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Mantras

Chanting mantras at the beginning and the end of the practice
establishes a space for gratitude, intention and sacredness to blossom;
making the effort all the more potent.


ASHTANGA MANTRA
Opening prayer

 OM

VANDE GURUNAM CARANARAVINDE
I bow to the lotus feet of the gurus

 SANDARSHITA SWATMA SUKHAVA BODE
Who point the way to the joy of pure being

 NIH SHREYASE JANGALIKAYAMANE
Acting like the jungle medicine man

 SAMSARA HALAHALA MOHASHANTYAI
Able to remove the poison of conditioned existence


ABAHU PURUSAKARAM
In the form of a man up to his arms

 SHANKHACHAKRASI DHARINAM
Holding a conch shell, a wheel and a sword

SAHASRA SHIRASAM SWETAM
With a thousand radiant, white heads

 PRANAMAMI PATANJALIM
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali

OM




MANGALA MANTRA
Closing prayer

OM

SWASTIPRAJABYAHAH PARIPALAYANTAM
May the well-being of all people be protected 

 NYAHYENAMARGHENA MAHIMMAHISHAHA
By the powerful and mighty leaders with law and justice

 GOBRAHMANEBHYAH SHUBHAMASTUNITYAM
May good success be with all the cows (divinity) and scholars

 LOKAHSAMASTA SUKHINOBHAVANTU
May all the worlds be happy and pleasant

 OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTIHI
Om peace peace peace