Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serves as a reminder that yoga is a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times.
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How do I know if Enlightenment has happened? – Sadhguru answers
Sadhguru explains that if enlightenment happens it will be so clear that it’s not something one can miss.
What is Enlightenment? Sadhguru
A seeker asks Sadhguru what enlightenment is. Sadhguru discusses various aspects of what it means to be enlightened.
How do I Become Enlightened? Sadhguru
A seeker asks Sadhguru what they should do to become enlightened. Sadhguru explains that enlightenment is not an achievement, it’s a homecoming
Shekhar Kapur asks Sadhguru about “After Death”
What happens when a person dies? Sadhguru
Sadhguru gives details of the process of dying, the pranic body, and what happens at the time of death.
“There are only two types of people Mystics and Mistakes,” says Sadhguru,leaving readers in no doubt of the category to which they belong! That sounds damning.But mistakes can thankfully be rectified.And that is the hope this book holds out to seekers.It reminds us that each one of us can make the journey-from error to enlightenment,from self-deception to self-discovery – if only we choose.
Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times. Probing, passionate and provocative, insightful, logical and unfailingly witty, Sadhguru’s talks have earned him the reputation of a speaker and opinion-maker of international renown. With a celebratory engagement with life on all levels, Sadhguru’s areas of active involvement encompass fields as diverse as architecture and visual design, poetry and painting, ecology and horticulture, music and sports.
Sadhguru is also the founder of Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to the wellbeing of the individual and the world for the past three decades. Isha Foundation does not promote any particular ideology, religion, or race, but transmits inner sciences of universal appeal.
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‘Sadhguru – More than a life’ – A Biography by Arundathi Subramaniam
A video intro to ‘Sadhguru – More than a life’ – A Biography by Arundhathi Subramaniam. By Penguin Publishing.
Sadhguru interviewed on ABC News
In this riveting interview on Australia’s ABC News, Sadhguru answers questions about current affairs, the economy and human well-being.
Starting with a question on corruption, Sadhguru speaks on the topic of inclusion and the role of enlarging ones identity to include a larger whole. Responding to a query about the state of the economy in Asia and India, he then touches upon how spirituality can have a positive impact on the leadership of the world.
Sensationalism in the media and the War on Terror form another key aspect of the interview, while the last question explores the role of religion and spirituality in the world.
“In Conversation with the Mystic” is an exclusive series, exploring topics that are vital to the world we live in. Questioning existing models and bringing about real solutions are what form the essence of these interactive episodes in which the foremost leaders across various fields bring their expertise to the table. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev shows the path with his unparalleled clarity and vision, bringing with him the experience of heading an international volunteer-run organization.
This event’s guest speaker is K. V. Kamath, Chairman of Infosys Limited, the second-largest IT services company in India, and non-executive chairman of ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bank. Sadhguru and Mr. Kamath explored topics ranging from inspiration in the workplace, to corruption, to revolutionizing education today.
With One Voice shares the eternal message and wisdom of the mystics. This illuminating documentary explores the unity of humanity, reveals our essential oneness and spreads the single message that binds all faiths together. The film features mystics from many of the great spiritual traditions around the world, whose lives have been dedicated to answering the mysteries of existence. For mystics, all of our problems stem from a loss of connection with the infinite source that sustains us all and their solution is simple; reconnect.
Featuring Swami Karunananda, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, A. Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas), Ajahn Amaro, Rabbi David A. Cooper, Dr. Mohammad Faghfoory, Sheikha Fariha al Jerrahi, Gangaji, Joseph Goldstein, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Joan Halifax Roshi, Father Thomas Keating, Derek Lin, Wayne Liquourman (Ram Tzu), John Daido Loori (Roshi), Marcelle Martin, John P. Milton, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Grandmother Lillian Pitawanakwat, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé, and Brother David Steindl-Rast.
With One Voice film features mystics from many of the great spiritual traditions around the world, whose lives have been dedicated to answering the mysteries of existence.
Within each spiritual tradition there is a mystical thread that leads to the vision of ultimate truth. Each spiritual path has its own language, cognitive framework, and series of practices that act as guides along one’s inner journey. Whatever the tradition or spiritual path, however, the experience of ultimate truth is the same non-dual reality.
