Invocation —— Get Yourself in Tune

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Invocation —— Get Yourself in Tune


An invocation is a way of bringing out the best in you before you practice yoga. In the yogic culture, invocations are usually in Sanskrit, an ancient language that directly connects sounds with forms. Using sounds to activate the human system is the basis of Nada Yoga, or the yoga of sound. An invocation is a very simple form of Nada Yoga. A simple invocation that you could start with is:

Asatoma Sadgamaya
Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya
Mrutyorma Amrutangamaya
Aum Shanti Shanti Shantihi
Lead me from Untruth to Truth
Lead me from Darkness (Ignorance) to Light (Enlightenment)
Lead me from Morality to Immorality
May I be led
Aum Peace, Peace, Peace

You may ask, what prayer is this? It’s not a prayer, it’s an invocation. Prayer means you’re essentially trying to talk to somebody. An invocation means you are trying to tune yourself to a particular type of activity in a certain way. For different dimensions of activity that you are about to perform, your body, your mind, your emotions, and your energies, need to perform in a certain way like this happens to you, you go home and you’re still in office mode. Trouble. Yes or no? Trouble or no? You go to the office and you’re still in home mode, trouble. Yes or no? So, getting your mind, your body, your emotions and your energies, at tune to any particular activity you wish to do at that moment to invoke your system, to bring out the best for that particular activity is an invocation. So it is not a prayer, it’s an invocation….It essentially means that you’re aspiring to move from untruth to truth.


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