Compilation of 12 articles

Sadhguru Explains – What Is Yoga & It’s Orgin

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Sadhguru explains what yoga really means and who founded yoga. He explains the significance of the yoga sutras and symbolism of a flower.

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Yoga & Meditation

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Yoga – What Does It Mean?

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Sadhguru says, once we attach the word 'yoga' to anything, it means that it is a complete path by itself. What yoga means is to move towards an experiential reality, where one knows the ultimate nature of existence, the way it is. Yoga refers to union - not as an idea or philosophy or as a concept, but as an experiential reality.

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What Yoga Is Not – Some Common Misconceptions

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There are a few common misconceptions about Yoga. Sadhguru looks at them and clarifies: Myth 1: Yoga comes from Hinduism; Myth 2: Why be a human when you can be a pretzel? Yoga is all about impossible postures; Myth 3: Want six-pack abs? Yoga is a great exercise regime; Myth 4: It is only in the last century that yoga has gone global; Myth 5: Find your groove. Yoga & music go well; Myth 6: Need a yoga study guide? You can learn yoga from a book; Myth 7: Yoga is something you practice every morning and evening

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Yoga is Geometry

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Raghu Rai, celebrated and renowned Indian photographer and photojournalist made one of the biggest coffee-table photo books, “Sadhguru”. In this article, Sadhguru tells us the significance of aligning one's own geometry with the cosmic geometry. The nature of a yogi is that he becomes geometrically conscious. Raghu was able to capture this aspect in some of the photographs, making these still pictures exhibiting a video effect - movement in stillness!

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Yoga Is a Science

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A scientific approach is something which has a systematic approach and is applicable to everyone. Yoga is also a science, and no other science is as largely applicable as yoga is. Yoga is a way to obliterate your boundaries and live an exuberant life. Unfortunately the yoga that people have heard today, is what has rebound from America!

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Is Yoga Only About Asanas?

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Yoga is misunderstood, especially in the west, as twisting the body into impossible postures. Sadhguru says, that in Patanjali's yoga sutras, which form the bedrock of modern yoga, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas, thiram sukham asanam. Asanas are only for preparation, they are not the whole yoga. There are other dimensions to yoga. Sadhguru says "Yoga is a tool to find ultimate expression to life. Every human being must explore and know this".

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Adiyogi – The Founder Of Yoga

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Shiva, or Adiyogi, as he is called in the yogic culture, was the originator of yoga. Adiyogi transmitted the yogic sciences to seven sages, who are today celebrated as saptarishis. Sadhguru says - "the yogic science is not about a yoga class that you go through about how to bend your body – which every new born infant knows – or how to hold your breath – which every unborn infant knows. This is the science of understanding the mechanics of the entire human system".

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Patanjali – The Father of Modern Yoga

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Patanjali was an enlightened being of a great intellect. His mastery of language, mathematics and perception of astronomy was fantastic. Patanjali is regarded as the father of modern day yoga. He did not invent yoga, yoga was first transmitted by Adiyogi to the saptarishis. Patanjali, who came later, saw that it was getting too diversified, and he assimilated everything into the form of sutras (formulas). Sadhguru tells that deliberately he wrote the sutras in a certain way, so that it does not interest the scholars, and are of interest only to those who are exploring consciousness.

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What are Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras?

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Who was Patanjali, and what are the Yoga Sutras written by him? Are they key to well-being and liberation? What is their significance, and how one can make use of this timeless treasure.

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Why Should Yoga Be Imparted Orally – The Guru-Shishya Paramparya

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Sadhguru tells us about the guru-shishya paramparya. The spiritual aspects were never written down, because once it is written, anyone can read and misinterpret. Only once a person has attained a certain level of experience within himself, he should know, others should not. So, that is how it was transmitted. Sadhguru also tells us about the significance of a guru for someone on a spiritual path.

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Why Is The Symbol of Yoga a Flower?

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In Yoga, God is not seen as a creator, but as an ultimate flowering. Sadhguru says - "The whole science of yoga, the whole process that we are referring to as spirituality is just a question of good gardening – nurturing the seed so that it will become a flower."

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Why Are There So Many “Rules” in Yoga?

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In the Indian culture the rules that govern life are called as dharma. Dharma means law, not religion as it is commonly misunderstood. People observed these laws, laws that govern the universe, our nature and the process of creation. There is a geometrical basis for everything physical. If you are not aligned to this geometry, there will be friction within you - pain and suffering, anxiety, tension, stress, misery. So, yoga instructions are not new rules, these are ways in which the body will function to its maximum efficiency.

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Is there a conflict between Yoga and Bhoga (material pleasures) ?

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Is it ok for a Yogi to do business, make money and enjoy material conveniences? Or is there a contradiction between Yoga and Bhoga? What does being a Spiritual person or a Yogi truly mean? Where does religion fit into spirituality and is Yoga linked to any particular religion? How does one enhances one's Life beyond physical possessions? Sadhguru and Baba Ramdev answer some of these topics in conversation with Prasoon Joshi during 'Rising India Summit 2019' .

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