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Opening Prayer

Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde Sandarsita Svatma sukhava bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara halahala mohasantyai
Abahu Purusakaram Sankhacakrasi Dharinam
Sahasra sirasam svetam Pranamami Patanjalim

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

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

audio Listen to Pattabhi Jois chanting the opening prayer.


Closing Prayer

Svastiprajabhyah Paripalayantam Nyayena Margena Mahim Mahisah
Gobrahmanebhyah Subhamastu Nitym Lokasamasta Sukhinobhavantu

May all be well with mankind
May the leaders of the Earth protect in every way by keeping to the right path

May there be goodness for those who know the Earth to be sacred.
May all the worlds be happy.

audio Listen to Pattabhi Jois chanting the closing prayer.

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