Om Sarve Vai Sloka – Audio
Om Sarve Vai – Explanation
Om Sarve Vai -Video
Om Sarve Vai – Activity
Activity : Jumping on Happy Places Game
Value Inculcated: Always be happy.
Materials Required: Music Player (alternatively, guru can sing bhajans) and Pieces of chalk
Preparatory efforts: Collecting Shiva Picture from an old calendar or magazines.
This game is better played in an open area.
The guru draws a path on the floor (refer the image), formed by two concentric circles. The path is divided into many segments (minimum of one segment per child). On each segment, there should be a drawing of smiling or sad face (one drawing per segment), alternatively.
When finished, children should stand up on one segment each.
Start the music, children should jump clockwise in an orderly manner along the path.
No walking allowed, only jumping with both legs; no pause or gap between segments. Jumping should be continuous from one segment to the next; no twice jumping on the same segment. None should go outside the segments, no 2 steps should be on different segments.
When the music stops, each child has to stand frozen in the segment.
Those who are on segments with sad faces should leave the game. The game continues till only one player is left, who is the winner.
Om Sarve Vai – Further Reading
Story related to the prayer
Yudhishthira was well known as Dharmaraja and was very virtuous and righteous man. His life was full of pure, holy and divine actions. Since he had not committed any sins in his life, he had earned a lot of merit. But alas! There was a tiny little spot upon his pure meritorious life.
During the Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas fought against the Kauravas and also their Guru Dronacharya. Krishna knew it was difficult to defeat Dronacharya. If only Drona would keep down his weapons and refuse to fight, then alone it could be possible to defeat him. But how would Drona keep down his weapons? He loved his only son Ashwatthama very dearly. If at all Drona would get news that Ashwatthama was dead, then he would keep his weapons down in dejection. But Drona would not believe in the rumours. He would confirm the truth from Yudhishthira, as Yudhishthira spoke nothing but truth. How to convince Yudhishthira to speak a lie?
Lord Krishna thought of a plan. An elephant named Ashwatthama was killed. Krishna then told Yudhishthira, if Drona asked him “was Ashwatthama dead?” he should say loudly “Yes” and then in murmuring voice “naro va kunjaro va” whether it is an elephant or a man, I do not know. According to the plan everything was done and, as Lord Krishna had expected Drona went to Yudhishthira to confirm the truth. Yudhishthira replied in words that he had learnt by heart. Now, though Yudhishthira did not speak a lie, yet it was partly a lie, because Yudhishthira knew that it was not a man Ashwatthama, but an elephant that had died. This little act made a small spot of sin on his life.
At the end of Yudhishthira’s life, he had to account for his actions. As a result of this little act, he had to spend just a few moments in the hell first and then he could go to heaven to enjoy for all his merits. Yudhishthira readily agreed to it. When he entered hell, those who were there suffering and undergoing a torture suddenly experienced calmness, coolness and joy, due to Dharmaraja’s presence. They began to experience such great joy, which they had never experienced before. Dharmaraja noticed the change in hell. He was so loving, compassionate and merciful, that he always felt other’s joy was his own. He pleaded to Lord Yama and said “Oh Lord, what is the use of the human life if one does not understand the brotherhood of mankind?” I think these people in the hell need my presence. Therefore, I offer all my merits to them. I am willing to stay in hell for the sake of their happiness. Let all be happy. Let not any one suffer, let all seek peace. What a great sacrifice! Lord Yama was very pleased. He at once released all the people from the hell. Do you know what reward Yudhishthira got? By offering his merits to others, he earned thousand-fold merit than what he had before.
One should pray like Yudhishthira, for the universal good, for the happiness and joy of all mankind. We pray for our own self. We may pray for our relatives, friends or neighbours. But Yudhishthira prayed for those whom he did not know, who were neither his friends nor relatives.