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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Sun Salutation with mantras

Srivatsa Ramaswami's 'Complete book of Vinyasa Krama' has a traditional version of the Sun salutation laid out with the corresponding mantras. The idea is that you would move into each pose, retain the inhale or exhale while mentally chanting the mantra.

On the Vinyasa Krama home page you can find a link to Chants and Mantras including the Sury Namaskara chants available for download. To try and learn/practice it, I edited in some pauses to allow me time to enter the postures, and have been playing it on my itouch while performing the Salutation.

It's different, a nice alternative to the usual Sury. I tried to video it this morning but made a bit of a hash of it. First my practice room is too narrow to get a good angle and second, when I played it back, I could hardly hear the audio and had to spend most of the afternoon trying to work out how to switch audio files and synch with the picture. This is as close as I got, not great but perhaps good enough to get an idea of how it works.

You have the option of chanting the full mantra (actually it's three mantras joined together) or just the quick version down below which would mean a shorter breath retention.

The book includes full translations of each of the mantras. and here's a link to an article by Ramaswami on the Sun Salutation with mantra.

*One note on the Video, the squat posture before the first Chatauranga, is like Pasasana without the bind, squatting with the heels down rather than sitting on the mat (difficult to see that from behind).


The Twelve Sury Namaskara mantras





1. Om Hram
udhyannadya mitramaha
Mitraaya Namaha








2. Om Hrim
ārohannuttarāṃ divam
Ravaye Namaha

NB. Fingers are interlaced, palms facing outwards






3. Om Hroom
hṛdroghaṃ mamsūrya
Suryaaya Namaha









4. Om Hraim
harimāṇaṃca nāśaya
Bhaanve Namaha

NB. Squatting on heels






5. Om Hraum
śukeṣume harimāṇaṃ
khagaaya Namaha

NB. I know Susan, elbows in : )







6. Om Hrah
ropaṇākāsu dadhmasi
Pooshney Namaha

NB. Arms out stretched hands together






7. Om Hram
atho hāridraveṣume
Hiranayagarbhaaya Namah








8. Om Hrim
harimāṇaṃ ni dadhmasi
Om Mareechibhyoh Namaha









9. Om Hroom
udaghādayamādityo
Adityaaya Namaha








10.Om Hraim
viśvena sahasā saha
Savitre Namaha






11. Om Hraum
viṣantaṃ mahyaṃ randhyan
Arkaaya Namaha











12. Om Hrah
mo aham dviṣate radham
Bhaaskaraaya Namah





The Above mantras have three parts,

Part 1. (Quick version) Bijakshara mantras
1. Om Hram
2. Om Hrim
3. Om Hroom
4. Om Hraim
5. Om Hraum
6. Om Hrah
7. Om Hram
8. Om Hrim
9. Om Hroom
10. Om Hraim
11. Om Hraum
12. Om Hrah


Part 2. Mantras from the veda

1. Udhyannadya mitramaha
2. Arohannuttarāṃ divam

3. Hṛdroghaṃ mamsūrya
4. Harimāṇaṃca nāśaya

5. Sukeṣume harimāṇaṃ
6. Ropaṇākāsu dadhmasi

7. Atho hāridraveṣume
8. Harimāṇaṃ ni dadhmasi

9. Udaghādayamādityo
10. Viśvena sahasā saha

11. Dviṣantaṃ mahyaṃ randhyan
12. Mo aham dviṣate radham


Part 3 Laukika Mantra


1. Om Mitraaya Namaha (Salutations to the Friend of All)

2. Om Ravaye Namaha (Salutations to the Shining One)

3. Om Suryaaya Namaha (Salutations to he who induces activity )

4. Om Bhaanve Namaha (Salutations to he who illumines)

5. Om khagaaya Namaha - Salutations to one who moves through the sky

6. Om Pooshney Namaha - Salutations to the giver of strength and nourishment

7. Om Hiranayagarbhaaya Namah - Salutations to the Golden Cosmic Self

8. Om Mareechibhyoh Namaha - Salutations to the Rays of the Sun

9. Om Adityaaya Namaha - Salutations to Sun of Aditi (the Cosmic Mother)

10. Om Savitre Namaha - Salutations to the Stimulating power of the Sun

11. Om Arkaaya Namaha - Salutations to he who is fit to be praised (arka= energy)

12. Om Bhaaskaraaya Namah - Salutations to the one who leads to enlightenment


Update (1st Oct. 2013)


