Saturday, 29 November 2008

For Peace

For Peace...

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!

May Peace and Happiness Prevail...

May there be peace in your heart
Where it should, really, all start...

May there by peace in your eyes
So that from there it flows, gently to arise...

May there be peace in your utterance
And all that you speak, makes a warm difference...

May there be peace in every deed
To bring harmony to those in need!!

May all of us be these symbols
of Peace, ringing out from from us, the Cymbals!!

A fairy tale, a dream dreamt, yet untold
I know: but why can't we make so bold

As to try and be peaceful
and thus, make the world more beautiful?

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!
Om Shanthi...Shanthi....Shanthihi...!

7 May, 07


Another re-post. The hope is strong, still. So I had to share this one too. The prayer is derived from this entire sloka, which has nothing to do with religion, just an expression, from ancient scriptures on the need for universal harmony, that holds the key to existence in society, harmoniously. Something we lack, sadly, utterly, today.

svasti prajabhyam paripalayantham nyayeana margena mahim maheesah
gobrahmanebhya shubamsthu nityam lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu

Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu. May peace and harmony prevail. Although this mantra does not appear in any of the existent Veda sakhas [Vedic branches], it is an expression of the universal spirit that we find therein.
For peace and harmony to prevail, the kings--i.e. the politicians and leaders--should have a healthy approach towards their subjects and govern according to principles of dharma. And that is what the ancients interpreted it as. Is it any different now, in our contemporary context?

28 November, 2008

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  1. Beautiful. I remember learning the Shanti Path at school...Om shanti, shanti, shantihi! Just what we need now, and forever.

    Thanks for the shloka too! I am told as a child, I would recite shlokas perfectly, I remember some now too, and listening to them gives me immense peace! Beautiful! :)

  2. Beautiful words. More apt today then ever before.
    ... when one person talks about peace and another one listens, you know there's still hope for peace.
    Thank You

  3. I remember this one.
    Need of the hour
    nice one

  4. nice one again usha...!

    apt for the situation in mumbai right now...!

    lovely words...for peace, let mumbai get it soon...

  5. "but why can't we make so bold

    As to try and be peaceful
    and thus, make the world more beautiful?"

    the question many are asking....wonderful write for these times...

  6. I hope peace prevails ...but only after the root cause of terrorism is uprooted...

    and thanks for the full sloka..I never knew it fully

  7. Always prayed for Peace...
    but who knows destiny has in store...

    even if it means blast into 'pieces' -- life is worth a game :)

    "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!
    Om Shanthi...Shanthi....Shanthihi...!" --

    this is one meaningful quote...


  8. Hope it is not just wishful thinking Usha. It will not just be a hope that will always linger on...hope it starts with each one of us and someday be a whole world reality...

  9. Peace on Earth; goodwill to men.


  10. Tara, thank you. I do wish it in someway finds a way into the hearts too.

    IHM, thank you too, for understanding, and for all those ways in which you make a difference, lending a voice to peace too.

    Shalu, thank you.

    Sashu, Amen, let it be so.

    Leo, yes, let us hope and pray that peace will find a way.

    Evanescent Flower, thank you.

    Praveen, you're welcome. And yes, when the root is pulled out too.

    Devika, that is what we seek, for all time, Peace. A piece of that at least! It is indeed a most meaningful prayer. Thank you for the kind words.

    Roopa, it has to start with each one of us. If we cannot, one cannot expect another to do the same, isn't it? I just hope each of us rises to the occasion, truly.
    thanks for the hope this brings in too.

    Karthik, Peace. And yes, Amen to that.


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