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At the present moment we are in subtraction - God minus myself. I have no sense of God; therefore I am in minus condition. So yoga means God plus I. That is the real meaning of yoga. So long I was God-minus, now God-plus

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"at the present moment we are in subtraction" |"minus myself. I have no sense of God" |"therefore I am in minus condition. So yoga means God plus I. That is the real meaning of yoga. So long I was" |"God-minus, now God-plus"

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Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Lectures

Real yoga means "plus," "addition," just like in mathematics we have got addition and subtraction. So at the present moment we are in subtraction—God minus myself. I have no sense of God; therefore I am in minus condition. So yoga means God plus I. That is the real meaning of yoga. So long I was God-minus, now God-plus.


There are different paths, different rituals. So Lord Caitanya says that no other method . . . not only . . . not Caitanya, but the Vedic literature says. So He is quoting one evidence from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam: na sādhayati māṁ yogaḥ. The Lord says that "The yoga process cannot achieve success in reaching Me." Na sāṅkhyam. Sāṅkhyam means philosophical speculation. "That also cannot reach Me." Na dharma. Dharma means religious principles. Uddhava: "O My dear Uddhava." This is an instruction just like Lord Kṛṣṇa gave instruction to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-gītā; similarly, He gave instruction to one of His cousin-brother whose name was Uddhava. And that is stated in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. So in course of that instruction He says: "My dear Uddhava, yoga cannot achieve Me, neither sāṅkhya." Sāṅkhya means . . . yoga means, real yoga means "connect," "plus." Real yoga means "plus," "addition," just like in mathematics we have got addition and subtraction.

So at the present moment we are in subtraction—God minus myself. I have no sense of God; therefore I am in minus condition. So yoga means God plus I. That is the real meaning of yoga. So long I was God-minus, now God-plus. But you must always remember: in the spiritual, absolute sense, God plus me He is also God, and God minus me He is also God. When I am minus, that does not mean God has lost some of His capacity. No. He is full. And when I am plus, it does not mean that God has increased in some capacity. No.

The very good example is given, āpūryamāṇam acala-pratiṣṭha (BG 2.70). Just like the ocean, Atlantic Ocean. In the . . . during summer season, rainy season, millions of tons water is evaporated by the sun to make . . . to create cloud, but if you see the Atlantic Ocean, it is the same. Similarly, after rainy season, millions of tons of water are poured into the ocean by overflow of rivers, but still, you see the ocean is the same. In the material world, if you can find out such things that an ordinary ocean . . . I say "ordinary" because there are millions of oceans floating in the air.

Therefore we should not be very much astonished to see the Atlantic Ocean. Within this space, even within this material space, you have got millions and trillions of ocean like Atlantic. Just like a drop of water or less than that, an atomic portion of water, they are floating in the air. So that is the potency of God.

So yoga . . . yoga means God plus myself. Plus myself. The system is: those who are too much engrossed with this bodily conception of life, for them, yoga system is very good because it is a practice to withdraw the senses from their engagement in the external world to the inside.