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Yoga Mantras


Gayatri Mantra

OM BHUR BHUVAT SVAH
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHIMAHI
DHIYO YO NAH PRACODAYAT

Om, we meditate on the gloriy of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.



Prayer for Enlightment

OM
ASATOMA SADGAMAYA
TAMASOMA JYOTHIRGAMAYA
MRITHYORMA AMRUTANGAMAYA
OM SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI

Lead us from darkness to light
From ignorance to truth
And from death to eternity
Let peace prevail everywhere



Ashtanga Starting Chant

OM
VANDE GURUNAM CARANARAVINDE
SANDARSITA SVATMA SUKHAVA BODHE
NIH SREYASE JANGALIKAYAMANE
SAMSARA HALAHALA MOHASANTYAI
ABAHU PURUSAKARAM
SANKHACAKRASI DHARINAM
SAHASRA SIRASAM SVETAM
PRANAMAMI PATANJALIM
OM

I pray to the Lotus feet of the Supreme Guru who teaches the good knowledge, showing the way to knowing the selfawakening great happiness; who is the doctor of the jungle, able to remove the poison of the ignorance of conditioned existence.

To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, white in color with 1000 radiant heads (in his form as the divine serpent, Ananta), human in form below the shoulders holding a sword (discrimination), a wheel of fire (discus of light, representing infinite time), and a conch (Divine sound) - to him, I prostrate.



Ashtanga Closing Prayer

OM
SWASTHI - PRAJA BHYAH - PARI PALA YANTAM
NYA - YENA MARGENA MAHI - MAHISHAHA
GO - BRAHMANEBHYAHA - SHUBHAMASTU - NITYAM
LOKAA - SAMASTHA SUKHINO - BHAVANTHU
OM

Let Prosperity be Glorified -
Let rulers, (Administrators) Rule the world with law and Justice
Let Divinity and Erudition be protected
Let people of the whole world Be happy and prosperous



Evocation to the sage Pantanjali

OM
YOGENA CHITTASYA PADENA VACHAM
MALAM SHARIRASYA CHA VAIDYAKENA
YOPAKAROTAN PRAVARNM MUNEENAM
PATANJALIM PRANJALI RANATOSMI

I bow to the sage Patanjali, who cured the imperfections of the mind through yoga the imperfections of speech through grammar and the imperfections of the body through medicine.



OM