The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:

The Yoga Sutras are a collection of 196 verses written by Patanjali around 400 C.E. They are considered the authoritative text on yoga philosophy.

The Sutras offer guidance on how to live a spiritual and moral life and attain inner peace.

Hello, my name is Jas. (DevAnand) and as part of my journey I am studying, translating and writing a commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga sutras.

The words here are based on my personal reflections to go deeper. I hope this will help you along your journey of finding balance and Self-Realization. 

Samadhi Pada

is the first book/chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is considered as the starting point of the yogic philosophy and practice.

Chapter 1 is Samadhi Pada focuses on the concept of Samadhi, which is the state of meditation or absorption where the practitioner experiences oneness with the object of meditation.

It lays the foundation for understanding the various types of thought patterns and obstacles that can arise during the spiritual journey.

Yoga

The Sanskrit word for yoga is योग (pronounced yōga). Sanskrit is an ancient language known for its association with yoga and spirituality. Yoga, in Sanskrit, has multiple interpretations, but it generally refers to the union or connection between the mind, body, and spirit.

The word originates from the root word yuj, which means “to join” or “to unite.” This reflects the purpose of yoga, which is to harmonize and create balance within oneself. Practicing yoga can have numerous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, helping individuals cultivate clarity, mindfulness, strength, and inner peace.

Now begins the practice of Yoga

Now begins the practice of...

अथ योगानुशासनम्॥१॥ Atha yogānuśāsanam||1|| (atha) Now (yōga) Union (anushasanam) practice/explanation/awareness…
Going beyond movement of mind is Yoga

Going beyond movement of mind...

योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः॥२॥ Yogaścittavṛttinirodhaḥ||2|| (yōga) Union is (nirodhah) cessation of (vritti) movements of…
Sage Patanjali

Patanjali was a sage in India who is believed to have authored a number of Sanskrit works, the most prominent of which is the Yoga Sutras, a classical yoga text dating to 200 BCE – 200 CE. 

Patanjali is believed to have created the Yoga Sutras as a way of compiling already existing teachings into a format easier to follow and understand. 

Today Patanjali is considered the father of yoga and his Yoga Sutras are one of most common texts that are studied on subject of yoga.

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