So the first thing about today’s sutras is the discovery of prana. That became the very foundation of the temple of yoga. You are breathing. Yoga says you are not only breathing air; you are also breathing prana. In fact air is just a vehicle for prana, just a medium. You are not alive by breath; breath is just like a horse, and you have not looked at the rider yet. The rider is prana.
Now many psychoanalysts have come across this mysterious thing – the rider who is coming on the breath, going on the breath, continuously moving in and out. But as yet in the West it is not a recognized scientific fact. It should be because now science says matter is no longer there and everything is energy. The stone, the rock, is energy; you are energy. So there must be many energy games happening within you, tides and ebbs of energy.
Freud stumbled upon this fact. I say, “stumbled upon it” because his eyes were not open; he was blindfolded. He was not a yogi. He was again caught in the scientific attitude of making everything objective; he called it “libido.” If you ask the yogis they will say libido is prana, ill. When prana is not vital, when somehow the energy of prana has become dammed up, blocked; that’s what Freud has come to know. And that’s explainable because he was working only with ill people, neurotics, mad people, mentals. And working on ill, mentally disturbed people he came to know that their bodies are carrying some blocked energy and unless that energy is released, they will not be healthy again. Yogis say libido is prana gone wrong; it is just a diseased prana. But still Freud stumbled upon something that later on could become very, very significant.
And one of his disciples, Wilhelm Reich, went deeper into it, but he was caught by the American government because he could not prove very scientifically, that is very objectively, what he was saying. He died in jail as a madman, certified as mad. He was one of the greatest men ever born in the West. But again he was working blindfolded. He was not yet working as a yogi has to work. The scientific attitude was his undoing.
Reich tried to make contact with this energy the yogis call prana, and he called it orgone. Orgone is better than libido, because libido gives a feeling as if all is sexual energy. Orgone is a better word, more inclusive, more comprehensive, bigger than libido, and gives a possibility for the energy to move beyond sex or to touch higher realms of being which are not sexual. But he got into trouble because he felt it so much and he observed it so much that he started to accumulate the prana energy, the orgone, in boxes; he made orgone boxes. Nothing is wrong in them; yogis have been working on that for centuries. That’s why yogis try to live in almost boxlike caves, with only one small door.