Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Heart Sutra : Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra

The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra :

Tadyata Om Gate Gate Para Gate Parasam Gate Bodhi Svaha 

Prajna = Wisdom 
Paramita = Perfection
The Prajnaparamita sutra is the most important text of Mahayana Buddhism, which emphasizes the doctrines of emptiness and bodhicitta.
The text is often represented and personified by a female deity.
She is depicted with four arms and seated in the vajra posture/cross legged. Her first two hands are in the meditation mudra. In her second left hand is a text, specifically The Heart Sutra and in her right second hand is a vajra, which symbolizes the indestructibility or diamond - like nature buddha-mind or enlighten mind. 

With Rao visiting Bhaktapur in Nepal 
While my time in Kopan Monastery and my Buddhist studies , i had the luck to meet a doctor, a scholar in Sanskrit and a Buddhist practitioner Rao Mallampati. He is a south Indian man but half of his life spent it working as researcher in America. During his personal retreat in Kopan, he engage with much kindness with me and was really happy to help me with the text of the Heart Sutra. As i have chanted in the past in Korean language, i have read it in English and heard it many times from Tibetan monks , but yet my need to connect in more profound way was there...So we set our days and some times at noon , sometimes at late afternoon, we had our a class. These days where these kind of days from your life that you see them as a " bookmark ". It was an exchange from heart to heart and when the base is beyond " i give and you take ", then something is really moving there.
To do the whole text in Sanskrit, and discover the meaning of every single word , it was a very unique experience. Many questions arose from my side , and many many things that i was reading in my Buddhist books , these days took a place in my mind. He also tried to teach me the correct pronunciation , and me i spend many afternoon trying to memorize the text in Sanskrit while doing kowra at Kopan's stupas ( Circumambulation ). No mention how easy was to learn it in this way. So Here it is the 4 parts of the Heart Sutra in Sanskrit and all my notes on English translation. I hope this will be helpful for anyone who is interesting in the text in its originally writing, in Sanskrit.  

on the above video at 0:17:16 there is a full recitation of the heart sutra in Sanskrit from a Buddhist monk  

Four parts:

  • Introduction
  • Abhidharma
  • Bodhisattva Path
  • Sutra 


Om namo bhagavatyai arya-prajnaparamitayai
Om Salutation to the blessed and noble one ( who has reached the other shore of the most excellent transcendental wisdom )

Verse1 : 
Arya-avalokitesvaro bodhisattvo /
The Noble Avalokateswaro Bodhisattva

Verse 2 :
Gambhiram prajnaparamita caryam caramano /
While practicing the deep practice of prajnaparamita

Verse 3 :
Vyavalokayati sma panca-skandhas /
Look upon the five skandas ( the 5 aggregates that gives the sense of our being. These are form, sensation, perception, memory, consciousness )

Verse 4 :
Tamscha svabhava sunyam pasyati sma. /
and saw them to be of any self - existence
Verse 5 :
Iha sariputra /
Here Sariputra ( son of Sari, first disciple of Buddha )
Verse 6 :
Rupam sunyata, sunyataya rupam /
Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

Verse 7 :
Rupam na prithik sunyata, sunyataya na prithik rupam /
Emptiness is not separate from Form , Form is not separate of emptiness

Verse 8 :
Yad rupam sa sunyata, Sunyataya tad rupam /
Whatever is Form is Emptiness , whatever is Emptiness is Form

Verse 9 :
Evam eva, vedana samjna, samskara vijnanam. /
The same holds good for sensation, perception, memory, consciousness.
Verse 10 :
Iha sariputra sarva dharmah, sunyata laksanah /
Here Sariputra, all dharmas defiened by emptiness

Verse 11 :
Anutpanna, Aniruddha, Amala, Aviamala, Anuna, Aparipurnah. /
No birth or destruction , purity or defilement , completeness or deficient.



Verse 12-13 :
Tasmac sariputra sunyatayam na rupam na vedana, na samjna, na samskarah na vijnanam. /
Therefore sariputra in Emptiness there is no Form, no sensation, no perception, no memory, no consciousness.

Verse 14 :
Na cakshuh-srotra, ghrana-jihva, kaya-manamsi. /
No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind

Verse 15 :
Na rupa sabda gandha rasa sprashtvaya dharmah. /
No shape, no sound, no smell, no taste, no feeling, no thoughts.

Verse 16 :
Na cakshur-dhatur yavan, na manovijnana-dhatuh. /
No element of perception from eye to conceptual consciousness.

