Re: Astanga Yoga by Patanjali
Before attempting to address your question, it will be good to have a better undertanding of the notion of 'steps'. Within patañjali’s yogadarśana
Astanga yoga of patanjali mentions DHARANA and DHYANA AS 6th and 7th step towards ultimate path of yoga.
pada ( or pāda) takes on a more robust meaning other than step. It may seem trite to deal with this, but it assists in the overall understanding of this work.
Please consider this HDF post first : http://hindudharmaforums.com/showthr...highlight=pada see post 10, then look to post 1 in the same string.
This will provide a POV worth considering.
because you are identical with śiva