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invocation to patañjali

Traditionally, Iyengar yoga classes begin with the following chant which salutes the sage Patañjali.

yogena  cittasya  padena  vacam
(yo-gay-nuh chih-tah-syuh pah-day-nuh vah-chahm)

malam  sarirasya  ca  vaidyakena
(mah-lahm shah-ree-rah-syuh chuh vy-dyuh-kay-nuh)

yopakarottam  pravaram  muninam
(yo-pah kar-oh-tahm prah-vah-rahm moo-nee-nahm)

patañjalim  prañjaliranato’smi
(pah-tahn-jah-lim prahn-jah-leer ah-nah-to-smee)

abahu  purusakaram
(ah-bah-hoo poo-roo-shah-kar-ahm)

sankha  cakrasi  dharinam
(shahn-kah chah-krah-see dar-ee-nahm)

sahasra  sirasam  svetam
(sah-hah-srah sheer-ah-sahm shvay-tahm)

pranamami  patanjalim
(prah-nuh-mah-mee pah-tahn-jah-lim)

(translation) http://levitrakamagra.com/

Let us bow before the noblest of sages, Patañjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech, and medicine for perfection of health.

Let us prostrate before Patañjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.

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