For thousands of years there have been misunderstandings between traditions, each claiming that their scriptures and teachings represent the true path to inner purification and spiritual freedom. However, these misunderstandings merely reflect the differences in world history, cultural milieu, belief systems, and thought processes that subtly influence those individuals who reveal mystical visions during their lifetime.
The purpose of this documentary is to show how the vision of non-dual truth is the same regardless of how it is described by the different religions and philosophies. Teachers from many spiritual traditions will share their insights and personal visions of the reality that transcends all words, concepts, and belief systems.
Right now, why you think in terms of right and wrong is simply because of the social moral code.
The nature of karma is not in the action that you perform. Karma means action, but this gathering of past karmas is not because of the actions you have performed. It is the volition, the intention, the kind of mind that you carry. That is your karma.
There is a story that Ramakrishna used to tell. There were two friends who used to go visit a prostitute every Saturday evening. On one such evening, while they were walking towards the prostitute’s house, there was someone giving a spiritual discourse. One friend decided not to visit the prostitute, saying he would prefer to hear the lecture on spiritual possibilities. The other man left him there. Now the man sitting in the lecture hall, his thoughts were full of the other man. He began thinking that the other man was having the time of his life while he himself was caught in this place. He thought the other man was more intelligent in choosing the prostitute’s place rather than a spiritual discourse.
Now the man who had gone to the prostitute’s house, his mind was full of the other man. He began to think that his friend had chosen the path to liberation by preferring the spiritual discourse to the prostitute’s place, while he got caught in this. The man who had gone for the spiritual discourse and was thinking about what was happening in the prostitute’s house pays by piling up bad karma. He suffers, not the other man. You don’t pay because you have gone to the prostitute; you pay because you are cunning about it. You still want to go there, but you think by going to the discourse you’ll be one step closer to heaven. This cunningness will take you to hell. That man with the prostitute knows it is worthless, and seeks something else; his is good karma. So it is not about action.
Right now, why you think in terms of right and wrong is simply because of the social moral code. It is not your innate nature which is telling you that this is right and wrong. It is just that society has fixed some rules and they have always told you, right from your childhood, that if you break them, you are a bad boy. So whenever you break these, you feel like a bad boy. If you feel like one, you become one. If you are used to gambling, maybe gambling in front of your mother or your wife, in your home, or even to utter the word is sacrilege, but once you join your gang, there gambling is just fine, isn’t it?
Among the gamblers, the one who does not gamble is not fit to live. It’s like this everywhere. If all of you are thieves, you are all fine, isn’t it? Among thieves, do they feel it is bad to rob somebody? When you fail, they think you are a no-good thief. That is a bad karma, isn’t it? The question, this karmic thing, is just the way you feel about it. It is not about what you are doing. It is just the way you are holding it in your mind. Why we are talking about acceptance, acceptance, acceptance, is, if you are absolute acceptance, whatever life demands, you do. If you have to fight a battle, you go and fight, there is no karma. The karma is not made in physical action; it is made only by volition. It’s just that some fool has formed some rules and you expect every human being to live by them. It’s impossible, but society needs such rules to maintain the social ego.
The society has its own ego, isn’t it? For every small thing, the whole society gets upset. It need not be wrong. Suppose it is summer in the United States. Everybody is hardly wearing anything or maybe they are in miniskirts. Let’s say you are fully clothed. People will get upset: “What is she doing? Why is she all covered up?” Here in India, if you don’t dress like that, they will all get upset! So this is one kind of ego; that is another kind of ego. It is the social ego which is getting upset, and your karma is becoming part of the collective karma. I want you to really understand this with a certain depth. Your idea of good and bad has been taught to you. You have imbibed it from the social atmosphere in which you have lived. Karma is in the context of your life, and not in the action itself.
Sadhguru J. Vasudev is a contemporary mystic rooted as strongly in worldly and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, he has addressed prominent global forums on issues as diverse as socio-economic development, leadership and spirituality. He has served as delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Peace Congress and has been a special invitee to the World Economic Forum (2006-2009), the Australian Leadership Retreat (2006) and TED (2009).
His interviews are featured in The New York Times, BBC, Bloomberg, CNNI and CNBC. He is the author of several books, the subject of four books and co-author of the Amazon Bestseller “Midnights with the Mystic”. His public talks frequently draw crowds of over 300,000 people.
