Invocations

Before and after each class we recite invocations. These invocations in Sanskrit create an energy conducive to concentration and internalization. By that, they are an integral part of the practice.

Here are the texts of these invocations in phonetic Sanskrit and their english translation.

DHYANA SLOKAS

(Gajanam)

recited at the beginning of each class

Om

Gajananam Bhutaganadi Sevitam

Kapitta Jambu Phala Sara Bhakshitam

Uma Sutam Shokavinasha Karanam

Namami Vigneshvara Pada Pankajam

 

Shadananam Kunkuma Raktavarnam

Mahamatim Divya Mayura Vahanam

Rudrasya Sunum Surasainya Natham

Guham Sadaham Sharanam Prapadye

 

Ya Kundendu Tushara Hara Dhavala

Ya Shubra Vastravrita

Ya Vina Varadanda mantita Kara

Ya Sveta Padmasana

Ya Brahmaachyuta Sankara Prabhitibhir

Devai Sada Pujita

Sa Mam Patu Sarasvati Bhagavati

Nishyesha Jatyapaha

 

Om Namah Sivaya Gurave

Sat Chid Ananda Murtaye

Nisprapanchaya Shantaya

Sri Sivanandaya Te Namaha

Sri Vishnu Devanandaya Te Namaha

 

Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye

Shive Sarvatha Sadhike

Sharanye Tryambake Gauri

Naraayani Namostute

Naraayani Namostute

 

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

I prostrate myself before the lotus feet of Vigneshvara (Ganesha), the son of Uma, the cause of destruction of sorrow, who is served by the host of Bhuta-Ganas (angels etc), who has the face of an elephant, who partakes of the essence of kapittha and jambu fruits.

 

I always take refuge in Guha of six faces (Subramanya), who is of deep red colour like kumkuma, who possesses great knowledge, who has the divine peacock to ride on, who is the son of Rudra (Siva), and who is the leader of the army of the Devas (gods, angels).

 

May that Goddess Saraswati, who wears a garland white like the Kunda flower, the moon and the snow, who is adorned with pure white clothes, whose hands are ornamented with the Vina and the gesture of blessings, who is seated on a white Lotus, who is always worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu, Siva and other Gods, who is the remover of all inertness and laziness, protect me.

 

Salutations to Guru Siva (Sivananda) who is the embodiment of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, in whom worldliness does not exist, who is ever peaceful. Salutations to Sivananda, Salutations to Swami Vishnu Devananada.

 

I salute the three-eyed Divine Mother Narayani, who brings auspiciousness and who fulfills all the desires of the Devotee (both spiritual and material).

 

Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA

recited at each end of class

Om 

Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam 

Urvarukamiva Bandhanan 

Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat (x3)

 

Om 

Sarvesham Svasti Bhavatu 

Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu 

Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu 

Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

 

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah 

Sarve Santu Niramayaah 

Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu 

Ma Kaschid-Dukha-Bhag-Bhavet

 

Om

Asato Ma Sat Gamaya 

Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya 

Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gamaya

 

Om 

Purnamadamh Purnamidam 

Purnat Purnamadachyate 

Purnasya Purnamadaya 

Purnamevavashishyate

 

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Om. 

We offer worship to the fragant, three-eyed Lord Siva who enhances prosperity. May he liberate us from the bondage of death, like the water melon (which effortlessly separates from the vine); let Him not turn us away from immortality.

 

Om.

May auspiciousness be unto all.

May peace be unto all.

May fullness be unto all.

May prosperity be unto all.

 

May all be happy.

May all be free from diseases.

May all look to the good of others.

May none suffer from sorrow.

 

Lead me from the unreal to the real.

From darkness to light

From mortality to immortality.

 

Om.

That is whole. This is whole.

From the whole the whole becomes manifest.

From the whole when the whole is negated

what remains is again the whole.

 

Om Peace, Peace, Peace.