Poses of yoga on Tdrthankaras are free from involvement with the world and merely serve as examples for those who are on the path to release. Patanjali s intention seems to have been to encourage the yogin to contemplate on Isvara so that he will gradually realize that his own nature is just like that of lsvara. In other words, because lsvara is and always was liberated he provides the ideal focus for the attention of yogins, hence he helps by his presence and example and not by interfering with their lives. It seems, then, that the notion of an active lord probably does not belong to Patanjali s yoga but was introduced by later commentators such as Vyasa and Vacaspatimisra. Both these writers were composing their works when devotional religion was on the upsurge in India and it is not unreasonable to assume that they modified the teachings of their own tradition to keep pace with the times. Thus, the similarity between the teaching of the Yoga Sutras and that of the Samkhya system seems to be a strong one, even on the issue of theism. In fact, even though Krsna may be referring to different systems when he speaks of Samkhya and Yoga in the Gita, the same relation would seem to hold between both classical and Gita forms of these systems, namely one of similarity bordering on identity, as Krsna says in 5. Poses of yoga 2016.
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