Founded by Sadhguru, Isha Foundation is a non-religious, non-profit organization with over 200 centers worldwide and over one million volunteers. Isha Foundation offers Inner Engineering Online – a practical approach for inner transformation in a fast paced world. The course designed by Sadhguru presents simple, yet powerful tools for an individual to experience life on a deeper level with more awareness, energy, and productivity. This program is an ideal opportunity for those with time and travel constraints to experience the same profound effects of the traditional Inner Engineering program, which has impacted millions of people over the past 25 years. To learn more, view the free Introductory Talk, or to register visit http://www.InnerEngineering.com
Founder, Isha Foundation
Enlightenment is not something that happens. It is always there. The sadhana, or yogic practices that one does on the spiritual path enable you to see that it is there. You are not doing sadhana to construct divinity within you. Many people talk about self-development, but self is one thing you cannot develop. You can develop the mind, you can develop the ego, but how can you develop the self, which is absolute and boundless?
Only that which is incomplete can be developed. If something is already all-pervading and eternal, how can you develop it? So, sadhana is not about building something. It is not about creating divinity within you or becoming enlightened. The source of creation is already there within you. Sadhana is just a way of opening your eyes. Sadhana is like an alarm bell. The whole thing is just a process of waking you up, waking you up to another level of reality.
There is no such thing as self-knowledge. There is just self. That is all. Jesus made this clear. He talked about himself and his father in heaven, but at one point he said, “I and my father are one.” The you that is beyond all limitations and that which you are referring to as the almighty are the same.
To experience this, you must become willing to transcend your limitations. This willingness is surrender. The only barrier to it is your identity with the limited nature of your body and mind. If you are willing, who can stop you? The sadhana is just to make you willing. Enlightenment is never far away, but to make a person completely willing takes time because there are layers and layers of resistance. It takes time to work through the resistance, to become absolutely willing. It need not necessarily take time, but generally people do take time.
India is a very ancient culture that has produced many enlightened beings. This is a culture that has always said that the only way to transform oneself is to turn into a god. Yoga is a scientific tool to realize and experience this. In yoga we have no incarnations of God. We see the possibility that even you can become godlike, blissful and all-seeing.
Let this be clear. Yoga is a technology, so there is no question of it working for one person and not working for another. Your telephone, television and computer work for everyone — even though most people do not have a clue as to how they work. You just have to learn how to use them. Similarly, most people will never understand how yoga works. Factors such as age, attitude, or karmic situations can decide how quickly it works, but it definitely works whether you can immediately notice it or not. Some people will catch fire like gasoline, some will burn like paper, others will burn like wet wood, but yoga can definitely hasten everyone’s evolution.
If enlightenment is the one and only purpose of your life and all your energies are focused in this direction, it is not far away. The problem is that people have so many other priorities, so spirituality is kept on the side. What you are seeking is within you. If it is the only priority of your life, nothing can stop you. If you are willing, what is within you cannot be denied to you even for a moment.
Right now, you are the divine but unaware of it. Whatever you are unaware of, does not exist for you; you must understand that. If you are sitting down and an elephant is standing right behind you and you are unaware of it, it does not exist for you. Only when you become aware of it does it exist for you. Similarly, although God is within you, as long as you are unaware of your God-like nature, it doesn’t exist for you. When someone becomes aware, he also becomes aware that everybody carries the same potential.
Life as you know it is not a barrier. If realizing your ultimate nature is the only priority in your life, everything you do will naturally orient itself toward that. Your work, relationships, love, money — even your very life’s breath — will orient themselves toward your ultimate nature. The experience of every little thing you do becomes extremely fulfilling and joyful when it is done in the light of great purpose. Once your ultimate nature is your only priority, the life process will become a joyful and fulfilling process.
This article has been excerpted from the book “Midnights with the Mystic” .
Chakras are energy centers. Although most people have heard of seven chakras, there are actually 114 in the body. The human body is a complex energy form; in addition to the 114 chakras, it also has 72,000 “nadis,” or energy channels, along which vital energy, or “prana,” moves. When the nadis meet at different points in the body, they form a triangle. We call this triangle a chakra, which means “wheel.” We call it a wheel because it symbolizes growth, dynamism and movement, so even though it is actually a triangle, we call it a chakra. Some of these centers are very powerful, while others are not as powerful. At different levels, these energy centers produce different qualities in a human being.
Fundamentally, any spiritual path can be described as a journey from the base chakra, called the “Mooladhara,” which is located at the base of the spine, to the “Sahasrar,” which located at the top of the head. This journey of movement from the Mooladhara to Sahasrar is from one dimension to another. It may happen in many different ways, and various yogic practices can effect this movement.
