Difference between Yogi, Bhogi, and Rogi

Yogi – A yogi has discipline to follow a path of higher purpose and wisdom that has been set out in history and is time tested. There is no personality that is getting in the way of them making any choices as there is no choice to their perception, only from someone elses perception would their be a choice and this may make a yogi look strict or rigid to someone who is not. (say like having a brownie, no choice, not happening)

Bhogi – one who eats the world – partaking of the material world and has little to no discipline although they think they do. Their minds are covered with rajas and tamas, they are about enjoying life and push away from anything that causes anything but enjoyment. Their perception is cloudy and dull at best. They live a life seeking pleasure and because pain is the opposite side to that coin, they constantly moving from one to the next back to the other. Discernment is lacking as well. They are into what is fashionable and popular at the moment. They wait for six hours in line for a iphone the first day it comes out.

Rogi – Roga means disease. A rogi is one who lives a life of disease. Even if they don’t realize it they are burdened by disease in their life. They cannot experience happiness because health; of the body and mind, is the first step to happiness. Having disease is like having a ball and chain shackled to your ankle and worse. Their senses and perception do not work. It is said that someone with jaundice will see a white wall as yellow. This says it all. They cannot see anything but through the eyes or senses of their disease. They do not know anything else. It is beyond their perception.


There is a poem…………


A yogi eats once a day, a bhogi eats twice

a rogi eat three times a day, and it takes four men to carry you to the funeral pyre


Unwrapping this poem:

A person of knowledge eats only once a day

One who is of the enjoyment of the world eats twice a day

One who eats three times a day ends up diseased

And one who eats more than 3 times a day sees their death early.



This poem is known all over India as vast amounts of knowledge are handed down through poems and vachana like this.

The yogi eating once a day is quoted in several texts. One of which is Charaka Samhita, the main text of Ayurveda. it is quoted there at least twice.

This also is much more proof of the ignorance of Western yoga with its cookbooks and eating Western detox under the guise of yoga

Everything in this realm is so deep and has nothing to connect with the Western world.


This also need to be looked at in a way to understand it. I had a person after reading this say, “so I should eat once a day then?” Well, of course not. What are you is really the question. Everyone and their mother is identified with being a yogi today in the western world like cabbage patch kids were popular in the 80’s. It is a fad. That is all. If you live in the Western world you are not a yogi, just that plain and simple. A yogi lives a very ascetic life. That is so beyond obvious to the people of India. They come from a culture that understands what a householder is, that has levels of understanding of life that the West is just defunct of having because it just simply goes against the culture. So no, don’t eat once a day unless you live in the wood, are in meditation all day, and have a sadhana.

What you can get from the deeper meaning in this is that the less you eat the healthier you will be. The modern world is a world of excess and bhoga. The mind is in control of almost everything. To control the mind fasting is the best. That is its function. Infact, it is the highest sadhana. Vrata. When you do not feed the mind, which is what you are actually doing, feeding desires, the mind starts to release its grasp on you. The first step is to realize that you are not the mind. that is also the hardest step.



10 thoughts on “Difference between Yogi, Bhogi, and Rogi

    • Yogis eat once a day. Are you a yogi?

      Actually, nothing is eaten after sunset, srotamsi close. So dinner would be right before the sunsets or right after. Nothing done at sandya.

      Since the agni is high at the peak of day, it would make sense that lunch as we call it would be the only meal of a yogi.

      Did you read the disclaimer page?

    • No offense at all. Hard to offend me. 🙂 We all are on our journeys. My point is to be real with the age we are in and what ones abilities and capacity is. it is a very romantic notion to just think that everyone is the same and anyone can reach moksha nomatter what. Changing the lifestyle and diet drastically creates disease.

  1. I really appreciate the thoughts. Reading the new western blogs on Yoga, I just feel how shallow they have made to this ageless science of self realization.

    • Manoj,
      Thanks for your comment and time.
      Yes, it is very sad. But it is what it is.

      Being in the West right now, and living between worlds, that is living half the year in India in the paradigm and half the year or less in the West gives a particularly interesting vantage point to see from for me. What i can relate back to you is first, at least you have enough sense, intelligence, and knowledge as well as lack of ego and discernment to not be swept up into that world. Most people do not have that….. how would they know better? This is what it really comes down to. They come from a world of sensory overload. Enjoyment and entertainment. Engrossed in ego and inflated while over stimulated to the point of delusion really. What is accessible to them is just what is written for sales and marketing for that world. The Western world is based only in achievement, which is externally focused. There is no presence there or self. So how would they ever have access or comprehension of anything else? And really what i am speaking to is the people writing books and articles.
      Everyone is a healer, yogi, shaman, etc etc here today. From my view, the mirror only shows the level of brokenness and lack of being able to help oneself and the need to help others or validate oneself by becoming a certified teacher after only several weeks.

      In my experience and education, anyone with any level of spiritual development is not out trying to save anyone. Just from the very fundamental comprehension of karma and yoga, the creation of karma is the opposite direction from the real path. Maya is maya. Not gonna play in it and say one is beyond it. Being helpful, sure….. trying to teach everyone…. no. Impossible and not even real since all the real work is internal anyway.
      But where is their knowledge coming from????? Short courses taught by people set out to make money and make a living? Books written for Westerners? As an example, the Dalai Lama is writing tons of books on self improvement and self development…. if you have ever done any study into any of the ancient texts of Buddhism, where is that stuff in them? What is the difference between spirituality and self help? In my education they are in opposite directions, one towards god, the other towards self absorption. That is the culture of the western/modern world. God is a four letter word here and religion a dogmatic controlling system from their eyes.
      How are they supposed to know?
      So as you see all of that out there, have compassion. It is their suffering and karma. Just have gratitude that your eyes are open and brain is functioning. There are so many different levels, so many different people. Not everyone is given access, not everyone even wants to live the life of a Brahmin or monk or whatever. But to pretend one is a yogi…… it just fashion.

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