What is the Meaning of Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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In times of great change and global uncertainty, we are sometimes at a loss to find stability and peace within. Yet, we are supported endlessly by the wisdom of the ages. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a mantra of power that assists us in our spiritual evolution and acts as a blessing for the world.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a Sanskrit mantra which means:

“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.”

By chanting this mantra, we move from our personal self and radiate a prayer of love for the world around us. It takes us from the egoic, little self, and its limited world view, and radiates from us global wellbeing. It is a reminder we are a part of the universe and can positively impact all of creation.

Though not a traditional Vedic mantra, Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a Sanskrit prayer (or sloka). It has been used for many centuries to invoke greater states of compassion and peace. Often said at the end of yoga practices, its an invocation for personal and collective peace. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” may be the closest Western equivalent. Yet, the impact of this ancient mantra is far grander than simple human kindness.

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Sanskrit: The Language of the Ancients

Sanskrit dates back 7000-8000 years. Used before language, before the written word, its sounds are not simply phonetic but rather carry within them the very sounds of creation. The sounds are onomatopoeic and transmit the raw power of the universe.

This vibrational legacy was once reserved for initiates alone. The revered Brahmins make the path of spiritual study their life’s work. They commit to their own self-realization and act as mighty carriers of the ancient paths of power. As the potency of the mantra became more far-reaching, it is now a vital component of those devoted to enlightenment in all forms.

One need not be a yogi to partake in this ancient practice. Instead, our sincere intent grants us the right to utter these syllables of creation.

Mantras

The combination of sounds directs the forces of creation. The currents transmute the limitations of linguistics and become tools for power. Tricia McCannon in the Return of the Divine Sophia claims “the three purest aspects of God are love, sound, and light.” Mantras create a pathway to achieve all three; making the sounds, we vibrate with love to hold more light!

The beauty of using a mantra is that it has no meaning for our literal mind. It surpasses the logic and our need for meaning. This vibration transmits greater vitality for it is meaningless to the functions of the intellect.

Mantras speak to the universe, our cells, and soul’s directly. The sound itself reverberates through our body acting as nourishment for the soul. As it vibrates within, the mantra emanates and blesses outside of us to affect the subtle fields of energy in the universe.

The Meaning of Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Popularized by Jivamukti Yoga the complete translation of the mantra states:

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)

Viewed from this expanded translation, the impacts of the mantra have fuller breadth.

We Are All One

Inherent in the mantra is that we are all beings sharing the same planet and we must care equally for other inhabitants. The sound of Samastah expands us beyond just the clan or tribe mentality and reminds us we are interconnected to all. It further offers a blessing that the illusions of separation dissolve.

As conscious beings, we acknowledge all life carries a seed of the divine. If we see ourself as a spark of God, we must accept and inspire that light in others.

We all share the same life experiences, of pain and pleasure, loss and enlightenment, love and doubt. We can see the woes of mankind are all shared, independent of time or location. Chants bring us from the isolation of self and into the unified field of all life.

“No human being who has walked this planet was or is different from others. – Paulo Coehlo, Brida

Even the English translation “may all beings be happy and free” elevates our awareness to more conscious thought. We do not wish only for ourselves but recognize we are part of a collective effort on this planet. If I wish myself these blessings, so too may I wish them on all others. This honoring of divinity within you calls onto this planet what we need.

Compassion

Recognizing we are all one, we can move into sincerer compassion for ourselves and those around us. According to Insight State, “we cannot achieve true happiness if we cause unhappiness to other living beings, nor we can be free if we deprive others of their freedom.” The mantra moves us into the one-heart.

We must be cognizant of the beings on this planet we may affect with our actions. When we recognize our personal impact on others, compassion arises and global kindness is the natural result.

Responsibility for Self

The freedom implied in Suhkino recognizes the laws of free will and our equal rights to pursue joy. Knowing we are one with all, we aim to be mindful if our actions support or suppress the freedom of another. “No freedom can come from depriving others of their freedom.”

To become enlightened, an essential step is to take responsibility for oneself! We must individually do our part to address our limitations and faults. We own our karma and desire to act from places of greater love.

There is no magic in chanting the Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu mantra unless your personal elevation can hold these higher frequencies. If you are still being hurtful, critical, or judgmental you are adversely affecting the free will of another.

Through the modalities of energy healing, yoga, shadow work, and even great therapy, we become more self-aware. The path ignites within us a desire to free ourselves from pain and illusions. Often these thoughts and ego systems segment the world around us.

When we recognize we are no different, that we are not alone, more love can arise. We seek then to take right action and conduct ourselves in ways that mirror the harmony of the Divine.

