mantra -- sanskrit -- lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu -- 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 --
I'm proud to say that my daughter can recite the Gayatri mantra (one of the oldest Sanskrit mantras) by heart: Om bhur bhuvah suvaha tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dheemahi dhiyo yo na prachodayath.
Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is also one of the 22 official languages of India. The name Sanskrit means "refined", "consecrated" and "sanctified".