Many yoga college students look to Patanjali as the daddy of yoga – nevertheless Patanjali was a sage who compiled the Yoga Sutras and took from varied concepts on Yoga that had existed earlier than such because the Ashtanga or eight limbed path. It’s extra helpful to look on Patanjali and his teachings as a gateway to older, extra historic teachings.
The traditional texts inform us that the unique founding father of Yoga Dharshana (yoga imaginative and prescient or philosophy) was Hiranyagarbha which means the gold embryo in Sanskrit. That is said most significantly within the Bhagavad Geeta which is a very powerful textual content of the Mahabharata.
In keeping with sure lineages, the precept disciple of Hiranyagarbha is the sage Vasishta who’s answerable for the Yoga Vasishta, stated to be one of many biggest scriptures written on yoga philosophy.
The Yoga Vasishta takes concepts from Yoga philosophy, Samkhya philosophy, Jain Philosophy, Buddhism and Vedanta. The textual content is a discourse between Vasishta and Rama and is claimed to have been written earlier than the Ramayana. It is usually stated to be probably the most vital scriptures referring to Yoga.
There’s a particular perception that by merely reciting the verses of the Yoga Vasishta one can obtain religious enlightenment.
The dialogue of the…e book is Rama as a religious seeker on his strategy to attaining enlightenment chatting with the good enlightened sage Vasishta. By studying the dialog one can also be studying the direct path to reality.
An important idea – Vairagya in Sanskrit – or detachment is used as the place to begin for the reason of the philosophy.
The Yoga Vasishta describes seven levels to enlightenment. The primary is Subheccha or craving for the reality. The second is Vicarana or proper enquiry. The third is Tanumanasa or slowing down of psychological actions. The fourth is Sattvapatti or the attainment of reality. The fifth is Asamsakti the place the yogi performs his duties or dharmas with none sense of attachment to them or expectation from them. The sixth is Padartha Abhavana the place the yogi sees Brahman and unity in all places. Lastly the yogi reaches 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 there’s none settle for him. Historical scriptures additionally title him as Brahman or the soul of the universe.