As usual in the systems of
Vedic knowledge the attitude and concentration is what matters, not the form. The classical Yoga
system of India
is the Raja Yoga system outlined in the YOGA SUTRAS of Patanjali,
which appear to date around the third century B.C. The term
Yoga however is found already in the Gita and the Upanishads and is
present in some very important Vedic hymns also, both in the Rig and
Yajur Vedas. Most commonly the term Yajna, sacrifice, as already
indicated is used in the Vedas instead of Yoga.
This will towards Yoga inherent in life
is the Vedic Sun God of inspiration, Savitar, who is behind the
manifestation of all the Gods. Life is also Yoga in the sense that
it is an ongoing work producing a specific result. Whatever we do is
a kind of Yoga, a concerted action to gain a particular end. While
normally we unconsciously practice Yoga, making various efforts to
develop our outer powers to gain the outer aims of life, in Yoga
itself we learn to consciously direct our energies to gain the inner
aim of liberation.
The most significant ancient form of yoga was Mantra Yoga, or the
Yoga of the Divine Word. This Yoga is hidden in all the scriptures
of the ancient world. Hence Yoga is as old as man and as old as
human language. Language itself arose at first as an effort to
communicate with God and his cosmic powers and presence as a means
of reintegration of the human with the universal. Life itself
is Yoga; that is, there is an ongoing will in life towards growth,
evolution and transformation.
For this Yoga shows us how to align
ourselves with the cosmic intelligence and use the cosmic energy.
This provides a much greater power of action and transformation than
the normal usage of our personal energies. The yogic path we follow
should reflect what really attunes us to this greater Divine force.