“Yoga is Science of the Soul” – OSHO

“Yoga is Pure Science”

Yoga is not a religion—remember that. Yoga is not Hindu, it is not Mohammedan. Yoga is a pure science just like mathematics, physics or chemistry. Physics is not Christian, physics is not Buddhist. If Christians have discovered the laws of physics, then too physics is not Christian. It is just accidental that Christians have come to discover the laws of physics. But physics remains just a science. Yoga is a science—it is just an accident that Hindus discovered it. It is not Hindu. It is a pure mathematics of the inner being. So a Mohammedan can be a yogi, a Christian can be a yogi, a Jaina, a Buddhist can be a yogi.

Patanjali is the greatest name as far as the world of yoga is concerned. This man is rare. There is no other name comparable to Patanjali. For the first time in the history of humanity, this man brought religion to the state of a science: he made religion a science, bare laws; no belief is needed.

Patanjali is like an Einstein in the world of Buddhas. He is a phenomenon. He could have easily been a Nobel Prize winner like an Einstein or Bohr or Max Planck, Heisenberg. He has the same attitude, the same approach of a rigorous scientific mind. He is not a poet; Krishna is a poet. He is not a moralist; Mahavira is a moralist. He is basically a scientist, thinking in terms of laws. And he has come to deduce absolute laws of human being, the ultimate working structure of human mind and reality.

And if you follow Patanjali, you will come to know that he is as exact as any mathematical formula. Simply do what he says and the result will happen. The result is bound to happen; it is just like two plus two, they become four. It is just like you heat water up to one hundred degrees and it evaporates. No belief is needed: you simply do it and know. It is something to be done and known.


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Yoga is existential, experimental.

Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a pure science just like mathematics, physics or chemistry. it is just an accident that Hindus discovered it. It is not Hindu. It is a pure mathematics of the inner being.

Yoga is existential, experiential, experimental. No belief is required, no faith is needed – only courage to experience. It doesn’t say to believe in anything. It says, experience. Experiment and experience are both the same, their directions are different. Experiment means something you can do outside; experience means something you can do inside. Experience is an inside experiment.


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Yoga is a discipline.

Yoga is discipline. It is an effort on your part to change yourself. Yoga is not a therapy, a therapy is needed if you are ill, a therapy is needed if you are diseased, a therapy is needed if you are pathological. A discipline is needed even when you are healthy. Really, when you are healthy only, a discipline can help then. It is not for pathological cases.

Yoga is for those who are completely healthy as far as medical science is concerned, normal. Yoga is for a higher order of health, a different type of being and wholeness but the society itself is ill! So sometimes it happens that in an ill society a healthy person is thought to be ill. Yoga is not trying in any way to make you adjusted to the society, but it is adjustment with existence itself. It is adjustment with the divine! It may happen that a perfect yogi may appear mad to you, because now he is in touch with the greater, with a higher mind, higher order of things with the universal mind.


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 Yoga: The Science of the Soul

Yoga is a simple science. It is neither theistic nor atheistic. Patanjali really is superb, a miracle of a man. He never talks about God. And even if he mentions God once, then too he says it is just one of the methods to reach the ultimate; there is no God. To believe in God is just a technique.

Patanjali is really unbelievable! He never denies; he never assumes. He is absolutely scientific. He said God – the belief of God, the concept of God – is also one of the methods, in many methods, to reach the truth. Ishwara pranidhan: to believe in God is just a path. But it is not a necessity; you can choose something else. Buddha reaches that ultimate reality without believing in God. He chooses a different path where God is not needed.

Patanjali is just Einstein plus Buddha – a very rare combination. He has the inner witnessing of Buddha and the mechanism of the mind of an Einstein; he is neither. Theism is the story; atheism is the anti-story. They are just myths, man-created parables. To some the one appeals, to some the other. Patanjali is not interested in stories, not interested in myths. He is interested in the naked truth. He will not even clothe it, he will not put any dressing; he will not decorate it. That is not his way.


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