Patanjali Yoga Sutra and Thirumoolar Thirumandiram a comparative study
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India is the symbol of spirituality. Yoga is the method of attaining spiritual awareness. Yoga is spreading all over the world in this twentieth century. The ‘Yoga Sutra’ divised by the sage Patanjali who is known as the father of yoga, is seen by most people as the source of the art of yoga. When comparing the Patanjali Yoga Sutra with the Thirumoolar Thirumandiram, both the texts explain Astanga Yoga, Astama Siddhis, Four Padas, Pranava Samadhi and Mukthi. The Yoga Sutra speaks of ten types of samadhi states. Thirumandiram elaborates on thirty types of states of consciousness. Apart from Astanga Yoga, special techniques like Pariyanga Yoga, Chandra Yoga and Kayasiddhi Upayam are also mentioned in the Thirumandiram. Yoga Sutra is a book of 196 songs. Thirumandiram is a very comprehensive book with 3000 songs.
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