Many yoga college students take into account Patanjali to be the daddy of yoga – nonetheless Patanjali was a sage who compiled the Yoga Sutras and took numerous concepts about yoga that existed earlier than, comparable to Ashtanga or the eight limb path. It’s extra useful to view Patanjali and his teachings as a gateway to older and older teachings.
Historic texts inform us that the unique founding father of Yoga Dharshana (imaginative and prescient or philosophy of yoga) was Hiranyagarbha that means the golden embryo in Sanskrit. That is an important assertion within the Bhagavad Geeta which is an important textual content of the Mahabharata.
In keeping with some lineages, the principle disciple of Hiranyagarbha is sage Vasishta who’s accountable for Yoga Vasishta, thought-about to be one of many biggest written scriptures on the philosophy of yoga.
Yoga Vasishta is impressed by the philosophy of yoga, Samkhya philosophy, Jain philosophy, Buddhism and Vedanta. The textual content is a speech between Vasishta and Rama and is claimed to have been written earlier than the Ramayana. It is usually mentioned to be probably the most vital scriptures regarding yoga.
There’s a particular perception that by merely reciting the verses of Yoga Vasishta one can attain non secular enlightenment.
The dialogue of the e-book is Rama as a non secular seeker on his path to enlightenment by chatting with the good enlightened sage Vasishta. Studying the dialog additionally reads the direct path to the reality.
A vital idea – Vairagya in Sanskrit – or detachment is used as a place to begin for the reason of philosophy.
Yoga Vasishta describes seven steps in the direction of enlightenment. The primary is Subheccha or eager for fact. The second is Vicarana or simply inquiry. The third is Tanumanasa or slowing down of psychological actions. The fourth is Sattvapatti or the belief of fact. The fifth is Asamsakti the place the yogi performs his duties or dharmas with none feeling of attachment to them or of expectations on their half. The sixth is Padartha Abhavana the place the yogi sees Brahman and oneness in every single place. Lastly the yogi attains Turiya or everlasting Samadhi or enlightenment
Coming again to the founding father of yoga now, some say that the traditional texts – the Vedas, the Upanishads and so forth discuss with Hiranyagarbha as God himself.
Within the Rigveda, Hiranyagarbha is described because the God of gods and mentions that nobody accepts him. The traditional scriptures additionally name it Brahman or the soul of the universe.