Neem (Azadirachta indica) is the most potent medicinal flora in the world. The Neem tree has over 130 different biologically active compounds, and the neem leaf is one of the most complex leaves you can find on the planet. From the neem bark to the neem leaves and even the flower, fruit, seed and root – all parts of the neem tree have found widespread use in curing various ailments - most important being its anti cancerous properties. It increases heat in the system which is beneficial for those involved in intense Yogic practices on the spiritual path. Read in detail all about creators very own natural pharmacy
Monks and Orange have almost become synonyms - so much so that people think wearing Orange is a pre-requisite for walking the spiritual path. Well, nothing could be farther from truth. The Sanyasis (monks) in India do not wear Orange per se - they color their clothes with the soil (red earth) - giving it brownish/orange hue. Keeping the body well is important, so that it does not become an impediment in one's spiritual journey. Sanyasis wear clothes that are washed in soil because the best way to make the body stable is to be connected to the Earth. Especially for one who is focused on something beyond the body, he does not want his body to come in the way. So this is like covering oneself by Earth and being continuously conscious that this body is part of the Earth and is just a temporary outcrop of the planet.
This is an intriguing episode, in which Sadhguru narrates the story of Krishna's dream. After listening to the story, a seeker asks - "Sadhguru, the people whom Krishna let pass were either exploiters or exploited, but this person whom he does not let pass seems to be neither. So why did he not pass?" Sadhguru gives us insight, and explains - "Sweetness of life is not a goal by itself but a necessary condition for you to flower. This life flowers only when it tastes sweetness."
The majestic Himalayas leave everyone spellbound with their sheer beauty and immense size. The legend has it that the temple at Badrinath, about 10,000 feet above sea level was the abode of Shiva himself. Built by Adi Shankara himself, even today, the temple priests are descendants of his family. This itself is amazing as Adi Shankara was born down south in India and traveled more than 3000 km on foot about 1000 years ago to build the temple.
When someone dies, we usually say they are 'No More'. This is not correct, as the person still exists, but not the way we used to know them. In the Yogic wisdom, the body is described as having 5 layers - 3 physical in nature, one transitory and one non-physical in nature. The karmic substance is what keeps one cemented to the physical body. When one dies, the physical body falls apart, but the mental and pranic body go on, depending upon how strong the karmic substance is. Once physical body is lost, the discerning power is completely lost- whatever quality you put in the mind, it will multiply manifold. This is what is referred to as heaven or hell. Heaven or hell are not any geographical locations, but experiential realities that a disembodied life is going through.
In this article, Sadhguru delves deep into what causes relationships to turn sour and eventually end up in divorce. Why is it that the person you once thought as the most wonderful being worthy of spending the rest of your life together with suddenly becomes so unbearable? He explains why divorces are much more painful beyond just emotional trauma, as the body is impacted at physical level in many ways which people don't realize.
In this extensive article, Sadhguru not only defines what is 'consciousness' but also busts many a popular myths around it. Clearly noting that wakefulness and alertness are not to be confused as consciousness, he goes on to explain the sixteen Consciousness has been explained in detail in Yogic sciences, where it is seen as sixteen layered dimension.
- Is brain and consciousness related?
- The four dimensions of a conscious state
- Various degrees of consciousness
- Can you raise consciousness?
- How is Yoga related to consciousness
- Can machines be made conscious?
Emotional security is an extremely important aspect for any human being and any society to flourish. For most people, emotion is a very dominant dimension of who they are. Such being the case, nobody can be truly productive if the emotions are all freaked out. The communities that do best are where there is emotional security for children and they don't have to fight for everything from an early age. Unfortunately, in the name of freedom, we are making children go though emotional upheaval at a young age. It is very important that a culture of commitment is brought back in the society where are committed to their children and children are committed to their parents.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question on luck and grace. He asks, "..... Isn’t luck a byproduct of grace? Are intelligence and intellect the same?". Sadhguru says - "For the Pandavas, Krishna is their grace, and Draupadi is their luck." Sadhguru also elaborates on what is Karma, "Karma is not a concept of crime and punishment, that if you commit a crime, someone punishes you. Karma is a consequence of your own action.", and that intellect is not intelligence - "Intelligence is not thinking up something – intelligence means you have yoked yourself and are in tune with creation. This is what dhyana or meditation means; this is what Yoga means."
