Any Eastern philosophy—or Yoga, rather, for it is not philosophy in the Western sense —begins with the question, “Who am I? Who are you?”
That is the philosophic question par excellence which the Yogin asks his disciples.
For the goal, and the purpose of Eastern philosophy is that complete realization of the thing which lives, the thing which is.
And they have that idea because they are aware of the fact that man’s consciousness is always behind the facts; it never keeps up with the ﬂux of life.
Life is in a way too rich, too quick, to be realized fully, and they know that one only lives completely when one’s mind really accompanies one’s life, when one lives no more than one can reﬂect upon with one’s thought, and when one thinks no further than one is able to live.
If one could say that of oneself, it would be a guarantee that one really was living. Carl Jung, Zarathustra Seminar, Pages 1425-1426