quotes on Yoga
quotes on Yoga
- This is Patanjaliâ€™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
doesnâ€™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 â€“ only courage to experience. And
thatâ€™s whatâ€™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
- 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 â€“ 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.
- â€Yoga is disciplineâ€ 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 â€“ 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
â€cessation of the mindâ€, 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 donâ€™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.