is said that Sri Patanjali entered his body around 3-5000 years
ago. Pata means "fallen" and
Anjali means "hands folded in
prayer". An incarnation of Adisesa
and follower of the SANKHYA philosophy, he became the most celebrated
author of the "Yoga Sutras" and also of treatises on
"Ayurveda" and "Grammar".
Mahabhasya, his great works on grammar,
the classical work for the cultivation of the correct use of language,
was followed by his writings on Ayurveda, the science of life
and health. His final work on Yoga was directed towards man's
mental and spiritual evolution. Together, his three works deal
with man's development as a whole, in thought, speech and action.
Patanjali is referred to as an evolved soul incarnated of his
own will to help humanity. He lived a life in human form and experienced
all that we experience as human beings today, and learned how
to transcend the joys and sorrows.
the Yoga Sutras he teaches us how to overcome the afflictions
of the body and the constant fluctuations of the mind, both of
which are obstacles to spiritual development.
words are direct and original. To this day, they remain fresh
and fascinating, and will continue to do so for centuries to come.
Sutras cover all aspects of life, beginning with a prescribed
code of social and personal disciplines and ending with man's
vision of his true Self.
simplest meaning of the word sutra is "thread". A sutra
is, so to speak, the bare thread of an exposition, the absolute
minimum that is necessary to hold it together, unadorned by a
single "bead" of elaboration. Only essential words are
used. Often, there is no complete sentence structure. There was
a good reason for this method. Sutras were composed at a period
when there were no books. The entire work had to be memorized,
and so it had to be expressed as tersely as possible. Patanjali's
Sutras, like all others, were intended to be expanded and explained.
The ancient teachers would repeat an aphorism by heart and then
proceed to amplify it with their own comments, for the benefit
of their pupils".