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Classic yoga chants and mantras

Evocation to the sage Patanjali

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

(The Indian sage Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, the most important classic text on the practice of yoga, is also reputed to have written on Sanskrit grammar and on ayurvedic medicine)

Peace mantra

OM SAHANA VAVATU SAHANA BHUNATTU
SAHA VIRYAM KARAWAVAHAI
TEJASVINAVADITAMASTU
MA VIDVISHAVAHAI
OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM

Together may be be protected
Together may we be nourished
Together may we work with great energy
May our journey together be brilliant and effective
May there be no bad feelings between us
Peace, peace, peace

(From the Kato Upanishad)

Gayatri mantra (for meditation)

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

Let us meditate on the splendour of the God Savitru (Sun), who will illuminate our understanding

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

Sun prayer

OM
SUPTA SHWARUNDHAM NAKSHATRA MALAM
CHAYA LOLAM CHANDRA PALAM
GAGANA SANCHARI
OM BHASKARAYA NAMAHA

Mounted on a chariot with seven horses, he is garlanded by he stars, and chaya (the sun wife) is his beloved. He moves across the sky and rules the Moon. I bow to the Sun.

ASHTANGA YOGA CHANTS

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.

Finishing chant

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