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Invocation to Patanjali

Yogena cittasya padena vacam

Malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena

Yopakarottam pravaram munina

Patanjalim pranjaliranato’smi

Abahu purusakaram

Sankha cakrasi dharinam

Sahasra sirasam svetam

Pranamami patanjalim

(yo-gay-nuh chih-tah-syuh pah-day­-nuh vah-chahm)

(mah-lahm shah-ree-rah-syuh chuh vy-dyuh-kay-nuh)

(yo-pah kar-oh-tahm prah-vah-rahm moo-nee-nahm)

(pah-than-jah-lim prahn-jah-leer ah-na-to-smee)

(ah-bah-hoo poo-roo-shah-kar-ahm)

(shahn-kah chah-krah-see dar-ee-nahm)

(sah-hah-srah sheer-ah-sahm shvay-tahm)

(prah-nuh-mah-mee pah-tahn-jah-lim)

In “Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” BKS Iyengar translates the invocation as: “Let us bow before the noblest of sages, Patanjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech, and medicine for perfection of health. Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.

To hear Mr. Iyengar chanting the invocation to Patanjali, go here where you will have a choice of a variety of audio files to download.