the Brahmins have well being forever;
    May all the beings in all the worlds become happy;
    This is accompanied with ‘Shanti mantra repeated thrice:

    Peace, peace and peace be everywhere! Offering to all three worlds; heaven, hell and earth.

    Have more peace. May God bless you all,

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  4. Dr. O. P. Sudrania

    The verse is not related to any of the Vedic scriptures but original Vedas were 1008 and what we have are only four at present. It is possible that the verse may have been a part of the lost Vedas. Thanks for your interest.

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