So the whole process can be divided in three parts first, how to transcend the body; second, how to transcend the mind; and third, how to fall into your own being.
We have been taught, almost all over the world, in every culture, in every country, in every climate, to seek goals somewhere outside ourselves. The goal may be money, the goal may be power, the goal may be prestige, or the goal may be God, heaven, it makes no difference: all the goals are outside you. And the real goal is to come to the source from where you come. Then the circle is complete.
Drop all the outer goals and move inwards. That’s the message of yoga. Outer goals are just forced. You have been just taught somewhere to go. They never become natural; they cannot become natural.
I have heard an anecdote about G.K. Chesterton:
He was on a train, reading earnestly, when the conductor asked for his ticket. Frantically, Chesterton fumbled for it.
“Never mind, sir,” the conductor said reassuringly. “I will come later on to punch it. I am certain you have it.”
“I know I have it,” Chesterton stammered, “but what I want to know is, where in the world am I going?”
Where are you going? What’s your destiny? You have been taught certain things to achieve. You have been made into an achiever. The mind has been manipulated, pushed and pulled. The mind has been controlled by the outside – by the parents, by the family, by the school, by the society, by the government. Everybody is trying to pull you outside your being, and they are trying to fix a goal for you; and you have fallen in the trap. And the goal is already there inside you.
There is nowhere to go. One has to realize oneself, already – who one is. And once you realize that, wherever you go you will find your goal, because you carry your goal with yourself. Then wherever you go, you will have a deep contentment, a peace surrounding you, a coolness, a collectedness, a calm as a milieu that you carry around you as an aura. That’s what Patanjali calls sanyama a cool, collected, calm atmosphere that moves with you.
Wherever you go you bring your own atmosphere with you, and everybody can feel it. Almost it can be touched by others also, whether they become aware or not. Suddenly, if a man of sanyama comes close to you, suddenly you become aware of a certain calm breeze blowing near you, a fragrance coming from the unknown. It touches you, it pacifies you. It is like a beautiful lullaby. You were in turmoil if a man of sanyama comes near you, suddenly your turmoil subsides. You were angry if a man of sanyama comes near you, your anger disappears. Because a man of sanyama is a magnetic force. On his wave you start riding; on him, with him, you start moving higher than you can move alone.