yoga sutras – introduction

This ongoing path from here to Here has centered around my first formal introduction to an investigation of consciousness: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I began yoga in 1978 for physical fitness but soon discovered that it was more deeply about consciousness. Sri Rajagopalan, my teacher, was a man from Madras (now Chennai) who started each yoga session with some reflections on how our consciousness affects our lives, and often he would base these reflections on one of the Yoga Sutras. These reflections began to change the way I viewed the world and my own life: I began to sense how essentially I was responsible for my every experience. From then on over the years I delved more and more deeply into this study with the Yoga Sutras as my guide.

This is a short introduction to tell you a bit about the Yoga Sutras and Patanjali.

“In (the) basic literature of Yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali stand out as the most authoritative and useful book. In its 196 Sutras the author has condensed the essential philosophy and technique of Yoga in a manner which is a marvel of condensed and systematic exposition.” I.K. Taimni, The Science of Yoga viii Continue reading