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May All Beings Be Happy

The power of Mantra For Today



Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

What a wonderful mantra. In fact, it's my favourite mantra, and I use it all the time in class and my private practice. Generally speaking, Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu means May All Beings Be Happy and Free. A second half may be added to this mantra: And may the thoughts, words, and actions of my life contribute to that happiness for all.


More specifically:

Lokah ~ means the world, realm, or universe. The whole of our existence.


Samastah ~ is the whole or entire


Sukhino ~ from the work such meaning sweet, joy, or happiness


Bhavantu ~ this is the imperative form of "may everyone". This is not a helpful suggestion but a command.


May the entirety of our existence be happy and free. That is the literal meaning of this mantra! How many of us benefit from hearing this on a regular basis? I know I do.


This mantra can easily be incorporated into your daily practice. Feel free to add it to the end of an asana practice or as a japa meditation. Use it in the morning to guide you throughout your day.

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