Making a start in learning to Chant the Yoga Sūtra


Mostly we come across the teachings of the Yoga Sūtra through a group class situation or by coming across a book.

This is fine as a starting point, however longer term the Yoga Sūtra needs to permeate from the inside rather than just be read and thought about from the outside.

A good starting point for initiating this psychic process is to learn how to chant as a process in itself and then how to chant the Yoga Sūtra specifically.

As well as offering a deepening of contact with those special Bhāvana that arise from Chanting, this can also be extremely helpful for the memory processes involved.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra – Om Tryambakam


Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 5.4.12 – Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra – Om Tryambakam Saṃhitā Pāṭhaḥ
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations
View or Download a Translation of this Mantra as a PDF

Prārthanā Ślokam – Patañjali Opening Dhyānaṃ Ślokam with Translation

This is a translation of part of the Opening Prayers as taught to TKV Desikachar by T Krishnamacharya and taught by TKV Desikachar to his personal students.
It was learnt by heart as a Bhāvanam for Dhyānaṃ, to create a meditational mood linked to Patañjali prior to commencing either chanting practice or textual study of the Yoga Sūtra.

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Gāyatrī Mantra as taught by T Krishnamacharya – with translation


tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
That sun most excellent

bhargo devasya dhīmahi |
on the radiance of the Divine I meditate |

dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||
wisdom may (that radiance) our impel |

“I meditate on the divine radiance

of the most excellent sun.

May it impel my wisdom.”

Gāyatrī is a particular ancient metre or rhythmic pattern of twenty-four syllables generally composed as a triplet of three lines with eight syllables in each line.
Hence T Krishnamacharya’s view that Om is not a component part of this Mantra, though it may be added as an accompaniment if appropriate, according to the students background, interest and understanding.

View or Download this post in Romanised Saṃskṛta with a translation and traditional chanting notations.

Laghu Nyāsa – Agnir Me Prayer for Health with Translation


This mantra is asking for health and long life to link body, senses, energy, mind and awareness.

Learning Support for Chanting the Laghu Nyāsa – Agnir Me
– From the Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa 3.10.8
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
View or download this post as a PDF with chanting notations without translation.
To Download or Listen to a recording by TKV Desikachar
To Download the Chant Sheet as a PDF with Romanised Saṃskṛta, Chant Notations and English Translation

Yogena Yogo – Opening Yoga Prayer for Yoga Practice with Translation


Chant from Vyāsa’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6.

yogena yogo jñātavyo

yogo yogāt pravartate  |

yo’prama tastu yogena

sa yoge ramate ciram  | |

“Only through Yoga Yoga is known,

Only through Yoga Yoga arises.

One who is diligent with Yoga,

Enjoys Yoga for a long time.”

 View or download this post as a PDF with chant notations.

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Dhyānaṃ Ślokam relative to Patañjali.

Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣad – Ṛtaṃ Tapas as Mantra Practice with translation

Mantra on tapāṣtāṅga or the eight limbs of tapas.

– Tapas is an activity of mind, body or speech which demands a keen concentration of thought or requiring unusual and continuous physical effort.
View or download this Mantra complete with Chant notations as a PDF
View or download other Mantra from this Upaniṣad complete with Chant notations as PDF files

Online Monier Williams Saṃskṛta-English Dictionary

Prepared and Published by Cologne Digital Saṃskṛta Dictionaries. Choose the SLP1 Input option and use the downloadable PDF Saṃskṛta alphabet guide to help with choosing the appropriate Romanised Saṃskṛta letters.

Prārthanā Ślokam – Śuklām Opening Verse with Translation


This prayer is used most often as an opening verse or Prārthanā Ślokam – Request Verse.

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Prārthanā Ślokam – Vedic Chanting Full Opening Prayers with Svaraḥ

Download the Opening Prayers for Vedic Chanting as taught to me by TKV Desikachar with chanting notations (svaraḥ).

Yoga Sūtra – Full Opening Prayers with Svaraḥ

Download the Opening Prayers for Patañjali as taught to me by TKV Desikachar with chanting notations (svaraḥ).

Vedic Chanting Resources

The Vedic Chanting Category for Dharma Downloads has completed being updated and now includes over 80 downloadable Vedic Chant Sheets with a choice of material ranging from Beginners to Advanced.

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