Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The ancient yogis of yore already knew that humanity was lost in thinking. We are unable to differentiate between our thinking mind and who we really are in essence. Some even say that we are not fully developed yet as human beings. This is supported by the fact that we only use a small fraction of our brain.
In order to develop our full potential, we need to rise above thinking and get in touch with our true intelligence. To do this we have to gain full control of our mind. We have to become aware of what our mind truly is, namely a tool we use to analyze and store what our senses perceive. It is not creative. We are creative. We need to separate our being from thinking.
This requires immense power of concentration. The eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are a method to develop this kind of concentration, rise above the drama of our egoic thinking to become the human beings we were born to be.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali consist of 196 aphorism that guide us along the eight limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga. Originally written in Sanskrit, many translations and comments are available today. Yet the proper way to study the Sutras is to learn them by heart and chant them daily to slowly let their true meaning and purpose sink into our consciousness. The Yoga Sutras are the foundation of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. Without a foundation, practice will never be solid.