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Ashtanga Yoga — Mantras

Opening Mantra

Guruji chanting the 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 of 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, Ananta), 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






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"There is no ashtanga yoga without surya namaskara, which is the ultimate salutation to the sun god."
— Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India (from Surya Namaskara book)