Enlightenment

Enlightenment is the path of awakening consciousness; to remember we are Divine; to work hand in hand with creation. Those who seek enlightenment accept love as the true state of being.

The sound Bhav says we are pure love in unified existence. Love is our purest state and most natural way of being.

As you grew in the womb and wander in the fields of Gaia, love was the invisible energy holding the universe together. If we accept this divine state of being, we can amplify its truth through chanting. The mantra elevates not only ourselves but allows us to meet with pure grace all those we encounter.

Co-Creation

In using mantras we are contributing to the creation of the world around us. The world we want to live in is within our power to create with our thoughts and actions. Even if our individual efforts may not be actively changing the planet, through sacred sounds, we become a powerful transmission of change, peace, and stability.

If you wish to contribute to something you believe in, simply chant Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu or any mantra with purity and love.

As co-creators with the divine, when we come together to manifest our intentions and unite with love on this planet, there is nothing we cannot achieve.

Remember to call upon this power and heal the limitations that sever us from the Divine. This mindful practice can sometimes be the best teacher of our illuminated truth.

Cosmic Blessings

Of greater significance is the sound Lokah which encompasses all universes existing now. This offers more than a worldly perspective. It extends the blessings to the cosmic realms!

As we witness disclosure proliferating in the general population, it is heartening to remind ourselves that the ancients share in this galactic understanding. The Rishis (or great spiritual masters) before us saw themselves not as only human beings, but as galactic beings. Wider than a planetary scope, the Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu mantra blesses our families in the stars, our creatures upon the planet, and those with whom we walk daily.

Vibrations on the Planet Are Rising

The wisdom traditions all note that as we chant, we directly affect the fields of energy on the Earth. Though we can conceptualize this truth (and some clairvoyants may actually see it) we haven’t had actual proof until recently.

The Schumann Resonance is the electromagnetic frequency of the Earth. It is mostly stable at 7.83hz. This is also the vibration of the sacred mantra of creation Om.

We can now see, in quantifiable means, that the raising of our consciousness is affecting the frequencies of the Earth. These ancient mantras are more than spiritual practice, they are powerful forces creating true change.

Using the Mantra

There is never a time when prayers or mantras are of no benefit. Even taking a deep breath can give us a moment to commune with the divine all around us. Often said at the end of yoga class, it holds the blessing that we may go into the world with peace and unity.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu vibrates throughout the world on a daily basis. Imagine the vast energy transmitted when it spoken by the mouths of the many.

“The blessing is first for ourselves and then is more readily offered to others,” says Guru Jagat. I love this focus on self-love! When we can more easily forgive and accept ourselves unconditionally so too may we see the light of those around us.

Speaking the Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu allows these frequencies of love to be absorbed into one’s soul to be carried onward into their life. The Great Mother Amma uses this mantra as a daily prayer for the world.

To bless, to love, to be in peace and to radiate the light of eternal truth are of enormous benefit not only to ourselves but also for the peoples of earth to be best supported now. We can change the world in ways that may seem subtle. But it is our continual efforts of conscious love and action that bless ourselves, our human family, and the planet now.



Dharma: 11 Steps to Find Your Spiritual Life Path

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The meaning of life has been the query of humanity since ancient times. And still today we are no closer to knowing how to find our spiritual calling than they were! Our God Self holds the blue print and when we can be in alignment with our quiet center, it reveals itself to us. When you go beyond the outer quest for success and comfort and dive into the cavernous spaces within, you will find surest answers. The simplest answer to “why am I here” is:

You are a being of light, sent here to reincarnate until you merge with the vibrations of love and forgiveness that are the true nature of the universe.

Your life purpose – your dharma – is to walk this path as only you can. Finding your spiritual path is a life quest and not a weekend workshop. It requires honesty, integrity and a commitment to unearthing all that distracts you from Spirit.

Daunting, yes. And how the heck am I supposed to do that? The blessings are myriad for once you find your dharma, bliss follows on its heels ensuring devotion and fulfillment.

According to the Chopra Center, “When you live in the harmonious flow of dharma, the entire field of pure potentiality opens to you. You’re able to create as much happiness and wealth as you want because you’re aligned with the domain of spirit, the unlimited source of all manifestation.”

The Law of Dharma

The Chopra Center illuminates The Law of Dharma. According to their teaching, it consists of three steps needed to align with spirit and effortlessly fulfill your life purpose.

Seek Your Higher Self

Once this decision is made to reunite and embody your God Self, the universe will conspire to help you. Even though we may not know how to find this sense of self, the prayer or request alone will draw this divine aspect closer to us.

