A Mystics View of Yoga
Yoga by definition is a process of God becoming, which gives rise to the question, is Yoga a religion? The answer to this question is that Yoga is not a religion, as it captures the essence of all religion. This means that Yoga does not deal in partials, opinions or dogmas of any sort as to what is the nature of God, or is not, as every aspect of Yoga acts as a window, which when understood leads to a direct experience of the Divine.
God is the Absolute Good and exists beyond formal definition, and as ‘Supreme Artist’, brings into existence all life and form as we know it. All created beings are unique and in most cases have not as yet realised their full potential, and Yoga has the ability to awaken that potential within everyone.
Yoga and all its related parts are stepping stones that leads directly to the Divine. For example the ethical restraints the Yamas and Niyamas, which many may only give a cursory glance, were originally perceived as a part of the integral weave that underlies creation. To the mystic they are not separate from the simultaneous reality and all Seeing Eye of God, and essentially the glue that holds creation together.
There are two aspects to Asana, the conditioned and the unconditioned; the conditioned is the aspect which is influenced by age, health and the emotional packaging that comes with life. The unconditioned transcends earth bound restraints and is a part of the subtle template that underlies creation. It is by visualising and attuning oneself to each perfect form that makes transformation possible.
All matter is a modification of power, and power is spirit, and spirit is the Breath of Life that posits and sustains creation. It is the breathing techniques of Yoga that enable the Yogi to source the life and Wisdom (prajna), that underlies and moves each breath. The movement between light and darkness is very subtle, that is the movement between light which represents the transforming power of consciousness and the darkness which is the inertia or samskaras that have become established in the body throughout time.
Meditation and pranayama practise, provide the direct experience that makes one more reliant on the light and consciousness underlying the breath. Consciousness is catalytic, brings change and an improved sense of well being. The withdrawal from the world of darkness to light is a gradual reflexive process, in which one can make a choice, between the inmost world of peace and the outer turbulent world of everyday life. This withdrawal called pratyahara is part of the natural process of ‘God becoming’, in which the world is perceived in a new light. To maintain this level of being requires continual ‘Self’ remembrance, and is concentration at the highest level and having one centre. (If thine eye be single etc)
It is when ‘Self’ realised that meditation becomes mediation between the world of spirit and everyday existence and the Yogi is able to take control of his own life and destiny. There is nothing to fear from beings who seek inner freedom as they do not become less responsible but rather more response-able when guided by the wisdom that lies within. Samadhi is the letting go and letting God.