The Indian Yogic science has looked at life and death in the most elaborate way. It is from this deep understanding of life that the death rituals evolved. When death occurs, the life looses the body and along with it the discerning mind. From then on, the disembodied being is living just based on tendencies. The death rituals are meant to ease the transition for the disembodied life and these rituals are meant not only to help the dead but also important for those around still alive. If the dead are not taken care of properly there could be many problems for the living.
Human body is the most sophisticated machine on the planet. Indian Yogic sciences have explored this mechanism and the human body physiology in detail. It is surprising to see how small small things, if taken care of, bring profound improvement in one's life. Waking up well is one such area - if you get it right, it will transform your day. Sadhguru provides four simple tips to start your day well.
Akash - One of the five elements (rest being earth, water, fire and air) - the basic ingredients of life, is the most mystical and subtle dimension of existence. It is like a Yogic Net (just like Internet) - if one has access to it - you have access to everything that anyone has known ever. If one has cooperation of this larger intelligence - life works in a blessed and magical way. Sadhguru explains a simple process to gain access to Akashik intelligence.
A leader must be able to inspire people. If people need constant supervision, that's not leadership. Leadership is about being able to take your people in a direction and to a destination that they themselves could not have imagined possible. If it was something that they could have imagined, they do not need a leader around. For this to happen, a leader must be able to see beyond the obvious which others can't see. To become a true leader, one must have a profound sense of insight and need to work upon themselves to enhance their perception skills.
In this episode, a seeker asks Sadhguru to elaborate on Yudhishthira's response to a Yaksha's question. Yaksha asked - "And what is true forgiveness?", Yudhishthira responds - "He who endures enmity truly forgives." Sadhguru elaborates and says - "Forgiving means that you will not act out of resentment – you will act out of what is needed for the situation."
Having a good night's sleep is very important for one's psychological, physical and even spiritual well being. Unfortunately, for many, even this has become a struggle. In sleep, one can unconsciously incubate a lot of either negative or positive things in sleep. If you find yourself waking up feeling nasty and ugly for no apparent reason, you must take charge of your sleep. Following these simple techniques will have a profound impact on your well being.
Yogis who have mastery of over certain life processes can certainly bring the dead alive. There are occult practices (a.k.a tantrik practices in India), wherein people who gain access to this mystical dimension of life can make this happen. There are many stories in India recounting dead coming alive, some of them historically recorded as well.
'Chakras' probably is one of the most misunderstood aspect of Yogic Sciences. A profound knowledge has just become an object of ridicule in the hands of charlatans. In this article, Sadhguru explains the basics of Chakras and the possibilities they offer for a human being to flower to its full capabilities.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question on destiny - '.....to what extent is it already known which choices a person will make in their lifetime?' Sadhguru elaborates and tells us "The very essence of the spiritual process is to deal with your destiny now."
The word 'Death' instills fear in almost everyone - that's why everyone wants to cling to life forever, knowing fully well that if there is one certain thing in this life- that is 'Death'. Yet, we do nothing to prepare ourself for this one 'certain' thing. We must learn to accept death gracefully - and that can happen only when one understands that death is not end in itself, but just a transition for this life.
In this episode, Sadhguru answers a seeker's question: "Sadhguru, what can we learn from the story of Ekalavya? He was a greater archer than Arjuna but still lost out." Sadhguru explains, "Drona was an enormously talented man, but his meanness and corruption resulted in a tragedy for Ekalavya."
This is a fascinating article. Sadhguru tells us how the modern science and the yogic science are converging. He says, "Rudra the Roarer and the Yogic Lore of the Big Bang". Sadhguru further says - "By looking into my system, I am saying that creation has roared eighty-four times and it will roar further, many more times." Sadhguru also tells us about his conversation with Paul Steinhardt, who is the Director of the Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University has written a book called, “Endless Universe.”
This is a wonderful article in which Sadhguru explains what 'love' really is! Sadhguru says - "You fall in love, because something of who you are has to go.", you can only fall in love, not rise in love. Through three engaging stories Sadhguru tells us what us unconditional love, and is it possible; is there any relation between gratitude and love; is love a human need. Finally, Sadhguru tells us that 'love' is a very fragile dimension of life, and needs to be handled gently.
