The Yoga-Sutras was revealed by Maharsi Patanjali from the fertile soil of ancient India. His Yoga-Sutras is the most translated Vedic Indian text. It has been translated into forty Indian languages and two non-Indian languages.
Some other erudite works are attributed to Patanjali. This includes Mahābhāṣya, the Great Commentary on Pāṇini’s 3959 rules of Sanskrit grammar. Maharṣi Patañjali is also considered to have been a master of Āyurveda medicine and accordingly is referred to in works such as the Cakradatta-Bhāṣya. A commentary on the Caraka-Saṁhitā known as the Caraka-Vārttika is also attributed to an author by the name of Patañjali.
Since scholars and academicians share multiple interpretations about his time and origin, there's little known about this great sage. According to the Tamil Siddha tradition, Patañjali was one of the 18 Siddhars. We can identify him as a great master and preceptor of the Samkya tradition, founded by great sage Kapila. In Sāṁkhya, the means to attain the goal is known as Yoga.
Patanjali in his Yoga-Sutras revealed the theory and practice of yoga. He classified the Yoga-Sutras into four padas.
1) Samadhi Pada - Operations of mind and its necessity to halt to achieve the state of perfect composure
2) Sadhana Pada - Introduces the Astanga Yoga (eight limbs of Yoga) and their benefits
3) Vibhuti Pada - Defines a unique yogic method, Samyama
4) Kaivalya Pada - Describes the steps to attain spiritual enlightenment
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