Verse 17-18 :
Na avidya, na avidya-ksayo, yavan na jaramaranam, na jaramarana-ksayo./
No ignorance, nor the end of ignorance, or no to old age and death nor end of old age and death.
( the 12 depending origination factors :
  1. Ignorance
  2. Memory
  3. Consciousness 
  4. Name and Form
  5. The 6 senses
  6. Contact 
  7. Feeling
  8. Desire
  9. Grasping
  10. Arising
  11. Birth
  12. Old age and death )
Verse 19 :
Na duhkha, samudaya, nirodha, marga.
No suffering, no cause, no relief, nor path. /
( 4 noble truths :
  1. Truth of Suffering
  2. The Cause of Suffering
  3. The Truth of Cessation
  4. The Truth of Path )
Verse 20 :
Na jnanam, na praptir, na-apraptih.
No knowledge, no attainment, and no non-attainment.


Bodhisattva Path:

Verse 21-22 :
Tasmac Sariputra Apraptivad
Bodhisattvo prajna-paramitam Astritya /
Therefore Sariputra, without attainment Bodhisattvas take refuge in prajnaparamita.

Verse 23 :
Veharanty acitta Avarnah. /
and live without the walls of the mind.

Verse 24 :
Citta Avarana nastitvad atrastro /
Without walls of the mind thus without fears.

Verse 25 :
Viparasya atrikranto nishta nirvanah. /
They see through delusions and finally come to Nirvana.

Verse 26-27 :
Tryadva vyavashitah, sarava buddhah prajna - paramitam Astritya /
All Buddhas from 3 ages ( past, present and future )
take refuge in prajnaparamita

Verse 28 :
Anuttaram samyak sambodhim Ambhisumbuddhanah. /
and realize unexcelled  perfect enlightement.



Verse 29 :
Tasmac jnatavyam prajna-paramitam maha mantro. /
Therefore you should know the Great Mantra of prajnaparamita.

Verse 30 :
Maha Vidya mantra. /
The mantra of great magic.

Verse 31 :
Anuttara mantro. /
The unexcelled mantra.

Verse 32 :
Asamasama mantrah. /
The mantra equal to the unequal.

Verse 33 :
Sarva dukha prasamanah, satyam Amityuavat. /
Which heals all suffering , it all true and not false.

Verse 34 :
Prajna-paramittam ukto mantrah, tadyata
The mantra of prajna-paramitam does spoken

Verse 35 :
Gate , Gate , Paragati,
Parasam gate  Bodhi svaha 
Dedicate this post to all sentient beings and to my dharma friend Lama Lopon Sonam who with much patience try to answer and discuss all of my questions about life and its reality...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Shaping the mind

Milarepa the Great Yogi of Tibet

I would like to share some thoughts from my today Asana practice.
Today i experienced a very comfort sensation within the body and the mind as well.
I remember when i first started practicing yoga in terms of Asana, i was moved originally by my physical and mental discomfort.
Asana practice is a process of " unappealing the onion " of this body and mind we are living in ..
and this process slowly slowly bears some fruits of small realizations that our body and mind are filled up with many things, some are useful to know about, some are unnecessary and some are completely useless.
During this process sometime we lose our track. Which was originally to be happy. There are  two types of happiness. The physical or sensual happiness and the mental happiness. Now i ask you to make the question which one you think is more important to have as an experience. My thinking is that mental happiness is far more important. You all have felt the difference when you wake up in a very "joyful mood" or the morning you wake up in "bad mood" .
When you have " good mood " you really can endure many things. You are more genuine in every way , and you are not easily get angry, disappoint, and you may even endure some physical pain ...but when you have the other morning , everything is just going wrong, your compassion is not there, your dissatisfaction is there and of course no mention in what level is your patience.
So , what i try to say is that you have to take care of the mind.
This is the one to be shaped and merely the body. And your work is to check always..when you finish a difficult posture, when you complete 1rst, 2nd, 3rd, 4rth , 5 , 6, 7 series in the end of the day ARE YOU REALLY HAPPY???
Shaping the mind comes ONLY through meditation and investigation of the nature of the mind. You don't need to be religious, you don't need to be perfect in Asana in order to taming the mind. You just need to sit couple of minutes and quite the mind just for 5 that stillness of the 5 seconds you start to experience the true nature of mind and from there you can grow up towards happiness.
By reasoning , by examination here and now. Time is running out, in fact from the moment the sperm find the egg your life span start to running out. Death is so close , is after single breath we take. 
Even sleeping tonight in good mind and heart but tomorrow is not sure is coming..But we are habitual minds and habitually postpone to get our piece of happiness in this very life. 



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ο λόφος του Kopan, οι 3 ιερές στούπες & η κενότητα των φαινομένων

Για την Ντίνα, τον Διονύση την Αγγελικούλα και την μικρή Μάιρα 

Katmandu Valley , view from Swayambhunath Stupa

Ένα ἠσυχο απόγευμα στο μοναστήρι του Lama Lobsang, ατένιζα από το παράθυρο την κοιλάδα του Katmandu και την έβλεπα να λούζεται με ένα γλυκό χρυσό φως. 

