Chapter 3: Witnessing the Inner Astronomy
By performing samyama on the moon,
knowledge concerning the arrangement of the stars is gained.
By performing samyama on the polar star,
knowledge of the movement of the stars is gained.
By performing samyama on the navel center,
knowledge of the organization of the body is gained.
By performing samyama on the throat,
there comes a cessation of the feelings of hunger and thirst.
By performing samyama on the nerve called kurma-nadi,
the yogi is able to be completely motionless.
Patanjali is not a speculator. He is not an airy, fairy philosopher; he is very down to earth. He means business, as I mean business. His approach is scientific. The very approach makes him totally different from others: others have been thinking about the truth; he is not thinking about the truth, he simply prepares you to receive the truth.
The truth cannot be thought; it can only be received. It is already there and there is no way to think about it. The more you think, the farther away you will wander from it; thinking is a wandering, a rambling in the clouds. The moment you think, you are already going away - the truth has to be seen, not thought.
Patanjali’s basic approach is how to create the clarity, the eyes, which can see it. Of course it is going to be hard work; it is not just poetry and dreaming. A man has to become a lab, a man has to transform his whole life into an experiment - only then can the truth be realized.
So while listening to Patanjali’s sutras never forget it, that he is not handing you some theories, he is giving you a methodology that can transform you. But then it depends on you.
There are four types of people who become interested in religion. The first, the majority, is only curious, is in search of something amusing, something outlandish, something interesting, something fascinating. Patanjali is not for those, because a curious person is never so deeply interested that he can be convinced to transform his life. He is looking for a sensation. Patanjali is not for those people.
Then there is a second type we will call the student. He is interested intellectually; he would like to know what this man Patanjali is thinking, saying - but he is interested in knowledge. Not in knowing, but knowledge. He is interested in gathering more information. He is not ready to change himself; he would like to remain himself and gather more knowledge. He is on an ego trip. Patanjali is not for that type either.