My Prayers to Patanjali, hailing from a family of sages, who by his work on yoga, grammar and therapy, helped mankind eradicate defilements of mind language and body.
–Traditional Sanskrit prayer
In an ancient civilisation people were suffering from pains due to defilements of body, speech and mind so they prayed to the Lord for help. The Lord instructed Adisesa to take human form in answer to their plea for help. He was born to Gonika, the pure hearted daughter of a sage, and named Patanjali ‘one who falls to prayers’.
It is said that Patanjali wrote three treatises in order to provide the knowledge for people to develop good health, accurate and wholesome expression and clarity of mind.
· One on Ayurvedic Medicine (cikitsa)
· One on grammar (pada)
· One on Yoga (mental health) – Yoga Sutras
In the Yoga sutra there are two things that Patanjali says we can do with life;
· Bhoga – pursue worldy pleasures
· Yoga – seek spiritual knowledge
In order to pursue either of these goals, a healthy mind, speech and body are essential. We think, speak and act. These three are called karana, the three human activities and their refinement and perfection leads to the highest human happiness and the potential for the fulfilling achievement of spiritual freedom.
Ayurveda teaches us how to nourish and nurture ourselves, and how to live in harmony with nature.
Yoga teaches us how to attain optimum health, mental peace and spiritual freedom.
So Harmony Yoga, inspired by the sage Patanjali, would like to share with you the knowledge by which you may achieve optimum health, peace and happiness, and spiritual freedom.
Note: For a more detailed story of the life of Patanjali see the book;
Yoga for the Three Stages of Life by Srivatsa Ramaswami p.21-29
Wishing you health, peace and freedom.