Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 1
Discourses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, During the early 1980’s it was planned to publish the
”Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega” volumes as ”Yoga: The Science of the Soul”. Only the first three
volumes were actually published, the title stayed as ”Alpha and Omega” for the other seven
Talks given from 25/12/73 pm to 10/05/76 am
English Discourse series
Introduction to the path of Yoga
25 December 1973 pm in
NOW THE DISCIPLINE OF YOGA.
YOGA IS THE CESSATION OF MIND.
THEN THE WITNESS IS ESTABLISHED IN ITSELF.
IN THE OTHER STATES THERE IS IDENTIFICATION WITH THE MODIFICATIONS OF THE MIND.
We live in a deep illusion – the illusion of hope, of future, of tomorrow. As man is, man cannot exist
without self-deceptions. Nietzsche says somewhere that man cannot live with the true: he needs
dreams, he needs illusions, he needs lies to exist. And Nietzsche is true. As man is he cannot exist
with the truth. This has to be understood very deeply because without understanding it, there can
be no entry into the inquiry which is called yoga.
The mind has to be understood deeply – the mind which needs lies, the mind which needs illusions,
the mind which cannot exist with the real, the mind which needs dreams. You are not dreaming
only in the night. Even while awake, you are dreaming continuously. You may be looking at me, you
may be listening to me, but a dream current goes on within you. Continuously, the mind is creating
dreams, images, fantasies.
Now scientists say that a man can live without sleep, but he cannot live without dreams. In old
days it was understood that sleep is a necessity, but now modern research says sleep is not really
a necessity. Sleep is needed only so that you can dream. Dream is the necessity. If you are not
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE PATH OF YOGA
allowed to dream and allowed to sleep, you will not feel in the morning fresh, alive. You will feel tired,
as if you have not been able to sleep at all.
In the night there are periods – periods for d