This book is a treasure trove of delights for anybody
interested in Philosophy. 'Humanics' is the combined
aspect of physics, psychophysics, psychics, meta-psychics
and meta-physics of human. The art, science and
philosophy of yoga that has remedy, reformation and
evolution has bequeathed to man of any age and any era.
Yoga is an endless pursuit of knowledge. All emotions
that man faces i.e. pain, pleasure, love, hatred, devotion
and profanity are on account of mind. The mind is easily
vulnerable to emotions and circumstances. Thus, Yoga is
development of an internal capacity to help the mind keep
restrained from all fanciful, violent and turbulent
radiations and establish it in placidity.
Prashant S. Iyengar is the son of Yogacharya
BKS Iyengar and an authority on yoga. He is
presently the director of Ramamani Iyengar
Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI). His
knowledge about the scriptures and the ancient
texts makes learning yoga very interesting. He is also an accomplished violinist.
All emotions that man faces like pain and pleasure, love
and hatred, devotion and profanity are on account of the mind.
The mind is easily vulnerable to emotions and circumstances. It
is volatile and easily provoked to fury, anxiety and excitement
Human being is more agonised by the mind than by its foes.
The mental complexities grow out of proportion to such an
extent that it sometimes results in split personality, and at times
even landing one into an irreversible neurotic and hysterical
condition. The same mind yearns for knowledge, and in its heart
of hearts craves for omniscience!
A needless magnification of anguish, distress, worry, pain,
sorrow, and torment victimise humanity by depriving it of
placidity. Therefore, one needs to keep the mind in check for
the well being of oneself and people around. Some restraint is
essential to gain wisdom too. The human mind requires tender
care like an infant, because it has the potential to be anything
from a saint to a Satan and from wise to foolish. Although the
mind is delicate, tender and complex, it can explode with
catastrophic effects on the individual, society or humanity, and
the bio-world at large.
The human mind has innumerable fancies and fluctuations.
Man is tormented by the mercurial mind. It is the mind that
makes the man excessively distressed like a naughty and a
mischievous child. Man in the modem world is seen
increasingly, submissively entreating his mind for peace,
quietude and tranquility. Man is seen supplicating the mind for
the relinquishment of fanciful imaginings and of unduly
magnified worry and anguish.
A sensitive poet is said to have expressed this feeling thus:
"Alas! Being burnt up as I am with fires of the world, I take,
recourse to the religion of yoga." (y. B. 2/33).
Dissociation from pain depends upon the mind's ability to
restrain its undue modulations. It also depends upon its
capacity to maintain a 'low-tide' or 'no-tide' in the mind
substance. This avoids catastrophic malignancies and fanciful
magnifications. The mind needs to be steadfast in placidity
unaffected by worldly tossing.
Yoga is development of an internal capacity to help the
mind keep restrained from all fanciful, violent and turbulent
radiations, and establish it in placidity. This coveted state of all-
resistant and pain-proof mind is developed by rendering it into
some sort of bad-conductor of psychological anguish and
stress current Such fortification could be in a way called yoga.
A commoner cherishes a pain-proof and anguish-resistant
state. This is attained through an internal capacity to restrain the
mind. Such internal capacities are developed by the practice of
yoga principles by adherence to the yoga-cult and by the
inculcation of yoga-philosophy. It is at this point that the yoga
sutra-s begin declaring; 'Yoga is restraint of mental
This system of Patanjali also conjugates seemingly at the
same point when the mind is irrevocably restrained in liberation,
which is known as kaivalya. In the process, the satre-s
encompass the entire human Endeavour towards the summum
bonum, which is religious and spiritually highest
Now, when there is an effort to restrain all fanciful and
violent flights of the mind from within oneself, the same process
can be called Yoga.
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