ASHTANGA YOGA CHANTS
vande gurūnam caranāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe
nih śreyase jangalikāyamāne
samsāra hālāhala mohaśāntyai
sahasra śirasam śvetam
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
who eliminates the delusion caused by the poison of Samsara (conditioned existence).
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).
MANGALA MANTRA (CLOSING CHANT)
svastiprajābhyah paripālayantām nyāyena mārgena mahim mahīśah
gobrāhmanebhyah śubhamastu nityam lokāh samastāh sukhinobhavantu
Om shanti shanti shantih
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May divinity and erudition be glorified
May all beings in all worlds be happy and free
Om peace, peace, perfect peace