Ashtanga Opening Mantra by Akasha HFY
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Ashtanga Opening Mantra is a short devotional prayer chanted before a yoga practice. The mantra is dedicated to the sage Patanjali. Patanjali contributed much work on Ayurvedic medicine, Sanskrit grammar and is attributed with some of the first writings on Yoga science. Previous tradition of Yoga, including topics on diet, breath, exercise, meditation, cleansing, study of self and also the qualities of the Divine was passed orally from one generation to the next.
Association with Lord Siva is strong with this mantra and there is an auspicious air about this chant. It is in essence a prayer of transmutation of malignant energies into benevolent forms. The Ashtanga Opening Mantra is a proclamation of acceptance and marvel at a higher power beyond the self and current awareness. The Ashtanga Opening Mantra is a recognition of power in it’s infinite potential as well a greeting and invitation to the highest self to be present so that the what is performed on and off the mat may be mindful (full of meditation in motion.) May all be immersed in a peaceful spirit, receiving and sharing all efforts for the purpose of healing and being established in reality at this time. Here are the words:
OM (3 times, 1st time for the self, 2nd time for those around you, 3rd time a prayer for the world) affirming the self as an instrument of the divine and activates channels of kindness to emanate through self to all you do and to all living beings.
VANDE GURUNAM CHARANARAVINDE
SANDARSHITA SVATMA SUKAVA BODHE
NIH SREYASE JANGALIKAYAMANE
SAMSARA HALAHALA MOHASHANTYAI
SAHASRA SIRASAM SVETAM
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
Which is awakened into the happiness of pure Being,
Which is the refuge, the jungle physician
Who eliminates the delusion caused by the poison of conditioned existence.
I bow before Patanjali in gratitude
Who has a thousand radiant white heads (infinite wisdom)
Who has as far as his hands, assumed a human form
Holding divine sound, a discus of light, infinite time and discrimination
OM (point of creation)
May all beings everywhere be happy and free.