Almost everything about Patanjali remains a mystery, who he was his place of birth and time of birth although some date it between 4th century BCE to 6th century, are all unknown. Almost all we do know is he was the author of the Yoga Sutras.

There are however many legends.

According to one legend he was descended from Brahma, the Creator and of Sati, the consort of Siva. Thus making him related to his sibling god of wisdom sacrifices.

In other legends he is also born from other ancient Hundu deities and gods.

Perhaps he was just a man who was a true yoga practitioner. Being tuned into the oneness of yoga , practicing regularly and with previous oral teachings he mapped out the yoga sutras in written text for future generations.

And so we have all grown to adore what we call "the seeds of yoga knowledge".

Divine blessing to you Patanjali whoever you were and wherever you where born means nothing to what your legend and teachings have become.

Samadhi pada
Sadhana pada
Vibhuti pada
Kaivalya pada

Written and chanted by Mark Giubarelli
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