By chanting Ashtanga Yoga Mantra, we salute an ancient tradition and Patanjali. A Sanskrit Mantra is a sacred verse or sound that triggers the energizing-vibration that waking up the yoga spirit.
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Samsara halahala mohashantyai
Sahasra sirasam svetam
Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois chanting the Opening Mantra
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.
Swasthi-praja bhyah pari pala yantam
Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishaha
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi
Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois chanting the Closing Mantra
May prosperity be glorified
May administrators rule the world with law and justice.
May all things that are sacred be protected.
And may people of the world be happy and prosperous.
Om peace, peace, peace
Watch Sri R. Sharath Jois chanting the Closing Mantra.
Practice, practice, practice and all is coming.
— Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
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