Invocation to Patanjali

yogena cittasya padana vacam

malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena

yopakarottam parvaram muniam

patanjalim panjalir anato'smi

abahu purushakaram

sankha cakrasi dharinam

sahasra sirasam svetam

pranamami patanjalim

Har ri Om

Guru Stotram Chant

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwaraha

Guru Saakshaat Para Brahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha

 

Meaning in English

Guru is the Creator (Brahma), Guru is the Preserver(Vishnu), GuruDeva is Destroyer(Maheshwara)

Guru is the absolute (singular) Lord himself,

Salutations to that Sri Guru

Our creation is that guru ( Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu- the force of preservation) ; our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru ( devo maheshwara- the force of destruction or transformation).

There is a guru nearby (Guru Sakshat) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (param Brahma). I make my offering (tasmai)to the beautiful (shri) remover of my darkness, my ignorance; (Guru) it is to you I bow (namah).