Yoga is a perfect science. It does not teach to believe; it teaches to know. It does not say to you. “Become blind followers”; it says. “Open your eyes,” and it gives you the method how to open your eyes. It does not say anything about the truth. It simply says everything about your vision how to attain the vision, the capacity to see, the eyes, so that whatsoever there is, is revealed to you. It is more than you can ever conceive of; it is more than all your gods put together. It is infinite divineness.
One thing more about this parable. The madman said. “I come too early. My time has not come yet.” Patanjali came really too early. His time has not come yet. He is still waiting for his time. It always happens people who realize truth are always ahead of their time – sometimes thousands of years ahead. Patanjali is still ahead of time. Five thousand years have passed; still his time has not come yet. The inner world of man has not yet become a science. He has given all the foundations; he has given the whole structure. The structure is waiting for humanity to come close and to understand it.
Our religions, so-called religions, are juvenile. Patanjali is a giant, a pinnacle of a man. His height is so much that you cannot see the peak; it is hidden somewhere in the clouds. But everything about him is absolutely clear. If you are ready not to cling to your confusions, if you are ready to follow the path that he shows, everything is absolutely clear. About this man Patanjali there is nothing like mysticism. He is a mathematician of the mystery; he is a logician of the illogical; he is a scientist of the unknown. And it is tremendous even to conceive that one man has put the whole science together. Nothing is lacking, but the science is waiting for humanity to come close so that the science can be understood.
Man understands only that which he wants to understand. His understanding is dominated by his desires. That’s why Patanjali, Buddha. Zarathustra, Lao Tzu, they always feel they have come too early. Because man is still asking for toys to play with. He is not ready to grow. He does not want to grow. He clings to stupidities. He has invested too much in his ignorance and he goes on deceiving himself.
Just watch yourself. When you talk about God – you are not talking about God you are talking about your God. And what sort of God can your God be? It cannot be more Than you; it can only be less than you. It cannot be more beautiful than you; it can only be more ugly than you. It cannot be a clarity. It is bound to be a confusion, because in the concept of your God you will be involved. It cannot go higher than you. Your height – at the most – can be the height of your God.
People think according to their desires, ambitions, egos, and everything becomes colored by it.
It happened that Mulla Nasruddin contested an election:
He received only three votes. His wife, when she came to know, turned to him and snapped, “There! I always knew you were keeping another woman!”