उरसा शिरसा दृष्ट्या मनसा वचसा तथा । पद्भ्यां कराभ्यां जानुभ्यां प्रणामोऽष्टाङ्ग उच्यते ॥ Meaning:The bowing with the chest, head, eyes, mind, speech, feet, and knees, is called the eight-fold salution.Word meanings:उरसा = by the chest; शिरसा = by the head; दृष्ट्या =...पतन्तमनुधवतोबद्धोपिगतैति न्यायःIt originates from the story of a fowler running after a bird that escaped from his trap to find to his great sorrow on his return that the birds which were caught before had also fled away meanwhile. Cf. The Eng. proverb n A bird in...नमः सर्वहितार्थाय जगदाधारहेतवे । साष्टाङ्गोऽयं प्रणामस्ते प्रयत्नेन मया कृतः ॥ Meaning:My Salutations to you, Oh Lord, who is responsible for the welfare of all beings and who supports this world, which you have created. I fully prostrate to you and request your help...परोऽपि हितवान् बन्धुर्बन्धुरप्यहितः परः । अहितो देहजो व्याधिर्हितमारण्यमौषधम् ॥ Meaning:A stranger interested in our welfare is a relative and a relative not interested in our welfare is a stranger. Disease is hurtful, though born in our body and medicine is...पञ्जरमुक्तपक्षिन्यायःIt is used to denote the flight of the soul when the trammel of the body is loosened after the death, just as a bird in a cage flies away in the air if it can get out of the cage anyhow.