How to discover inner happiness with chanting
Another one of my favourite mantras is also a favourite of the Dalai Lama’s. It’s called ‘Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu’ and it translates to:
“May all beings be happy. May my thoughts, words and actions in some way contribute to the happiness of all beings.”
Feel it, feel the feeling that everyone will benefit from our lives. It’s so wonderful to know that we can make everyone around us happy.
It’s a great thing making people happy, contemplating and creating our own happiness is another matter. Many of the spiritual gurus when they talk of it, say happiness is a huge issue for most people. Happiness on one level looks very superficial. It’s not easy to be truly happy, it is something that we need to contemplate.
To me, happiness is a childlike feeling of innocence in which we are just happy for no reason at all. Once we find this childlike innocence, where we are just happy for no reason at all, it can be accessed at any time.
I remember having just landed at a transfer Airport. On the plane was a family with a nine-month-old baby. Oh, how I connected with the spirit of that baby. I was pulling faces, making baby noises, squeaking in baby talk and making constant connection with the baby’s eyes, it was pure magic.
I had a joyous connection and chatted happily and gave gratitude to the hostesses who served us. I was travelling alone but I was just so happy.
When we landed, I walked with my fellow passengers through the airport. On arriving in the superficial world of ‘Duty Free’ I was greeted by designer labels and expensive leather brands. The environment reminded me of animal cruelty, I felt the toxic air of perfume and saw rows and rows of disease inducing chocolates. Thousands of people are always seeking happiness through these products that cause devastation to this beautiful planet. How can these material things bring happiness? Their novelty is so short lived.
To make this world a happier place, we must start with ourselves.
Singing and chanting mantras is one way to reach happiness through which we can attain a state of contentment. Especially chanting the mantra, Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
We can nourish our thoughts to go in a positive direction, or we can let them slip into negativity which they can very easily do. Choose nourishment.
In this mantra is the Sanskrit word ‘Bav’ which means Devotional Divinity which makes us happy. So, it is important for us to be conscious, if we are conscious and present, we live in the Bav. To live in a way that increases our Bav, not decrease it, we need to focus on Bav Boosters not Bav Busters.
We instinctively know what these boosters and busters are. We know the feeling when we are being nourished. We know the feeling when something leaves us feeling empty.
Happiness is about choosing the things that lift our spirits, choosing things that make us more generous and more loving, towards ourselves and others.
As we tune into ourselves more and more, we begin to realise what nourishes us and what is nourishing and beneficial to everyone around us.
Hosting Tantra Mantra Tuesday chanting mornings was magical. We appointed our very own Songbird, the beautiful singer and songwriter Kelly Pointon, to commence our session with her angelic voice. The mantra we always sang to start the session was Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
The mantra is about making all things happy, not just people. It’s animals, insects, reptiles and all the living things around us. When you sing mantras really focus on it and feel the vibration of happiness flowing through it.
Please be aware of your mind easily straying to other thoughts and bring your mind back to the words of the mantra. You will find that happiness, contentment, peace and transformation are available from these sacred chants if you persist.
Mantras are like tuning forks; they tune our vibration to specific frequencies. Here are some examples of the frequencies:
Frequency / Vibration
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha
Om Shree Maha Laxmi Namaha
Om gum Ganapataye Namaha
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah etc. the Gyatri Mantra