Ashtanga Yoga Mantra
"Swadhyayad ishtadevata samprayogah".
[Owing to the learning and application of personal mantras, there is union with one's desired deity]
Patanjali Yoga Sutras ii:44
These are the Mantras used at the beginning and end of each Ashtanga Yoga practice session.
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Samsara Halahala mohashantyai
Sahasra sirasam svetam
OM. I pray to the lotus feet of the supreme Guru, who teaches knowledge, awakening the great happiness of the self revealed. Who acts like the jungle physician, able to remove the delusion from the poison of conditioned existence. To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, white in colour with a thousand radiant heads (in his form as the divine serpent, Anata), human in form below the shoulders, holding the sword of discrimination, a wheel of fire representing infinite time, and the conch representing divine sound to him, I prostrate. OM.
Swasthi-praja bhyah pari parla yantam
Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishasha
Lokaa-samastha sukhino bhavanthu
OM. May prosperity be glorified. May administrators rule the world with law and justice. May all things that are sacred be protected. And may the people of the world be happy and prosperous. OM.
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