Quote of the day: PATANJALI

July 3, 2012


This invocation is a prayer honoring and expressing respect to Patanjali, the Indian sage and author of The Yoga Sutras. The Sutras are the text that first presented the art of yoga.

yogena cittasya padena vacam
malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
yopakarottam pravaram muninam
patanjalim pranjaliranato’smi
abahu-purusakaram
sankha cakrasi dharinam
sahasra sirasam svetam
pranamami patanjalim
hari om

To the noblest of sages, Patanjali,
Who gave Yoga for serenity of mind,
Grammar for purity of speech,
and Medicine for perfection of the body, I bow,
I prostrate before Patanjali,
Whose upper body has a human form,
Whose arms hold a conch and disc,
Who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra,
O incarnation of Adisesa,
my salutations to Thee.

 

(so THAT’s what Patanjali looks like….)

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