Yoga is the realization of Union, and from union to Unity. From the entangled confusion of life is extracted the liberating truth of transcendence and absolute safety and freedom. We uncover our immortal face and recognize it as our everyday self. With the light of discernment even this union of time and eternity dissolves and we are left facing the absolute mystery of Unity which is beyond categories and thought.
Basically the practice of Yoga seeks to calm the mind, when the mind is calm it can perceive its own nature, which is consciousness. When the mind is not calm then it perceives only its own activity, be that thought, experience or emotion. Consciousness is the screen upon which life is projected, it is therefore beyond life, this is the realization of absolute safety and freedom. But Yoga is not only physical practice, it is also enquiry, reason. Application of reason to reach understanding leads to the conclusion that everything that we call reality is in fact a modification of mind, that mind creates reality. The eyes create light, the ears create sound and so on. Reality IS mind, and mind is modified consciousness. From Union of mind and soul we pass to the understanding that all is a continuum of a mysterious entity that folds itself upon itself to create consciousness and so time and space and the universe. The human being is thus not only the instrument though which this cosmic dance is staged but also is the dancer, director and spectator all in one. This is called God consciousness, and is the stage of awe and submission, the veils of illusion are dropped and the human stands exposed as a ray of light existing beyond mundane experience or comprehension.