Maharishi Pata\u00f1jali is believed to be an incarnation of Ananta or \u0100di\u015be\u1e63a, the divine serpent upon whom Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u reclines. Accordingly, he is depicted in a half-serpent and half-human form. His mother is believed to have been a great Yogin\u012b named Go\u1e47ik\u0101. It is believed she once prayed to S\u016brya (Sun God) to bestow upon her a son and a disciple. It is believed that Pata\u00f1jali fell (\u092a\u0924\u094d) right into her cupped palms (\u0905\u091e\u094d\u091c\u0932\u093f\u0903) and therefore came to be known as Pata\u00f1jali. According to the Tamil Siddha tradition, Pata\u00f1jali is one of the 18 Siddhars, and according to Tirum\u016blar\u2019s Tirumandiram, Pata\u00f1jali is one of the eight disciples to have studied Yogam directly from Nandi-deva. Although the traditional narratives vary with regards to the Mahar\u1e63i\u2019s origin and life, there is little dispute regarding His stupendous accomplishments as a Yog\u012b. Traditionally, three works are attributed to the genius of Pata\u00f1jali \u2013 Yoga-s\u016btra, Mah\u0101bh\u0101\u1e63ya and Caraka-pratisa\u1e43sk\u1e5bta. Yoga-s\u016btra, Pata\u00f1jali\u2019s most renowned work, is a compendium of aphorisms regarding Yoga-\u015b\u0101stra. Mahabh\u0101\u1e63ya is the celebrated commentary to the A\u1e63\u1e6d\u0101dhy\u0101y\u012b of Pa\u1e47ini, a extensive grammatical work, and the Caraka-pratisa\u1e43sk\u1e5bta is an extinct treatise on \u0100yurveda. This three-pronged contribution of Pata\u00f1jali is the basis for the following popular \u015aloka of \u015aivar\u0101ma in his commentary to the V\u0101savadatt\u0101, a classical work \u2013 \u092f\u094b\u0917\u0947\u0928 \u091a\u093f\u0924\u094d\u0924\u0938\u094d\u092f \u092a\u0926\u0947\u0928 \u0935\u093e\u091a\u093e\u0902 \u092e\u0932\u0902 \u0936\u0930\u0940\u0930\u0938\u094d\u092f \u091a \u0935\u0948\u0926\u094d\u092f\u0915\u0947\u0928\u0964 \u092f\u094b\u093d\u092a\u093e\u0915\u0930\u094b\u0924\u094d\u0924\u0902 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u0935\u0930\u0902 \u092e\u0941\u0928\u0940\u0928\u093e\u0902 \u092a\u0924\u091e\u094d\u091c\u0932\u093f\u0902 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u093e\u091e\u094d\u091c\u0932\u093f\u0930\u093e\u0928\u0924\u094b\u093d\u0938\u094d\u092e\u093f\u0965 yogena cittasya padena v\u0101c\u0101\u1e41 mala\u1e41 \u015bar\u012brasya ca vaidyakena| yo'p\u0101karot-ta\u1e41 pravara\u1e41 mun\u012bn\u0101\u1e41 pata\u00f1jali\u1e41 pr\u0101\u00f1jalir-\u0101nato'smi|| To Him, Pata\u00f1jali, my reverential obeisance, who with Yoga-\u015a\u0101stra (Yoga-s\u016btra) did away with the dross of the mind, with Pada-\u015a\u0101stra (Mahabh\u0101\u1e63ya) did away with the impurities of the tongue, and with Vaidya-\u015a\u0101stra (Caraka-pratisa\u1e43sk\u1e5bta,) drove away the ailments of the body. Several traditional texts owe their origin to inspiration\/knowledge found in the Yoga-S\u016btras of Pata\u00f1jali. Yoga-v\u0101si\u1e63\u1e6dha, \u015aiva-sa\u1e43hit\u0101, Ghera\u1e47\u1e0da-sa\u1e43hit\u0101, Ha\u1e6dhayoga-prad\u012bpik\u0101, are a few such texts. The Yoga-s\u016btras seem to have spread far and wide, even in the ancient world. An Arabic translation of the Yoga-s\u016btras called \u2018Kit\u0101b Pata\u00f1jal\u2019 attributed to the Persian scholar Al-Bir\u016bn\u012b is a notable one. The Indonesian text \u2018Dharma-Pata\u00f1jala\u2019 composed in the island of Java is an extant treatise of great importance to the Indonesian-Hindu tradition to this day. Interest in the Yoga-s\u016btras has only increased with the passage of time. Today the S\u016btras have become the subject of in-depth academic research at Universities across the globe. Cognitive scientists and prominent Physicists like Prof. Dr. David Bohm and Prof. Dr. Harold Dean Brown express their fascination with the work. The treatise is authoritative text on the nature of the mind and the traditional methodology employed in stilling the mind.