Adyashanti : Egoic Desire in Spirituality

Adyashanti :Egoic Desire in Spirituality Retreat Talk

What is Karma? How Do You Break the Karmic Trap – Sadhguru

What is Karma? Sadhguru speaks on the nature of memory and how it influences not just our mind and emotion, but also our body and genetic make-up. He also relates memory to the karmic structure in the human system and how to go beyond this.

Now the essence of all this is, first thing is to understand the nature of how existence is happening. Either you can look at this (Gestures) or you can look at the atom or you can look at the universe. If you want to look at the universe, it is complex, it is difficult because you don’t have a gallery seat, you know. There is no… it is not like a stadium you can sit somewhere and watch the whole universe, very difficult. You can only see it in pieces. If you want an…want…want to watch an atom, nobody has seen an atom, do you know this? Do you know this? Even in a super electron microscope, you can’t see an atom. We have observed its activity but we have never seen an atom as such, but we have broken it. We are capable of breaking things that even we cannot see, that’s our…We are very proud of this these days. (Laughs) We can break anything. We can make it or not is a questionable thing, but we can break anything we want. Even if we cannot see it, we can break it.

Now what you see and what you do not see itself is a very dicey thing. In the sense, what is it that you can see? Right now, can you see my hand?

Meditators: Yes.

Sadhguru: Yes. You can see my hand only because my hand stops light. If my hand did not stop this light, if it allowed light to pass through you wouldn’t see this hand. Yes? Or in other words, right now your visual apparatus can see only those things which stop light. Anything that allows light through, you cannot see it. You cannot see life… light itself first of all. Can you see the light that is here? No. Only whatever stops light you can see it. What does not stop light, you cannot see it. Tch… Very bad, isn’t it? You must be able to see all those things which allow light to pass through because they are important things. But right now, your visual apparatus are trained to see or capable of seeing only that which stops light.

So the whole process of seeing life the way it is means – first of all, evolving an eye, a thoughtless eye, an eye which is free of thought. When I say free of thought, it is free from the taint of memory. Right now, these two eyes are heavily loaded with memory. See, you can see this – if you see a group of people like this, if you just casually look like this, if the…among these hundreds of people, if there is one face that you are familiar with; you will see suddenly that face sticks out. Have you noticed this? Have you noticed this? You are going on a street, there’re hundred people standing there, your friend is among that. If you look here just this friend’s face is more clear than the rest of the faces because this eye works with memory. The more memory you have, the better it sees. No memory, it cannot see.

Memory means an accumulated past. Memory means information. Memory means that which does not exist but acts out as if it does. Memories are more real than reality. Isn’t it so? Yes or no? See I want you to understand, everything in your life is run by memory. Not just your computer stick – everything in your life. When I say memory, it’s not just what you carry here, (Gestures) your very body is a body of memory. Why if you eat a banana, it becomes a masculine body and if she eats a banana, it becomes a feminine body, is simply because of the memory that it contains, isn’t it? The information that is stored in this body and that body is different. Same banana, it becomes a man; same banana, it becomes a woman. Yes or no? Hmm?

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir By Natalie Goldberg

A powerful memoir from Natalie Golderg–the woman who changed the way writing is taught in this country–sharing her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of writing and Zen.

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home begins at the grave of Katagiri Roshi, Natalie’s Zen teacher, in Japan. Twenty years after Katagiri’s death and Natalie’s return to New Mexico, she is permanently settled in Santa Fe with her partner, Yukwan. Except that, as Buddhism teaches us, nothing is permanent. Natalie learns that she has CLL, a potentially fatal form of blood cancer.

For two years, Natalie dances with her cancer–visiting doctor after doctor, attempting treatment after treatment. Nothing helps; in fact, one of the treatments only feeds the cancer and encourages its growth. Then Natalie’s partner, Yukwan discovers that she, too, has cancer–breast cancer–as well as an off-the-charts oncotype score that requires her to have surgery immediately. The cancer twins, as Natalie calls herself and Yukwan, now must each navigate her own illness, carve out her own cancer territory. Each can provide only limited emotional and physical energy for the other. And, somehow, they both need to find a way to stay together, to stay in love–and to heal.