Mooladhara is really made up of two terms: “Moola” means the root or source, and “adhar” means the foundation. It is the very basic foundation of life. In the physical body, your energies need to be in the Mooladhara chakra to some extent. Otherwise, you cannot exist. If the Mooladhara chakra alone is dominant, food and sleep will be the predominant factors in your life.
We can speak in terms of lower and higher chakras, but such language is often and too easily misunderstood. It is like comparing the foundation of a building to the roof; the roof is not superior to the foundation. The foundation of the building is more basic to the building than the roof, and the quality, life span, stability and security of the building depends, to a large extent, on the foundation rather than the roof. But in terms of language, the roof is higher, and the foundation is lower.
The second chakra is “Swadhisthana.” If your energies move into Swadhisthana, you are a pleasure seeker. The Swadhisthana chakra is located just above the genital organs. When this chakra is active, you enjoy the physical world in so many ways. If you look at a pleasure seeker, you will see that his life and his experience of life are just a little more intense compared with a person who is only about food and sleep.
If your energy moves into the “Manipuraka” chakra, located just below the navel, you are a doer in the world. You are all about action. You can do many, many things. If your energies move into the “Anahata” chakra, you are a creative person. A person who is creative in nature, like an artist or an actor, is someone who lives very intensely — more intensely, perhaps, than a businessman, who is all action.
The Anahata literally means the “un-struck.” If you want to make any sound, you have to strike two objects together. The un-struck sound is called “Anahata.” Anahata is located in the heart area and is like a transition between your lower chakras and your higher chakras, between survival instincts and the instinct to liberate yourself. The lower three chakras are mainly concerned with your physical existence. Anahata is a combination; it is a meeting place for both the survival and the enlightenment chakras.
The next chakra is the “Vishuddhi,” which literally means “filter.” Vishuddhi is located in the area of your throat. If your energies move into Vishuddhi, you become a very powerful human being, but this power is not just political or administrative. A person can be powerful in many ways. A person can become so powerful that if he just sits in one place, things will happen for him. He can manifest life beyond the limitations of time and space.
If your energies move into the “Agna” chakra, located between your eyebrows, you are intellectually enlightened. You have attained to a new balance and peace within you. The outside no longer disturbs you, but you are still experientially not liberated.
If your energies move into “Sahasrar,” at the crown of your head, you become ecstatic beyond all reason. You will simply burst with ecstasy for no reason whatsoever.
Chakras have more than one dimension to them. One dimension is their physical existence, but they also have a spiritual dimension. This means that they can be completely transformed into a new dimension. If you bring the right kind of awareness, the same Mooladhara that craves food and sleep can become absolutely free from the process of food and sleep. If one wants to go beyond food and sleep, one needs to transform the Mooladhara to an evolved state.
To move from Mooladhara to Agna, from the lowest of these seven chakras to the second highest, there are many procedures, methods and processes through which one can raise his energies. But from Agna to Sahasrar, the sixth chakra to the highest chakra, there is no path. You can only jump there. In a way, you have to fall upward. So, the question of going step by step to that dimension does not really arise. There is no way.
It is for this reason that spiritual traditions have emphasized the significance of a guru’s role in one’s realization; guru literally means “dispeller of darkness.” You can only jump into an abyss — the depth of which you do not know — if you have an absolutely insane heart, or if your trust in someone is so deep that you are willing to do anything in their presence. Most people, due to a lack of either of these two aspects, just get stuck in the Agna chakra. When this happens, peacefulness is the highest state they will know. It is only from this limitation that there has been so much talk about peace being the highest possibility. But for someone seeking their ultimate nature, peace is only the beginning; it is not the ultimate goal.
Being a sport means you are willing to play. Willing to play means you are involved or alive to the situation in which you exist, and that is the essence of life. If there is anything that is truly close to a spiritual process, in the normal course of life, that is sports. Swami Vivekananda went to the extent of saying, “In kicking a ball or playing a game, you are much closer to the Divine than you will ever be in prayer.” You can pray without involvement, but you cannot play sports without involvement, and involvement is the essence of life.
