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ergio: Welcome, Yo-
giraj. Let's start with
an obvious which,
likely, isn't. What is
the purpose of Yoga?
yogiraj: The purpose of Yoga
is You, and the purpose of you
is your finite consciousness
merging into Infinite Conscious-
ness. Yoga is in Consciousness.
And Supreme Yoga is Divine
Consciousness.
Within each of us is this mys-
tic, inconceivable, indescribable
Silence and Love and this urge
(calling us) back to our natur-
alness, or "Sahaj Samadhi",
our natural state of Divine Con-
sciousness.
So Yoga is the science, the
way, and the path to actualize
the essence of your Being. It has
nothing to do with culture or re-
ligion. It's just your path to Truth.
It's an inner ascent through ever
more refined and ever more ex-
panded spheres of Conscious-
ness to Divinity, that Stillness
before the Big Bang; a stillness
which lies at the core of your
own Being.
Sergio: Is samadhi some-
thing we've experienced and
forgotten?
yogiraj: Samadhi is a natural
state of enlightenment. When
Consciousness enters different
sheaths of the body, there is a
descent of this awareness into
grosser and grosser sheaths.
And this is what is called Maya.
Consciousness enters the mental
sheath. Then it enters the astral
sheath of emotions. And then it
enters the etheric sheath.
Until it enters the womb and
the material sheath of flesh and
blood and bone. And it gets
more and more restricted as it,
in relative sequence, by various
permutations, combinations,
and aggregation of molecules,
becomes denser and denser and
denser. That's why man, when
he takes birth from the womb of
a mother, his breath penetrates
and injects his physical body
with such force that the cause is
mistaken for the effect, and man
idolatrously imagines himself to
be the body and not the Soul.
And then, by practice of yoga
and other techniques, "he" goes
back to the natural state of en-
lightenment.
So the breath is infused into
the flesh with such force that you
think you are the body, whereas
you are actually the Soul. And
Yoga is a technique to reverse
the electrical flow of prana, or
life essence energy, to regain
paradise lost. And when you, by
the yogic process, reverse your
process, interiorize -- you merge
into your own Divine Conscious-
ness and realize that you are a
Soul and you have a body.
Whereas the common peo-
ple today think they are a body
and possess a Soul. It's not that!
Yoga teaches that you are a spirit
unfettered in the body and pos-
sess an appendix, an attachment
of "body," that is just your gar-
ment.
Sergio: What is the Yoga of
the himalayas and how is it dis-
tinguished from "Studio Yoga"
taught in the West?
yogiraj: There is only one
Yoga. The apparent difference
between all yoga branches is
only of degree and not of kind.
To a Knowing Master, the various
yogas can be organized in an as-
cending order from the physical
postural yoga (known as Yoga
Asanas) to the emotional/devo-
tional Bhakti Yoga then further
ascending to the more mental
Mantra, Tantra and Laya Yogas
then ascending and expanding
further into the intuitional Raja
and Gyan Yoga of true knowl-
edge.
When they say yoga here in
the West, they mostly imply
postural integration -- asanas,
where they do the Yoga Asanas,
the movement of body in var-
ious postures, to bring about
health. Yoga Asanas are like
a self-given shiatsu, self-given
massage where you press and
compress your body, you heal
yourself with them.
But, basically and essentially,
Yoga is not postures of integra-
tion of asanas. Essentially, the
core meaning of Yoga is Samadhi
which means "composed mind,"
the union of the finite with Infi-
nite Consciousness.
So "Studio Yoga" is the initial
tenderfoot, yet sincere effort of
most Western teachers to main-
tain bodily fitness and then fur-
ther ascend toward the one
YOGA: Our Parent Source
A Conversation with
Yogiraj Siddhanath
by Sergio barreto Solis
himalayan Siddah Master Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath.
Photo by Atul Sharma.