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Originally published as: Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol. 6
Renamed to: Yoga: The Science of the Soul, Vol. 6
Now called: The Essence of Yoga

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

 

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The Essence of Yoga

Talks on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Vol. 6 of the series: Yoga: The Science of the Soul
Osho discusses modern scientific research on four states of consciousness: alpha, beta, theta and delta; and continues to expand on the significance of the eight steps of Yoga.

Osho presents Patanjali for the 21st century, saying that this two thousand year-old science of yoga is so perfect and complete that it cannot be improved. He explains that only two individuals in history have single-handedly created an entire science: Aristotle in the West with the science of logic and Patanjali in the East with the science of yoga. Yet Osho also reveals how Patanjali′s instructions have, down through the centuries, been misinterpreted, misunderstood, and frequently taught as a system of restriction and inhibition rather than a flawless formula for freedom. In this volume, Osho interprets Patanjali′s Yoga Sutras step by step, guiding the modern seeker in the practice of yoga as a complete system to liberate themselves from limitation and expand their consciousness.
 
 
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Excerpt from: The Essence of Yoga, Chapter 7
"Patanjali’s yoga has been very much misunderstood, misinterpreted. Patanjali is not a gymnast, but yoga looks like it is a gymnastics of the body. Patanjali is not against the body. He is not a teacher to teach you contortions of the body. He teaches you the grace of the body, because he knows only in a graceful body a graceful mind exists; and only in a graceful mind a graceful self becomes possible; and only in a graceful self, the god. Step by step, deeper and higher grace has to be attained. Grace of the body is what he calls asana, posture.

"He’s not a masochist. He is not teaching you to torture your body. He is not a bit against the body. How can he be? He knows the body is going to be the very foundation stone. He knows if you miss the body, if you do’t train the body, then higher training will not be possible.

"The body is just like a musical instrument. It has to be rightly tuned; only then will the higher music arise out of it. If the very instrument is somehow not in the right shape and order, then how can you imagine, hope, that great harmony will arise out of it? Only discordance will arise. The body is a veena, a musical instrument’.

"So never try to distort your body, and never try to achieve postures which are uncomfortable. For Westerners, sitting on the ground, sitting in padmasana, lotus posture, is difficult; their bodies have not been trained for it. There is no need to bother about it. Patanjali will not force that posture on you. In the East, people are sitting from their very birth, small children sitting on the ground. In the West, in all cold countries, chairs are needed; the ground is too cold. But there is no need to be worried about it. If you look at Patanjali’s definition, what a posture is, you will understand: it should be steady and comfortable.

"If you can be steady and comfortable in a chair, it is perfectly okay – no need to try a lotus posture and force your body unnecessarily. In fact, if a Western person tries to attain to lotus posture it takes six months to force the body; and it is a torture. There is no need. Patanjali is not in any way helping you, in any way persuading you, to torture the body. You can sit in a tortured posture, but then it will not be a posture according to Patanjali.

"A posture should be such that you can forget your body. What is comfort? When you forget your body, you are comfortable. When you are reminded continuously of the body, you are uncomfortable. So whether you sit in a chair or you sit on the ground, that’s not the point. Be comfortable, because if you are not comfortable in the body you cannot long for other blessings which belong to deeper layers: the first layer missed, all other layers closed. If you really want to be happy, blissful, then start from the very beginning to be blissful. Comfort of the body is a basic need for anybody who is trying to reach inner ecstasies." Osho
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