Είχα ακούσει το διάστημα που ήμουν εκεί οτι η περιοχή συνηθίζεται να πλήττεται από σεισμούς και για έναν περίεργο λόγο εκείνο το απόγευμα κάνω ερώτηση στον Lama :
" Lama La , νομίζεις ότι αυτό το μοναστήρι θα αντέξει σε εναν δυνατό σεισμό; "
Lama Lobsang: " Ωωω, μην ανησυχείς ο λόφος που είμαστε βρίσκεται σε πολύ ιερό σημείο. Έχουμε μεγάλη προστασία γιατί είμαστε ανάμεσα σε 3 ιερές στούπες! Μην ανησυχείς υπάρχει ευλογία..." 

Swayambhunath Stupa - Nepal

Namo Buddha Stupa - Nepal

Bouddhanath Stupa - Nepal

Για την ιστορία,
η βουδιστική στούπα όταν πρωτοεμφανίστηκε, ήταν αρχιτεκτονικό κατασκεύασμα που σκοπό είχε να στεγάσει τόσο τα γήινα υπολείμματα-λείψανα του ιστορικού Βούδα και άλλων υψηλών ενσαρκώσεων του βουδιστικού πάνθεου όσο και άλλων φωτισμένων Lama στην πορεία του βουδισμού. Με το πέρασμα των χρόνων στις στούπες άρχισαν να στεγάζονται και διάφορα ιερά αντικείμενα πραγματωμένων μοναχών και δασκάλων του Βουδισμού και επίσης πολλές χτίστηκαν για να θυμίζουν γεγονότα από τη ζωή του Βούδα ή των μαθητών του αλλά και ως αναθήματα, σημεία λατρείας και προσφοράς των πιστών που ενισχύουν τα πνευματικά οφέλη που λαμβάνουν οι πιστοί από τις ιερές στούπες.
Επιστρέφοντας στην αρχική ιστορία μου πρέπει να σας πώ ότι εκείνο το βράδυ έγινε σεισμός... Εκεί κάπου γύρω στα μεσάνυχτα με έντονη βοή και δυνατό τράνταγμα, συνέχιζα να βρίσκομαι στο κρεβάτι μου μέσα στο μοναστήρι  Kopan ενω σε κλάσματα του δευτερολέπτου περνούσαν όλες οι διδασκαλίες που είχα πάρει περί παροδοτικότητας και κενότητας όλων των φαινομένων..μια στιγμή έκλαμψης όπου πολύ γρήγορα την ακολούθησε ένα δυνατό χτυποκάρδι,  που σφοδρά με επανέφερε στην συμβατική πραγματικότητα.
Με ένα άλτο βρέθηκα έξω απο το μικρό μου δωμάτιο. Έτυχε το δωμάτιο μου να στεγάζεται στο πιο παλιό κτίριο του μοναστηριού οπότε όλοι όσοι μέναμε εκεί " την ακούσαμε στερεοφωνικά ".
Μετά από μισἠ ώρα βρισκόμουν και πάλι στο δωμάτιό μου θυμήθηκα για λίγο την απογευματινή συζήτηση που είχα με τον Lama μου και σκέφτηκα πώς όλα τελικά βρίσκονται σε απόλυτη σύνδεση. Συνέχισα με διαλογισμό πάνω  στον Θάνατο. Όταν πρωτοδιδάχτηκα αυτόν το διαλογισμό στο μοναστήρι δόθηκε μαζί με την οδηγία οτι πρέπει να είναι μέρος της καθημερινής μου πρακτικής. Η αλήθεια είναι όμως, ότι ποτέ δεν αισθάνθηκα τόσο συνδεδεμένη με αυτό τον διαλογισμό όσο εκείνη την  νύχτα του σεισμού.
Οι σκέψεις σιγά-σιγἀ βάραιναν,  και οι νοερές μορφές τους διαλύονταν σαν να μην υπήρξαν ποτέ.. ένας γλυκός ύπνος ήρθε και με πήρε κάνοντας την τελευταία σκέψη της ημέρας :
" μακάρι όταν αφήσω αυτόν τον κόσμο να φύγω τόσο γλυκά και ήρεμα και πάνω απ᾽όλα χωρίς κανέναν φόβο, όπως ακριβώς νιώθω τώρα".. και κάπως έτσι ...

έκλεισα τα μάτια και κοιμήθηκα χωρίς να φοβάμαι εάν αύριο δεν υπάρχω...

