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Patanjali - The Great Inner Scientist, Painting by Pratiksha Apurv

Acrylic & oil on Canvas , 60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
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Pratiksha Apurv
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Pratiksha Apurv



Patanjali - The Great Inner Scientist



Acrylic & oil on Canvas



60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)



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Yoga is more scientific than science and more religious than religion, because it makes the great synthesis of the inner and outer says Pratiksha Apurv... Yoga has been the most talked about topic for several years now, and rightly so since it is the only path that brings totality into human beings. And, this has been made amply clear from the very first Sutra when Patanjali says- “Athayoganushasanam" - “Now the Discipline.” Patanjali wastes no time and starts by directly addressing the seeker and talking about the present moment- the ‘here and now moment’.

When the seeker has dropped the past, when all his memories of life experiences- both good and bad, have simply fallen and dissolved, not because he has forcefully made any attempts, but simply because he has finally matured and is ready. To such a seeker Patanjali says: “Athayoganushasanam"- Now the discipline! The seeker having achieved sufficient maturity is ready to take the inward path which will ultimately lead to his liberation.

The Sutra also highlights the moot point that Yoga is not just a shastra, but also a precise science, not a therapy but a simple inner discipline. And this discipline arises when the seeker is lost in his own sufferings, becomes hopeless about life, not knowing what to do when life seems to be a waste.

Osho says if that moment of maturity has not come, one can go on studying yoga; one can become a great scholar, but will not be a yogi. He further elaborates that Yoga attempts to create a crystallized centre within the seeker, because as we are, we are a crowd and a crowd has many faces. “Up until now you have lived as a chaos, a crowd. Yoga means now you will have to be a harmony, you will have to become one. Crystallization is needed; a centring is needed. And unless you attain a centre all that you do is useless. It is wasting life and time.”

Patanjali, the father of Yoga is not only an enlightened person but a great scientist, a genius, who approached life scientifically. He is creating an order within the seeker that has been missing. Patanjali categorizes the human personality into five bodies corresponding with the five elements within oneself, and the journey from one body to the next higher one. These five bodies have been depicted through my painting titled: ‘Patanjali-The Great Inner Scientist’.

The first body is ‘Annamaya Kosha’ (the food body), which is made of earth and emphasizes purity of food that one eats for pure food body to enter. The second body which Patanjali called ‘Pranamaya Kosha’ (the energy body) is made of fire. The second body highlights the energy field around a person. Patanjali says ‘Pranamaya Kosha’ is actually made of subtle energy that travels within through breathing and creates an aura of energy. The third body is Manumaya Kosha (the mental body) connected to the third element-water and highlights the importance of having your own mind, taking the reins of your life in your own hands. When one becomes spontaneous and responsible, we start growing in ‘Manumaya Kosha.’ The fourth is ‘Vigyanamaya Kosha’ (the intuitive body) corresponding with air. Here, one becomes very receptive and available. The fifth body is ‘Anandmaya Kosha’ (the bliss body) corresponding with the element-ether.

Osho says that these five are just seeds and beyond these five is reality. He said that the physical body was just a step to the energy body and that again was just a step towards the mind body. The mind body again was just a step towards the intuitive body. And finally this too was just a step towards the next, called the bliss body.
“And from the bliss body one takes the jump into the sixth! Now there are no further steps- one simply takes the jump into the abyss of our being, and that is infinity, eternity.” And beyond the sixth, nothing can be said about the seventh. In the system of the seven chakras, the first is the ‘Base Chakra’ (Muladhar) and the seventh is the Crown Chakra (Sahasrar). These two form the bridge between the individual and the ultimate while the remaining five are in-between and corresponds to the five elements and five bodies.

Patanjali is very clear and direct when he says that the yoga postures are not really concerned with the body but the capacity of the concerned human beings to sit silently without doing physical exercises or even moving the body for few hours. Yoga- Patanjali says is the state of no-mind. His emphasis is on the mind which covers everything that defines our mind including religions, scriptures, hopes and our conditionings.

When the mind is gone and there are no experiences haunting us, we are in Yoga. But, when one still has the mind with all its experiences, in spite of all the postures, it cannot be called Yoga. Patanjali further says: “Tada Drashtuh Svaroope Avasthanam”, when the mind is gone, when the mind ceases to exist, the witness is established in itself and the person becomes a Yogi. It is a very deep indication about the Yogi and who is a Yogi?

Through the science of yoga, Patanjali is sending the message to drop the mind filled with memories. Let it go, just become a witness, like one watching a crowd passing by. The seeker will be in state of no-mind if the mind is flowing, so let it flow. It is not of concern, as if one has got nothing to do with the flow of thought, one is not identified with the thinking process; one is not forming any conclusion. One is simply witnessing the flow of the mind.

Osho says that- “the mind can be either the source of bondage or source of freedom and the right use of mind can become meditation. If you can make the mind your instrument, your slave, the mind becomes the passage through which you can reach the ultimate. All the techniques, all the methods, all the paths of yoga, are really concerned deeply only with one problem: how to use the mind.”

Our mind is a very delicate part of the body and cannot be observed as two separate entities. They are one but as gross and subtle form. Humanity must pay gratitude to Patanjali for showing the world the true scientific structure of the human mind. It is said that mind is the subtle part of the body because whatever goes in the body, food or any other stuffs, affects the mind. And at the same time it works in the reverse order and if one can influence the mind, we can see the effect within the body. But as Patanjali says: once we are in a no-mind state, the mind drops and this leads to meditation. It paves the way for yoga. The very first Sutra of the last chapter of Patanjali Yog Sutra -'Kaivalya Pada' has the most important and significant meaning. It says: "janm/aushadhi/mantra/tapah/samadhijah siddhayah".

In literal terms the powers are revealed at birth or acquired through drugs, sacred words, austerities, or Samadhi. This is significant because Patanjali is talking about attainment of awareness in Yoga. He is indicating the seeking one has not known before this state. The first experience says Patanjali, is Samadhi at birth though one cannot acknowledge it at the time of birth. And, when one attains this through yoga later in life, we remember it as nothing new. It is just the remembrance. Patanjali says that is true enlightenment but as a scientist, he gives four other ways as well including drugs or chemicals, repeating of sacred words or mantras, and through austerities. But his entire emphasis is on Samadhi, which is not some kind of a target to achieve, but a state of ‘here and now’, a state of no desires, even no desire for Samadhi itself.

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