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Opening Ashtanga Yoga Prayer

वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
संदर्शितस्वात्मसुखावबोधे |
saṁdarśita-svātma-sukha-avabodhe |
निःश्रेयसे जाङ्गलिकायमाने
niḥśreyase jāṅgali-kāyamāne
संसारहालाहलमोहशान्त्यै ‖
saṁsāra-hālāhala-moha-śāntyai ‖

Gist: Because I want more peace of mind and stability in my life, I am now going to practice yoga as I have learned it from my teacher.

Interpretive: For the peaceful resolution of the deluding nature of repetitive existence, I bow at the Gurus’ lotus feet, and behold the awakened joy of my own Soul; this is the ultimate refuge acting as a shaman for my spiritual enrichment.

 

आबाहुपुरुषाकारं
ābāhu-puruṣa-ākāraṁ
शङ्खचक्रासिधारिणम् |
śaṅkha-cakra-asi-dhāriṇam |
सहस्रशिरसं श्वेतं
sahasra-śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ‖
praṇamāmi patañjalim ‖

Literal: I respectfully honor Patañjali - a principle proponent of yoga - who has assumed the form of a brilliantly luminous man with thousands of [snake] heads, and who bears a conch, a discus and a sword.




Closing Ashtanga Yoga Prayer

swasti-prajābhyaḥ paripāla-yantāṁ
nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṁ mahīśāḥ |
go-brāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubha-mastu nityaṁ
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu ‖

oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ‖

 

स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयन्तां
न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः |
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु ‖

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ‖

Gist: May the merits of my yoga practice [or other such action] benefit the entire world.
 
Literal: May the leaders of this earth
Protect the welfare of all generations
By keeping to the path of virtue.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May the whole of all the worlds be happy.
 
Om peace, peace, peace…


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