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 of liking this and wanting that which is getting in the way of them making any choices as there is no choice to their perception, only from someone else’s perception would there 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 an iphone the first day it comes out or posting pictures of themselves in yoga poses on instagrama and social media.
Rogi – Roga means disease. A rogi is one who lives a life of creating their own disease in their ignorance. Even if they don’t realize it, they are burdened by disease in their life. They cannot experience happiness because of 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 properly and are inhibited so their discernment is also and thus the choices they make are not made in benefit of their health. 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 living a spiritual path of yoga 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/Modern yoga with its yoga raw yoga diets, juicing, and Western detoxes which have absolutely nothing at all to do with yoga or ayurvedic knowledge.
Everything in this realm is so deep and has nothing to connect with the Western world.
This also needs 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 as 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. Sorry. Just because you have subscribed to paying for an exercise certification under the auspices of yoga, does not make one a yogi. 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 woods, are in meditation all day, and have a real 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 main function spiritually. 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 in the Western culture where everything is about identification and desires to the point even detachment and spiritual paths are now identifications and attachments as well as goals and achievement.
This differentiation also relates to sleeping positions:
It is stated that a yogi sleeps on their left side, a bhogi sleeps on their right side, and a rogi sleeps on their back.
This is actually very much correct when it comes to the physiology.