But when people involve themselves in what they do, they often get entangled. Anything that you associate with, you tend to get identified with. The moment you get identified with something that is not you, you have invested in a system of hallucination that will look and feel real. Once you have invested in a hallucinatory process, your mind will be one continuous mental disorder, as a hallucinatory process can be kept up only with unceasing activity of the mind, and hence, one ends up turning a miracle into madness. The mind is a fabulous miracle; you could hold the universe in it, but generally it ends up as a source of all human misery and the basis of madness and suffering.
When people get entangled, they feel ugly within themselves and they will make sure everybody else has a taste of this ugliness. So the fundamental of any sport or game takes care of this; that is, if you want to play a game, you must have the fire of wanting to win but also the balance to see that if you lose, it is okay with you. You never play a game to lose, you always play a game to win, but if you lose, it is all right with you. If you maintain this fundamental with every aspect of life, you are a sport. And that is all the world expects from you, that you are a sport. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, whatever kind of situation you are in, you are still a sport.
The sacredness of a sporting event is that individuals rise beyond their limitations, achieving a state of abandon that is usually known only at the peak of spirituality. Thus, we have always included sports in our yoga programs. All of our programs have an element of play — as to play is to live, and to live is to play.
A seeker asks what is meant by the words Mystic, Yogi & Siddhar. Sadhguru explains the word Siddha means established one, the word mystic is an English word. (AO62)
For many people, the reason why the spiritual path seems to be a struggle is that their culture and social situations have always taught them to be special. So one’s whole life effort becomes focused on this. To be special means to have something others do not have, but wanting to possess something that others do not have is not “special” — it is a convoluted sense of wellbeing. Right now, if your only joy is that somebody else does not have what you have, if this is the only pleasure in your life, we call this perversion, not special.
People can find pleasure in all kinds of things. Once it happened — two men were captured by fierce cannibals from a neighboring tribe. After a meeting with their headman, the tribe decided to cook the men alive. The men were placed in a pot of water, and as the fire started burning and the water became hotter and hotter, the older man started laughing — really laughing. So the younger man said, “Are you crazy? Do you know what is going to happen to us? Why are you laughing?” The older man said, “I just peed in their soup!” So people find pleasure in all sorts of perverted ways.
Spirituality is not about becoming special. It is about becoming one with everything. This wanting to become special — this disease — has come to people simply because they have not recognized the value of the uniqueness of their being. By living on the surface for so long, their whole effort has been to be special. As long as this effort is on, you are only working counter to the spiritual process. The whole dimension of spirituality is to melt and become one with existence, not to stand out like a sore thumb.
In so many ways, the mind always wants to be special. That is the nature of the egoistic mind. Logically, it can only compare. The moment this comparison comes, competition starts. And the moment competition starts, your life sense will disappear because now it is only about being better than others. It is because of this foolish endeavor that we are in the ridiculous situation of having to teach people about their own nature. We have to remind people about their own original nature simply because they are just lost trying to outdo someone or everyone around them.
Some time ago, our yoga program brochures used to say: “From Ordinary to Extraordinary.” People thought they would become special by doing the program and would ask me “Sadhguru, how will we be special?” And I would always tell them, “You are going to become “extra” ordinary — more ordinary than other people.”
The more and more you try to be special, the further and further you get from the truth. So much suffering and mental illness have come from this desire to be special. So instead of deriving perverse pleasure from the fact that somebody does not have what you have, if you genuinely make the effort to become one with everything, then this internal struggle will completely go away. If you recognize your uniqueness and also every other being’s uniqueness, you can neither become less nor more than anyone else
Unleashing the Mind – Sadhguru
In this volume, Sadhguru examines the one tool which distinguishes a human being from all other creatures — the mind. But like any other instrument, it is only as good as the one who wields it. Unaware of its mechanisms, the mind has become a source of pain and depression for many. In Unleashing the Mind, Sadhguru not only explores ways to transcend its limitations and identifications, but also to tap its full potential and even use the mind as a “ladder to the Divine”.
“Your mind, which should have been a ladder to the Divine, unfortunately has become a stairway to hell simply because it is identified with so many things.” – Sadhguru
Sadhguru explains that if enlightenment happens it will be so clear that it’s not something one can miss.
Sadhguru was interviewed by Gouran Dhawan Lal on DD National TV just prior to receiving the Indira Gandhi Award.
Is War Justified? DD Interview
How to turn Suffering into Growth?
Learning to Die Gracefully. Sadhguru
Sadhguru discusses learning to accept death as a part of life