The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
About The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga is a collection of spiritual, mental, and physical exercises that originated in ancient India. Sometime prior to the Fifth Century BCE, a sage by the name of Patanjali composed a collection of 196 sutras – the culmination of his study of various yoga traditions. This collection of sutras – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – is considered by orthodox Hindus as one of the foundational texts of Yoga Philosophy (one of the six major orthodox schools of Hiduism).
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali was brought into the Western esoteric tradition mainly by activities of The Theosophical Society.
Patanjali (पतञ्जलि) was a scholar of the Samkhya School of Hindu philosophy who lived sometime between the Second and Fourth Centuries BCE. Little else is known of him.
About Charles Johnston
Charles Johnston (1867 – 1931) was an Irish writer, Sanskrit scholar, and theosophist. He studied Oriental Studies at University and learned Russian, German, and Sanskrit. In 1888 he entered the Indian Civil Service and married Vera Vladimirovna de Zhelihovsky (1864 – 1923), the niece of the founder of Theosophy, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891). Johnston would later work in the British Bengal Service and would translate philosophical and theosophical texts from Sanskrit and Russian into English.