Why Should I Do Yoga? | Sadhguru

Why Should I Do Yoga? | Sadhguru


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an Listen Carefully! 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 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 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 we are, ’cause who wants to find expression like this in the morning? (Laughs) 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
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. if you go all the way west,
you come back to India, so they are much more western
than Westerners are today. 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 into so many ways. 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, 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 evening person. If you’re not required to be a
person, you’re not a person. That is, you 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… Why the sadhana the way it is, 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. Many of you may have already
experimented and noticed. If you have not, do not experiment because
I’ll give you the results of the… experiment right now. You might have been doing
sadhana for two years, three years, five years. Stop your sadhana
for three months, suddenly you will see
so many compulsions that you never imagined
were a part of you, which were long time gone, suddenly they will all
become a part of you. But those who are doing their sadhana
properly, they eat in the morning, they don’t think of food till evening. It doesn’t occur because it’s no more a compulsion. If you eat, it’s consciously
you eat; otherwise no. You stop your sadhana
for three months and see; your hands will just grab just about
anything and put it in the mouth. These compulsions will suddenly come back If you just break the sadhana, because 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 the circus again and again. 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? Do you understand what I’m saying? Any information means
memory, isn’t it? How do you carry information? Only by memory,
there is no other way. Either in your head or in a chip or in a computer,
it doesn’t matter, you can carry information
only by memory, there is no other way any
information can stay anywhere. So there’s a huge volume of memory, karmic memory, genetic memory, mental and psychological memory, every kind. If this memory was not there, your body wouldn’t even take a form. Your body knows that it
has to take this form, when you were in your mother’s womb, so many billions of people… on the planet,
everybody took this form, two legs, two hands,
two eyes, like this. If the memory was not there, we do not know what form
it would have taken. It never ever happened that a woman
delivered an elephant or a insect or… something else.
It never ever happened, because there is memory. If the memory is not there, this could have
taken on any form. So you have retained your
physical form the way it is only because of memory. Memory means past. Yes? Memory means always
that which is past. If memory is the only thing, if information that you carry, which is memory, is the only thing which
determines the nature of who you are right now, that means you are past or life is past you. There is no real life;
it’s just a play of memory. If you go and watch a cinema [ In Tamil: What? Rajini Kanth? ]
(Referring to a famous Tamil Actor) If the cinema happens it’s so big and so real, more real than the real, it becomes a bigger reality than reality because it’s so exaggerated. But all this is just
memory being played out. It’s recorded in a film or a digital format or whichever way, it’s just memory,
it’s already over. So even in your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, your compulsions as to what you like,
what you don’t like, whom you love, whom you don’t love, this is all by memory, isn’t it? It’s already past. Yesterday you loved somebody, with that memory you’re living today. Yesterday you disliked somebody, with that memory
you’re living today. So you’re trying to live that which is over. If you try to live that which is over, that which ‘is’ will bypass you. So yoga means to liberate yourself from that information which determines who I am right now. That information which
determines the color of my skin, that information which
determines the shape of my body, that information
should not determine how I think, how I feel,
how I experience my life, but unfortunately it is. So if you become like this, that that information does not determine how you are right now, then you are moving into yoga. So daily, working, daily morning sadhana is just this to slowly, gradually, to create that distance from that information. You don’t have to lose it. People say, ‘I want to forget.’ If you forget you will once again do
the same idiotic things all over again. Never ever forget. The more unpleasant your life has
been, the more you should never forget. If you forget, you will do the
same stupid things all over again. This is not about forgetfulness, but being able to carry. See suppose, today you have memory sticks, if it’s all the time plugged in and
all of it playing, you’ll go crazy. You can carry it in your pocket, no problem. When you want you stick it in your computer, otherwise you put it in your
pocket, this is good, no problem. Memory is still there but not… compulsively working through you. When you want,
consciously you can activate it; otherwise it lies there. So if this becomes like this,
if you want you can activate all of it; otherwise you can keep it aside. Then once that freedom comes,
memory is not a problem. But right now memory is a problem because it’s playing up all the time. Yesterday’s love, yesterday’s dislike, everything is determined who you are today. It will not allow you to
experience what is today, it will not allow you any possibility of life, it will just keep on… you’re like a broken record, just going on the same thing. I dislike this person, I dislike this person,
I dislike this person. Only yesterday you disliked him; today it’s not necessary to dislike him. Yesterday he was doing
something, we disliked him. There is no need to dislike him today, but… the memory is playing
up and saying, ‘I dislike him, I dislike him.’ Whether you like him or dislike him, both ways it is an old record playing, which will not allow you any perception. Unless you begin to perceive life in larger and larger doses, there is really no experience of life, just mind playing over and over, same record. So yoga means
breaking this cycle and nature will not release you from that just like that. It needs a certain amount of work. If you want to be just like that released, then you have to release
yourself from the body itself. Staying in the body, which is the way it is only because of its memory and not being a part of that memory. 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. So tomorrow morning: Sadhana!