Tracing a mantra

Peter Wyzlic pwyzlic at UNI-BONN.DE
Fri May 6 20:08:21 UTC 2011

Am 06.05.2011 um 17:52 schrieb Finnian Moore Gerety:

> I am trying to find the provenance of this mantra:
> lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
> It is quite popular but I have not seen it quoted with attribution.

That is part of a verse:
svasti prajābhyaḥ paripālayantāṃ
nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṃ mahīpāḥ |
gobrāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubham astu nityaṃ
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
Śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ

I don't know where it occurs first. But it must be earlier than the 18th century, at least. Because the verse is cited in a report of the Lutheran missionaries in Tranquebar published in 1742, see A. Weber: Eine angebliche Bearbeitung des Yajurveda, in: ZDMG 7 (1853), p. 235-248, esp. 248.

Hope it helps
Peter Wyzlic

Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften
Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
53113 Bonn

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