As the title expresses, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home is so much more than a cancer memoir. Through a direct and grounded narrative, Natalie illuminates a path through illness: that we need to be in love with the lives we have, to embrace the dark and the light in our lives. For Natalie, writing and painting represent the light, and her cancer takes her deeper into her art practices. Balanced with a Zen practice that helps to her face death, this book is a moving meditation on living life in full bloom.

Natalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old. She received a BA in English literature from George Washington University and an MA in humanities from St. John’s University.

Goldberg has painted for as long as she has written, and her paintings can be seen in Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World and Top of My Lungs: Poems and Paintings. They can also be viewed at the Ernesto Mayans Gallery on Canyon Road in Sante Fe.

A dedicated teacher, Goldberg has taught writing and literature for the last thirty-five years. She also leads national workshops and retreats, and her schedule can be accessed via her website:

In 2006, she completed with the filmmaker Mary Feidt a one-hour documentary, Tangled Up in Bob, about Bob Dylan’s childhood on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. The film can be obtained on Amazon or the website

Goldberg has been a serious Zen practitioner since 1974 and studied with Katagiri Roshi from 1978 to 1984.

Natalie Goldberg reads from her memoir Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home, 8 July 2018, The Bookstore, Lenox, MA.

The Symptoms of an ill Mind – Sadhguru talks in a Darshan at Isha Yoga Center

Sadhguru looks at how an ill mind can create a poisonous chemical soup within the body. He explains how modern society sees disease as a normal fact of life, which is a serious mistake. But a human being is capable of creating a woderful “soup” and going through life blissfully.

Full Transcript:

Questioner: Sadhguru, Namaskaram. You mentioned in your previous discourses that thirty percent of the illnesses are body while the rest are mind-created. I just want to know in case you do get an illness, how do you know that it’s mind-created or it’s of the body? And in case it’s psychosomatic in nature, what would be the emotional and the thought pattern that’s behind it? How would you find that out and correct it if possible? Thank you.

Sadhguru: You’re sounding like a disciple of Freud (Laughter). Only recently, in the last few years, there has been certain letters that Sigmund Freud wrote to certain people – it’s all come into public domain now. It’s unbelievable – a man who is seen as the father of modern psychoanalysis, the one… People have even credit him… credited him with the title, “He invented human mind” (Laughs). You should see the hollowness of the man – unbelievable!

So don’t go like this – just a simple thing. Suppose right now your right hand gets up – do it. Let your right hand get up – not like that. And it acts funny, simply (Gestures). Do it, do it. No, that’s not funny. Do something more funny. And it beats you up (Laughter). Do you have an ailment or no? Suppose your right hand gets up and does funny things and smashes you, pokes your eyes (Gestures) (Laughter), do you have an ailment or no? Yes, isn’t it? For sure you have. That’s exactly what your mind is doing, isn’t it? It gets up, pops around, hurts you, pokes you, makes you cry, makes you (Laughs) suffer – do you have an ailment or no? Too many people are with you (Laughter) so you can form an army of sick people. When there’s an army in front of you, sick or otherwise, you don’t argue with them (Laughs). What’s the point? Especially if it’s a sick army, what is the point arguing with them? Just bow down to them and keep going.

That’s what morse… most enlightened beings have done. They looked… They closed their eyes and things happened, then they looked… (Gestures) (Laughs). Some fools stand up to speak and it goes on endlessly. If… If your hand started pocking at you, hitting you, beating you up, definitely you are sick, isn’t it? Yes. So if your thoughts and emotions are poking you, str… strangling you and torturing you every day, aren’t you sick I’m asking? Hmm? By your own definition I’m going (Laughs).

So because this sickness is on, it will manifest in so many ways in the physical body. There is no question anymore. Every thought, every reverberation on the level of the mind, depending upon the type of reverberation you create, the whole chemistry is going through a change. It’s all been measured. Right now you sit here and think about tigers, you have one kind of chemistry – chemical changes happen. You think about flowers, another kind of chemical change happens. All this has been measured. So for every thought, if the whole chemistry is going through thing – if your mind is in this state, you know what kind of soup you’re making? You’re a lousy soup (Laughs). Not just lousy, poisonous…

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