Prayer for Peace
Om sarve bhavantu sukhinaha
Sarve santu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
Maa kaschit dukkha bhaag bhavet
Om shaanti shaanti shaanti
May all be happy. May all be free from disabilities. May all see the good of others. May none be in misery. Om, peace, peace, peace.
Our great sages and saints believed that the only prayer worth uttering was the prayer for the good of all – that is, a prayer for others rather than just ourselves. This concept finds its most beautiful expression in this hymn.
‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (The world is one family) is a great truth proclaimed by the ancient scriptures of India. Our sages had a truly global vision long before globalisation became a buzz word. When we attain this awareness and enter this realm of light, we will no longer dwell on differences and disharmony; we will begin to bear witness to the truth of God’s infinite power, mercy and wisdom.
This hymn prays for the health and well-being of all creation – let none feel the affliction of pain and suffering. This is the true spirit of maitri, daya, compassion.