I suspect that I can find his teachings valuable and his life interesting.
My notion is now that he was skilled in dance, grammar, and yoga.
Let me list a bit of what I think I know about about him. The following is mostly made up of guesses and fragments from a faulty memory:
- he flourished in India about 150 BC,
- he was a Sanskrit grammarian,
- he was a compiler and a knower,
- Nandhi Deva might have been his yoga teacher,
- he was probably a master of dance,
- He seems to have been interested in a meaningful and worthy life,
- he wrote a work on grammar which is still available
- he wrote a four part book on yoga which is still available.
- he seems to have a rational and intellectual approach to reality,
- his teaching and understanding seems experiential and supported by concrete referents.
As my interest, energy, and the fates permit I may post more on Patanjali with focus on his Yoga Sutras.