Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-4. Part - 23.
Chapter-4. Swami Sri Adi Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :
The Yoga School was systematised – not originated, of course – and logically presented by Patanjali later on.
Yoga said that an Isvara is essential.
Otherwise, we cannot escape this difficulty of the Law of Karma.
Reward and punishment will be meaningless on the basis of the law of Karma if a Supreme Dispenser of justice does not exist.
God exists, said Patanjali.
But this God is only like a judge in a court with whom we are not directly connected except when there is a case.
When the case is over, we do not care for the judge.
We go away homeward.
Such was the God mentioned in the Sutras of Patanjali – very essential, very necessary, yet not organically connected with our life.
He hangs loosely in the system of Yoga.
So, for the first time in the history of philosophical thought in India, God, world and soul, all three, were posited in a manner satisfactory for all practical purposes, in the system of Yoga propounded by Maharshi Patanjali.
To be continued ....