VI:20-28 The Yoga of a Yogi

Through the teachings of the Gita, we have come to understand that Yoga is not completely represented by what we see in Yoga studios. It is a part of the whole, but elementary to the purpose of Real Yoga.

Where the attention comes to rest, held there by yoga practice, the yogi recognizes himself as his own means of yoga and is happy. 

To slip into a meditative state, the attention, and therefore the prana (Life Energy), must ‘come to rest’ on one thing.

Where the attention goes, the energy flows.

In surrender sadhana, this is managed by Shakti, and happens spontaneously. By surrendering himself to God/Truth, the yogi soon discovers himself to be his own instrument of yoga and recognizes his good fortune. Fueled by this realization, his inspired practice is successful.

Action is the means of Yoga. Correct knowledge is the fuel that brings success a thousand times faster than action performed without it.  

Now that he knows the location of this infinite joy, he grasps this intelligence that is beyond the senses, becomes established in yoga practice, and does not deviate from it.

It is the yogi himself who is beyond the senses, and now he understands. Nothing that is ‘out there’ within the grasp of the senses can bring him true happiness. And only what is beyond the senses can bring about union (yoga), for the senses will lead one away from it by commandeering the attention, and with it, the Life Energy. But the yogi is not susceptible to this intrusion because he can’t leave yoga alone—he is addicted to it and the joy it brings. This is what is meant by ‘established’ and why ‘he does not deviate from it’.

And having attained this, no greater gain can he imagine. Established in it, he is not moved from it, even by profound sorrow.

This yogi is unlikely to ever leave Yoga behind. Not only has he become established in it, but it has become his refuge in hard times—hard times in the processes of yoga as it changes him and his perspectives, and the kinds of hard times that are inevitable in life in general.

The separation of union with unhappiness is a sign of Yoga practiced with determination, absence of doubt, and undismayed mind. 

The union of Yoga separates one from union with unhappiness—dis-ease, difficulty, misery, suffering and sorrow. No matter the difficulty, no matter the suffering or misfortune in life, as soon as it begins it is dissolved, and one goes forward with yoga and finds happiness in it.

This is the sign of successful yoga and the yogi knows it, and goes forward with it, no matter what (this is the true meaning of discipline). Doubts are a thing of the past, or dissolve quickly. Determination is easy. No matter what his mind tells him, he knows yoga and will never leave it. 

All desires of the mind, the basis of all intentions, are completely abandoned without exception, and the senses restrained. 

Because of his devoted yoga practice, mentally based desires and the intentions that go with them, are thrown out. There are no exceptions. It is this that causes the senses to become subdued spontaneously, and the mind quieted.

This yogi will not allow the senses to spoil his good fortune with their antics as they continue to bombard him with opportunities to become drowned by desires. Even though they may arise in his consciousness, they are helpless against his determination. 

Having firmly grasped that which is beyond the senses, the activities of the mind gradually cease and he thinks of nothing else.

It is the abandonment of mentally based desires and intentions that allows the mind to rest. The yogi has only one thought: union with God/Truth, yoga.

Whenever the flickering mind wanders, it is withdrawn and brought back to That. 

If in his practice his mind should wander from the single object of yoga, it is spontaneously brought back to That, by That.

The yogi whose passion is thus virtuously assuaged, is calm of mind, and approaches Brahman and the highest happiness. 

By the virtuous action of yoga, the yogi is relieved of the turbulent nature of rajas (the guna of passion), and is completely tranquil and calm of mind. In this state, he is in the position of union with God, Brahman, and supreme joy.

Thus constantly practicing yoga, the yogi’s stains are gone, and he easily encounters Brahman and endless happiness. 

The yogi’s faults are destroyed through his constant practice of yoga. He easily encounters Brahman—God/Truth—and boundless happiness. There is nothing he has to do but continue with his yoga, and accept the endless joy of its practice.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma


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