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The Pātañjalayogaśāstra (Patañjali’s Authoritative Exposition of Yoga) is the oldest preserved Sanskrit treatise coming from a Brahmanical milieu dealing with Yoga as a system of knowledge on spiritual liberation through meditation-derived proper knowledge (samyagjñāna). The work was probably partly composed and partly compiled by an author-redactor named Patañjali, about whom noth…

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Maas, Philipp A., “Pātañjalayogaśāstra”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2020

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