What exactly does vasudhaiva kutumbakam mean? I have heard many interpretations of this phrase, including 'well meaning' ones which relate it to Vasudeva! Thank you Dr.
Very often we hear people speaking of vasudhaiva kutumbakam, ‘the entire world is but one family’. This popular phrase in Sanskrit is, in fact, the last part of a full verse, meaning ‘He is mine and the other is not, this is how a narrow-minded person thinks. For the high-minded one this world is but one family’. Here is the full verse that appears in the Panchatantra (Part V, story 3: 37) of Vishnu Sharma: