Ashtanga Opening and Closing Mantra (With Translation)
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
I bow to the lotus feet of the Guru, the lineage and all the masters that have kept the traditions alive.
Sandarashita Svatma Sukhavabodhe
The awakening bliss of one’s own Self revealed.
Nishreyase Jangalikaya Mane
The practice acting like a jungle Medicine Man.
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai
Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara (cycle of death and rebirth)
Taking the form of man and serpent
Shanka Chakrasi Dharinam
Wearing a conch (symbolising divine sound), a wheel (symbolising infinite time) and a sword (symbolising discrimination or cutting through confusion)
Sahasra Shirasam Svetam
With 1000 snow-white snake heads.
I bow down to Patanjali
Swasti Prajabyah Paripalayantam
May all be well with mankind
Nyayena Margena Mahim Mahisaha
May the leaders of the Earth protect it by keeping on the right path
Gobhramanebhyah Subamastu Nityam
May there be goodness for those who know the Earth to be sacred.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be happy and free; May my thoughts, words and actions contribute to this happiness and freedom.
Om shanti shanti shantihi
May we find Cosmic peace, Planetary peace and Inner peace