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Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms).
The Yoga Sutras were compiled around 400 CE by Patanjali, taking
materials about yoga from older traditions. Together with his commentary
they form the Pātañjalayogaśāstra.
Sūtras of Patañjali was the most translated ancient Indian
text in the medieval era, having been translated into about forty Indian
languages and two non-Indian languages: Old Javanese and Arabic. The
text fell into obscurity for nearly 700 years from the 12th to 19th
century, and made a comeback in late 19th century due to the efforts of
Swami Vivekananda. It gained prominence again as a comeback classic in
the 20th century.
Before the 20th century, history indicates the
Indian yoga scene was dominated by the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasistha,
texts attributed to Yajnavalkya and Hiranyagarbha, as well as literature
on hatha yoga, tantric yoga and pashupata yoga rather than the Yoga
Sūtras of Patañjali. In the 20th century the corporate Yoga
subculture elevated the Yoga Sutras to a status it never knew