Ashtanga Opening Chant: Vande Gurunam
Vande Gurunam or Ashtanga Opening chant is often chanted at the beginning of a yoga practice. I learned this chant when I was in Rishikesh, India 6 months ago. Every day, 7 am before breakfast was Ashtanga Class for my group and for 4 weeks we were singing this beautiful chant. Until now I am listening to my teacher’s voice to remember this meaningful Mantra.
वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे सन्दर्शित स्वात्म सुखाव बोधे ।
निःश्रेयसे जङ्गलिकायमाने संसार हालाहल मोहशांत्यै ॥
आबाहु पुरुषाकारं शंखचक्रासि धारिणम् ।
सहस्र शिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe |
niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai ||
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers, who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness
Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-beeing. He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.
The upper body of human shape, carrying a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation)
having 1000 bright heads, I bow to Patanjali.
I want to share with you my own recording of Vande Gurunam which I learned (melody) from my Ashtanga Teacher, Sidhart Sankar Arukah.
Pictures 6 months ago! These were taken before, during and after Hatha and Ashtanga class.
P.S. I super miss Rishikesh! Namaste.