The True Purpose of Yoga – Exploring the True Potential of Being Human | Sadhguru

The True Purpose of Yoga – Exploring the True Potential of Being Human | Sadhguru


Sadhguru: Because what is human is not an established state. It is a possibility. It is not a fixed state. If this possibility has to be made use of, there is a whole system of understanding that needs to happen. Understanding the mechanics of how this life functions and what we can do with it. This mechanics, this technology, this science, we are referring to as yoga. I don’t know what types of stuff you’re doing but my experience in United States particularly in California, lot of people believe yoga started in California. (Laughter) Yes. (Laughs) I met somebody who seriously believed it was Madonna who started yoga. (Laughs) Yes. (Laughter) So this mechanics of life this is as simple as this. I am sure almost all of you are carrying an instrument, some kind of electronic instrument, a phone at least, the more you know about this phone, the better you can use it, is that so? Last year, the cell phone companies in India made a survey. India is the largest cell ph… growing market for telecommunications right now. Every month we are adding about five and a half million cell phones. Okay. In a year, about sixty million cell phones are being added to the service because everybody is having three, four, five these days (Laughs) They made a survey (Laughter) that’s a second one, you haven’t read the first one. They made a survey and they have found out that ninety seven percent of the people are using only seven percent of the capabilities that are there in an ordinary phone. I am not talking about the smart phone. I am talking about the dumb phone. In the dumb phone, ninety seven percent of the people are using only seven percent of it’s capabilities. So they were comtemplating, if we remove ninety percent of the electronics, still most people will never know. And we can even give them a five hundred rupee discount. They will be happy; we will happy, you know. May be they have already taken it off, we don’t know. Only if you try to use all of them, all the functions, then you realize something is not working. So in a little gadget you are using only seven percent. This(Referring to oneself) is the gadget. Every damn gadget has come out of this. How much percentage, do you think, are you employing this gadget? Just make a guess. Hmm? How much percentage? Two, five, you are being very generous to yourself. (Laughter) It’s well below one percent , because, for your survival process to conduct your life in the material world, you do not even need one percent of what this is. This is capable of perceiving the whole cosmos. If you prepare it properly, if you hold it, it’s like an antenna. If you hold it in the right position, it can just grasp everything in the existence. It is just that we are doing all kinds of things with it because right now our whole perception of life is limited to the physical nature of the existence. Physical is like the peel of the fruit. It has no purpose of it’s own. In the sense, if you have a fruit, the moment you eat the fruit, the peel goes straight to the trash can, isn’t it? The peel is only a package. Only because the fruit is valuable, package is important. Right now as you sit here, this body is very important. You have to feed this; you have to clothe this; you have to decorate this; you have to pamper this in so many ways. Tomorrow morning, that something inside which you never experienced, if that goes away, nobody wants to have any business with this. Yes? Only because the fruit is inside, this peel has become very valuable. Now yoga means not just about twisting your body; not about standing on your head; not about holding your breath; all these things a circus artist can do better than most yogis. Really, yes or no? You don’t think so? A circus artist can do far better than most yogis in terms of twisting the body, doing this, doing that, holding different positions. That is not the purpose of yoga. Unfortunately if you utter the word yoga, people think you have to be in some impossible posture. Yoga is not about postures; it is just a miniscule aspect of yoga. Yoga means in your experience, everything has become one. The word yoga means union. What is the union? What can unite with what? As you sit here, your idea and your sense and your experience of who you are is very strong. You are here as an individual. But what the trees are exhaling right now, you are inhaling; what you are exhaling, the trees are inhaling. Or in other words, one half of your lung is hanging up there. Yes or no? This is not just in terms of breath. Today modern physics is proving to you, that as you sit here, every sub atomic particle in your body is in constant transaction with everything else in the existence. If this transaction stops, you will cease to exist. So yoga means to know it by experience. Modern science is proving to you the whole existence is just one energy. The religions of the world have been screaming for a long time that god is everywhere; whether you say god is everywhere or you say everything is one energy, are we talking about the same reality or a different reality? God is everywhere, everything is the same energy, are we talking about the same reality or a different reality? Same reality. It is just that a scientist has never experienced this. He has arrived it through mathematical deductions. A religious person has not experienced this. He believes it because it is written somewhere or it is said by somebody. If you are a hard case, that you are not willing to settle for deductions or belief systems then you become a yogi, yes, if you are a very hard nut, you want to know it yourself, then you become a yogi. You want to know the union of the existence; you want to know the oneness of what it is; not believing it. Like you experience the five fingers of your hand, if you can experience everything around you, then we say you are in yoga.

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