Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
Om. Reverence to the Divine Absolute,
The Teacher, whose true form is Being,
Consciousness, and Bliss, who is completely
expansive, absolutely peaceful, without
the need for any external support, and
incandescent (with spiritual power).
"This invocation of the transcendent divine ground of all being - here, called Shiva - is several centureis old. It's known in the West as the invocation mantra for Anusara Yoga, having been chosen by John Friend, who himself received it from Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. The verse acknowledges the Divine everywhere in the universe and seeks to activate awareness of the Divine within us, providing an access point to our own innate power of freedom and independent bliss, that wellsrping inside that is the eternal source of all true happiness. - Interpreted by Christopher D. Wallis, A Sanskrit Scholar at UC Berkeley, (Yogasthana.org)"
The origin of the name "Anusara". "Understanding how Friend came up with Anusara Yoga (a-nu-sar-a) is a little like dipping your toe into the very deep well of Tantric philosophy. The name comes from the Sanskrit anu- the process of being in and sara -the flow, which is taken from a verse in the 1000-year-old Kularnava Tantra: "Shakti-nipata-anusarena sishyo'anugraham-arhati". UUUS-based Tantric scholar, Dr. Douglas Brooks, translates this as "Flowing with Grace (anusarena) we experience our inner worth, we align our bodies, our minds and hearts in the current of the Divine flowing through us, we celebrate life itself as we touch the Divinity who pulsates within us as our every thought, feeling, and experience."
Tantra Illuminated, Christopher Wallis
Tantric Yoga & The Wisdom Goddesses, Dr. David Frawley
Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti: Secrets of Mantras, Deities & Meditation, Dr. David Frawley
Auspicious Wisdom, Douglas R. Brooks
P0ised for Grace: The Bhagavad Gita from a Tantra View, Douglas R. Brooks