Ashtanga practise is traditionally begun with the recitation of this mantra.
The mantra is two verses from different sources.
The first verse is from Yoga Tārāvalli by Śri Ādi Śańkaracharya.
The second verse is from a longer chant to Patanjali.
This chant pays reverence to these teachers & all teachers in their lineages,
and defines the purpose of the practice, bringing focus to our intentions during the practice.
A Shanti (Peace) Mantra, which is why it ends with it śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ, as all the peace chants do.
It is traditionally chanted at the end of ceremonies.
Mangala means ‘auspicious’ or ‘conducive to success’.
It brings the practice to a peaceful end; sealing in the work done,
and offering the efforts of our practice to improve the state of the world.
saha nāvavatu |
saha nau bhunaktum |
saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai |
tejasvināvadhītamastu mā vidviṣāvahai |
oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ||
Another peace chant, used between students and teachers,
to bless their work together and relationship with each other.
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