Mantras

Mantra is a Sanskrit word which means “sacred formula”. Originally, the Mantras are abstracts from ancient Hindu texts (Vedas) and are used to support meditation. A Mantra is recited; it is a resonant and rhythmic incantation based on a single letter, a word or a complete sentence. Mantras are made of sounds. These sounds give to Mantras a vibrating quality and a specific energy. A Mantra helps focus the mind which tends to wander.

Using Mantras is a very common Indian tradition. In traditional Ashtanga Yoga, two Mantras are chanted: the first one before the beginning of the practice, and the other at the end. The ending Mantra can be the traditional one or simply Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.

These Mantras are learned by word of mouth, the students repeating after the teacher. They do not have religious meaning but are sang to celebrate this ancient tradition transmitted from teacher to student over thousands of years, and the benefits of yoga.

Opening

Vande gurūṇām caraṇāravinde
Sandaŕsita, svātma, sukhāvabodhe
Niḥśreyase jangalikāyamane
Saṃsāra hālāhala, moha, śāntaye

I bow to the guru’s lotus feet The awakening happiness of one’s own Self revealed,
Beyond better, acting like the Jungle physician,
Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara.

Ábahu, puruṣākāram śankhacakrāsidhāriṇam
Sahasra, śirasaṃ śvetam praṇamāmi Patañjalim

Taking the form of man to the shoulders,
Holding a conch, a discus, and a sword,
One thousand heads white,
To Patanjali, I salute.

Closing

Svasti prajābhyaḥ paripālayantāṃ
Nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṃ mahīśāḥ,
Go, brāhmaṇebhyaḥ śubham astu nityam
Lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
OM shanti, shanti, shantihi

May mankind be well.
May the leaders of the earth be just.
Blessed are those who know the earth is sacred.
May all human beings be happy and prosper.
Om peace, peace, peace.

Om Shanti

The mantra that is chanted at the end of practice. This simple mantra is a prayer for peace within yourself, and within inner all beings. He is recognized as one of the holiest mantras of the world.

OM reflects the whole worldShanti means peace.

Mantra Asato Ma

Asato ma sadgamaya
Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead me from the darkness to the light
Lead me from death to immortality

Gayatri Mantra

It is considered the most sacred of the Vedas, the ancient texts of Hinduism. It is an invocation to the Sun, which can be done during sunrise and sunset; It is also a metaphor to invoke the Existence that illuminates our minds daily.

Om bhūr bhuvah svah
Tát savitúr várenyam
Bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
Bhíyo yó nah pracodáyāt
Om shanti Shanti Shantihi

Om earth, atmosphere and heaven
that light adores Splendor divine meditate
Intellect who inspires our minds
Om peace peace peace.