Understand it in this way: trust is cosmic, it is a sense of the whole; devotion is something of the soul, a sense of the individual. Meditation relates to the mind, yoga relates to the body. What we do is we start with the body, then we move on to the mind, then to the soul and then to the whole. But the sage says: First a trust towards the whole, then devotion in the soul, then meditation in the mind and then yoga in the body. If one continues in this order then each next step will become easier and more natural. If one moves in the reverse of this, each next step will go on becoming more difficult. For one who begins with yoga, meditation will be more difficult for him. This is the reason why those who begin with yoga often stop at yoga. They just stop at body postures and all the rest, and they never touch meditation. If you begin with meditation, devotion will be difficult. Hence meditators usually stop at meditation and they never reach to devotion. And the one who begins with devotion will often stop at devotion: he will not be able to reach to the ultimate trust. This journey begins from the inner center, and that center is called trust. The second circle is devotion, the third circle is meditation and the fourth is yoga.
If the mind has entered meditation, the body will enter yoga on its own. Many people come to me and report, “When we meditate, all kinds of body postures start happening on their own, and we have no idea what is happening.” Yes, they will happen. When the mind changes through the inner state of meditation, the body will have to change its state immediately and adjust itself according to the mind.
These four keys are very precious, their sequence is most precious.
Begin with trust….
Enough for this morning.
Now, let us get ready for the meditation. Spread out, create space around yourself. Nobody is to move from his own place. Don’t collide with others by running here and there; jump on your own spot. Spread out. The friends who may have come here just as spectators, go and sit on the rocks, don’t stay here in the middle. There should be no spectators in the middle, only the people who are going to do the meditation. Any friends who want to do the meditation sitting down should also sit at the periphery and do it. The blindfolds have arrived, so the friends who need one should get one. Anybody who feels like taking their clothes off can do so.
Okay, now put your blindfolds on!