"May all beings in all realms be at peace." ______________________________
lokāḥ: all locations, realms samastāḥ: all beings sukhino: to be happy, joyful bhav: the divine state antu: may it be so
"Lokāḥ samastāḥ" is a peace prayer from a longer sloka (song of praise). It encapsulates the spirit of Yoga which is to practice Yoga for ourselves but also for the welfare and happiness of all beings.
It allows the mind to become expansive as we go beyond the notions of individual self-identity to that of every being and thing, manifest or unmanifest, contained within the potentiality of Consciousness.
Sanskrit is a vibratory language which means the Sanskrit sounds encapsulate, or pattern, the actual experience itself! So by chanting to attune ourselves to this divine state of Unity, we are aligning ourselves with cosmic harmony.
Suggestions: This mantra should be sung or recited aloud. You could sing or speak this a few times before beginning a meditation or yoga practice to center yourself.
You could also use it for japa (mantra repetition). You can chant rather quickly, as in the following recording:
Or you can chant slowly to pull yourself into a profound state of harmony and calm. You should sit for a few minutes of meditation afterwards to integrate the experience.
In the beginning, allow yourself to be relaxed and free when you chant mantra: you can chant aloud quickly or slowly. You can whisper. When you feel the pull into meditative quiet, just allow yourself to rest there. Follow your energy! You can chant along with my recordings but eventually you should chant alone and befriend the sound of your own voice.
Sanskrit Pronunciation Tips: lokāḥ - 'ā' is a long 'a' like in 'father'; the 'ḥ' is breathy/aspirated samastāḥ - the 't' is dental meaning the tongue presses in between the upper and lower rows of teeth; long 'ā'; aspirated ḥ sukhino – “kh” like “kick”, with the “k” catching in the throat; the 'n' is dental bhavantu - 'bh' is aspirated/breathy; dental 't'
Don't worry too much about your pronunciation in the beginning. It is more important to surrender yourself into the feeling, resonant experience of the mantra itself!
I invite you to really add a lot of breath to the "sukhino" and "bhavantu". In this way you can really tap into the expansive feeling of this mantra.
Enjoy exploring! And may this mantra, over time, bring you deeper and deeper into a state of peace...