Old monk reciting Om Mani Padme Hum ,at Namo Buddha Stupa 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


The first teaching of Buddha, 2.500 years ago, was the Forth Noble Truths.

. The truth of suffering
. The truth of origin of suffering
. The truth of cessation
. The truth of the path

And by reflecting on the four Noble Truth the 3 principles of the path towards enlightenment which are :

. Renunciation - that one wants to be free of the suffering of the cycle existence ( samsara ) -

. Generate bodhicitta mind - one cultivates pure altruistic intention to benefit all the other beings -

. Understanding the emptiness simply by cultivating the correct view on the depending arising and all things, which is an ego-free view.

Of course I'm not a dharma teacher to talk or write thoroughly about the Buddha's teachings but since currently I'm living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal, I thought i can share some of my experiences in relation to my understanding on how can one look upon the life itself and especially when life seems that is collapsing.
From the teachings that I receive up to now and from my personal study I understand how precious is one to come to the understanding of the truth of suffering and the causes of suffering - the two first noble truths - .
The understanding natural leads to a strong determination that one wants to renounce the suffering from his life and bring vastness of happiness instead.

There are 3 kinds of sufferings that one can experience :

. The suffering of suffering which easily all beings can understand the pain of pain. Physical or mental and all at a certain point we renounce this pain , as we don't want to experience it.

. The suffering of change. Our "un-contentment" mind always seek temporary happiness through possessions , relationships , reputation etc. but of course all these , is the case that are constantly change and our ego-view mind cannot cope with the change and thus we experience suffering.

. The pervasive suffering. Is the suffering that comes from the way we perceive all phenomena and the Self. The aggregates of the mind ( the 5 Skandas in Sanskrit )
- form
- sensation
- perception
- memory
- consciousness
Are polluted through the Buddhist point of view by delusions and karma , therefore all the phenomena we perceive to exist through the contaminated aggregates are creating causes for self misery continually throughout our life span.

So that why is important to understand the truth of suffering and the cause of suffering so we can make our first step towards renunciation. This is the first step towards enlightenment.

Then naturally questions arisen. How do I get out of this continuous suffering ?
What is the nature of this freedom ?
What is the path to attain it ?

Well I really cannot answer for you into this , but I'm sure that with self study and self investigation one can certainly give some answers but the most important is that there are tools out there ready for use !
The dharma teachings, if you learn how to listen to them and if you start putting them into practice, is one of the most powerful tools that one can have in order to taming the mind and remove all obscurations from it, so its pure clear nature be finally revealed.
The Tibetan Buddhism tradition that I'm studying, presented the Lam - Rim discourse to the world about one millennium ago, which are the stages to enlightenment.
One who can listen , study , understand and contemplate on Lam - Rim , he can transform his behavior.

Through the Lam - Rim are taking place 3 kinds of high trainings:
1. Ethic training - one becomes an expression of non-violence and a pure heart -
2. Single point concentration training - one is able to abandon all meaningless distractions into his way -
3. Wisdom training - one is able to abandon delusions of all kinds -

Absolutely hard work but it works ! I'm studying less than 2 months here , total beginner but I'm so impressed how life looks thought my eyes now. And I had a good "test drive" while I am here. Couple of weeks ago I learn that all my "possessions" that i left in India are gone. When I left Greece I took with me all my precious possessions. My favorites clothes, presents from my best friends, and of course my laptop with my hard disc , with all my teaching yoga material an accumulation of studying of the last years , a booklet that I was writing on yoga , all my memories with thousands of photos now lost and of course my precious Ashtanga authorization paper from Manju P. Jois. Because of my coming to the kopan monastery I thought that it was better to leave my stuff in India and make my time here more focus on the studies and more simple in my needs and way of living. So when I learn that everything were stolen for first time in my life I didn't freak out ! My first thought was for the person who did it because knowing who he is, I know that what he did is out of his weakness of grasping material possessions despite of the wealth life that he has ...I really felt so sorry for him.
After that I was still breathing ..! No anxiety , no panic. Still breathing . I couldn't believe that this reaction was happening to me and seriously it was the first sign that the transformation is actually taking place! To decide not to be merely labeled by my possessions and absolutely let go of that past get me somehow more free. And being able to stay at Kopan all these weeks, is making me feel that maybe for first time, that I am to my real" home ".

I dedicate this post to Lama Zopa Riponche , that is my inspiration and the lamp that i hold when i walk to the darkness paths of my ignorance

Monday, March 4, 2013

Find what you love and let it kill you

the image taken from here
Sitting on my floor this morning looking at the rays of light coming through my window, and seeing settling them down softly and warm in my bare feet i let myself wandering in places and thoughts untouchables like these golden ray of lights on my feet..
Making questions that i couldn't answer.. 
about how can one do what he really wants to but somehow even that, is not enough and at the same  time how can the same love become a turmoil of one's life ?
Later in the day i came across with this quote of Bukowski, and then i understood it all.
To find what one's truly wants in his life, is the first step but the ability to adapt and to adjust into the vastness of this love you choose to become your vehicle in life is total other thing. A whole life process and this  is where the true Sadhana, the spiritual practice it self, lies.
 Meaning that you have to let this love kill you.
 The truth of your love needs to be understood.

