we say 'yoga', for many of you it might mean some impossible
physical postures. Yoga means to be in perfect tune. When you
are in yoga, your body, mind and spirit, and existence, are in
you fine-tune yourself to a point where everything functions
beautifully within you, the best of your abilities will just
flow out of you. When you are happy, your energies function
better. Have you noticed that when you are happy you have
endless energy? Even if you don't eat or sleep, you can go on
and on. So, just a little happiness liberates you from your
normal limitations of energy and capability.
Yoga is the science of activating your inner energies in such a
way that your body, mind and emotions function at their highest
peak. When your body and mind function in a completely different
state of relaxation and a certain level of blissfulness, you can
be released from so much suffering. Right now, you come and sit
in your office, and you have a nagging headache. Your headache
is not a major disease, but it takes away your capability for
that day. With the practice of yoga, your body and mind will be
kept at their highest possible peak.
There are other dimensions to yoga. When you activate your
energies, you can function in a different way. As you are
sitting here right now, you consider yourself to be a person.
You are identified with many things, but what you call 'myself'
is actually just a certain amount of energy.
Modern science says that the whole of existence is energy
manifesting itself in different ways. If this is so, then you
are also a little bit of energy functioning in a particular way.
As far as science is concerned, this same energy which you call
'myself' can be a rock, mud, tree, dog, or you. Everything is
the same energy, functioning at different levels of capability.
Similarly among human beings, though we are all made of the same
energy, we still do not function at the same level of
capability. What you call capability or talent, your creativity,
is a certain way your energy functions. This energy, in one
plant it functions to create roses, in another it functions to
create jasmine, but it is the same energy manifesting itself. If
you gain some mastery over your own energies, things that you
never imagined possible you will do simply and naturally. This
is the experience of people who have started doing these yogic
practices. It is the inner technology of creating situations the
way you want them.
With the same materials that we build huge buildings today,
people used to build little huts. We thought we could only dig
mud and make pots or bricks. Now we dig the same earth and make
computers, cars, and even spacecrafts.
It is the same energy; we have just started using it for higher
possibilities. Our inner energies are like that. There is a
technology as to how to use this energy for higher
possibilities. Every human being must explore and know this.
Otherwise, life becomes limited and accidental. Once you
activate your inner energies, your capabilities happen in a
different sphere altogether. Yoga is a tool to find ultimate
expression to life.