Patanjali Invocation's Mantra
योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन । योऽपाकरोत् तं प्रवरं मुनीनां पतञ्जलिं प्राञ्जलिरानतोऽस्मि ॥ आबाहु पुरुषाकारं शङ्खचक्रासि धारिणम् । सहस्र शिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥
YO-GAYNA CHITTASYA PADAYNA VACHAM
MALAM SHARIRASYA CHA VAIDYAKAYNA
YOPAKAROTTAM PRAVARAM MUNINAM
PATANJALIM PRANJALIR ANATO’SMI
SHANKHA CHAKRASI DHARINAM
SAHASRA SHIRSHAM SHVETAM
YO-GAYNA CHITTASYA PADAYNA VACHAM To purify the mind (citta) and purify the consciousness, Patanjali gave the science of yoga (yogena) to us. To purify our words (pada) and speech (vacca), he gave a commentary on grammar to us, so that our use of words and way of speaking is clarified, distinct and pure.
MALAM SHARIRASYA CHA VAIDYAKAYNA To remove the impurities (malam) of the body (sarira), he gave us the science of medicine (vaidyakena).
YOPAKAROTTAM PRAVARAM MUNINAM Let me go near the one who has given these things to us.
PATANJALIM PRANJALIR ANATO’SMI Let me bow down my head with my folded hands to Lord Patanjali. Then, after knowing the work of this lord, the second stanza says what Lord Patanjali looks like – to have the form in front of the eyes enables meditation.
ABAHU PURUSHAKARAM From the hand up to the head he has the shape (akaram) of a human (purusa).
SHANKHA CHAKRASI DHARINAM In his hand he is holding (dharinam) the conch (shankha) and disc (chakra).
SAHASRA SHIRSHAM SHVETAM On the top of his head (sirsam) he has got a thousand (sahasra) hoods of the cobra, because he is the incarnation of Adishesha, the greatest cobra. Svetam means white.
PRANAMAMI PATANJALIM I bow down to Patanjali.