Unless you come to know prana within yourself, you will not be able to know what godliness is. And if you cannot know it within yourself, you cannot know it without, because within you it is so close. That’s why Patanjali could know it five thousand years before Albert Einstein and company. Five thousand years is a long time for science to come to understand it, but they were trying from the outside. Patanjali dived deep into his own being; it was a subjective experience. And science has been trying to know it objectively. If you want to know something objectively, you have taken a very long route. That’s why so much delay. If you go within, you have found the shortest route to know what is.
Ordinarily you don’t know who you are, where you are. What are you doing here? People come to me and they say, “What are we doing here? Why are we, for what?” I can understand their confusion, but wherever you are and whatsoever you are doing the problem will remain the same – unless you understand the source from where you come, unless you understand the basic structure of your being, unless you come to know your prana, your energy.
I have heard it happened:
Mulla Nasruddin visited a field and filled his bag full of melons. He was about to leave when the owner showed up.
“I was passing by,” Mulla began to explain, “when suddenly a strong wind blew me over the fence and into the field.”
“What about the melons?” the owner asked.
“The wind was so strong, sir, that I clutched at anything I could get my hands on. And that’s how the melons came loose.”
“But who put them into your bag?”
“To tell the truth,” Mulla replied, “I was wondering about that myself.”
This is the situation. How are you here? Why are you here? Who has put you into the bag? Everybody is wondering.
Philosophy, they say, comes out of wonder; but don’t go on simply continuously wondering and wondering. Otherwise wondering becomes a sort of wandering. Then you never reach. Rather than simply wondering, try to do something. You are here, that much is certain. You are alert that you are here, that much is also certain. Now these two ingredients are enough for yoga experimentation. You are: the being is there. You are aware that you are: the consciousness is there. These two are enough to make a lab out of your being for yoga experimentation.
Yoga does not need sophisticated, complicated things for its work. It is the simplest. Two things: you and your awareness that you are – enough. These two you have; everybody has them. Nobody is lacking in these two things. You have a certain feel that you are, and of course you are aware of that certain feel. These two things are enough. That’s why yogis had no laboratories, no sophisticated instrumentation – and they never needed any grant from Rockefeller or Ford. They needed only just a little bread, water, and they would come and beg in the town and would disappear for days. After a week or two they would come again and beg again and they would disappear again.
They did the greatest experiment: the experiment in human reality. And only with two small things, but those small things are not small. Once you know them they are the biggest phenomenon ever.