In the Nargol meditation camp you said that the practices of Yoga – asanas, pranayamas, mudras and bandhas – were discovered in the state of meditation. In different states of meditation, different postures are formed by the body from which the depth of meditation in the meditator could be determined. Conversely, can the same inner state be brought about by forming the necessary postures? In that case, can meditation be attained by the use of various asanas, pranayamas, mudras and bandhas? What is their use and significance?
First came the experience of meditation. With the experience of meditation it was found that the body assumed many postures. Actually, whenever the mind is in a particular state the body takes an appropriate corresponding posture. For instance, when you are filled with love your face, your expression shows it, and when you are angry your expression becomes altogether different. In anger you grind your teeth and clench your fists and the body is ready for fight or flight. When you are in a forgiving mood, the eyes are soft and the palms of the hand are open. When a man is filled with forgiveness his fists will never clench. Just as clenching the fist is a preparation to fight, opening the fist and spreading out the palm is an indication of freedom from the urge to fight; it is an assurance of protection. To clench the fist is to frighten the other.
The nature of the body is such that it functions in accordance with the state of mind. The body follows the mind; it always follows behind. So ordinarily we know what a man will do in anger and what he will do in love – also what he will do in a state of trust. But we do not know how he will respond to the deeper states of mind.
When deep states are created within the mind a great deal also takes place in the body. Various mudras, gestures, and also many asanas, postures happen that tell of the changes within. In fact, the asanas are formed at the time of preparation for particular inner states. Mudras are formed later and they give information about a person’s inner state.
When changes occur within, the body has to make an adjustment equivalent to the inner changes. When the kundalini awakens within, the body will have to assume all kinds of unusual positions to make way for the energy. The spine will bend itself in various ways to allow the energy to ascend. The head also takes different positions when the kundalini awakens. The body assumes such postures as have never been adopted before. It is just like when we are awake the body takes an erect position and when we sleep the body has to lie down – it cannot stand or sit.