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ashtanga yoga mantram
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vande gurūṇāṃ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita-svātma-sukhāva-bodhe
niḥśreyase jāngalikāyamāne
saṃsāra-hālāhala-mohaśāntyai

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ābāhu puruṣākāraṃ
śaṇkha-cakrāsi dhāriṇam
sahasra-śirasaṃ śvetaṃ
praṇamāmi patañjalim
Guruji chants the Ashtanga Mantram


Manju chants the ashtanga mantra


translation/interpretation

I pray in devotion at the gurus' lotus feet
who awaken happiness by revealing the true nature of the Self
by removing the poison of ignorance
which fetters my mind to conditioned existence

born into a physical body
carrying a conch shell, a discus and a sword
(representing mastery over language, philosophy and medicine)
and with a thousand white radiant heads
incarnated Patanjali, to him, I prostrate myself