The pain is helping to purify ourselves and there are so many types of pain, even THE pain of pain. If one remains with that, will remain in pain of course but to escape is painful and learning and understanding is also painful but all pain has results.
Everything that may comes in the form of 

is a gift, is a way to practice and become strong by knowing your own weakness. And to accept and to embrace that state fully , is only then that the fruits of your practice can be seen. Let yourself to deconstruct  carefully in pieces and in that process study and understand these pieces , and when all put it back together you understand the difference between you and the situations that may occur in your life. Why after all we are in this life , in this form? If not to practice? Just being responsible toward the practice and do whatever it takes..because life is too short ..and excuse me that i may sound a bit arrogant but why not in this life take my piece of enlightenment?  I want it and i will try to take a bit in this life...Is out there anyone who wants to join me??? 

 Next post from the foothills of Himalayan 
Enjoy life and embrace pain like a mother does when she is giving birth to her child.
Dedicate the video with the blooming rose to everyone that i didn't find the way to say goodbye.
I love you all...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Photo reportage on World Yoga Day in Athens 2013

Fight Hunger! image taken from here

World Yoga Day 2013 become a day that marked the hearts of Athenian citizens & yoga practitioners.
A day beyond of yoga traditions, beyond of different concepts of minds, beyond of discrimination of any kind. Just be all together, and making happen this project, an inspiring soul behind Tina Zymarakis who motivate so many people to offer and made to  organize in so little time the fundraising event FIAN   on the World Yoga Day.

5 Teachers :

Surana Mojca Morya,
 Tina Zymarakis, 
Bouchelos Ioannis
Yota Tsotra

Where ? 
@ Art Factory Peiraos 178 str & Lamias 4 

1 hour 15 people use their hands, literally their feet 
and their imagination to bring this place into a clean and purified one, and ready to host the people who were waiting outside!

 the floor is shining !!! :)

well one more detail , our small altar ready to give us the opening bless made by Tina.

ok 3, 2, 1 doors open ! first mats on the floor, become more and more and finally all in one breath connected!!!

The welcome/info desk

 Sophia while waiting to take the confirmation and take off her yoga mat from the waiting list :) 

The event took its own way...
Gong bath @ savasana 

Detail from the flowers that were spread everywhere in the art factory

 Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Honoring the cycles of the moon part 1.

August Full moon at Acropolis
Full moon tomorrow and yogis and yoginis with regular practice should take the opportunity to take a rest on that day, to eat well and healthy, to breath with awareness and observe what is taking place within body, the mind & the heart. 
During a full Moon, the Sun is in opposition to the Moon and planet Earth is found in between them. As we are more of 70% of water is it very logical to be affected by this energy. 
The prana vayu that is dominant, governs the area of chest and head. That is why the feeling has an upward movement that make us more energetic but at the same time more sentimental and not so well "earthy" rooted - grounding - and thus we have over stimulated tendency  to be pertinacious and more stubborn. I guess this is more highly possibly to give us an injury - the mind tendency - rather by the fact that the fluids and the blood within our body are affected by the moon.
On the other hand the day of full moon is a great time for meditation and always a good way to open the door of perception towards the Truth and the Wisdom that lies in everybody's heart.
So just give yourself a nice nourish and even tomorrow is a week start, you can started with an inner softness! 
Tonight enjoy yourself with friends or a movie. If you haven't seen it already you can make yourself comfortable and watch "Sita Sings the Blues". Is a movie based on the Hindu epic "The Ramayana" by Nina Paley. Very clever way of narration of the story and love the "blues" parts. Enjoy ! ! !

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Surya God turned his face to Athens

Monastiraki-Thision  in the back you can see the Acropolis

After a" monsoon " Friday, today the Sun was up again and radiant to the Athenian faces..I couldn't resist of a walk downtown Athens, walking under the rock of Acropolis and seeing all these people that despite of the anxiety of a non secure future they are still smiling back to the sun. Me also among them.
The Sun always has been a great symbol throughout cultures and myths.
The Greek alphabet as it is recite is a cosmogony pray to the Sun! I didn't know it and i only discover this 2 years ago.  

