Belief is a strange thing, the Encyclopaedia Brittanica states belief as;
“a mental attitude of acceptance or assent toward a proposition without the full intellectual knowledge required to guarantee its truth.”
“Belief becomes knowledge only when the truth of a proposition becomes evident to the believer. Belief in someone or something is basically different from belief that a proposition is true.”
So, belief is a feeling. A hunch. We don’t have proof of the truth, but we have faith and that for many, belief is where the magic begins. It’s all that’s needed for a meaningful, fulfilled, sane life.
Science gets quite irritated with this, to say the least! Science can’t stop with belief and faith—it has to keep asking questions about the hunch or feeling until it becomes the obvious recorded proof. Until then, Science cannot rest.
Here’s where Yoga philosophy comes in.
Yoga means to “yoke” or to “unite,” to get rid of duality in the spirit of unity. We often talk about it being the unity of mind and body using the glue of the soul so that we can become united with the universal soul.
But on a different level, yoga actually unites Science and Religion together. Yoga is devotional and contemplative and in a lot of ways ritualistic in that people who practice the spiritual path of yoga spend time chanting mantra or meditating. But yoga also constantly asks questions. It wants to get to the bottom of everything and find the truth.
Yogis become their own psychologists if they really start getting into their spiritual practice. They want to know why there is suffering in the world and they start by looking at themselves to see why they suffer and how they can rectify the suffering and find contentment and then pass on what they’ve learnt to everyone who wants to listen.
Yoga is about facing our fears and shouting BOO! Yoga is about looking into the darkest depths of ourselves and shining a big million-candle-power searchlight into the pit and shouting “Who’s there? Come out where I can see you!”
Yoga has faith when there’s no proof, but keeps asking awkward questions until it finds the right kind of answers.
Yoga is so much more than stretching and fitness. But the stretching is where the questions start and the fitness gives us the fortitude to listen openly to the answers.