Saturday Night Sanskrit

Flowers in bloom at Rittenhouse Square Park in Philadelphia

Today was my perfect spring day: yoga, lunch with a good friend, mani-pedis and a walk through the park. I’m feeling blissful, so why not write about one of my favorite Sanskrit sayings, also known as the yogi’s anthem…

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

This Sanskrit prayer is chanted during many yoga classes around the world, and always at the end of a class at Dhyana Yoga. It’s sweet, yet powerful. Here’s the 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 that happiness and to that freedom for all.

I borrowed this exact translation from the Jivamuki website, where they break down the meaning of each word. Sharon Gannon has a beautiful song, just listen and feel any tension melt away.

Are you uplifted yet? What makes for your perfect spring day?

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4 responses to “Saturday Night Sanskrit

  1. What a beautiful prayer! I think I may have to adopt this as my own anthem!

  2. Isaac

    But that’s a lot of extra added in. The actual phrase in Sanskrit (lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu) leads to part of the first clause in the English: “May all beings be happy.” Even that is a stretch… “lokāḥ” is used in the literature to denote the *people*, not all beings.

    That’s not to say that the intention of the speaker can’t include the rest, but it should be remembered that it is the speaker adding it.

    • Thanks for the input. I was going by how my yoga teachers have said it and the way it was written by Jivamukti founder Sharon Gannon, but like all things yoga there are many ways to interpret.

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