Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
This is an ancient 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.”
Perhaps, since today is the day we honor Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, it is the perfect day to recite this ancient mantra that illuminates Dr. King’s vision and mission for life.
On this day, we recognize one of the world’s greatest advocates for peace and social justice. This day also happens to fall during the week of inauguration and at the height of a pandemic in the middle of a cold winter.
And, during these uncertain and unusual times, times that have been beyond stressful and painful for so many, it is more important than ever to embrace and be inspired Dr. King’s words and actions.
Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
A soul generated by love.
His words remind us that these challenging times also hold great potential for positive change and enlightenment. A shift in consciousness. A rising up!
A time to personally look at our small part of the world and recognize how our own actions are rippling out into the whole world.
The change begins within.