Osho quotes on Yoga



Osho
quotes on Yoga
  • This is Patanjali’s definition. When there is no
    mind, you are in yoga; when there is mind you are not in yoga. So you may
    do all the postures, but if the mind goes on functioning, if you go on
    thinking, you are not in yoga. Yoga is the state of no-mind. If you can be
    without the mind without doing any posture, you have become a perfect
    yogi. It has happened to many without doing any postures, and it has not
    happened to many who have been doing postures for many lives.
  • Yoga is not a religion-remember that. Yoga is not Hindu,
    it is not Mohammedan. Yoga is a pure science just like mathematics,
    physics or chemistry.
  • Yoga is pure science, and Patanjali is the greatest
    name as far as the world of yoga is concerned. This man is rare. There is
    no other name comparable to Patanjali. For the first time in the history
    of humanity, this man brought religion to the state of a science: he made
    religion a science, bare laws; no belief is needed.

  • Yoga has nothing as far as belief is concerned; yoga
    doesn’t say to believe in anything. Yoga says experience. Just like
    science says experiment, yoga says experience. Experiment and experience
    are both the same, their directions are different. Experiment means
    something you can do outside; experience means something you can do
    inside. Experience is an inside experiment
  • Yoga is existential, experiential, experimental. No
    belief is required, no faith is needed – only courage to experience. And
    that’s what’s lacking. You can believe easily because in belief you
    are not going to be transformed. Belief is something added to you,
    something superficial. Your being is not changed; you are not passing
    through some mutation.
  • Yoga is not a shastra; it is not a scripture. It is a
    discipline. It is something you have to do. It is not curiosity; it is not
    philosophic speculation. It is deeper than that. It is a question of life
    and death.
  • This mind cannot enter on the path of yoga because yoga
    means a methodology to reveal the truth. Yoga is a method to come to a
    non-dreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now. Yoga
    means now you are ready not to move into the future. Yoga means you are
    ready now not to hope, not to jump ahead of your being. Yoga means to
    encounter the reality as it is.
  • So one can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when
    he is totally frustrated with his own mind as it is. If you are still
    hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you.
    A total frustration is needed – the revelation that this mind which
    projects is futile, the mind that hopes is nonsense, it leads nowhere. It
    simply closes your eyes; it intoxicates you; it never allows reality to be
    revealed to you. It protects you against reality.
  • Yoga means that now there is no hope, now there is no
    future, now there are no desires. One is ready to know what is. One is not
    interested in what can be, what should be, what ought to be. One is not
    interested! One is interested only in that which is, because only the real
    can free you, only the reality can become liberation.
  • Yoga is not pessimistic. You may be optimistic or
    pessimistic; yoga is neither. If you are pessimistic, you cannot enter on
    the path of yoga because a pessimist clings to his miseries. He will not
    allow his miseries to disappear. Optimist clings to his hopes and
    pessimist clings to his miseries, to his hopelessness. That hopelessness
    has become the companion. Yoga is for one who is neither, who has become
    so totally hopeless that even to feel hopelessness is futile.
  • ”Yoga is discipline” means yoga wants to create a
    crystallized center in you. As you are, you are a crowd and a crowd has
    many phenomena. One is, you cannot believe a crowd. Gurdjieff used to say
    that man cannot promise. Who will promise? You are not there. If you
    promise, who will fulfill the promise? Next morning the one who promised
    is no more.
  • Up until now you have lived as a chaos, a crowd. Yoga
    means now you will have to be a harmony, you will have to become one. A
    crystallization is needed; a centering is needed. And unless you attain a
    center, all that you do is useless. It is wasting life and time. A center
    is the first necessity, and only a person can be blissful who has got a
    center. Everybody asks for it, but you cannot ask. You have to earn it!
    Everybody hankers for a blissful state of being, but only a center can be
    blissful. A crowd cannot be blissful, a crowd has got no self. There is no
    atman. Who is going to be blissful.
  • All discipline of yoga is an effort to make you a
    master of yourself. As you are, you are just a slave of many, many
    desires. Many, many masters are there, and you are just a slave – and
    pulled in many directions.
  • Yoga is for those who are completely healthy as far as
    medical science is concerned, normal. They are not schizophrenic; they are
    not mad they are not neurotic. They are normal people, healthy people with
    no particular pathology. Still, they become aware that whatsoever is
    called normality is futile, whatsoever is called health is of no use.
    Something more is needed, something greater is needed, something holier
    and whole is needed.
  • Mastery of the mind is yoga. And when Patanjali says
    ”cessation of the mind”, this is meant: cessation as a master. Mind
    ceases as a master. Then it is not active. Then it is a passive
    instrument. You order, it works; you don’t order, it remains still. It
    is just waiting. It cannot assert by itself. The assertion is lost; the
    violence is lost. It will not try to control you.

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