ASHTANGA INVOCATION

Opening Prayer

Om

vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe
niḥśreyase jāṅgali kāyamāne
saṁsāra hālāhala moha śāntyai
ābāhupuruṣākāraṁ
śaṅkha cakrāsi dhāriṇam
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim

Om

 

praise and adorations to the lotus feet of the Gurus
for they reveal the happiness of the true Self
they are the refuge in the dark impenetrable forest of the mind
transforming endless poison and delusion into everlasting peace 

homage to the great sage Patañjali
who has assumed the form of a luminous man
wielding a conch shell, a discus and a sword crowned by
a radiantly white, thousand-headed cobra


Closing Prayer

svasti prajābhyaḥ paripāla yantām
nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīm mahīśāh
gobrāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubhamastu nityam
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu

om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ 

may the leaders of the earth protect and guide us on the virtuous path
may this generation and all generations to come be blessed with auspiciousness
may all animals and knowers of divinity be blessed with eternal
prosperity 
may all beings in all worlds be happy

om peace peace peace