In ancient Hinduism, Father of Yoga is considered as the founder of Yoga and in keeping with the ancient teachings and the sacred scriptures, Lord Shiva is considered to be the Adiyogi (first yogi). It was penned about 1500 years ago that Shiva reached at the stage of complete knowledge to complete his task of spreading the message of yoga through all human beings. He had come to know about all the three divine paths namely; games (restraints), saliva (truthfulness) and niyama (observances). The sages named him as the Adiyogi after him.
The father of yoga has several writings known as the Patanjali-veda. It is considered as a milestone in spreading the world of yoga. The Patanjali-veda consists of different yoga sutras that are written by the gurus. It mainly discusses the three aspects of yoga which includes; pranayama (breath control), data (concentration) and asana (physical exercises). Other yoga sutras are also included which are written by the shastra fathers.
The father of yoga is considered to be the first yogi who founded the discipline. It is believed that he founded it so as to create awareness among the people about their relation to the lord. People were unaware about their relationship with the lord and this created lot of troubles in their lives. He wrote different scriptures to spread awareness among the people and bring about a greater understanding between them and the lord. The purpose of these scriptures was to create an inner balance between the people and the lord.
The father of yoga is considered to be the founder of Hatha yoga because the word Hatha means “the science of becoming”. Hatha yoga originated from Hatha Yoga or the science of mastering the physical body. Many of the yoga sutras were later adapted and applied in other parts of Asia such as India. India is the home of yoga and hence the father of yoga had a profound effect on its development. The modern practice of yoga in India came about when the great guru in India wrote various books on yoga.
The father of yoga, Patanjali, is believed to have left his student Shrila after he was struck by a pot of medicine and died. After he died, Shrila traveled across India in search for solitude. While travelling, he met the sage Vasishta and learned yoga from him. Later, he wrote a book entitled Patanjali’s Ramayana. This book explains about the process of enlightenment.
Later, Patanjali wrote his book, commentary on the Bhagvatam, which became the foundation of the six volumes known as the Patanjali Sutras. In the Bhagvatam, Patanjali explained the yoga philosophy and yoga methods for attaining perfect knowledge. He explained the methods for achieving enlightenment and finally explained that to achieve this state of enlightenment, one must become a shaiva (lord). Vaishya was another name given to Shura by the father of yoga. It can be said that Shura is the father of yoga and he achieved enlightenment in order to protect his offspring by performing the ritual of Shura.
The term “Shura” actually means “the sha”, and “father of yoga” is often referred to as “Rishi”. Shura is considered to be the protector and the shaiva is believed to be the son. Most people believe that the father of yoga is the god or the godlike power. The role of Shura in yoga is to protect the student from the lower desires and worldly influences. He helps the student by offering ethical standards and ethical advice. Some of the best examples of Shura-worship are the sutras where the sage advises and protects the student, usually with a ceremony, which ends with him giving his daughter in marriage.
The father of yoga is also considered to be the founder of a particular community or sect of yoga. It is often referred to as the tantric cult because of the fact that the father of yoga established the cult, which is still practiced in some parts of India. However, it should be noted that this particular title is rarely used today and most people simply refer to the father of yoga as “The Great Guru”. There have been attempts to change this view and to make it more respectable but these efforts have failed mostly because of the power of the word “father”.