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PATANJALI YOGA SHASTRA AND ITS RELEVANCE TODAY



  Jun 27, 2024

PATANJALI YOGA SHASTRA AND ITS RELEVANCE TODAY



Q: What is the Patanjali Yoga Shastra, and why is it still relevant today?

The Patanjali Yoga Shastra, commonly known as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, is a seminal text on yoga philosophy and practice, compiled by the sage Patanjali around 400 CE. It comprises 196 aphorisms (sutras) divided into four chapters: Samadhi Pada (concentration), Sadhana Pada (practice), Vibhuti Pada (accomplishments), and Kaivalya Pada (liberation).

The Yoga Sutras outline the Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Limbs of Yoga), which include:

1. Yama: Ethical disciplines (non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-possessiveness).
2. Niyama: Personal observances (purity, contentment, austerity, self-study, and surrender to a higher power).
3. Asana: Physical postures for health and meditation.
4. Pranayama: Breath control.
5. Pratyahara: Withdrawal of the senses.
6. Dharana: Concentration.
7. Dhyana: Meditation.
8. Samadhi: Absorption or enlightenment.

The text emphasizes achieving mental clarity, self-discipline, and spiritual insight, ultimately leading to self-realization and liberation (Kaivalya).

Today, Patanjali Yoga Shastra is highly relevant for addressing modern challenges such as stress, anxiety, and lifestyle-related health issues. Its holistic approach to mental and physical well-being resonates with contemporary needs for balance and mindfulness. The principles of ethical living, self-discipline, and meditation are widely adopted in various forms of yoga practices globally, making Patanjali’s teachings a cornerstone of both traditional and modern yoga philosophies.


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