Patanjali compiled the Yoga Sutras, a work which contains aphorisms regarding the practical methods-technicks and the philosophical wisdom on the practice of Raga Yoga.
It is said to have lived between 200BC and 400AD. There is not enough information about Patanjali and some believe that he is a fictional character.
However the book is beautiful and sharp and i find that the understanding of it goes hand by hand with the practice of yoga and the state of the personal development. It consists of 4 chapters (pada) and of 196 aphorisms .
- Samadhi Pada on being absorbed in spirit
- Sadhana Pada on being one with the spirit
- Vibhuti Pada on higher abilities
- Kaivalya Pada on absolute freedom
A direct translation of Sutra = Thread, string
and i find it to be a very poetic and sharp visualization of how the book is composed and of what it conveys.