The other day I was giving a lecture on yoga philosophy (or at least my version thereof). I posed a question: “What does yoga mean?” and I received the expected answers of union, to yoke, peace, oneness, etc.
None were the answers I was looking for, and, to be quite honest, it was a nasty trick question that I was asking.
I rephrased my question: “How would you translate the word yoga?” and received much the same response. Again, not what I was looking for. Again, a trick question.
The answer is – drum roll please: “Yoga means yoga.” It’s a simple answer, if a bit obtuse.