Yogis believe that if the mind is truly fixed on God at the moment of death then we achieve the highest level of samadhi – true enlightenment. It may seem odd, but as I grew up believing in a Heaven that good people go to when they die, I find this an easy concept to digest. It’s hard to explain, but somehow yoga seems to reconcile with every inherent religious/spiritual principal I have ever had.
God, to me, is the purest, kindest, most compassionate source of everything. My naive perspective of a ‘good’ person simply accepts that someone who believes, respects and worships God so much that they think of them at the moment of death must have followed a path in their life in which they sought closeness to God – be that closeness a search for ‘forgiveness’, ‘redemption’, ‘love’, or ‘unity’… All paths to these require that one is compassionate – a true quality of a yogi.
We can try to explain with words the concepts that we instinctively veer towards, but it’s difficult, maybe even impossible, because the truth is that although we know deep down what is right, it must be experienced to be understood, not simply described or taught with language or books. The knowledge within come from the Self, the True Self that is with us all and continues to exist even after our bodies have passed. Moving through the yoga poses, one physically passes through the shapes and forms of all living beings, and yet at the same time detaches from them all, as the True Self is Realised.
Once this is achieved even the poses are no longer needed. All of the tools and methods that one uses to obtain this experiential understanding of Unity are no longer needed. Like when Neo in the Matrix takes the red pill; once you know the Truth there is no turning back. Thankfully yoga provides a more gentle path to Realisation than Neo’s, and for me, to coin the Beatles, right now there is nowhere I can be that isn’t where I’m meant to be, nothing I can do that can’t be done. True talent on earth – legendary movie makers and song writers that appeal to the whole world – seem to have it all figured out. A coincidence? I don’t think so. They just found a way to express the Knowledge that we are born with, it’s just that some of us need to peel back the layers, work through our karmas and release our sankaras to face and accept It.