Sadhguru says, it was Yudhishthira's humility that saved the Pandavas many times. Yudhishthira was always honoring the elders. At the end of Bhishma's life when he was lying on the bed of arrows, Yudhishthira and his brothers went to meet him. Sadhguru says - "Yudhishthira asked a hundred questions which developed into a very elaborate discourse with Bhishma.
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story about Jingxuan and his master Liaoyi. Sadhguru tells is the essence of the story, "If one does not perceive life, how can he perceive what is death? Right now you are alive.....There is no such thing as death. It is only life."
In this episode of Mahabharata... Gandhari curses Krishna, "May you not have a glorious death like my sons who died in the battlefield. You must die like a common human being." Krishna says, "Mother, what you are saying is anyway written, because who else can kill the Yadavas unless they kill each other? Yadavas cannot be killed by anyone else but each other, so let it be so. And how I exit this world does not matter for me, as I anyway know how to exit. Do not worry about my destiny. Focus on yours." Sadhguru narrates how all this came true.
This is a must read article for insights into mental health. Sadhguru tells us - "Fundamentally, you expected something to happen and it did not happen." This is the root of depression. Most of the depression is self-created, though few are pathologically ill. Depression makes one cynical and self-damaging. Sadhguru says - "..when you get sad, if you are going to get irritable and angry, and think the whole world is wrong, you are a fool." For one who is wise, one can also use this situation as a tool to grow. How to get out of depression - "One of the simplest and best ways of establishing balance is lots of physical activity in a natural environment – ideally from an early age."
Sadhguru explains that our the building block for our body is the food that we consume. The food that we eat should depend on our activity. A laborer, an athlete, a spiritual seeker, a software engineer and a student - they should all choose certain kind of food suitable for their activity. Sadhguru says - "Ask the body – not your tongue – what kind of food it is most comfortable with." Sadhguru tells us that in yogic system, food is classified as tamas, rajas and sattva. In terms of quality of food, vegetarian food is better than non-vegetarian food. Sadhguru also explains that coffee and tea, being nervous stimulants, though will make you feel alert and awake initially - but they will dull your nervous system and make you insensitive. Just by eating the right food, one can remain healthy and altert!
This is an fascinating excerpt from "Death: An Inside Story"! Sadhguru says - "If life happens, then death is natural. Being afraid of something natural is unnatural." Sadhguru explains that the fear of death is just a social conditioning. In India, traditionally death has never been seen as sinister. In fact, "Only when you realize you are mortal, the longing to know that which is beyond will arise." Sadhguru tells us how if one is aware in the last few moments of life, death can be a doorway to liberation.
In the first part of the article Sadhguru explains what is Karma - the past impressions of life. Sadhguru also tells us the distinction between, Sanchita Karma, and Prarabhda Karma. Sadhguru shares a simple way one can start breaking ones physical Karma. Sadhguru says - "Depending on what kind of impressions you took in, whether it was hatred and anger, or love and joy, you accordingly have a certain kind of personality – usually every human being is a complex mixture of these things. Once you allow this karmic structure to build beyond a certain point, there is really no such thing as freedom. Everything that you do is conditioned by the past. If you want to move in the direction of liberation, one of the first things that you need to do is to loosen the grip and shackle of karma."
We have started looking at every situation that we cannot handle as a problem! Sadhguru says - "Whatever you cannot handle, you call a problem, rather than seeing it is only a situation and trying to equip yourself to handle it. The moment you call it a problem, unpleasantness is a natural consequence." He shared 5 simple tips for parenting a teenager. #1 Be a good friend. #2 Make them responsible. #3 Stop eulogizing helplessness. #4 Don't "own" them. Include them. #5 Do something about yourself.
Positive thinking is dangerous! Sadhguru says - "The nature of the mind is such that if you say, 'I do not want this,' only that will happen in your mind. If you say, 'I do not want the negative,' only that will happen." Instead of looking at things as positive and negative, we should essentially be looking at the situation and act accordingly. Sadhguru explains, that the who existence is happening between two dualities - "What you refer to as positive and negative is: masculine and feminine, light and darkness, day and night. Without this, how will life happen? It is like saying you do not want death, you want only life – there is no such thing. Only because there is death there is life. Only because there is darkness there is light. It is just that you should not allow the negative to overwhelm you. Let both of them be there and see how to make both of them productive."
