In the Indian tradition, Shiva, the Adiyogi has many forms, each of which represents a powerful possibility for inner evolution. Yogeshwaraya – meaning the lord of Yoga – is a musical offering to Adiyogi by Sounds of Isha, Pandit Jasraj and Rakesh Chaurasia.
In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshiped as a God. He is the Adiyogi, the first Yogi, and Adi Guru, the First Guru from whom the yogic sciences originated. Guru Purnima is celebrated as the day when Adiyogi began the transmission of these sciences to the Saptarishis, his first seven disciples. So this Guru Purnima, this is our musical garland. An offering of different renditions of the Yogeshwaraya chant to the Adiyogi.
1. Yogeshwaraya Mahadevaya – Sadhguru and Sounds of Isha
This rendition of the Yogeshwaraya chant, also known as the Shiva Stotram, is composed by Sounds of Isha. It begins with an invocation by Sadhguru
The Lord of Yoga, the great one
Three-eyed one, destroyer of the Tripura
Trikagni Kalaya Kalagni Rudraya
He who like fire, devours the past, present and future within himself
Blue-throated one, who has conquered death
Lord of everything, the eternal one
Oh great one, we bow down to you
This rendition of the Yogeshwaraya chant in Raag Shankara is also by Pandit Jasraj. A raag best sung at night, Pandit Jasraj beautifully captures the essence of this Shiva Stotram, giving it a touch of vibrancy.