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Pantajali Yoga Sutras

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Sage Patanjali is considered the father of Modern Yoga, and is estimated to have lived around 500 BC . Yoga has been practiced for centuries before he penned down the Sutras, and evidence exists in the form sculptures and paintings. It was an oral tradition then and the knowledge and practice was handed down from generation to generation from Guru ( teacher ) to Sishya ( Student) . Students used to memorize what was taught. Books were few and scarce.

And so its assumed, this might be one of the reasons that this great sage had only 196 sutras ( aphorisms) written in the Sanskrit language.Each sutra is very succinct and logically leads into the next almost as a derivative. As an example the second sutra, which almost summarizes what Yoga is about is "Yogah Chitta Vritti Nirodah" which mean Yoga is stilling the disturbances of the mind. The words Chitta and Vritti are then elaborated much further in the following sutras.

Commentators ( Veda Vyasa, Vignanabikshu, Swami Vivekananda, Edwin Bryant to name a few) since then have written elaborate commentaries on it so that it can be understood and practiced by the common man.

These Sutras have stood the test of time and have never been more relevant to humanity than now when man has advanced greatly from a materialistic perspective but gone backwards spirituality.

These Sutras also referred to as Raj Yoga or Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga, is a practical guide on how to understand and go past your mind and ego to connect with your true self and to peace and happiness.


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