Our essential nature is spiritual and it is the design that we all fulfill this unique expression and purpose.

Find your Unique Talent or Gift

If you can’t readily identify your uniqueness, look back to what you love. What conversations or activities excite you most? What are you better at than anyone else? When we work in these places of our brilliance, time disappears as we become completely one with the creation.

Your passions are your purpose and you’ll discover they weave throughout your life.

Contribute to the World

Inherent in our dharma is a unique gift that serves humanity. Finding your true purpose innately invites the expression of your purpose. It is these skills which nurture you and the world. To save this life energy only for ourselves would burn us up from the inside out. It is this emblazoned dharma which is to be shared that sustains our vital qi energy.

Matt Kahn offers his own lesson on this in his video Serving the Cosmic Heart: Each day is an opportunity to be a being of light in service to the enlightenment of the planet. When we seek only to be of service rather than fulfilling our own agenda, everything will come to us naturally.

Your gifts are not only yours but they are an intricate design within the global blueprint. We need you to fulfill your dharma. It feels good to fulfill your dharma: it is your very reason for being.

The natural result is that you have more joy, more peace and more vitality to handle life’s curve balls as they appear.

“I am the immeasurable potential of all that was, is, and will be, and my desires are like seeds left in the ground: they wait for the right season and then spontaneously manifest into beautiful flowers and might trees, into enchanted gardens and majestic forests.” ::Ancient Vedic Proverb

Such a simplistic and beautiful design is not by accident. Yet our monkey minds complicate the heck out of the obviousness. Be gentle on yourself and in your honest moments, let life call you back to yourself. The enlightenment gleaned is invaluable to us all.

How to Find and Follow Your Dharma

1. Synchronicity

The universe speaks to us in many ways but coincidental timing is the most profound. As if our timeline is matching up with that of the universe, synchronicities affirm our current place. No need for judgment or self chiding, these events find us and act as a balm of peace and acceptance for wherever we may find ourselves.

2. Passion

Passions and curiosities always point to your dharma. Follow these gentle urgings to bring you closer to the places of peace, passion and purpose.

3. Connect the Dots

Sometimes we are reluctant to suppose there is great care and meaning in the way things are unfolding. The brain would much rather dismiss the significance than admit there are divine forces at work. Connect the dots and acknowledge ( joyously proclaim!) there is a reason bigger than you. Ignore the logic and follow the cosmic clues to your dharma.

4. Divine Discernment

Know when its time to cut your losses. We only have so much energy. Use that life force wisely and show the universe your dedication to your purpose and call the bliss of dharma to you.

5. Non-Linear Growth

Spiritual growth is a spiral and the cautious planning of our task-master minds to achieve a goal may not jive with divine timing. Be in loving receipt when things do show up and don’t fret when the completion of your goals feels far off. The bigger lessons are offered in the journey to becoming.

6. The Path is Often Illogical

Dharma is not rational. Spirit is not rational. The mind insists that they should be, but very rarely does any of the path to your true self make perfect sense. Go with the flow and trust the feelings more than the logic.

7. Spiritual Practice

Dharma lies in the spaces of your divine self. A commitment to your spiritual path exercised daily will support you while the journey unfolds. Yoga, meditation, time in nature and even journaling are paths that nourish the spirit and feed your dharma.

8. Find Heroes and Role Models

Look to the people you admire. They are representing aspects of you not yet manifested that will give clues to your dharma. While you may not have yet achieved what they have, recognizing the qualities of those to whom you venerate will be revealing.

9. Be Gentle

Everything matters and nothing is significant. While we give devotion to this way of being, it can offer its own slippery predicaments. Don’t take yourself too seriously or work from ego. It is instead the childlike ways that are more true to the calling of your dharma.

10. Courage

To walk this path takes a courage rarely found amongst the masses. Faith carries us and is our constant companion so long as we show up. Be bold, be fearless and follow your intuition first. You won’t be led astray.

11. Expand and Contract

It’s a funny journey to walking our truth. Some moments feel so clear, yet just around the corner is deep murkiness. Patience is crucial. In shedding layers of the illusion, there is brilliance and darkness. Know this is the nature of illumination and don’t lose hope.

To become that which we were born to be is both exhilarating and crazy making. Since this is a path few traverse, we look to the guides, gurus and Masters who have achieved peace before us. It is the blessing of this current lifetime to live your purpose: It is after all the graduation of the ages we have awaited. Truly knowing how to find your spiritual path it is a commitment of love. Enjoy the ride and be true to you. Dharma is your destiny when you are willing to walk with it.

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