According to mythology ,Maharishi Patanjali was the avatar of Adi Shesha – the Infinite Cosmic Serpent upon whom Lord Vishnu rests. He is considered to be the compiler of the Yoga Sutras.According to some researchers the author of a commentary on Panini’s Ashtadhyayi, known as Mahabhasya is also Patanjali. He is also supposed to be the writer of a work on the ancient Indian medicine system, Ayurveda.
The great sage and master, Patanjali was the founder and father of Yoga. He was considered to be a fully self-realized avatar, who had mastered the mind, the body, its senses, and even this physical world. He was also a profound knower of knowledge which made him an amazing philosopher and teacher of how to master your life.
Patanjali codified, or compiled in a systematic way, the art and science of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras succinctly outlines the art and science of Yoga for Self-Realization. Nothing new was created with the Yoga Sutras, but rather the ancient practices were summarized in an extremely organized and terse way. While the Yoga Sutra itself is ancient, archaeological evidence and other texts suggest that the methods described in the Yoga Sutras were being practiced as early as 3000 BCE. Oral tradition states that the date may be even earlier.
Yoga Sutras are the foundation and essential training manual for mastering the mind and achieving oneness with the universe. Incidentally, when one does master the mind is the acquisition of Siddhi powers from the awakening of one’s Kundalini. Patanjali warns us to be aware of this phenomenon, since the final aim and goal of one’s spiritual awakening is to liberate you from the cage of matter, while your mind is actually the highest form of matter.
- Compiled by Ayurved Sutra Team/ Post : Shruti P