Chapter 6: The Purity of Yoga
This can be an experience. This cannot be a logical inference. But when I say that Patanjali is logical, what do I mean? In the conclusions, nobody can be logical as far as the inner, the spiritual, the ultimate experience is concerned. But on the path, you can be. As far as the ultimate result of Yoga is concerned, Patanjali also cannot be logical; nobody can be. But to reach that goal you can follow a logical path.
In that sense Patanjali is logical and rational, mathematical, scientific. He does not ask any faith. He asks only for the courage to experiment, courage to move, courage to take a jump into the unknown. He does not say, “Believe and then you will experience.” He says, “Experience and then you will believe.” And he has made a structure of how to proceed step by step. His path is not haphazard; it is not like a labyrinth, it is like a superhighway. Everything is clear and the shortest possible route. But you have to follow it in every detail, otherwise you will move out of the path and into the wilderness.
That’s why I say he is logical, and you will see how he is logical. He starts from the body because you are rooted in the body. He starts and works with your breathing because your breathing is your life. First he works on the body, then he works on the prana - the second layer of existence - your breathing; then he starts working on thoughts.
There are many methods which start directly with the thoughts. They are not so logical and scientific because the man you are working with is rooted in the body. He is a soma, a body. A scientific approach must start with the body. Your body must be changed first. When your body changes then your breathing can be changed. When your breathing changes then your thoughts can be changed. And when your thoughts change then you can be changed.
You may not have observed that you are a close-knit system of many layers. If you are running, then your breathing changes because more oxygen is needed. When you are running your breathing changes, and when your breathing changes your thoughts immediately change.
In Tibet they say if you are angry, then just run. Do two or three rounds of your house, and then come back and see where your anger has gone - because if you run fast your breathing changes; if your breathing changes your thought pattern cannot remain the same, it has to change.
There is no need to run: you can simply take five deep breaths - exhale, inhale - and see where your anger has gone. It is difficult to change anger directly. It is easier to change the body, then the breathing, then the anger. This is a scientific process. That is why I say that Patanjali is scientific. Nobody else has been so scientific.
If you go to Buddha he will say, “Drop anger.” Patanjali will never say.he will say if you have anger, that means you have a breathing pattern which helps anger, and unless that breathing pattern is changed you cannot drop anger. You may do, with struggle, but that is not going to help, or it may take a very long time. Unnecessary. So he will watch your breathing pattern, the breathing rhythm, and if you have a certain breathing rhythm that means you have a certain body posture for it.