Mantra: Om Vanday Gurunam

Complete Mantra:
Om Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Sandarshita svatmasukavabodhe
Nishreyase jangalikayamane
Samsara halahala mohashantyai
Abahu purushakaram
Shankhacakrsi dharinam
Sahasra sirasam svetam
Pranamami patanjalim

I pray to the lotus feet of the supreme guru
Who teaches knowledge, awakening of the great happiness of the Self revealed
Who acts like the jungle physician
Able to remove the delusion from the poison of conditioned existence

To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, white in colour with a thousand radiant heads (in his form as the divine serpent, Ananta), human in form below the shoulders, holding
the sword of discrimination, a wheel of fire representing infinite time, and the conch representing divine sound.
To him, I prostrate.

More Information:
This mantra acknowledges Patanjali for bringing us the practice of yoga. No one knows exactly who Patanjali is, if he is even a man or a woman, or group of people, or Nature itself. It is interesting that Patanjali is referred to as the jungle physician because the Vedas state that the teachings of yoga came from Nature. The basis of yoga and all Shamanic practices is that Nature is the teacher and the healer.
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