Lady Gaga’s Recent Tweet Was A Shlok In Sanskrit. It’s Sad But Perhaps This Was The Push We Needed?
If you’ve studied from an Indian school, chances are, you’ve been taught Sanskrit as part of a school curriculum. Most of it flew right past our heads but I wish I had paid more attention, because now when I look back, I know I would have such a contextual understanding of our culture. But while we Indians struggle with this classical language, American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga just dropped this tweet and it kind of broke the internet.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 19, 2019
It was a rather unexpected tweet, especially coming from Lady Gaga. The A Star Is Born actress recently tweeted a part of a very famous sanskrit shlok on twitter, that said, “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.” The tweet already has thousands of retweets and has been liked by more than 50,000 people – this is the kind of tweet that breaks the internet. It literally trended all day.
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“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
Love U Gaga.
— Saiesha Shah (@SaieshaShah) October 20, 2019
The shlok that means, “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all,” as explained by a user on twitter. With constant re-tweets, some funny, some impressive, some with sudden woke sanskrit enthusiasts, Gaga has certainly taken us back to the olden school day when we’d chant these in morning prayers.
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah ?
— RC Shukl (@RC_Shukl) October 21, 2019
WE ARE ONE & ready to ascend. pic.twitter.com/cIJPpaYIRA
— HAUS OF FRANKIE (@frankiefermi) October 19, 2019
yogi ji after reading this ? pic.twitter.com/BhYaDewTTN
— Pranjul Sharma? (@Pranjultweet) October 20, 2019
Imagine even Lady Gaga is tweeting in Sanskrit. Surely now we can have a consensus on Sanskrit as a compulsory subject in every Indian school? https://t.co/xnO8qRYlVP
— HindolSengupta (@HindolSengupta) October 20, 2019
lady gaga did more for sanskrit than NCERT https://t.co/wJfVlvSshs
— cara delevingne but ugly ? (@crockycrow) October 20, 2019
It probably really means she went to Yoga class today-a frequent saying at end of a session.
— Jackie Freer (@virginia3jj) October 19, 2019
— Antoine (@Antoine_Rdx) October 19, 2019
And if we’re being honest, the fact that star of her stature has shared words from a classical and ancient Indian language, is kinda cool. We’re losing out on a lot of things we hold dear and while it shouldn’t be that way an international star reminding us of the philosophies and treasures of our culture is perhaps the kind of thing we need to get a conversation started. Like yoga, which needed to go all around the world before we started to see the benefits of it.