Condensed from talks by Guruji Shree Rishi Prabhakarji.
Of the 6 Darshanas or systems, Yoga and Vedanta are important systems. But, the six systems are all related to each other, they can-not be separate by themselves, they are all interlinked. Together they make a complete whole.
Each one is developed to such a state, it appears as though it is the ‘full thing’ by itself. Each one is required to make life full.
The basic philosophy in Karma Mimamsa is: if you want to experience fullness, you have to do certain actions.
Unless you do your work dedi-catedly you will not get the knowledge, you will not be a complete person.
This is also true and that’s also a kind of fullness. But what has been made out of it is that people have got stuck with actions only like Puja.
It is said that unless you do this puja you will not get this effect. It is true that, by doing a particular puja you will get a particular result, but people take that itself to be the only true knowledge.
Living within cause and effect is knowledge and that’s what they think is fullness. In action itself you have to experience perfection.
It is thought that you will achieve a perfect state of completion, by repeated action. This will become a materialistic procedure – you go on doing something and think that you will gain more and more knowledge by that repeated action. By doing it so many times you will gain utmost knowledge, wherein you will experience fullness.
By investigating the object more and more you will get the result – this is called materialism.
But that will never happen even if you do any amount of work, by investigating something out-side, you will not get the fullness within. That is why it has to start from self-knowledge, from understanding ones’ Self.
Each Maharshi has given a new shape to Yoga. The one who has described yoga is Patanjali. He has systematized it in his book – the ‘Patanjali Yog Sutras’. These are all aphorisms, like our Upanishads. But to know what it is, you require a teacher, a living Master. He has just given the aphorism, that’s all. The first among all the aphorisms is known as – Yog Chitta Vriti Nirodha – stopping the function of Chitta is known as Yoga.
When Chitta is not doing anything then it is Yoga.
Different people explain the func-tioning of Chitta differently. First let us understand what is meant by Manas, Buddhi and Ahankara.
Manas or mind is like a drawing board. At a time only one drawing sheet is kept on the drawing board. The mind, however, has many thoughts. It is like a tele- vision screen. In a cassette, we have so many scenes but at any given time, only one scene can be seen on the screen. This television screen is what constitutes the mind. In that moment, whatever is there is all that could be there. This is known as – Manas.
We can display different scenes on a television screen or put up diff-erent sheets on the drawing board. But for that we keep the drawings in a store from where we will put them out whenever we need them for putting up. Similarly, the store space of our mind is known as Chitta – a ‘store house’ of memory.