Shanti Path (Yoga Class, Mantra at the beginning and end of the class) with meaning
The elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvate. Ganesha is worshipped first in any prayer and before any new undertaking. With Ganesha's grace, everything can be achieved. He is the God of Wisdom, the embodiment of bliss and the one who removes obstacles.
This twelve-syllable mantra is known as a Mukti (liberation) mantra and a spiritual formula for attaining freedom.
The literal meaning of this mantra is, “I surrender to God, the supreme spiritual being.” Vasudeva is the transcendental being or supreme spiritual being. We are all spiritual beings and God is the supreme spiritual being. Swami Vivekananda said, “You are not your body, not your mind, you are spiritual beings blessed and eternal.” By chanting this mantra with devotion, one will attain Enlightenment.
Saraswati is the power of cosmic intelligence, consciousness and knowledge. She is Brahma Shakti, the energy of the creator.
Saraswati is the Mother in her sattvic form who bestows ultimate spiritual knowledge. She is also a creative beauty in art, music, dance and literature.
Shiva is the auspicious one, destroyer of the ego and duality. In the Hindu trinity, Shiva is the transformer, Lord of all Yogis, the archetypal renunciate, consort of parvati, and the supreme God. He is the symbol of cosmic consciousness.
MAHA MRITYUNJAYA YANTRA
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is the shakti of Vishnu the preserver. Every kind of magnificence and joy, exaltation, and greatness are due to her grace. She is calm and serene, the one who helps to conquer rajas and leads us toward Sattwa.