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Invocation to Patanjali

 

 

yogena cittasya padena vacam
malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
yopakarottam pravaram muninam
patanjalim pranjalir anato'smi

abahu purusarakaram
sankha cakrasi dharinam
sahasra sirasam svetam
pranamami patanjalim

hari aum



-translation -

 

 

Let us bow before the noblest of sages, Patanjali,

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 Patanjali, 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.

 

Let us prostrate before Lord Adisesa who

manifested himself upon earth as Patanjali to grace the human race with health and harmony.