Vande gurūṇāṃ caraṇāravinde sandarśita svātma sukhāvabodhe।
niḥśreyase jāṅgalikāyamāne saṃsara hālāhala mohaśāntyai ॥
ābāhu puruśākāraṃ śaṅkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam ।
sahasra śirsamaṃ śvetamaṃ praṇamāmi patañjalim ॥
Yogena cittasya padena vacam malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
yopakarottam pravaram muninam patanjalim pranjalir anato’smi
abahu purusakaram sankha carkrasi dharinam sahasra sirasam svetam
To purify the mind (citta), purify the consciousness, Patanjali gave the science of yoga (yogena) to us.
To purify our use of words (pada) and speech (vacca), he gave a commentary on grammar to us, so that our use of words and way of speaking is clarified, distinct and pure.
To remove the impurities (malam) of the body (sarira), he gave us the science of medicine (vaidyakena).
Let me go near the one who has given these things to us.
Let me bow down my head with my folded hands to Lord Patanjali
Then after knowing the work of this Lord, the second stanza says what Lord Patanjali looks like.
To do any meditation first the form has to be in front of the eyes.
From the hand up to the head he has the shape (karam) of a human (purusa).
In his hand he is holding the conch (sankha) and disc (cakra)
On top of his head (sirasam) he has got a thousand (sahasra) hoods of the cobra, because he is the incarnation of Adishesha, the greatest cobra.
Svetam means white.
I bow down to Patanjali
To the noblest of sages, Patanjali, who gave us yoga for serenity of mind, grammar for purity of speech and medicine for the perfection of the body, I salute. I salute before Patanjali whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch, and disc and a sword, who is crowned by a thousand headed cobra. Oh incarnation of Adisesa my humble salutations to thee.