Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Picture courtesy : Isha Blog
“It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit” – Antoine Rivarol
Many people see yoga as an exercise – a way to lose weight, be calmer, have a flexible body and feel fresh the whole day. However, being a serious yoga practitioner for about two and a half years, I realise that yoga is much deeper than that. It introduces one to a dimension not in the living experience of many.
On International Yoga Day, as we read hundreds of articles on the benefits of yoga, let us have a look at the top yoga mysteries too.
With practise, this energy can be raised to the sahasrara chakra (seventh chakra above the head outside the body). This results in developing a perception par excellence – one sees what others cannot see. Talk about this to a yogi and a doctor/scientist and see the contrast of their reactions!
The gland is critical in the yogis’ endeavour of raising energies to Ajna, the 6th chakra (located on the forehead slightly above the point where the eye-brows meet). Does the Pineal gland actually play a role during birth and death? Spiritual dimension of the gland is mystery for science.
3. Mahasamadhi : We have heard of numerous yogis having simply dropped their bodies off willingly and walked out, just as we drop our clothes. That is Mahasamadhi.
For example, disciples say Swami Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi. Here is a screenshot from the wiki on Swami Vivekananda.
Sadhguru explains the phenomenon and narrates an interesting anecdote here. Try discussing this with a scientist or a doctor at your own risk!
4. Other side of the wall : Practising yoga raises one’s energy. When the energy reaches a certain pitch, one gets a glimpse of ‘the other side of the wall’. This is explained here.
It is like jumping on a trampoline. Once in a while, it takes one so high that one is able to see what there is on the other side of the wall. Once one has had the look, one tries again, and again, till one goes high again and has a second look. It is then that one wants a ‘ladder’ to go to the other side. But what is actually there on the other side of the wall?
5. Enlightenment : A yogi achieves enlightenment when he transcends the physical nature of existence. Sadhguru explains it here, with an interesting anecdote about Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Many enlightened yogis have walked this earth. Here is another interesting anecdote of how Ramakrishna Paramhansa got enlightened. Gautam Budha, during his lifetime, is said to have thousands of enlightened disciples; not to mention his own enlightenment, which is well documented. Sadhguru talks about his own enlightenment here. However, scientists and other rationalists have their own opinion on the subject.
On scratching the surface, one finds some explanations but these raise more questions than they answer. Reason why Gurus, even enlightened beings, do not solve the mysteries upfront is that yoga is an experiential journey for the seeker; a Guru only shows the way. Answers have to be sought by the seeker himself.
Rationalists and spiritual seekers have been at loggerheads for long. For example, watch this excellent debate between Sadhguru and Javed Akhtar.
My suggestion? Neither believe nor disbelieve in these mysteries. Just take the plunge into yoga and explore for yourselves!
What do you think of these mysteries? Will science be able to substantiate or disprove any of these ever? Your comments are welcome!