Discovering the Essence and Origin of Yoga
These ancient sutras of Patanjali are a road map to freedom from the prison of the mind. Patanjali is an enlightened mystic who took Yoga to its highest peak, creating a science of the inner as pure as the objective science of mathematics.
Osho’s wisdom and vision brings this science of Yoga to life. He explains the sutras in a language of today, bringing modern understanding to the austereness of Patanjali. Osho’s commentaries describe how these sutras lead step by step towards an understanding of the mind: what it is, how to use it and how to go beyond it.
Man seeks happiness but he does not know that it lies not outside of him, but inside, hindered only by the conditionings of society. In The Path of Yoga, Osho shows how to lose these conditionings and reach the pure joy of a silent mind.
Excerpt from The Path of Yoga (New Edition)
These sutras of Patanjali will lead you step by step towards this understanding of the mind: what it is, how you can use it and go beyond it. And remember, you have nothing else right now except the mind, you have to use it. Wrongly used you will go on falling into more and more misery.
You are in misery. That is because for many lives you have used your mind wrongly and the mind has become the master; you are just a slave, a shadow following the mind. You cannot say to the mind, “Stop!” You cannot order your own mind; your mind goes on ordering you and you have to follow it. Your being has become the shadow and the slave, an instrument.
Mind is nothing but an instrument, just like your hands or your feet. You order your feet and your legs to move and they move. When you say stop, they stop. You are the master. If I want to move my hand, I move it. If I don’t want it to move, I don’t move it. The hand cannot say to me, “Now I want to be moved.” The hand cannot say to me, “Now I will move. Whatsoever you do, I am not going to listen to you.” And if my hand starts moving in spite of me, then it will be a chaos in the body. The same has happened in the mind.
You don’t want to think and the mind goes on thinking. You want to sleep – you are lying down on your bed, changing sides; you want to go to sleep and the mind continues. The mind says, “No, I am going to think about something”; you go on saying, “Stop!” and it never listens to you. And you cannot do anything. Mind is also an instrument but you have given it too much power. It has become dictatorial, and it will struggle hard if you try to put it in its right place.
Buddha also uses the mind, but his mind is just like your legs. People come to me and they ask, “What happens to the mind of an enlightened one? Does it simply disappear? He cannot use it?”
It disappears as a master, it remains as a slave. It remains as a passive instrument. If a Buddha wants to use it, he can use it.