In this episode of Mahabharata.. Bhima kept insluting Dhritrashtra. Even though Yudhishthira tried to stop him, he would say - "We fought the battle, and still Dhritarashtra tried to crush me. Still, the old woman tried to burn you. No! There is no charity in my heart for them." Eventually, unable to bear the insults, and on Vidura's advice, Dhritrashtra, Kunti, Gandhari, Vidura and Sanjay moved the forest. One day, a forest fire consumed them.
In the Indian culture we say "acharya devo bhava" - that means 'teacher is like god'! Even in contemporary time, though all knowledge is available on the internet, still teacher has a significant role to play in the nurturing of a child. The kind of influence the child goes through in the first 15 years, will determine the kind of human being that the child will turn out to be. The qualities of a good teacher - intelligence, integrity and inspiration!
Everyone is curios to know what is the right amount of sleep for them and how can they reduce it? Sleep essentially is servicing time for the body when it gets rid of impurities. It is a maintenance and repair time for the damage that happens to the body because of daily living – on the cellular level, on the energy level, and in many different ways. Actually, the body does not sleep, it just needs 'rest' to repair itself, but since for most of us, the only restful state we know is 'sleep' we think of sleep as an essential aspect of living. How much maintenance downtime you need simply depends on how much repair work is to be done. In this articles, Sadhguru explains the mechanics of sleep in detail and provides simple tips on how to reduce your sleep quota and how certain meditative practices like 'Shoonya' let you achieve the benefit of 3-4 hours of sleep in just 15-20 minutes.....
Sadhguru delves into the essential nature of grief. In response to a question, "Having recently lost a near and dear one, how does one cope with the grief and distress associated with it?", Sadhguru tells us that grief is about incompleteness. Grief can happen even without someone dying. But, when someone dies, it leaves a vacuum in your life. This feeling of incompleteness is the source of grief.
Meditation (dhyana) means to go beyond the limitations of the physical body and the mind. The body and the mind are just accumulations over a period of time - body is just a heap of food one has eaten and the mind is just a heap of impressions one has gathered from the outside. The body and the mind are just like bank balance - they are your property but they are NOT You. Just like one has a home and a bank balance, one has a body and a mind. A good bank balance, a good body and a good mind are needed to live a good life, but they are not sufficient. The instruments of the body and mind are okay for survival, but they will not fulfill a human being because the quality of a human being is to seek something more. Human life will not be fulfilled with just eating, sleeping, reproducing and dying. All those things are needed in one's life, but still one will not feel complete even if one has fulfilled all these things. This is because the quality of a human being has crossed a certain boundary of awareness. It has to seek something more, otherwise it will never be satisfied. It has to become 'Unlimited' – and Meditation or dhyana is a way of moving into the unlimited dimension of who you are.
In this episode - after the war, they moved towards Hastinapur. Instead of celebrations, all they heard was wailing of orphans and widows. Seeing this - Yudhishthira asked himself, “What is all this for? I never wanted to be the king. Why did I cause this?”. Sadhguru tells the story of how Krishna saved Bhima and Yudhishthira from Dhritrashtra and Gandhari who were seething with revenge.
Mental health issues like depression and anxiety seem to be rampant in many parts of the world now, including India. The pandemic seems to have contributed to this even further. Sadhguru tells us the reasons why mental illnesses are on the rise; one reason is because we have pulled down the support systems. Family was one such support system. Sadhguru says - "Family was one bunch of people who were like a net for the circus that you did. Whichever way you fell, there was someone to hold you for some moments." Sadhguru also explains how yoga can be a tremendous tool to bring balance and help in such situations.
In this storytelling , Sadhguru narrates 4 short stories revolving around Krishna and his life. Each story, in its own unique way, carries a subtle message. #1. Duryodhana hatches a plan to make Krishna drunk and get some secrets out from him. Did he succeed? #2. Satyabama, Krishna's second wife was a very proud lady - extremely beautiful and very very rich. Flaunting her wealth and beauty was he second nature. On Krishna's birthday, she made a grand plan to showcase to the whole town her love for Krishna. Did Krishna use this opportunity to teach her a lesson in humbleness? How was she saved from the embarrassment when the plan went awry? #3. While having lunch one day, Krishna suddenly got up in between the meal and ran towards the door. Satyabama,, who was serving him, got very puzzled. Before she could ask , Krishna came back and resumed his meal. Satyabama was totally bewildered by Krishna's strange behavior - was it the food or something else? #4. Once, Krishna's wives - Satyabama and Rukmini had made grand plans to celebrate Krishna's birthday. The usual playful Krishna, on that day was very quiet and not participating in any celebration. When asked, Krishna complained of severe headache. Physicians from all over the town were called but they failed to cure Krishna. No medicine would appear to work on him. Then Krishna told them the way to cure him. How was Krishna finally cured ? Did Radha and the Gopis cure him?