* is the sixth missing letter of the Greek alphabet , that we dont use it anymore.

the decode of the alphabet is giving this :












a very quick free translation from ancient Greek  to English the above is

Al, the light come to Earth!
and you
El, shed your lights to the material that is burning.
May become an alloy ,
so all Self can live, be and stand to this throbbing Earth.
Don't let the night to conquer, that is the micron and endangering  this alloy to be lost into the turmoil of material, 
let the Soul to be developed that is the great and the most gracious of all! 
This is a pray in ancient Greek that creates in the same way like Sanskrit Vedic Mantras a tremendous  vibrant effect. It is like a mystic ringing of a bell right to the heart of our Souls...

Surya Namaskars from Apollon the God of light
Diagram from Astanga Yoga Greece school 
copyright yoga practice - London
 A wonderful video with a poem about the Sun, by a Greek poet GEORGE LATHYRIS - ASTRAPOSIGMA: A PRAYER with Thracian music by 100 guitars- Evangelos Boudounis.

The Vedic mantra known as Aditya Hridayam is a very powerful mantra associated with Aditya or Surya the Sun God.

The Aditya Hridayam begins with the war between Lord Rama and King Ravana. The Rishi Agastya teaches Lord Rama, who seems perplexed as well as worried at the time, how to recite this mysterious ancient Vedic mantra and describes the procedure of invoking the Cosmic strength of Suryanarayan Deva the illustrious Sun God in order to vanquish any forms of negative forces that may surround him in order to achieve victory over the enemies on the battlefield. Lord Rama was advised to chant this sacred mantra thrice and through the power and energy of this mantra, he was able to vanquish Ravana on the battlefield.

 1.Tato yuddha pari srantam samare cintayasthitam
Ravanam Cagrato drustva yuddhaya Samupasthitam

2.Daiva taisca Samagamya drastu mabhyaga toranam
Upagamyabra Veedrama magastyo Bhagavan Rshih

3.Rama Rama Mahabaho Srunu guhyam Sanatanam
Yeno Sarva nareenvatsai Samare Vijayisyasi

4.Aditya hrudam punyam Sarva Satru Vinasanam
Jaya vaham japetnityam Akshayam paramam Sivam

5.Sarva mangala mangalyam sarva papa pranasanam
Cintasoka prasamanam Ayurvardhana muttamam

6.Rasmi mantam Samudyantam Devasura namaskrutam
Pujayasva vivasvantam Bhaskaram Bhuvanesvaram

7.Sarva devatmako hyesa Tejasvi, rasmi bhavanah
Esa devasura ganan lokan pati gabhasthibhih

8.Esa Brahmaca Visnusca sivah skandah prajapatih
Mahendro dhanadah Kaloyamah somo pampatih

9.Pitaro vasavah sadhyahya svino maruto manuh
Vayurvahnih praja pranah rutukarta prabhakarah

10.Adityah savita Suryah khagah pusa gabhastiman
Suvarna Sadruso bhanuh hiranya reta divakarah

11. Haridasvah saha sracih saptasapti mareeciman
Timironmadhana Sambhusvasta martanda Amsuman

12.Hiranya garbhah sisirastapano bhaskaro Ravih
Agni garbho diteh putrah Sankha sisira na sanah

13.Vyomanatha stamo bhedi Rigyajuhsama paragah
Ghana vrusti rapam mitro Vindhya Vidhiplavangamah

14.Atapi mandali mrutyuh pingalah sarva tapanah
Kavirvisvo mahateja raktah sarva bhavodbhavah

15.Nakshatra grahatarana madhipo Visvabhavanah
Tejasamapi Tejasvi dvadasatman Namo stute

16.Namah poorvaya giraye pascimayaye namah
Jyotir gananam pataye dinadhipataye Namah

17.Jayaya Jaya bhadraya haryasvaya Namo Namah
Namo namah sahasramso Adityaya Namo Namah

18.Nama ugraya Viraya Sarangaya Namo Namah
Namah padma prabodhaya martandaya Namo Namah

19.Brahme sanacyute saya Suryayaditya Varcase
Bhasvate sarva bhakshaya roudraya Vapusenamah

20.Tamoghnaya himaghnaya satru ghnaya mitatmine
Krutaghna ghnaya devaya Jyotisam pataye Namah

21.Tapta Cami Kara bhaya vanaye Visva Karmane
Namastamo bhinighnaya rucaye Loka sakshine

22.Nasayatyesa Vai bhutam tadeva Srujati prabhuh
Payastyesa tapatyesa varsatyesa gabha stibhih

23.Esa Suptesu jagarti bhutesu parinistitah
Esa Evagni hotramca phalam caivagni hotrinam

24.Vedasca Kratavascaiva Kratunam phalamevaca
Yanikrutyani lokesu sarva Esa Ravih prabhuh

