Why Yoga? | Sadhguru

Why Yoga? | Sadhguru


Sadhguru: Of all the things in the world, of all the
things that a human being can do, why yoga? Everything that human beings can do is essentially
an expression of who they are. Somebody sings a song, somebody dances, somebody
writes a book, somebody paints a picture. whatever else we do is an expression of who you are.
You may be conscious of it, you may be unconscious of it
but still everything that you say, everything that you do, everything that comes out of you is essentially
an expression of who you are. So yoga, in that way is diametrically opposite
to this because it’s not an expression of who you are, it’s about determining as to who you are.
It’s about determining as to what you want to be, changing the very fundamentals of one’s existence.
Today there is substantial (Laughs) medical and scientific evidence to show that the very
fundamentals of the activity of your brain, your chemistry, even your genetic content can be
changed by practicing different systems of yoga. This needed no confirmation because
we have always witnessed this but today there is scientific data to prove this.
So this is not an expression of who you are, this is about determining the nature of you wish to… who you wish to be, changing the fundamental ingredients which has made you, who you are. So yoga as a system
needs much more involvement than any other things that one… any other… other forms of things that we do
which are merely an expression of who we are. If you find full expression through any particular
activity, it may also leave you somewhat transformed. If you cook with all your heart,
some transformation may happen. Yes. Taking care of a cow can change your life,
you know? If you sing with all your heart, some transformation
may happen. If you dance with all your heart, some transformation
may happen. But that is only a certain impact that is
happening because of absolute involvement in a particular activity but essentially that
activity by nature is an expression of who you are, it is not determining the nature of who you are. So when we transform our activity, not as
an expression of who you are, ’cause who wants to find expression like this (Gestures)
in the morning (Few laugh)? Definitely not, isn’t it? So, it is not an expression, it is a method,
it is a means, it’s a technology through which you can change the shape of who you
are literally also, otherwise also. You can change the very shape of who you really
are right now, that can be transformed because who you are real… right now as a person
is a combination of things – genetic material, before that the karmic substance that you
carry because of that you chose a certain womb, so the genetic material and since the moment you’re
born, whatever kind of impressions that have gone into you in the form of variety of experiences, situations,
thoughts, emotions, relationships, associations, whatever else you have imbibed, all these things
make you a certain kind of person. When you say, ‘I am a certain kind of person,’
what you are saying is, ‘I have this kind of compulsions.’ When you say, ‘I’m this kind of person,’ what you’re
saying is, ‘This is the kind of compulsions that I identify myself with,
so I am this kind of a person.’ People, you know… It’s a very western thing but it’s very much there
in India today, ‘cause lot of Indians are far more western than West. You know, if you go all the
way west, you come back to India, so they are much more western than Westerners are
today (Laughs). So people say, ‘I’m a morning person. I’m a evening person.’ So what they mean is,
‘Morning, I cannot wake up in the morning, that means I’m a evening person.’ ‘I can’t stay awake in
the evening, so I’m a morning person.’ Not only that, people… it’s going far, you know, some
are Blackberry people, some are Apple people. It’s all getting… World is getting divided in so many ways
(Laughs), they’re not just instruments that you use and keep it down, you get identified with it. So there are
chapatti people, there are rice people, there are dosa people, there are idli people,
you know (Laughs), all kinds. So what kind you are is essentially a certain type
of compulsions. So you set yourself into the process of yoga because you don’t want to be this kind or that
kind – that you will be the kind that you’re required to be in a particular moment. If it’s morning, you’re a
morning person. If it’s evening you’re a uni… evening person (Laughs). If you’re not required to be a
person, you’re not a person (Laughter). That is, you’ve become flexible. This flexibility we start
working with your body to start with, afterwards it should come to every aspect of your life.
Your physical structure, your psychological structure, your emotional structure, your karmic structure,
everything should become flexible, that it can be whatever it is required to be,
it is not stuck being this way or that way. So, yoga as a process, yoga as a method, yoga
as a technology, yoga as a science is essentially to break the limitations of a certain concretization
that happens which we call as personality to evolve from being a person to a presence. If you’re a
person that means you have made a shell out of yourself. You formed a shell
within that shell only you can operate. If you break the shell, you will no more be a person but
simply a presence, as life is, as God is, just a presence. If it can be encased in a shell, it becomes
a person. So yoga means slowly you’re working on making
this shell thinner and thinner, more and more porous, that one day you can exist without a shell.So essentially
in your experience, yoga means morning (Gestures). Why the sadhana the way it is- All aspects
of physicality are cyclical in the universe. Planets are going around the sun,
the solar system are moving, everything in the galaxy in the cosmos is cyclical. The more and more you’re identified with your physical
system, the more and more cyclical you are also. Your experiences are cyclical, the process of life
is cyclical.If you watch carefully enough, even the situations that you face in your life come in
cycles. So yoga means, on one level, to break the cycle of life. What is a circle right now,
we want to open it up and make it a straight line. Because if you are going in circles, if I
say you’re going in circles what does it mean to you? You’re not going anywhere. It just gives you an
impression that you’re going somewhere but you’re not really going anywhere, you’re going
through the same thing again and again. So yoga means to open up the circle and stretch it out
like a straight line, that if you follow the line you go somewhere, you’re not going round and round.
Nature is not going to release you so simply, you have to work at it and work at it and work at it
otherwise you must be happy doing the circle. A circle also can be described as a circus. If you become
conscious, the whole thing looks like a circus. If you are not conscious, you can only see
three feet in front of you, then it’s all real. If you can see the whole circle of your life,
suddenly it becomes like a circus. Once you realize this circus, you don’t want to go
through this circus again and again (Laughs). Only if your vision is too limited, you can see only
three feet in front of you, everything is real for you. If you open up and see the whole circle the
way you’re going, it looks like a circus and definitely you don’t want it to continue forever,
you want to do something about it. So these cycles, these repetitive cycles of compulsiveness is coming
because there are various types of memories in the system. Memories, karmic memories
Information essentially means memory, isn’t it? It is the foundations of information that
we carry which has constructed this body the way it is – to live in it and not to be
of it will not come easy. I’m not saying it’s difficult, but it needs
to be worked at. The sadhana is just about this. However simple
the sadhana is, every day if it is worked at, slowly one can see a certain level of freedom happening
within you step-by-step, maybe inch-by-inch, maybe micro-millimeter by micro-millimeter
but nobody can say it is not releasing you. It will slowly release you. If you want to go rapidly,
a lot more to do. You don’t mind going slowly, something to do.