Yoga does not mean twisting the body, holding the breath or something else. The word “yoga” literally means union. In one’s experience, everything has become one. Yoga is a system of raising human ability to perceive, to enhance individual human beings to realise their ultimate nature. Yoga is the most profound exploration of the very mechanics of life.
International Day of Yoga is coming at a crucial time. The yogic science is of utmost significance now, like never before. Earlier, in pursuit of wellbeing, people have looked up. This has brought a lot of hallucination, and created continuous wars between one kind of heaven and another. They are fighting over a God or a heaven that both of them have not seen, but they are willing to fight to death. In recent times, there has been a shift towards seeking wellbeing from the outside world. In the process of trying to take the juice of life from outside, we are destroying the very source of our living – the planet itself.
The message of yoga is this: “Not up, not out – in. The only way out is in.” If we look up, we are in conflict. If we look out, we are in conflict. But if we look inward for our wellbeing, there is never any conflict – not in the world, not within us.