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Yoga Shastra: Sutras of Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita

Both the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are authoritative texts on yoga (Yoga Shastra)

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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali / Bhagavad Gita

Both Yoga Teachers and Asana (“Physical Yoga”) practitioners, especially in the West, know, in greater or lesser depth, the Yoga Sutras as an authoritative text on Shastra (Yoga Shastra) in the form of Aphorisms (Sutras), that is, concise statements of scientists principles about yoga, codified by Patanjali.

It is usually common to refer to the Yoga Sutras when talking about Yoga Philosophy. We must not forget that it was Swami Vivekananda who rescued them from history in the 19th century, through his essays on Raja Yoga and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Yoga Shastra: Sutras of Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita

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However, few know that there is another Yoga Shastra, that is, an authoritative scripture on yoga (Spiritual), and that many Swamis and experts consider the most sacred of the sacred Hindu scriptures. And this Yoga Shastra is the Bhagavad Gita, which also contains the essence of the Upanishads and Brahma Vidya (knowledge of Brahman, the supreme entity that pervades everything). In fact, all the chapters of the Bhagavad Gita end like this:

“Thus ends the third chapter, entitled Karma Yoga in the dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, on the Science of Yoga as part of the knowledge of Brahman in the Upanishad called Bhagavad Gita.”

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The term Shastra appears in several verses of the Bhagavad Gita, but perhaps the most significant is the following:

«Therefore let Shastra be your authority to determine what should and should not be done…» Bhagavad Gita XVI-24

The Yoga Sutras covers one part of yoga philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita covers another part. Both complement each other, and are not exclusive.

But the Bhagavad Gita is considered in addition to a philosophy of Yoga as a Para-Vidya science or science of the soul and also as a Moksha Shastra (liberation and self-knowledge)

Did you know that both the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are authoritative texts on yoga (Yoga Shastra)?

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