As the scholar who penned the collective wisdom of yogic philosophy in the Yoga Sutras, Patañjali deserves praise and tribute.
Before many group practices around the world, an “invocation” or tribute is recited to respect this wise man. Professor Nagaraja Rao, before any class discussing the Sutras, would recite as follows:
vande gurunam caranaravindesamdarsitasvatmasukhavabodhenihsreyase jangalikayamanesamsara halahala moha santyai
He can even heal the most awful poison of conditioning and illusion.
yogena cittasya padena vacammalam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
yopakarottam pravaram muninam
patanjalim pranjalir anato’smi
Let us salute the noblest of sages Patañjali
who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind
grammar for clarity and purity of speech
and medicine for perfection of health
Aum santih santih santih
Aum. Peace, peace, peace.