Yoga mantras
express respect for the great

A mantra is a sound, word or phrase that you can use to focus when meditating. In Ashtanga Yoga we traditionally start and end our practice with reciting specific mantras.

The introduction mantra is from the 700's and originates from Yoga Taravali, a text by the philosopher Sankaracharya. The mantra contains references to indian mythology and a tribute to the supreme guru - Patanjali - who is believed to be the author of the Yoga Sutra, one of the foundational texts of yoga. 

A guru is a teacher or master, who guides people from darkness to light (Gu means darkness and ru means light).

The closing mantra is a more general prayer for good luck and prosperity for the earth and all humans. Both the opening and closing mantra mantra begins with OM (or AUM).

It is Sanskrit and a classic mantra used in both Hindu and Buddhist tradition and meditation.

There are many explanations for what OM means, but in the ancient scriptures it is said to symbolize everything - everything that has been, all that is and all that will come.

At Yogashala Stockholm, we have chosen to follow the tradition and use both the opening and closing mantra. So if you want, you will learn the mantra and recite it at the beginning and end of the class. This may be a way for us to gather ourselves before and after practice.

Each one may of course put individual meaning into the mantras. We usually simplify and say that we express our respect for that which is greater than ourself.

We usually say that OM stands for compassion, humility and love.

Introduction Mantra
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Sandarshita svatmasukavabodhe
Nishreyase jangalikayamane
Samsara slippery slippery mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram
Shankhacakrsi dharinam
Sahasra sirasam svetam
Pranamami patanjalim

English interpretation
I pray to the lotus feet of the supreme guru
who teaches knowledge, awakening the great happiness of the self revealed
who acts like the jungle physician
able to remove the delusion from the poison
Existence of conditioned

To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa,
white in color with a thousand radiant heads,
(in this 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.

Termination Mantra
Swasthi - Praja bhyah
pari pala yantam
new - yena margena mahi - mahishaha
go- bramanebhyaha
shubamastu - nityam
lokaa - samastha sukhino - bhavanthu

English interpretation
May prosperity be glorified
May the administrators
rule the world with law and justice.
May all the Things That are sacred pray protected.
and May people of the world
be happy and prosperous.

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