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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.

Opening Mantra

OM

Vande Gurunam charanaravinde

Sandarshita svatmasukavabodhe

Nishreyase jangalikayamane

Samsara Halahala mohashantyai

Abahu purushakaram

Shankhacakrsi dharinam

Sahasra sirasam svetam

Pranamami patanjalim

OM

Translation

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.

 

Closing mantra

OM

Swasthi-praja bhyah pari parla yantam

Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishasha

Go-bramanebhyaha-shuhamastu-niyam

Lokaa-samastha sukhino bhavanthu

OM

 

Translation

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.

 

Ashtanga Yoga Upaya

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Maharaji

Om Namo Bhagavate

Ram Ram Sita Ram

 


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