The Neem (Azadirachta indica) holds a special position in the Indian Ayurveda medicine and Yogic sciences for its immense medicinal and health benefits. The tree has more than 130 active biological compounds and its leaf is one of the most complex leaf on the planet. Daily consumption of neem kills the cancerous cells in the body, kills harmful bacteria in the human system and is a remedy for many a skin infections. It increases the heat in the system, thus helping those on the path of Yoga and Sadhana. However, indiscriminate use can cause harm and one must observe certain precautions while consuming Neem.
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story. He explains the hidden message in it. Normally, we choose friends who will support our limitations. But when you seek a spiritual master, you should be willing to break your limitations. You don't seek a master to hear pleasant things about yourself. Sadhguru says - "Guru or a master is there to destroy the falsehood in you."
Sadhguru tells us about the incredible Baalbek temple in Lebanon. Local legend says that the temple was originally built by people "from the East." He tells us about curious facts about the temple. One such fact is that there are stone lotuses carved on the temple's ceiling. There are no lotuses in Lebanon. Sadhguru shares some more fascinating facts about this famous temple.
Sadhguru explains that 'Brahmcharya' means - 'Brahman' means 'the divine' or the 'ultimate' and 'charya' means 'the path'. So 'Brahmcharya' means the 'path of the divine'. Sadhguru explains what does it mean to be on the path of the divine. He tells us - "Everyone should become a brahmachari, not necessarily in terms of lifestyle, but internally." In this article Sadhguru also tells us the significance of setting up a certain order, and why it is important for any society.
In this episode: Ashwatthama had killed Pandava's five children. Pandava's pursued him, and a duel happens between Arjuna and Ashwatthama. Ashwatthama pulls out the Brahmastra. Sadhguru says, from Vyasa's description of Brahmastra, it seems like it was a modern day nuclear weapon. Ashwatthama releases the Brahmastra and Krishna has to step in to counter its aftereffects on a just born infant. Krishan broough a stillborn child alive, and this act completely changed Krishna.
In this article Sadhguru tells us about Karna. In India, Karna is considered as an anti-hero. Sadhguru tells us - "He was a man with a phenomenal sense of integrity and generosity but all this was lost." Sadhguru tells us about Karna's life, and the reasons why Karna became so resentful, which ultimately led to his downfall. So, was Karna Good or Bad?
Sadhguru explains the fundamental cause of fear. He says - "Fear is simply because you are not living with life, you are living in your mind." He tells us that we are only suffering our memory, and our imagination. So, how does one overcome fear? Sadhguru says, "The only thing you can do about this is, come down to reality. If you just respond to what is there right now and not imagine something that does not exist, there is no room for fear."
The medical science today is realizing the health benefits of fasting - something which was always know and practiced in Indian Yogic culture. Many Indian rituals and religious practices were built around this to spread this knowledge. There are days when human body does not need food - if one is conscious and has developed necessary awareness of how human body functions, one will know the days when body is telling you - it does not need food. It wants to cleanse itself, repair and maintain itself and remove toxins - but we don't allow that to happen by constantly stuffing food. Fasting is a great way to rejuvenate the body, improve health and cure many a diseases. But there is certain way of doing fasting otherwise it could do more harm. Find out more as Sadhguru explains the benefits of fasting.
In this episode of Mahabharata, Sadhguru distills the three keys to success which we can learn from Mahabharata. One - Be skillful and listen. "If you listen to something, your mind will become focused and still; if you are simply hearing things, the mind will become distressed – that is the effect of noise." Two - Lack of faith leads to failure". And three - Rage will not work for you. "When there is faith, there is no fear. When there is no fear, there is no rage in your heart. When there is no rage in your heart, you will act towards the purpose of your life, without even knowing it intellectually."
In this episode of Mahabharata, Sadhguru explains the significance of the practice of yagna. Yagnas are an ancient form of ritual that involves mantras and offerings to fire. