Maharishi Patanjali


Hindi Text

It is believed that 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, along with being the author of a commentary on Panini's Ashtadhyayi, known as Mahabhasya. He is also supposed to be the writer of a work on the ancient Indian medicine system, Ayurveda. Maharshi Patanjali is known as the Father of Yoga. He is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga and compiled the Yoga Sutras around 3rd or 4th century BC. Maharshi Patanjali is believed that Patanjali was an incarnation of Adishesha, a mythological God. Pata means 'fallen' and Anjali means 'hands folded in prayer'. Maharshi Patanjali has written treatises on Ayurveda and grammar. He was a follower of the Sankhya philosophy.


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WORK DONE : It is said that once, while watching a dance by Lord Shiva, Adi Shesha found it unbearable to support the weight of Lord Vishnu. Amazed at this, he asked Lord Vishnu the reason for the same. Lord Vishnu said that this was because of his harmony with Lord Shiva's energy state, owing to the practice of Yoga. Realizing the value and benefits of Yoga, Adi Shesha decided to be born amongst humans as 'Patanjali', to teach them the great art. Yoga Sutras are considered to serve as the basis of the yogic techniques. Maharishi Patanjali, "The Father of Yoga", compiled 195 sutras, which serve as a framework for integrating Yoga into the daily routine and leading an ethical life. The exact date of the compilation of the Yoga Sutras is not known. However, it is believed that they were written somewhere around 200 BC. The core of Patanjali's teachings lies in the eightfold path of yoga. The path shows the way to live a better life through yoga.


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Posted By : Vinod Jindal on Dec 16, 2010


 
 

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