Sitting on the sublime summits of meditational relegation, Patanjali, the supreme master and authority in yoga, enunciates in terse aphorisms what is to be learnt and practiced by those aspiring after higher life of the spirit, and attain absolute purity which in god of his total 195 aphorisms the first 51 aphorisms deal with sadhana or spiritual discipline and 55 deal with Samadhi or ecstatic union with god and the rest 56 deal with spiritual power’s of yoga. The purpose of yogie, activity is for attenuating the pain-bearing obstruction and for reaching ecstatic union with self. We intend to concentrate on yoga as a mystical experience. But before doing so some general notions on yoga may be helpful.
Meaning of the word Yoga
The term yoga is derived from the sanskrit root, Yug-yog. It means to yoke, to unite and to link up. It has also correspondence with the latin root jungo-junxi which in a modified form has changed into the Anglo-saxon word yoke as in yoking of oxen to the plough. In the same manner, through a process of spiritual discipline of mind, heart, body and various faculties and powers of man, he is enabled to get reunited with god, the supreme.