Chapter 7: Established within Yourself
Whenever something becomes so deep that you need not be conscious about it, it falls into the unconscious. And once a thing has fallen into the unconscious it will start changing your being, your life, your character. And the change will be effortless now, you need not be concerned with it. You will simply move in the directions where the unconscious is leading you.
Yoga has worked very much on abhyasa, constant repetition. This constant repetition is just to bring your unconscious into work. And when the unconscious starts functioning you are at ease. No effort is needed, things become natural. It is said in old scriptures that a sage is not one who has a good character, because even that consciousness shows that the “anti” still exists, the opposite still exists. A sage is one who cannot do bad, cannot think about it. The goodness has become unconscious, it has become like breathing. Whatsoever he is going to do will be good. It has become so deep in his being that no effort is needed, it has become his life. So you cannot say a sage is a good man. He doesn’t know what is good, what is bad. Now there is no conflict. The good has penetrated so deeply that there is no need to be aware about it.
If you are aware about your goodness, the badness still exists side by side. There is a constant struggle. And every time you have to move into action you have to choose: “I have to do good, I have not to do bad.” And this choice is going to be a deep turmoil, a struggle, a constant inner violence, inner war. And if conflict is there you cannot be at ease, at home.
Now we should enter the sutra. The cessation of mind is Yoga, but how can the mind cease?
Their cessation is brought about by persistent inner practice and non-attachment.
Two things: How can the mind cease with all its modifications? - one, abhyasa, persistent inner practice, and second, non-attachment. Understand both.
Whatsoever you do, you do because you have certain desires. And those desires can be fulfilled only by doing certain things. Unless those desires are dropped your activities cannot be dropped. You have some investment in those activities, in those actions. This is one of the dilemmas of human character and mind - that you may want to stop certain actions because they lead you into misery.
But why do you do them? You do them because you have certain desires, and those desires cannot be fulfilled without doing them. So there are two things. One, you have to do certain things. For example, anger. Why do you get angry? You get angry only when somewhere, somehow, someone creates a hindrance. You are going to achieve something and someone creates a hindrance. Your desire is obstructed. You get angry.