25.Ena mapatsu kruesehresu kantaresu bhayesu ca
Keertiyan purusah kascinna vaseedati Raghava

26.Pujayasaina mekagro deva devam jagatpatim
Etat gunitam Japatva yuddhesu vijayisyati

27.Asmin kshane maha baho Ravanam Tvam Vadhisyasi
Eva muktva tadagastyo Jagamaca yathagatam

28.Eta chrutva mahateja nastaso Ko bhavattada
Dharaya masa supreeto Raghavah prayatatmavan

29.Adityam prekshaya japtvatu param harsa mavapta van
Triracamya Sucirbhutva dhanuradaya Veeryavan

30.Ravanam prekshya hrustatma yuddhaya samupagamat
Sarva yatnena mahata Vadhetasya dhruto bhavet

31.Atha Ravi rava dannireekshya Ramam
Mudita manah paramam prahrusya manah
Nisicara pati Samkshayam Viditva
Suragana madhya gato vacastvareti

By the repetition of this holy Mantra daily, one attains imperishableness, the highest good, all blissfulness, the end of all sins, troubles and sorrows, and a long life. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lost in Greek translation and other thoughts

This image was taken from here
Some days ago i was asked from Androniki Nisira-Louka - a friend and a healer - to write a note as a guest post in her page. 
The post was about how Yoga helps the mind and the body and how it is connected this practice with the energy itself. I don't know if there was an outcome eventually of what i post, but i do know how long it took me to write such a small note in my native language, which is the Greek. 
I was thinking - and maybe viewers of non-English countries can contribute their experience in this post - why is it so difficult to express in my own language thoughts about spirituality, mindfulness, yoga , and do not mention how even harder is to translate a Yoga Sutra in Greek.! 
My personal library about Yoga is mainly in English titles. Because whenever i tried to read something in Greek automatically a gap between me and what i' m reading is created and it is logical as yoga titles translated into Greek, by people who mainly have no personal experiences to the subject. 
Greek Yoga Community is very small, yet the need of " Yoke " is so big. And you can see it specially now, at the time of Greek financial crisis, people start turn inwardly because it is mainly what is left, and thus lost of actions are taking place were yoga is more and more accessible, more free and more giving.
And it is because of a bunch of people out there who really saw that the art of serving others how liberate can be..they have vision and do things that matters small or big and transcend the essence of living your life ! These people either Teachers  or simple practitioners are the one who asked - for themselves primary - to deepen their own practice, not only in physical study but also in psychological and mysticism way and work in an horizontal line the 8 limbs of yoga  instead of a vertical obsession towards the branches of the Tree of Yoga. Because working like this they know it can give you a tool to use toward duhkha [ unsatisfaction ], where the mind knows so well to function, in the "areas" of anxiety and trouble.
I deeply thank all these people out there for their inspiring work to make things happen and bring yoga in social action where it should be. Hopefully i can also contribute a bit to their vision by letting my heart open and become the action itself. 

Join the Yoga World Day   
at 24 February 2013

Do your practice and Fight hunger with human rights!

For Athens all info for participate in the fundraising 2h yoga practice 
you can find it here 

Dedicate this post to such a sweet and inspiring soul 
Tina Zymarakis      

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I bow to the lotus feet of the Guru - but who is that?

Patanjali's form has not verified historically. This imagine has been taken from here.

When i first introduced to the invocation chanting that opens an Ashtanga Yoga class i almost got my tongue binding with itself!
Of course no mention that my only focus was more to un-bind my tongue rather to learn of what is all about this invocation.
But, and this is the interesting point, the Vedic mantras  have such an incredible power in its vibrations that are created once someone utters them, that even a total beginner can feel the healing, the protection, the energy and the recharging power that emerge by the chanting.
Today i was inspired from a very early phone call that i made (lately i don't talk to much in general). I talked with a beautiful soul, a very sharpen and intelligent mind  who is really showing his own way, the middle way towards his hard path he is walking (even if he is experiencing it us the ultimate gift) with a tumor in his head. 
He reminds me the meaning of a Guru. And once the Invocation is about the Universal Guru , will start from that and saying that for now my Guru is this man, Aristotle for whom i bow to his lotus feet...

Om Vande gurunaam chaaranara vinde / 
Sandar shita swaatma sukhava bhode / 
Nishrey yase jaangalika yamane /
Samsara haala hala moha shantye // 

Abahu purusha karam / 
Shankha chakraasi dharinam / 
Sahasra shirasam shvetam / 
Pranamaami patanjalim / 

“I worship the Guru’s lotus feet, awakening the happiness of the Self revealed. Beyond comparison, acting like the jungle physician to pacify delusion from the poison of existence.

To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, white in color with 1000 radiant heads, human in form below the shoulders holding a sword, a wheel of fire and a conch  – to him, I prostrate.” 


