Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras

In ancient Greece, Euclid was the one who compiled and aggregated the greatest of teachings about Geometry. So, through this effort, he is known as the great-grandfather of Geometry. Similarly, in ancient India, the well-known sage Patanjali compiled and aggregated the greatest of teachings about Yoga. So, today, in India, he is called the great-grandfather of Yoga. His greatest work in this area is called the “Yoga Sutras” (Sayings/Teachings about Yoga). In Chapter 1, Verse 27, Patanjali writes in Sanskrit “Tasya Vachakah Pranavah” which translates to “God is Om”. OM (verbally pronounced A-U-M) contains three sound-parts: the “AH” sound, meaning creation, the “UU” sound, meaning manifestation and maintenance of form, and the “MM” sound, meaning final dissolution of form. This is the nature of God: creation, maintenance, and dissolution. All manifested things (people, beings, and things) that take form come into existence, endure a while, and then dissolve back to their source, Divine Spirit.

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