Friday, December 16, 2016

Patanjali


In terms of imprints in my system, Patanjali is among the strongest.




I do not remember when and how He got so firmly anchored within. It is certainly before Isha. And almost certainly Osho would be the culprit. Like Krishna or Buddha, it should be obvious I don’t have a direct experience of Him. This debilitating impact on me is due to what is pieced together of what exists of Him and His work.

Another interesting perspective: One question that was asked of Osho regarding Krisha: How do we know Krishna is not a figment of imagination of this culture? How do we know that the man actually existed and is not made up? (Question comes because someone like Him is too magnificent and too surreal to be true). Osho said (paraphrased) - “I don’t have to go digging for historical artifacts. I know there exists the Bhagvad Gita. Looking at it, I know the consciousness from which the words have come out. The fact that the book exists is proof that there was a person of that caliber in the past”. Batman is fiction. The Blue Man is not.

The same observation can be made of Patanjali. The fact the Yoga Sutras exist are proof that the person existed. I also have verbal confirmation from the greatest beings I have experienced. I am not submitting a thesis or anecdotal proof for the Nobel Prize. My concern is my growth. Some very unbelievable observations about Patanjali. (all paraphrased - I am not attributing sources)

Looking at the body of work - its depth and diversity, “scholars” concluded that it could not have been the work of one man. It is humanly impossible. But I am telling you, it was the work of one man. That was how He lived.

His brain must have been the size of this planet. No single person could have such mastery over so many different areas.

Patanjali is an unbelievable combination. He is a mystic, a scientist and a poet all rolled into one. Never before has it happened and never again will it happen.

You look at the greatest scriptures of the planet, take out their most intricate parts and look back, Patanjali has already said it. You think up something absolutely brilliant and look back. Patanjali has already said it. Patanajali did not leave anything for anyone to say about life. He just said it. It’s not fair really.

In the world of Buddhas, Patanjali was Einstein.

He is nothing less than Shiva Himself. It is just that he came later.


Okay, this last one was said by Sadhguru. I read the Tamil translation in Isha Kattuppoo. Given my already existing awe for Patanjali, the words had an explosive effect. I later had an opportunity to ask Sadhguru about this. He denied having said it and said it could be an error in translation. (I believe it. As much reverence as Sadhguru has for Patanjali, he probably would not compare two beings like this. And definitely not with AdiYogi) And as these people go, He realized I was too eager to hear Him shower accolades on Patanjali and made sure he never did that.

Ok, the man existed and he really was as great as people make him out to be. So what? For me, it is untold reverence and inspiration. It is just that, if you imagine all the great things you could do in your life and scale a thousand peaks, you will still be looking up at Patanjali and He will be a small speck a million miles away. Reaching His heights is impossible. But just the thought of the Man revs up the intensity within so much. Yoga is to kick the but. And this is such a kick for the but and the butt.

Since “…And now Yoga!” from Patanjali is beaten to death, how about these:

“WHEN YOU ARE STEADFAST IN YOUR ABSTENTION OF THOUGHTS OF HARM DIRECTED TOWARD YOURSELF AND OTHERS, ALL LIVING CREATURES WILL CEASE TO FEEL FEAR IN YOUR PRESENCE.”


Remember, when Patanjali says something, he is not inspiring you. He is stating facts based on how the human system works. The inspiration comes from the depth of observation and the fact that you can implement what he says as a working process.

Above all, my greatest blessing is that I get to look at Him everyday and have a reminder of what it means to live like a waterfall of Grace and Intelligence.

Final note: If you wish to read a proper interpretation of His Yoga Sutras, you can start with Osho: “Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega”. Spans multiple volumes. If you want to read a similar interpretation of Bhagvad Gita, head to Paramahansa Yogananda’s “God Talks with Arjuna”. Again spans multiple volumes.

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