All kinds of physical and mental yoga practice of yoga asana practice, pranayama practice, pure organic way of clean living and vegetarian food consumption, positive thinking, concentration and meditation practice, even when the mind gets to experience certain degrees of tranquility beyond names and forms induced by the physical and mental yoga and meditation practice, or gets a glimpse of beyond bodily consciousness of transcendental bliss under the momentary one-pointed stillness state of the mind, don't necessary guarantee self-realization, or the liberation from ignorance, egoism and impurities, or the end of suffering, or they don't serve the purpose of mind purification to be eliminating the ignorance, egoism and impurities effectively, if without dispassion and renunciation, or the eradication of passionate desires of craving and aversion, or the detachment from the worldly passionate egoistic ideas, affairs, ties, interactions, activities, thinking, belief, values and practice deriving from ignorance and egoism, that empowers ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness.
Without dispassion, renunciation, detachment and the eradication of the passionate desires of craving and aversion, all kinds of physical and mental yoga practice are merely some physical and mental activities like any kind of physical sports and fitness exercises or mental function, ability and knowledge enhancement exercises, regardless of how long one has been performing such activities and has been gaining all sorts of physical and mental improvements from engaging in such physical and mental training activities regularly, and constantly learning, studying and accumulating all kinds of knowledge about everything, the mind will still be under the influence of ignorance and egoism.
That's why there are quite many corruptions or corrupted abusive conducts and affairs in the world of yoga and buddhism, from among those of the top level of so called the founder of certain lineage, school or organization, the top people of the management of certain lineage, school or organization, the guardians, the principal teachers and advanced disciples with so called many years of engagement and experience in the advanced yoga and meditation practice, or the devoted disciples of buddhism of monks or nuns, and among those that think and believe that they have been learning and practicing yoga and meditation practice under certain lineage, school or teacher for many years, and that they are the advanced yoga practitioners who perform advanced yoga practice, and/or they are the advanced yoga teachers who teach advanced yoga practice or advanced yoga classes to others.
As under the influence of ignorance and egoism, there will be
egoistic attachment and identification towards the momentary
side-effects of the yoga asana, pranayama, concentration and meditation
practice, such as the momentary sense of tranquility, or the momentary
sense of beyond bodily consciousness of lightness and void of physical
sensations, or what the mind refers as transcendental bliss, which then
the mind generates attachment, identification and craving towards such
momentary effects induced by the practice. There's idea of "This is
amazing," "I am experiencing this," "I am enjoying this," or "I have
achieved higher level in my yoga and meditation practice," or even, "I
Even without performing any kinds of yoga asana, pranayama, concentration and meditation practice, such momentary effects of the momentary sense of tranquility or the momentary sense of beyond bodily consciousness of lightness and void of physical sensations can be easily induced by certain types of drugs. There are quite many people hooked on such effects induced by certain drugs and are addicted to such drugs induced momentary effects. These momentary pleasant blissful states of the mind doesn't remove the ignorance, egoism and impurities. And many minds, even the adept yoga and meditation practitioners, mistaken that momentary lightness, numbness, tranquility, or pleasant blissful state of mind as the state of 'enlightenment', but then in everyday life, their thinking and conduct are still corrupted.
That's why the presence of all those momentary physical and
mental side-effects of the yoga asana, pranayama, concentration and
meditation practice are not relevant to whether the eradication of
ignorance, egoism and impurities is taking place, or not. In fact, during the intense mind purification process of eradicating ignorance and egoism, there are 'unpleasantness', 'irritation', 'pain' and 'discomfort' arising in the mind and/or the body.
That's the power of ignorance, egoism and impurities. One can be practicing certain yoga and meditation practice regularly and passionately under certain lineage, school or organization for many many years, while gaining and enjoying the momentary side-effects of many different types of physical and mental benefits and enhancements, or has been accumulating many different information or knowledge through reading, hearing, studying and memorizing, and full of passionate love and enthusiasm towards yoga and the yoga practice, but the mind is still ignorantly functioning under the influence of deep ignorance and egoism, that leads to corrupted thinking and conduct, unwittingly.
The minds that are in the process of eradicating the ignorance, egoism and impurities from the thinking faculty, are void of passionate love and enthusiasm towards anything, including yoga and the yoga practice. The mind doesn't need to have passionate love and enthusiasm towards yoga and the yoga practice, to be performing the yoga practice and realize yoga under the intense yearning for liberation. Similarly, the dispassionate yogis don't fall in love with the chanting, bhajan, kirtan, mantras and prayers that serve the purpose of influencing the state of the mind via such sound vibration, to render the mind one-pointed that leads to meditation. While the meditation practitioners don't fall in love with meditation. The passionate love and enthusiasm is indeed one of the 'cheeky' hindrances that hinders the mind to evolve, to annihilate the selfless modifications of the selfless thinking faculty, to attain self-realization.
It's not the fault or the responsibility of the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism being what they are, as there are minds that have been and/or are practicing the teachings and practice as they are, under the correct understanding and right effort, that purify the selfless thinking faculty effectively as it is, that leads the minds towards self-realization upon the annihilation of ignorance, egoism, impurities and the restless modifications of the mind. It's solely the responsibility of the minds themselves that are practicing the teachings and practice with or without the correct understanding and right effort.
That's why the highly importance of non-blind believing, non-blind following, non-blind practicing, non-blind propagating, investigation towards the truth of everything, self-inquiry, self-reliance, self-discipline, self-control, dispassion, renunciation, seclusion, solitude void of any company (Asanga), detachment, non-attachment, non-identification, desirelessness, non-craving, non-aversion, wise company (Satsanga), void of ignorant egoistic company (Kutsanga), correct understanding and right effort throughout the journey of yoga and/or buddhism.
Inquire the truth of everything.