“Yoga’s antiquity goes back to 15 millennia when even the idea of religion did not exist in human mind, but yoga did,” said Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev at the India Today Body Rocks event.
“What we need to understand is that yoga predates all religions. This is an outcome of a profound observation of the human mechanism; the most sophisticated gadget on the planet.
“The simple question is have you read the users’ manual?” asked the smiling guru, who is also creator of the Isha Foundation.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev was one among a galaxy of prominent yoga practitioners and teachers brought together by India Today on the occasion of June 21 being declared as International Yoga Day.
In a blissful gathering at the Taj Palace hotel, Brahmakumari Sister Shivani, author Ira Trivedi and actor Nimrat Kaur, amongst others, gave the audience valuable advice on Yoga and its various asanas.
Junking the idea that yoga requires bowing down to Hindu deities or the sun, the Yoga guru said: “Yoga doesn’t demand that you bow down to anyone. Your well being is entirely yours. Only at the time of instruction you have to be with somebody. Once you know what to do, you don’t need to go to anybody or bow down to anyone.”
“Yoga is the science of inner well being. Even when the so-called physical or modern sciences came about, the first people to resist were the religious people. This is because they have set beliefs and ideas which don’t go with anything else,” observed the mystic with over 100 titles in eight languages to his name.
“For surya namaskar,” he elaborated: “The sun salutation is an English translation, an unfortunate translation. Surya namaskar does not mean sun salutation.
“Every life on this planet — whether it’s an earthworm, a plant or a human being — is solar powered, so the sun’s energy is stored in us. The question is how we make use of it.”
“Surya namaskar is about seeing that your batteries don’t deplete too often, which is happening to the modern society. If they skip one meal, they have headaches, tension and all kinds of anxieties.
“Yoga is about taking into consideration all five dimensions of the body — the physical, mental, energy, etheric body and bliss — and making its optimal utilisation.”
“For the first time, the world has recognised that if human beings have to be well they have to look inwards,” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said.
“We have divided humanity in ways that we can’t fix in near future. The only way we can be well is by turning inwards because human experience is generated from within.”