I've just come across this video of Ramaswami's Sun Salutations with mantras (also sun salutations to directions- 'Ding namaskars') posted by Yvette who I think must have been on Ramaswami's TT this year. I'm excited about this as a couple of years ago I spent forever trying to make a version of this, practicing along to the recording of the mantras Ramaswami had made as a tutorial (listen and repeat) and that were originally included with his Complete book of Vinyasa yoga. The tutorial can still be found on Ramaswami's chant page. http://vinyasakrama.com/Chants

Here's the video and thank you to Yvette (http://yvetteyoga.com) for making and posting it (as well as her other Vinyasa krama videos) and to Ramaswami  of course for 'playing along'.


Yvette, this is great, just seen that you've included the chants and translations


Sun Salutation with Mantra (samantraka-suryanamaskara)

Om Hram. Uddannadya mitramahah.
(You, the One rising now and daily, are the great friend, salutations to the great friend.)
Om Hrim. Arohannuttaram divam. Ravaye namah.
(Climbing, the great one, up the sky. Oh the fast mover, salutation to you.
Om Hrum. Hrudrogam mama surya. Suryaya namah.
(My heart ailment, O the divine guide. My salutations to the divine Surya.
Om Hraim. Harimanancha nasaya. Bhanave namah.
(And the green patches (on my skin due to heart ailment) you destroy. Salutations to you, the provider of light into the world.
Om Hraum. Sukeshu mey harimanam. Khagaya namah.
(Salutations to Thee, the mover in space.
Om Hrah. Ropanakasu dadhmasi. pushne namah.
(And give to the herbs used for healing paste. Salutations to thee the great Nourisher.
Om Hram. Atho Haaridraveshu mey. Hiranyagarbhaaya namah.
(To the green trees. My salutations are to the Golden creator (womb))
Om Hrim. Harimanannidaddhmasi. Marchaye namah.
(Deposit the green patches. Salutations to the radiant one.
Om Hrum. Udagadayamadityah. Adityaya namah.
(This Sun rising in the sky. Salutations to Aditya.
(tutorial)

Then
Salutation To Directions
(Ding-Namaskara)

Om! namh prachyai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the east and the guardian angels that permeate it.)
Om! namh dakshinayai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the south and the guardian angels that permeate it.)
Om! namh prateechyai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the west and the guardian angels that permeate it.)
Om! nama udeechyai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the north and the guardian angels that permeate it.)
Om! namh urdwayai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the upward diection and the guardian angels that permeate it.)
Om! Namo adharayai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the downward diection and the guardian angels that permeate it.)
Om! namo avantharayai diseyascha devata yetasyam prativasanti yetabhyasch namah!
(Om. I bow to the intermediate direction and the guardian angels that permeate it.)

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to edit a video together. I was looking over this sequence in the book this weekend and it was just really confusing to me. But the video helps. These are the same chants that come with the cd at the back of the book right? I'm kind of ashamed I haven't taken the time to listen to them yet.

    By the way, nice height on your jump forward. This is something I'm working on...for the day when I eventually jump into a handstand. :)

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  2. how beautiful, salutations to the "golden self", the "Cosmic Mother", "the one that moves through the skys". such poetry, must be such a different experience.

    You know, I have a business idea, workshops on videotaping yoga in small spaces, I would sign in, it is quite a challenge!

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  3. Grim has already done 300x more to explain the book than its own editors! They should consult you on any reprints.

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  4. Those are probably the same charts as on the home page, wish they had them all written out, I love the Ganeshe prayer but can't find it anywhere. Think I got my book Amazon (used) so didn't get the CD.

    I'd win an award Claudia, check out my recent drop back videos and I'm right up against the wall, and as Boodi says I look 11ft tall in the pond gesture photo.

    It's difficult, so easy with Ashtanga and it's set sequence. As with Iyengar style you could probably do with a teacher for Vinyasa Krama but of course there are so few about. Still, a couple of charts at the back with picture runs of the ten main sequences would be a nice idea for the 2nd edition.

    But then your supposed to just learn the sequences and adapt it to your needs and/or those of your student. Still, It's fun working it out as a home practice and of course there's no dogma.

    I like this version of the Sury, think i'll do one or two every morning, holding Chaturanga is hard though.

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  5. Ya lay that damned thing out Sweeney style.

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A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta
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