Yogsutras of Patanjali were documented 5000 years back. When, according to modern historians, the world was living in caves and jungles, at that time the highly developed people of Bharat gave us the secrets of creation…scientifically, so scientifically that many of those concepts are unparalleled and undeciphered even till date.
Patanjali Yogsutras are an encyclopaedia on human behaviour and psychology. There is no aspect of a human being, which is not touched or explained and evaluated. They give not just explanations but also solutions to all human maladies and fears…just that we should have a developed mind to understand them and not interpret them as a physical exercise.
In order to follow them, one has to do away with ego and a false superiority complex. They explain God and sources of human maladies and how to reach Him and do away with them. A very practical knowledge and gyan…ideal for the human of today…But of course, ego has to be forgotten when practicing them…only through a Guru.
Atha Yog Anushasanam – Translation: now (begins) the discipline of yog
‘Atha’ indicates that before this something else was there, which obviously would be a treatise on life in general, as only when you have led life in general would you now want to go beyond it. So a lack of knowledge on life as it should be led, of which the four ashrams are an important part, would prevent one from entering the yog ashram. So now that you have led your life, so here I begin the discipline of yog, without which you are doomed to be stuck in the cycle of birth and death.
Discipline would mean a strict way of life, the sutras indicate the shastra to be a way of life. So a discipline seems important for achieving the final frontier…that is after the stages of life are crossed, which further could be in any life time…even this. Age of the physical body is not important here, it could be 8 or 80…it is just that are you ready?