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
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
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Samsara slippery slippery mohashantyai
Sahasra sirasam svetam
I pray to the lotus feet of the supreme guru
who teaches knowledge, awakening the great happiness of the self
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.
Swasthi - Praja bhyah
pari pala yantam
new - yena margena mahi - mahishaha
shubamastu - nityam
lokaa - samastha sukhino - bhavanthu
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.