Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Invocation for Harmony and Joy", Meditation for Happiness

The following is an "invocation for harmony and joy" from Yoga Journal, page 22, September 2008.

"Loka Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (Low-Kaah Suh-Muh-Staah Soo-khee-no Bhuh-vuhn-tu)

May everyone everywhere be happy.
May the whole world be joyous.

This prayer doesn't invoke a specific divinity and so isn't, strictly speaking, a mantra. But it is a well-known and beautiful Sanskrit blessing.

Blessings are intentional, focused thought-forms that have the power to affect the world, which, according to yogic philosophy, is shaped by consciousness. When a blessing is heard and echoed in the hearts of others, its power is reinforced.

Try bringing this blessing into your daily practice by chanting it at the end of your asana sequence or before meditation, and notice its subtle effect."

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