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Aspirational prayer (smon-lam, Skt. pranidhana), the aspiration never to be parted from a bodhichitta aim in all their lifetimes and for the continuity of their far-reaching activities for benefiting all beings never to be broken.
The repetition of mantras, prayer; and the study of devotional books constitute ishwara pranidhana.
Ishwara pranidhana self-surrender The literal meaning of ishwara pranidhana is “placing oneself in God”.
Ashtangayoga prescribes five aspects of Niyama viz., shaucha (purity) I santosha (contentment) tapa (penance), swadhyaya (Self study), Ishwara - pranidhana.
The niyamas are saucha (purity of body and environment), santosha (contentment), tapas (austerity), svadhyaya (the study of spiritual writings), and ishvara pranidhana (surrender to the Divine will).