Patanjali is known as the father of modern yoga and the author of the celebrated Yoga Sutras.

The Yoga Sutras are a brilliant exposition of life that is neither decipherable by the intellectual, nor open to interpretation by the poet. Sadhguru has said that it is like a string of formulae that explains life in its very depth, but it can only be understood by one who is in a certain state of experience.

The very way Patanjali put it together, he ensured that there would be no versions of it, and it would thereby be preserved in all its resplendent entirety and originality.

Sadhguru has said that the sutras hold such power within them, that if a person in a certain state of experience reads even one sutra, it will be explosive.

Lyrics and Meaning:

Yoga is to still the patterning of consciousness

तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम्
tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe-'vasthānam
Then, pure awareness can abide in its very nature


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वृत्ति सारूप्यमितरत्र
vṛtti sārūpyam-itaratra
Otherwise, awareness takes itself to be the patterns of consciousness

वृत्तयः पञ्चतय्यः क्लिष्टाक्लिष्टाः
vṛttayaḥ pañcatayyaḥ kliṣṭākliṣṭāḥ
There are five types of patterns, including both hurtful and benign

प्रमाण विपर्यय विकल्प निद्रा स्मृतयः
pramāṇa viparyaya vikalpa nidrā smṛtayaḥ
They are right perception, misperception, conceptualization, deep sleep, and remembering

प्रत्यक्षानुमानागमाः प्रमाणानि
pratyakṣa-anumāna-āgamāḥ pramāṇāni
Right perception arises from direct observation, inference, or the words of others

विपर्ययो मिथ्याज्ञानमतद्रूप प्रतिष्ठम्
viparyayo mithyā-jñānam-atadrūpa pratiṣṭham
Misperception is false knowledge, not based on what actually is

शब्दज्ञानानुपाती वस्तुशून्यो विकल्पः
śabda-jñāna-anupātī vastu-śūnyo vikalpaḥ
Conceptualization derives from linguistic knowledge, not contact with real things

अभावप्रत्ययालम्बना तमोवृत्तिर्निद्र
abhāva-pratyaya-ālambanā tamo-vṛttir-nidra
Deep sleep is a pattern grounded in the perception that nothing exists

अनुभूतविषयासंप्रमोषः स्मृतिः
anu-bhūta-viṣaya-asaṁpramoṣaḥ smṛtiḥ
Remembering is the retention of experiences

अभ्यासवैराग्याभ्यां तन्निरोधः
abhyāsa-vairāgya-ābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ
Both practice and non-reaction are required to still the patterning of consciousness

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