Together We Can Face the Challenges of Today
With the many challenges we face today, many people feel overwhelmed and ask themselves, "What can one person do?" While external action is certainly a way of creating change for a better future, an internal shift can also be necessary and powerful. Chanting for world peace can bring about that internal shift. Saints throughout the ages have said that peace begins within oneself. The peace that we embody through intention and chanting creates a more harmonious environment, and sends ripples of peace out into the world.
A peaceful mind is a powerful agent for change.
The Meaning of the Chant
"Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" is an ancient Sanskrit chant, or mantra, which means: "May all beings everywhere be happy and peaceful." It is an invocation for the harmony and blessings of all creation. When we chant this mantra we are praying for the whole of creation—all humans, animals, plants, the earth, and all beings.
The chant first appeared in India in very ancient times and has evolved into a universal peace prayer used by Hindus, Buddhists, as well as many other traditions and communities. It has been chanted at the United Nations and the Parliament of World Religions, in Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, as well as many yoga and meditation centers throughout the world. People from all walks of life can chant this mantra, regardless of tradition or background.
It is believed that the pure intention and sound vibration emanating from the ancient Sanskrit chant itself has potency. Chanting this prayer helps focus the mind and heart. As the ancient sages knew, and as as science is beginning to rediscover, consciousness has a discernible effect on energy and matter. Positive intention has an impact on well-being, and one's well-being can have an positive impact on one's environment.
LISTEN TO THE "OM LOKAH" CHANT
About the Practice
Chanting can be done anywhere and at any time. It can be said aloud or silently. Prayer beads, or malas, are typically used to keep count. Chanting the "Om Lokah" mantra 108 times takes about 12-15 minutes, and is a great way to start or end your day. Sitting comfortably in a quiet atmosphere can be helpful. If possible, it's good to set aside a regular time for practice, but it's not necessary. Some like to say a prayer or invocation before beginning and after ending their practice. If you are going to begin chanting "Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu", we recommend writing the mantra down to initially learn and chant the mantra aloud. There is a track above to chant along with and help with pronunciation. Chanting grows and and expands from the love and joy of the practice itself. It can pleasantly and spontaneously spill over in to everyday life, such as while driving, or taking a shower. Chanting can calm the mind and fill the heart.
Origins of "Chanting for World Peace"
This project came about from the inspiration of Amma, the teacher and founder of the humanitarian organization "Embracing the World". Chanting for World Peace began in the summer of 2015 with a few individuals committed to chant the "Om Lokah" mantra daily. They quickly felt the powerful effect of this practice in their personal lives, and wanted to share it with others worldwide. Some of them had never chanted before and were grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a positive and life-changing experience. Since that time, many more people from around the world have joined in the commitment to chant daily for world peace and the well-being of nature.
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