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Originally published as: Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol. 7
Renamed to: Yoga: The Science of the Soul, Vol. 7
Now called: Yoga: The Science of Living

Osho Audiobooks - Series of Talks: Yoga: The Science of Living (mp3)


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Yoga: The Science of Living

Talks on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Vol. 7 of the Series: Yoga: The Science of the Soul
Osho shows how three methods – concentration, uninterrupted flow of consciousness and oneness – bring about an inner balance when subject and object disappear. He defines Yoga as an attitude toward life not concerned with metaphysics but with questions close to the seeker′s heart.
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Excerpt from: Yoga: The Science of LivingChapter 3
"I have been told that traditionally there are two schools of thought in Germany. The industrial, practical northern part of the country has this philosophy: The situation is serious but not hopeless. In the southern part of Germany, more romantic and perhaps less practical, the philosophy seems to be: The situation is hopeless but not serious. If you ask me, then the situation is neither neither is it hopeless nor serious. And I am talking about the human situation.

"The human situation looks serious because we have been taught and conditioned to be serious, for centuries. The human situation looks hopeless because we have been doing something with ourselves which is wrong. We have not yet found that to be natural is the goal, and all the goals that we have been taught make us more and more unnatural.

"To be natural, to be just in tune with the cosmic law, is what Patanjali means by samyama. To be natural and to be in tune with the cosmic law is sanyama. Samyama is not anything forced upon you. Samyama is not anything that comes from the outside. SamyamaSamyama is to become that which you already are. Samyama is to come back to nature. How to come back to nature? And what is human nature? Unless you dig deep within your own being, you will never come to know what human nature is.

"One has to move inwards; and the whole process of yoga is a pilgrimage, an inward journey. Step by step, in eight steps. Patanjali is bringing you home. The first five steps yam, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahar they help you to go deep in you beyond the body. The body is your first periphery, the first concentric circle of your existence. The second step is to go beyond the mind. The three internal steps ofdharana, dhyan, samadhi, lead you beyond the mind. Beyond the body and beyond the mind is your nature, is your center of being. That center of being Patanjali calls seedless samadhi-kaivalya. That he calls to come face to face to your own grounding, to your own being, to come to know who you are.

"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 samyama a cool, collected, calm atmosphere that moves with you." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

change... past... ego... answer... gaps... cunning... samadhi... patanjali... adam... zarathustra...

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