Where “Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu” comes from

Prayer for Universal Peace (Sanskrit Mantra + Recording)

I wanted to share one of my favorite mantras that we learned at the ashram Yoga Vidya Gurukul. The Prayer for universal peace contains the famous shokla “Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu”, often sung in Western Kirtans and Western Yogic songs. The original Sanskrit is in bold and the meaning in English below each paragraph.

You can learn the correct pronunciation listening to Mrs. Pourmina Mandlik or Tai, as we know her. Listen to the recording here (links to google Drive) —

*For educational purposes only — All rights: Yogapoint.com

Prayer for Universal Peace

Mrityorma amritam gamaya ||

-Let the truth destroy untruth

-Let the light destroy the darkness

-Let the immortality destroy mortality or death

Sarvesham Swastirbhavatu |

Sarvesham shantirbhavatu |

Sarvesham mangalam bhavatu |

Sarvesham poornam bhavatu ||

-May all become auspicious

-May all attain peace

-May all attain joy

-May all become complete / reach the state of completeness

Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu |

Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu |

Naham karta hariri karta |

Harihi kartahi kevalam ||

-Let everybody be happy.

-Let everybody be happy.

-It is not I but pure Consciousness, the only energy behind everything that happens.

Om Shantih! Shantih! Shantih!

Om Peace! Peace! Peace!

Originally published at https://www.riootoya.com on July 4, 2020.


Rio Otoya is a Holistic Transformational Coach. Rio guides Yoga, Meditation, and Breathwork. He formerly worked at Google, leading startup programs, and pioneering mindfulness initiatives. Rio uses his facilitator experience to create intimate spaces for the practice. He combines modern and traditional practices through his training in traditional Indian Yoga, healing Breathwork, and scientific Mindfulness from Google’s gPause.

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