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Mantras & Invocations

Invocation to Patanjali

 By BKS Iyengar followed by Geeta Iyengar doing the invocation in call and response. (English Translation here)

 

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Om Sahana Vavatu – Student/Teacher Chant

A Shanti Mantra (invocatory verse) to bring about peace and a conducive relationship between teacher and student. (Click here for translation)

 

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Om Purnamadah Purnamidam

Often used as a closing chant. The Shanti mantra (invocatory verse) of Isha Upanishad (IshaVasya Upanishad) Which is a part of the (Shukla) Yajurveda. (Translation from Green Message)

पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते | पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||

 

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Gayatri Mantra

The great universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. (Translation/explanation by Sathya Sai Baba)

 

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Sanskrit Slokas of Guru Stotram

Chanted by Swami Atmananda (English Translation here)

Shanti Mantra—Bhadram Karnebih

 A mantra taken from the Rigveda. Mandala (Book) 1: Sukta (Hymn) 89: Mantra (Line/ Stanza): 8
(Translation from Green Message)

 

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Om Gananam Tva Ganapatim

Sloka on Sri Ganesha (more here)- from Rig Veda (2.23.1) (Translation from Green Message)

 

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The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

(Sanskrit: महामृत्युंजय मंत्र, mahāmṛtyuṃjaya mantra “Great Death-conquering Mantra”), also called theTryambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12). It is addressed to Tryambaka, “the three-eyed one,” an epithet of Rudra, later identified with Shiva. The verse also recurs in the Yajurveda (TS 1.8.6.i; VS 3.60) (Translation & discussion on Wikipedia)

 

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A Devi Sarva Bhuteshu

The Maha Devi Mantra. “As and when you remember me when faced with a hardship, I will demolish your difficulties at once!” (Translation from Green Message)

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Asato Ma Sadgamaya

(English translation and meaning from amritapuri.org)

 

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Mantra Pushpam

A great mantra taken from Taithreeya Aranyakam (1.22) of Yajur Veda. It is one of the most famous of all veda mantras. It is normally sung in a chorus by all the priests together after performing any Pooja (worship) or Yajna. (English Translation here)

 

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