Episode # 287 – “Lokah Samastaah Stukino Bhavantu!” – Vidura beautifully brings out its real meaning!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed a beautiful illustration to back up Vidura’s point on why we should possess the patience and perseverance for doing anything in our life. We should remember that there would be a time for everything to happen in this world and we should wait for it to come. Of course I’m not saying that we shouldn’t plan or fix deadlines to achieve something. The deeper point to ponder here is that, our plan or deadline should also have a cushion for any sorts of headwinds that would come in the way while finishing the given task or project in hand. Giving this buffer or a cushion is extremely important while planning an activity or a project. In today’s corporate too, this is a very important consideration.

For instance if we’ve to start a new company or launch a new product in the market, we need to do extensive planning and feasibility studies before we venture into such things. This planning and feasibility study should also include an appropriate time-frame within which the firm or the product would be operational in the market. While planning this time-frame we need to consider what might be the challenges that we’ve to overcome en route this process and list them down one after the other. A thorough analysis should be made out of each of the anticipated challenges and a counter-plan be formulated. This alone is not sufficient. There might be few challenges that come our way which may be totally unanticipated – For instance, an accident in terms of fire or a natural calamity like floods, earthquake, etc. We should be ready to counter these types of challenges too, by allocating certain buffers or cushion, both in terms of money as well as with respect to time! Hence, rather than feeling sorry later on, it is better that we plan accordingly with the required buffers in place.

Now moving further, Vidura explains thus:

“Apraaptha kaalam vachanam brihaspathirpih bhruvan!!

Priyo bhavati dhaanena priyaa vaadena chaaparaha!

Manthramoola pare raagnyaha yah priyah priyayeva saha!!”

Thus here, Vidura emphasizes the subsequent continuation of the previous point and explains various ways of gaining and spreading happiness. He says firstly that King Dhirdiraashtra should know whom to give what, and whom to fight with for what! He says, “Priyo bhavati dhaanena!” – This means that if we donate something to someone (Dhaanam) with a good heart, what’s wrong with it? The other person who is receiving our offering is going to feel extremely happy isn’t it? By seeing that happiness, we can also feel happy! Here he indirectly pokes King Dhirdiraashtra that he should not hesitate to split the Hastinaapura kingdom according to the earlier agreement, to the Paandava brothers. It is only by giving away a portion of the kingdom, happiness would reign in the family.

Subsequently he says, “Priyaa vaadena chaaparaha!” – Some people can earn and spread happiness by talking in a sweet way. This is also important. We should know how to talk with each category of people in our life. However, care should be taken that our words should not be of any harm to others – Whoever it might be. If there are good words to use, bad and unparliamentary words should not have a space at all! If we talk pleasingly, many people would start to like us. For instance if we are in a stressful situation and if someone comes up to us and tries to pleasingly console us, how happy would we feel? We ourselves would start feeling internally motivated, isn’t it?

Next, Vidura says, “Manthramoola pare raagnyaha” – Here he says that some people have the capability to spread and gain happiness through the constant chanting of “Manthras”. As we’ve discussed earlier too, “Manthras” have their own special place in our “Sanaathana Dharma”. Constant and repeated chanting of the “Manthra” not only gives us the power and strength, but also gives enormous inner peace and happiness. The more we devote time for chanting the “Manthra“, the more we start feeling calm and composed within ourself. The more we attain this serenity within ourselves, our face would reflect it through its appearance. Thus when other people look at us, they would also start feeling happy automatically. This is why we always keep stressing that chanting the “Mantra” is extremely important for spiritual progress.

Finally Vidura says, “Yah priyah priyayeva saha!!” Here he explains the most important point. So far he had told that different people attain and share happiness through various means. Now he says that those people who work for the benefit and happiness of the world at large, are the happiest people ever! This is why we often chant the famous “Mantra”, “Lokah Samastaah Stukhino Bhavantu!” This means, “May the whole world with all its living beings live in happiness and peace!” The moment we start praying for the happiness of others, our happiness is automatically taken care of.

In this way, the real meaning of the phrase “Lokah Samastaah Stukhino Bhavantu!” is bought about by Vidura through this important sloka. We should always understand that when others are happy, we would automatically get the happiness and bliss. It is a rule in this world that nobody can derive happiness out of other’s suffering. It is a huge misconception in today’s world that we can rise up levels in life only by downgrading or pushing others behind! Of course, we can be smart and outperform others to rise up the ladder. But that does not mean that we would degrade others, push them down and come up. It is only because of this cheap attitude that many of us have within ourselves, we meet up with disasters all along out path. If we are trying to push others down, we should always remember that there would be a time in future when others would push us down! It might be sooner or later, but certainly it would happen! Hence if we’re talking about happiness, we should always realize that happiness starts from within us and the moment we start helping others and make them happy, it multiples further in an expansive way.

So for today, let us ponder over this important point and let us understand the real meaning of the famous “Lokah Samastah” Manthra. Whenever we chant this “Mantra” we should make sure that we pray for the happiness of all living beings in this world. We shall wait till the next episode to explore Vidura’s next important point of discussion! Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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