During the Sivananda certification, we are taught that Sanskrit is a language
made of sounds. Each sound has a specific vibration. These vibrations, or sounds,
are then put together creating a unique string of vibrations. These strings
of vibrations are the Sanskrit words. When chanting in Sanskrit, vibrations
are created within and resonate outward into the Universe connecting you with
the ethereal plane.
The Sivananda yoga class opens and closes with a Sanskrit chant. Below are
those chants and their loose translations. The addition to the opening chant
is a chant that I find soothing and blissful which I add in the classes I teach.
I hope you find these interesting and helpful.
DHYANA SLOKAS or GAJANANAM
|Gajananam Bhutaganadi Sevitam Kappitha Jambu Phala Sara Bhakshitam Uma
Sutam Shokavinasha Karanam Namami Vighneshvara Pada Pamkajam
|I prostrate myself before the lotus feet of Vigneshwara(Ganesha), the
son of Uma, the cause of destruction of sorrow, who is served by the host
of bhuta-ganas(angels), who has the face of an elephant, who partakes of
the essence of kapittha and jambu fruits.
|Shadananam Kumkuma Raktavarnam Mahamatim Divya Mayura Vahanam Rudrasya
Sunum Surasainya Natham Guham Sadaham Sharanam Prapadye
|I always take refuge in Guha of six faces (Subramanya), who is of deep
red color 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).
|Ya Kundendu Tushara Hara Dhavala Ya Shubra Vastravrita Ya Vina Varadanda
Mandita Kara Ya Sveta Padmasana Ya Brahmaachyuta Sankara Prabhritibhir
Devai Sada Pujita Sa Mam Patu Saraswati Bhagavati Nissesha Jadyapaha
|May the 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 worshiped by Brahma, Vishnu, Siva and
other gods, who is the remover of all inertness and laziness, protect
|Om Namah Sivaya Gurave Sat-Chid-Ananda Murtaye Nishprapanchaya Shantaya
Sri Sivanandaya Te Namaha Sri Vishnu Devanandaya Te Namaha
|Salutations to Guru Siva who is the embodiment of Existence-Knowledge-Bliss
Absolute, in whom worldliness does not exist, who is ever peaceful. Salutations
to Sivananda, Salutations to Vishnu-devananda.
|Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvartha Sadhike Sharanye Trayambake
Gauri Narayani Namostute Narayani Namostute
|I salute the three eyed Divine Mother Narayani, who brings auspiciousness
and who fulfills all the desires of the devotee (both spiritual and material).
ADDITION TO OPENING CHANT
|Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu Saha Viryam Karavaavahai Tejasvinaavadhitamastu
Maa Vidvishaavahai Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
|Om. May That protect us both, teacher and pupil. May That cause both to
enjoy the bliss of liberation. May we both exert to find out the true meaning
of the scriptures. May our learning be brilliant. May we never quarrel with
each other. Om, peace, peace, peace.
MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA or OM TRAYAMBAKAM
|Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat
|Om. We worship the three-eyed One(Lord Siva) who is fragrant and who nourishes
well all beings. May He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality
even as a cucumber is severed from its bondage(to the vine).
|Om Sarvesham Svasti Bhavatu Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu Sarvesham Purnam
Bhavatu Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
|Om. May auspiciousness be unto all. May peace be unto all. May fullness
be unto all. May prosperity be unto all.
|Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Niramayaah Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu
|Om. May all be happy. May all be free from disabilities. May all look
to the good of others. May none suffer from sorrow.
|Asato Ma Sat Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gamaya||Om. Lead me from the unreal to the Real; from darkness to Light; from
mortality to Immortality.
|Om Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnat Purnamudachyate Purnasya Purnamadaya Purnamevavashishyate
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
|Om. That is whole. This is Whole. From the whole, the whole becomes manifest.
From the whole, when the whole if negated, what remains is again the whole.
Om. Peace, peace, peace.