Guru consist of " gu " the meaning is darkness and  " ru " meaning is its removal. 

Guru stands for the Teacher who is taking from us the darkness of ignorance (Avidya)

In a life time i think many presences of life can be Guru of ourselves, and it is also liberating this thought in its core.

first part 

We worship these "lotus" feet -  the feet of a Guru is not simple feet is lotus one - meaning there are miraculous..


because these feet belongs to the One who is teaching us the right knowledge, he awakens the ultimate happiness in us by pointing the way to our true and pure Self.  

He is a the jungle  physician meaning he is a healer of nature. Again with one word,   remind us not to forget to honor the nature that is the Great Healer.

and like   the jungle  physician that eliminates all  poisons from  toxic herbs , He eliminates the delusions of the toxic herb of Samsara  .

So the first part of the invocation is for all the teachers and the gurus that have been existed as also for those are still exists and for the Guru of the gurus.
Is an apply in a more universal level and the meaning is so strong that you immediately place this Universal Guru right in the center of your Heart.

second part

I bow to the sage Patanjali, his divine form has one thousand radiant white heads of the serpent. Symbolize the Kundalini energy as also the  sage Patanjali considered to be an incarnation of the divine Serpent, Ananta.
His human form , from shoulders and down is holding
a discus of light - symbolize what else ? the infinitive Sun
a conch cell - symbolize the eternal pure inner sound that we can find when go closer to our core , to the Self
a sword - symbolize the discrimination of what is real and what is illusion.

In the second part we visualize the energetic form of Patanjali and we prostrate to his divine and human form who brought  us to the Practice of Yoga.


Next time when you stand on top of your yoga mat, give a momentum of what is really taking place before a practice starts. Through this invocation there is a kind of consolidation  between the student and the teacher's relationship. This relationship is blessed by the divine vibrant sounds of the words of this mantra..
Well who am i to say all these? I'm just a 32 years old woman from Greece, who knows nothing about all this ancient wisdom of the Science of Yoga. I Just keep searching and hoping one day to throw away all the books that i have and experience Yoga in its very core.
 Please be free to commend or to add any information on this post. 




The invocation chant from Manju Jois recorded at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Rethymno.
in 2010 Teacher Training.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Trapped in the waiting list & the 5 Kleshas.

The Pancha Kleshas  all revealed in one morning.

OK there is not such a thing as the suffering of one's being in a waiting list. Have you ever really wonder about the nature of a waiting list?
Normally when we are on a waiting list, is for something that we desire to have or to be , but for various reasons is not available at the time. Next stage comes an acceptance of this fact and right after comes the feeling of suffering. How does this happening ? 
So you need to be patient, but the fact that your minds says to you to be patient it turns the coin from the other side and give rise to your impatient and anxiety..and you suffer because the present moment it disappears.
No Santosha [ Contentment ] as the life comes. 
The last 5 months i'm exactly in that position, as i am waiting for a new chapter in my life to begin, but how ignorant am i that i let myself trapped in this waiting list...
it comes one morning that the inner light is a little bit stronger and helps you to have a glimpse of what is really taking place. Right here, right now.

And like this i saw clear the 5 causes of my suffering 

Avidya [ ignorance ] 

All these days of waiting i  forget my inner quest " who am i ? " - By applying this quest every moment, reminds me that im trying to investigate the Self, and the Self can only be beyond of  what i'm  identified with.  

Asmita [ egoism ]

Because of my ignorance i pushed away all of my beloved ones, as i though that my kind of suffering is the greatest and no one can understand. And how selfish is that? - To drop the expectations of my ' Uncertain I ' maybe will let me unhooked of my Ego.

Raga [ attachment ]

Because of this selfishness, i attached more to what was making me feel stronger. Meaning my practices, but in that way that i cling too much on them and lost the feeling of spaciousness within the limits, the limits become my barriers and eventually my cause of last weeks injury. - To Let go of my self-center response to reality, right here, right now.

Dvesa [ aversion ]

Because of my attachment, i get disappointed of myself because did not coming to the way i wanted  and  eventually trapped in a meaningless fighting with myself. -  To cultivate new patterns in my mind and body and get rid of the old ones, maybe is a way out there. 

Abhinivesah [ the fear of death ]

Because of all the 4 previous facts, i cannot set me free. I fear more of coming to the state of Yoga. And that is a small death i let happen to me day by day.
-  To embrace the realm of uncertainty and allow myself to be all right of what i don't know how is gonna the freedom (?) 

[ Ignorance, egoism, attachement, aversion, and fear of death are the five obstacles in life ]
Patanjali's yoga sutras

Dedicate this post to Cibin, from Kerala