Lokah Samastha

Definition - What does Lokah Samastha mean?

Lokah samastha is a Sanskrit phrase most notably used in a peace mantra that is one of the most popular mantras chanted in yoga classes in some styles of yoga, including Hatha. It is frequently chanted at the end of yoga practice. Lokah means “realm,” “world” or “universe,” while samastha refers to all beings sharing the same world.

Mantras are recited to calm and focus the mind. They can be single syllables, short phrases or longer recitations and are valued for their sound vibrations as much as any meaning.

Yogapedia explains Lokah Samastha

The full lokah mantra is: lokah samastha sukhino bhavantu. Sukhino refers to joy and freedom from suffering. Bhavantu derives from two Sanskrit words: bhav, meaning the “divine state of unity,” and antu, which translates as “may it be so.”

Translations of the mantra vary, but all reflect that all beings share the same universe and must care for each other. Two such English translations are:

“May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.”

“May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light.”

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