By Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., 1970
Some people think yoga is a religion. Some people think it is physical exercise for vitality and health. Some people think it is a psychological system that develops the potential of the psyche. In reality, this is all based on misunderstanding. Yoga is essentially a relationship. Consider the origin of the word yoga. Yoga, as we in the West understand it, has come from the biblical word, yoke. This originated from the root word in Sanskrit: jugit. They both mean "to join together" or "to untie". Yoga is the union of the individual's unit consciousness with the infinite consciousness. The definition of a yogi is a person who has totally leaned on the Supreme Consciousness, which is God, until they have merged their unit self with the Infinite Self. That is all it means.
Yoga is also a technology of Awareness. It starts with the universal human predicament that regardless of your individual level of experience and awareness, the underlying reality of every human mind is that it is both Infinite and Creative in potential. This unlimited potential is limited in practical action. Your possibilities meet with your actualities at the border of awareness. Awareness varies and gives you different choices and capacities. To break the unconscious limits a person needs a technical know-how. That know-how is required to expand the caliber and capacity of the mental faculties to bring about an equilibrium to control the physical structure and to experience the Infinite Self. The techniques of Kundalini Yoga from the owner's manual for Human Consciousness. It explores your dimensions, depth, nature, and potential as a Human Being. In simple terms, that is all that yoga means.
Yoga is greatly needed. In our life, today, each person must deeply understand why he is a human being and what it means to be a human being. This is a popular topic. There is a lot of talk and philosophy about the inner Infinity and how to know about it. Remember that intellectual knowledge does not hold and sustain you. Knowledge only become real wisdom when you experience it with your own heart and Being. Only the experience in that wisdom, gyan, can hold and support you. Just because you know about or believe that something is true, does not mean that you can act on it. But if you discover a truth and act on the path of that truth, and if you find bliss, success and fulfillment in yourself as a result, then no power on earth can make you veer from that truth or do wrong. Once you have seen the joy of that truth and have enjoyed that beauty you are okay.
Students must understand this distinction. Knowledge becomes wisdom when it becomes your personal experience.
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