Maharishi Patanjali is a sage believed to have lived around 2nd century BCE. Known for his treatise on Yoga, entitled “Patanjali Yoga Sutra”, he was not only an authority on the Science of Yoga, but also a researcher and a specialist with astounding prowess.
His life remains a puzzle for modern day historians, but from whatever little is known about him, here is a list of the most interesting facts:
It is believed that he fell (pata) into the hands (Anjali) of a lady, thereby earning the name, Patanjali.
It is believed that once, while watching Lord Shiva dance, Adi Shesha found it unbearable to support the heaviness of Master Vishnu. He asked Lord Vishnu, why this was so.
Lord Vishnu then explained to him that this was due to Lord Shiva’s energy, which he derived from yoga.
That is when Adi Shesha decided to take birth as human form ‘Patanjali,’ to show people the power of yoga.
The Sutras laid out a method of practice by which one can achieve immaculate state free of illusion.
The purpose was to only interest people of certain awareness and experience to explore the book, ruling out the rest.
The center of Patanjali’s teachings lies in the eight fold way of yoga. The path demonstrates the best approach to carry on with a superior life through yoga.
He didn’t leave anything for anybody to say about life.
Right up ’til the present time dancers in India working in the classical traditions summon him and pay him their regards.
Half of his body has been typically made into snake, since he is not seen as a man any longer. He is seen as the very premise of the yogic framework.