As Yoga is gaining popularity it is noticed that Yoga practitioners tend to adopt the title - 'Yogi' or 'Yogini'. It designates them well as most of them are Yoga teachers. But in India a Yoga teacher is hardly considered as Yogi. If someone is practicing Yoga for a long time and teaching others he is not promoted to the post of Yogi.
Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa uncovered the truth behind a Yogi to his disciples. His worthy disciple, Shri Mahendra Gupta, wrote down the year-long conversations of the Lord in his diaries and published it later. It was named the 'Kathamrita'.
According to Lord Ramakrishna, there are three types of beings.
1. Agyani (ignorant),
2. Gyani (learned),
3. Yogi (wise/the ultimate).
When someone is ignorant to the spiritual facts, he is considered as Agyani (ignorant). When an Agyani is walking through the path of knowledge and wisdom he is Gyani (learned). He is unveiling the mysteries of true and false. And, when the individual reaches the destiny and discovers that there had never been a journey and he had always been the same and ever-pure, he is considered as Yogi (the ultimate).
The Lord describes the whole thing in a story. He says, "Those who have heard of milk are Agyani, those who have seen it are Gyani and those who have drunk the milk and observed its nutrition are Yogi."
In India, an individual is considered as a Yogi when he/she attains the state of Samadhi. It means when he tasted the milk.
But how do we know if someone is a Yogi or not? Lord Ramakrishna pointed out five templates of the Yogi. If we see any of these qualities in a person he is a Yogi. Here are the templates -
? Jadabat (Passive): Passive Yogis are physically inactive. They like to wander around the divine spheres and pass most of their time in the state of Samadhi.
? Pishachtbat (Ugly): These Yogis see the world as the manifestation of the Bramha (The God). They do not differentiate matters according to their worldly names and classes.
? Balakbat (Childish): Balakbat Yogis are like children. They do not have the feelings of shame or fear. They smile like a child, talk like a child and live like a child.
? Unmadbat (Lunatic): People often consider the lunatic Yogis as a madman. These Yogis are ignorant of the outer-world. They live in a 'go as you like' mode.
? Madhura (Delightful): And, those who possess all of the above qualities are Madhur Yogis. Sometimes, they are passive, sometimes ugly or childish and even lunatic.
Look around yourself. If you see any of these qualities growing in an individual then he might be a potential Yogi. As the core consciousness grows in an individual these qualities increase and spread. You cannot stop an individual to become a yogi just the way you cannot stop flowers from spreading its fragrance.