Parayoga Invocation

ParaYoga Invocation

Translation:
I open myself to receive those teachings that reveal the light of knowledge in me.

ParaYoga Invocation

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Ganesha graha nakshatra
Yogini rashi rupinim
Devim mantra mayim naumi
Matrikam pitha rupinim

Textual source:

Nitya Sodashikarnava


Definitions:
Ganesha
Graha
Nakshatra
Yogini
Rashi
Rupinim
Devim
Mantra
Mayim
Naumi
MatrikamPitha
Rupinim
Divine Mother (Gana and Isha – ruler, ordering of the universe)
Planets
Constellations
Merciful aspect of the Divine Mother that guides us on the path, Power, Shakti, Knowledge, Wisdom to get perfection in yoga
Twelve astrological houses (Metaphor for our prarhabda, sanchita, and kriyamana karmas)
Is identical (as in Ganesh is identical to the Divine Mother)
Divine Mother
Mother of all mantras
(same as rupinim) One who is identical to Ganesha
I pray
Letters, Phenomes, Bakshuti (presiding force over speech), the most primordial form of the Divine––forever kind. The seat of all                                                            mantras: the locus for the Manta (ParaYoga invocation)
Seat, location or placed; Sound is the seat of mantras
One who is identical to Ganesha
Translation:
I pray to the Divine Mother, who identical to Ganesha, is the ruler of the planets, the constellations, and the ways of karma;
I pray to the knowledge, Shakti, of that most merciful aspect of the Divine that guides me in perfection in yoga and on the path of destiny;
I pray to Her who is identical to Mantra;
I pay homage to Her (in Her most primordial form), who is the locus and presiding force of speech and all sound, She who is forever kind.

Short and Easy Translation:
I open myself to receive those teachings that reveal the light of knowledge in me.

Or for a more in-depth explanation…
Ganesh is always invoked prior to starting any Tantric practice. This invocation inspires and empowers us to open to the knowledge and ever deepening wisdom of the yoga tradition.  Just as Krishna was accompanied by 64 yoginis when he was born, when we chant this prayer we are accompanied by the full spectrum and understanding of the Divine Mother. The prayer is to propitiate the Divine Mother, Ganesha and in so doing helps us keep to evolve and expand.

How to use this invocation:
Say it three times before starting class, internally, or out loud, or at least three times before beginning any Tantric practice.

Context:
The verse is a summary of the entire text Nitya Sodashikarnava, which is all about Ganesh, the planets, and how theory and practice fits with devotion to the Divine Mother.

Ganesha is represented by coral, milkweed, turmeric (considered the same word as fragrance), a grass like Kentucky Blue Grass, and the Shami tree.

The external focus is on the Sri Chakra and the internal practice is within our own chakras.  The text is about how to do the practice of Ganesh in Sri Chakra yantra.  This prayer is an entry way into Sri Chakra and Sri Vidya and represents vast knowledge.