ASHTĀNGA YOGA CHANTING
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Opening Ashtānga Yoga Prayer
Opening Prayer - Sanskrit & Chanting: David Miliotis
वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे संदर्शितस्वात्मसुखावबोधे |
निःश्रेयसे जाङ्गलिकायमाने संसारहालाहलमोहशान्त्यै ‖
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde,
आबाहुपुरुषाकारं शङ्खचक्रासिधारिणम् |
सहस्रशिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ‖
praṇamāmi patañjalim ‖
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.
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.
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Closing Ashtānga Yoga Prayer
Closing Prayer - Sanskrit & Chanting: David Miliotis
स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयन्तां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः |
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु ‖
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ‖
nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṁ mahīśāḥ |
go-brāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubha-mastu nityaṁ,
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu ‖
oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ‖
Gist: May the merits of my yoga practice [or other such action] benefit the entire world. May all beings everywhere be happy.
Literal: May the leaders of this earth protect the welfare for 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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Prāṇāyāma Mantras - Sanskrit & Chanting: David Miliotis
Maṅgala Mantras - Sanskrit & Chanting: David Miliotis