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.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
I personally have never chanted these words without being so filled with love that tears leak out of my eyes. When we set the intention to do good, so that others also experience good, we leave our ego and fear behind.
When we speak words, think thoughts, and do actions that call for the greater good to be honored, we leave our “small mind,” as Erich Shiffmann calls it, and we are connected to the infinite universe, “Big Mind,” that is all of us.
May all beings everywhere be happy and free.
Dr. King also said, “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
Maybe you choose to serve the greater good today by smiling at a stranger. Leaving a note for someone who needs a boost. Read a book that educates you about the subtleties of racism. Call a friend that you haven’t spoke to in a while. Donate money to a charity. Gift someone a yoga class. Sit down and meditate. Listen to a child and give them your full presence. Make a meal for someone in need.
Maybe you are in the midst of a tremendous struggle and for today, action looks like being as kind to yourself as possible. If we can help by giving you a free yoga or meditation class, please email us here and we would be honored for you to be our guest.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Yes, my friend, keep moving forward.
Keep moving forward to give yourself more love and compassion.
Keep moving forward so love blooms in your thoughts and words and actions
Keep moving forward until love radiates outward, so that all beings may be happy and free.