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Chapter 4: Posture Is a Template

Oh yogi, assume the posture of contentment and modesty.
Pick up the carrying bag of dignity and honor,
And apply the sacred ash of meditation.
Establish death as your bedroll; make a maiden of your body.
Let experience be your staff of liberation,
And consider the unity of all as your first principle.
To conquer the mind is to conquer the world.
If you must bow, bow to Him.
He is the primal being, pure, without beginning or end.
He is the unstruck sound.
He is immutable through all time.

Make knowledge your pleasure and compassion your storehouse.
Make a conch shell of the eternal music playing in every being.
He alone is a master in whom all beings are intertwined,
While the search for supernatural powers is a false path.
The law of union and separation governs all things,
And destiny determines our just inheritance.
If you must bow, bow to Him.
He is the primal being, pure, without beginning or end;
He is the unstruck sound.
He is immutable through all time.

Try to understand on the deepest level every word of these incomparable verses:

Oh yogi, assume the posture of contentment and modesty.
Pick up the carrying bag of dignity and honor,
And apply the sacred ash of meditation.

There are certain fundamental errors of the human mind that are repeated again and again; it has always been so and will continue in the future. Whenever a religion is born many methods, many devices, and many experiments are conducted in the quest for God.

Close to the original source of a religion there are symbols and signposts that help. As that fundamental source recedes further and further away and the religion becomes a tradition, the symbols are no longer alive. They become inert and their meaning is lost. Then people drag the religion along like a dead body, with dead symbols. Religion becomes a duty to be performed, as a social obligation.

For instance, I give you sannyas and you put on the orange clothes. After a few days the meaning of the orange clothes will be lost. The further you go from me the more will the clothes become a mere external symbol. Dyeing your clothes orange doesn’t change the soul within. The orange robe is only a signal for remembrance - now the soul has to be dyed.

When someone wants to remember something during the course of the day he might tie a knot in his handkerchief as a way of remembering. The knot itself isn’t to be purchased, nor does it have any meaning in itself. However preoccupied he is all day, every time he touches the handkerchief he will be reminded that he has to buy something. Now maybe his son has noticed that he often leaves home with a knotted handkerchief. He is intrigued; there surely must be something to it. So when he goes to the market he knots his handkerchief, but he has no notion of the significance of the knot. It has no further relationship to remembrance but has become an idle custom as the son does what he saw his father doing; and so the tradition can go on for thousands of years.

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