Satguru’s Yoga Sutras

As many know, a book is being prepared for next year, being Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Today we share a canvas from Kerala, wherein Suresh Muttukulam depicts the siddhis, the powers that arise when yogas are mastered. The text speaks of some 25, but here we depict eight of them.

Here is Sutra 4.1:

anma-oadhi-mantra-tapa-samdhi-j siddhaya
The siddhis are the result of birth, herbs, mantras, austerity or samadhi.

Vyasa Comments:
Supernormal powers arising at the time of changing the bodily frame show themselves with birth. By herbs, as for example with chemicals in an Asura's (demon's) abode, medicinal powers are acquired. By Mantras or incantations, powers like flying or reducing one's size are attained. By practicing Tapas or austerities, power of fulfillment of wishes, e.g. going to any wished-for place etc., is acquired. The powers attainable through concentration have been explained before.

The yogi here has balanced Siva and Shanti, fire and air, Sun and Moon. Around him are arrayed the powers, explained more in the slideshow to follow.

5 Responses to “Satguru’s Yoga Sutras”

  1. Pethuraja says:


  2. Mangaleswary R Vimalanathan says:

    Beautiful Drawing with so much details. Looking forward to read the book. Aum Namashivaya.

  3. deva seyon says:

    Our monks have a long history of using the power of art to transport us to places words can’t take us. They do take us most of the way but not in color, not to the ‘magic land’ – of direct experience @ a glance. This long history of finding the right artist for the right project is in itself something remarkable. From our publications to the countless murals carved on the pillars of Iraivan these artistic expressions are a fully developed dimension in which we are very rich, very wealthy indeed. Of all the copies of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, I wonder if there is anything quite like the surprise that awaits us?

  4. Amma Anne Deer says:

    : )

  5. Panshula Ganeshan says:


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