There is a mind, I know. I am helpless and don’t know how it works and what to do with it. I have heard that when it is reigned in, it does wonders to me. If I don’t know anything, then it takes me for a big ride around this world, just as an ignorant traveler is taken around the city in an autorickshaw and brought back to the same place after a hefty fare is charged!
If this is the problem that is confronting you many a time, Maharshi Patanjali has the answer to it. At first, he categorically says that yoga is all about making the mind quiet and hence enables you to see the world as it is and not as our thoughts dictate. If that happens, what is the situation of such a person? Then, the real seer of this world and everything in and around it, including himself, rests in his own essential nature.
The happiest moments of your life would have always been those times when you are so content with yourself and everything that is around you. It may be for a brief moment, but yet it holds the key to being happy always. Those are the moments when you are in full form—your own real self, that is.
What happens when there is quietude about the flow of thoughts? One is able to get an understanding of something that is fundamental, refreshing, infinite, everlasting, original, fresh and unnoticed all the while.
The practice of yoga in whatever form—whether it is the movement of your body gracefully, flowing with your breath rhythmically, doing your daily routine with dedication and love or even simple tasks like threading a needle—can be done with love or by simply being in love for no particular reason, you reach that goal of being content with your own true potential. There is a fine-tuning in the flow of thought frequencies. The actual yoga happens when the thought waves of the individual merge with the thought waves of the cosmos.
And this is the eternal original essence that one is able to experience when the mind is still. Just as when the river is turbulent, you can see just the ruddy, foaming eddies, gushing in currents. But when the water is tranquil, one gets a much deeper insight into what lies down in the river bed. With a quiet mind around, one is able to see through the world with the tranquil vision of reality.
The greatest gift of life is the present moment. What is it that you don’t have this moment? You have the whole earth beneath your feet and the whole sky above your head. The whole cosmos belongs to you. This present is truly a present if only you know its value. Otherwise, it is just another boring moment gone by.