Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
(one day goo-roo num char-a-nar-a-vin day)
Sandarsita Svatmasukava Bodhe,
(san dar-sheeta swatma soo kav bo-day)
(neese-ray ya-say jon golly ki ya manay)
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai.
(sam-saura hala ha;a mo ha shanty a)
Sankha Cakrsi Dharinam,
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
(sa-ha-srah shee-ra-sahm shve-tahm)
I bow to the lotus fee of the guru.
Who awakens insight into the happiness of pure being.
Who is the refuge, the jungle physician,
Who eliminates the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
Who has thousand of radiant, white heads
(in his form as the divine serpent, Ananta)
And who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
Holding a conch shell, a wheel, and a sword.
Conch shell=divine sound (which can awaken us from the state of ignorance*)
Wheel=discus of light (used by Vishnu to fight negative spirits*)
Sword=discrimination (can cut through illusion*)
* extra notes from Ashtanga Yoga Opening and Closing Chants – By Tali