“tada drshtuh swarupe awasthanam” – Then the seer is established in his original form
Patanjali was a rare alchemy in the world of spirituality. We have had wise men and people with experiences.We have had poets. But their experiences did not come together as did those of Patanjali.
Patanjali’s approach in the Yog Sutras, which is a compilation of the revelations that must have come to him, was very critical. He was compressing a vast, million year old science into a few lines and a few hints. Before him we had Siva Samhita , Vashist Samhita, Gherand Samhita, Yoga Puran and the Bhagawad Gita. To summarise all of this within 200 lines of poetry was a difficult task. Composing each line must have been like Mohammed speaking the entire Koran. I think he must have heard the sutras in meditation and noted it down. Otherwise it is humanly impossible to create a scripture like the Yoga Sutra.
Patanjali was a pragmatic person at heart who hated illusions and impractical methods. He had experienced the entire physical or Hath Yog from scratch to its peak. In the Sutras given by him, he managed to get rid of the physical aspect of Yoga in just a few verses.
His contribution was more towards the understanding of meditation and Samadhi. In today’s world the so called yogis will not be able to present such a simple understanding of the path of yoga. For me, Patanjali was a scientific saint whose approach was to make sure that yoga did not become another religion. He kept yoga as a science, a technology, a method and a process. When he wrote about the laws a yogi should follow, he made sure that no one got scared with those laws. Hence he never mentioned hell or heaven. If you have a stomach ache and take medication, you will get well, but even if you do not, you will still get well. There is a natural mechanism in the body to take care of the illness. The medicine just suppresses the pain. He spoke similarly about mental illness, laziness and greed, which he called Vyadhi. He tried to understand the search of the man, not just from the external being, but from the deepest core. And so he came up with Yam, Niyam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahaar, Dharana, Dhyaan and Samadhi – the Ashtaang or eight limbs of Yog.
In this sutra, he talks about the seer now going, to his original state. This simply means that the process of stopping the modifications of the mind (right knowledge, wrong knowledge, imagination, sleep and memory) has concluded and the seer starts establishing himself into a new home. The seer starts recalling a better being within. The seer starts. There are many schools of Yoga which say Yoga means Yuj (yoga is union). Very few philosophers have been able to relook at yoga as Viyogena yoga (Yoga is also separation). You will only accept the true sense of being within you, when you have separated.
This is what Patanjali means when he says the Seer gets established in his true self.witnessing a new joy. Positivity has entered now. The journey ahead is just a few miles away. The science has convinced this man now to start walking. It’s like walking on a beach and allowing the feet to get wet. It’s about an object floating in water and still being dry – something like a plastic object in water which is wet. The seer is a human being here who has capacity to touch and experience, feel and cry, look and laugh, sing and dance. The seer just keeps moving, because the witness has started growing in him. He starts experiencing two creatures – the doer and observer (dhyata and dhey).
We will see a different world… It’s all about going inwards and seeing what is there inside of us. There might be pain, frustration, lights, sounds, silence, anger or even the whole universe, when we journey within, the sights are many. The discoveries are many. The MerKaBa is just a gateway, the teacher a bridge, who has travelled, and so can be a good guide.
He was a scientist and a master of the highest order. He was the first to understand the human mind in a way that no one has still understood.
Four things in life are very important that from time to time are called Parmarth Chatushtak or four pillars and in today’s modern scientific world are called by the names of Bhasha (language), Kamasutra, Ayurved (knowledge of vital force) and Yoga (Union).
For communication, explanation and understanding language is essentially necessary as also to understand the science, expression, thought, incident, or the universe and its function.
I, universe and the creator became the mode of expression and this expression is impossible without language. The place where a discovery or findings took place it had its own language. That which you wish to know or learn is that which I wish to speak and express and that is bliss. The Infinites is bliss. There is no bliss in anything finite. Once you know the nature of your being as total bliss, total pleasure, fear of the world and senses vanish. To attain this bliss, to enjoy this bliss one desires passion and pleasure which is learnt from Kama sutras and to avail this pleasure and bliss for a long time, a long life is required and for that a healthy body and this is attained by practicing Ayurved. Scriptures and life giving books mention that there is life which follows death and to keep control on the cycle of life and death Yoga is the way.
In this manner the four pillars of life are explained by Acharya Patanjali who was born 250 BC, 8 kilometers from Bhopal (M.P) in a small hamlet called Gondarmau. The modern world now worships the father of yoga and wishes to walk the path he showed. Patanjali wrote treatises on grammar, kamasutra, medicine and yoga in the Yogasutras.
The first tradition is the grammatical or bhasha tradition, Patanjali lectured on the Ashtadhay of Paninian grammar where he raises the issue of whether meaning ascribes to a specific instance or to a category, how words and meanings are associated, that the evidentiary value of words is inherent in them, and not derived externally, the word-meaning association is natural.
The second tradition is his ashtadhyayi kamasutra wherein he explains the eightfold path to attain bliss or anand.
The third tradition is his ashtadhyayi ayurved wherein he explains the eightfold treatment approach for a healthy body.
And the last and fourth tradition the ashtang Yog darshan, the eightfold path to be free from the cycle of life and death.
Consider why not establish a research institution in the birthplace of such a great sage on all the four pillars of his teachings. Integrate and collaborate with scholars world over and work towards the welfare of humanity and world peace. My desire and endeavor is only to bring forth to the world the scientific knowledge from India with your patronage and cooperation so as to establish these four pillars of wisdom in the education system for evolvement of all humanity.