Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Definition - What does Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu mean?

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu is a Sanskrit prayer that is often chanted at the conclusion or near the end of a yoga asana practice. Although a common element of modern yoga classes, it is an ancient mantra that dates back many centuries.

The simplest translation is: “May all beings everywhere be free and happy.” A more expanded translation from Jivamukti yoga also adds: “... And may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

Yogapedia explains Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Another common translation, attributed to Integral yoga, is: “May the entire universe ever be filled with peace, joy, love and light.” The literal translation of each word from the Sanskrit is as follows:

  • Lokah means “universe,” “realm” or “location.”
  • Samastah refers to all living beings.
  • Sukhino derives from sukha, meaning “happiness” or “joy.” It refers to freedom from suffering.
  • Bhav represents the state of union with the Divine.
  • Antu, typically translated as “may it be so,” actually means “guardian” or “protector,” but in this context indicates a vow or pledge.
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