The real aim of all spiritual practitioners is to seek freedom from suffering, pain and fear. This is true of all religious teachings. The Vedas state that the unanimous verdict of all human beings is that they suffer in the material world. People experience suffering in all levels of daily activity. Depending on a person's level of tolerance and patience he/she experiences varying degrees of pain and suffering. But the presence of suffering in our daily existence is undeniable. Thus we tend to blame suffering as the biggest offender that renders our quest for happiness futile. The mind tells us if we rid our lives of pain and suffering we can be happy ever after. With this conviction we strive towards a life sans pain, sorrow and suffering. The Sage Patanjali however unequivocally declares that simply by eradicating pain and suffering the ultimate objective is not achieved. The soul's real need is divine, endless bliss.
Thus, realisation of the divine self admits the yogi into a state of supreme bliss in the state of Samadhi. Not to forget that inchoate bliss experience is already felt in the earlier stages of yoga practice. For someone who is only interested in health and physical benefits through yoga is actually in the end trying to escape the pain and suffering brought on by diseases and bad health. Besides, merely physical well-being cannot free one from fear and anxiety. Thus yoga also has as its ultimate aim a healthy mind in a healthy body. The initial steps in practicing yoga stress on character building, without which spiritual growth is stunted. Simultaneously, other factors like right knowledge, right thought, right action, right speech etc. are also to be practiced. Right knowledge and thoughts are for self improvement, whereas, right speech and action are for conducting ourselves in society. The Vedic culture aims at grooming a person through proper samskara and knowledge to develop into a good citizen of the universe. So that she/he will always be free from envy and hate and become everyone’s well-wishing benefactor. A Yogi is never self-centered, but is compassionate towards all living beings.