Osho yoga Alpha & Omega 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 Volumes.
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 1
Osho:”Yoga is not a religion-remember that. Yoga is not Hindu, it is not Mohammedan. Yoga is a pure science just like mathematics, physics or chemistry. Physics is not Christian physics is not Buddhist. If Christians have discovered the laws of physics, then too physics is not Christian. It is just accidental that Christians have come to discover the laws of physics. But physics remains just a science. Yoga is a science — it is just an accident that Hindus discovered it. It is not Hindu. It is a pure mathematics of the inner being. So a Mohammedan can be a yogi, a Christian can be a yogi, a Jain, a Bauddha can be a yogi.”
“Yoga is pure science, and Patanjali is the greatest name as far as the world of yoga is concerned. This man is rare. There is no other name comparable to Patanjali. For the first time in the history of humanity, this man brought religion to the state of a science: he made religion a science, bare laws; no belief is needed…..”
“Patanjali is rare. He is an enlightened person like Buddha, like Krishna, like Christ, like Mahavira, Mohammed, Zarathustra, but he is different in one way. Buddha, Krishna, Mahavira, Zarathustra, Mohammed no one has a scientific attitude. They are great founders of religions. They have changed the whole pattern of human mind and its structure, but their approach is not scientific.
Patanjali is like an Einstein in the word of Buddhas. He is a phenomenon. He could have easily been a Nobel Prize winner like an Einstein or Bohr or Max Planck, Heisenberg. He has the same attitude, the same approach of a rigorous scientific mind. He is not a poet; Krishna is a poet. He is not a moralist; Mahavira is a moralist. He is basically a scientist, thinking in terms of laws. And he has come to deduce absolute laws of human being, the ultimate working structure of human mind and reality…..”
Source – Osho Book “Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 1”
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 2
Discourses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Talks given from 01/01/75 am to 10/01/75 am, English Discourse series, Includes 10 Chapters which are following-
- The Meaning of Samadhi
- Attraction to the Difficult
- Total Effort or Surrender
- Find the Ever-Present Flower
- The Master of Masters
- The Beginning of a New Path
- The Obstacles to Meditation
- From Chaos to Chaos with Aum
- Cultivating Right Attitudes
- The Alpha is the Omega
“Patanjali is The greatest scientist of the inner. His approach is that of a scientific mind: he is not a poet. And in that way he is very rare, because those who enter into the inner world are almost always poets, those who enter into the outer world are always almost scientists.
Patanjali is a rare flower. He has a scientific mind, but his journey is inner. That?s why he became the first and the last word: he is the alpha and the omega. For five thousand years nobody could improve upon him. It seems he cannot be improved upon. He will remain the last word – because the very combination is impossible. To have a scientific attitude and to enter into the inner is almost an impossible possibility. He talks like a mathematician, a logician. He talks like Aristotle and he is a Heraclitus…..”
“The conscious mind is divided in two. First, samprajnata – mind with purified state, just like purified butter. It has a beauty of its own, but it is there. And howsoever beautiful, mind is ugly. Howsoever pure and silent, the very phenomenon of mind is impure. You cannot purify a poison. It remains poison. On the contrary, the more you purify it, the more poisonous it becomes. It may look very, Very beautiful. It may have its own color, shades, but it is still impure…..”
Source – Osho Book “Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 2”
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 3
“Man sleeps almost one-third of his life, twenty years approximately. But sleep has been neglected, terribly neglected. Nobody thinks about it, nobody meditates on it. This has happened because man has paid too much attention to the conscious mind……”
“To be aware is a different type of process. Buddha followed it. He called it self-remembering or right-mindfulness. In this age another Buddha, George Gurdjieff, followed it; he called it selfremembering. Another Buddha, Krishnamurti, goes on talking about awareness, alertness. This is one path. Tilopa belongs to another path, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the path of being loose and natural – not even bothering about awareness – just being whatsoever you are, not making any effort for any improvement. And I tell you, Tilopa’s standpoint is higher than Buddha, Gurdjieff and Krishnamurti, because he creates no conflict. He simply says,’first be whatsoever you are.” Not even spiritual effort… because that too is part of the ego. Who is trying to improve? Who is trying to be aware? Who is trying to attain enlightenment? Who is this inside you? – it is again the same ego. The same ego which was trying to become the president of a country or the prime minister, now is trying to attain buddhahood…..”
Source – Osho Book “Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 3”
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 4
“Patanjali’s yoga sutras are one of the most commented upon things; they are pregnant with significance, they are very deeply meaningful. But where does one find a Patanjali to comment upon them? Where does one find a man who is not ill in any way? Because illness will color; you cannot help it. When you interpret, you are in your interpretation, you have to be there; there is no other way to interpret. I am going to say things which are not said, and you may find me continuously different from all the commentaries…..”
“Nobody is ordinary. Who told you that you CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD are ordinary.? From where have you got the notion that you are ordinary? Everybody is extraordinary! This is how it should be. God never created ordinary persons. How can God create ordinary persons? Everybody is special, extraordinary. But remember not to feed your ego with it. k is not on your part that you are extraordinary, it is on the part of God……”
Source – Osho Book “Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 4”
Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 5
Yam, niyam, asan, pranayam, pratyahar, dharana, dhyan samadhiya ashto angani.
“The eight steps of Yoga are: yom, self-restraint; niyam, fixed observance; asan, posture; pranayam, breath regulation; pratyahar, abstraction; dharana, concentration; dhyan, contemplation; samadhi, trance.
The eight steps of yoga. This is the whole science of yoga in one sentence, in one seed. Many things are implied. First, let me tell you the exact meaning of each step. And remember, Patanjali calls them steps and limbs, both. They are both. Steps they are CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD because one has to be followed by another, there is a sequence of growth. But they are not only steps: they are limbs of the body of yoga. They have an internal unity, an organic unity also, that is the meaning of limbs……”
Source – Osho Book “Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 5”
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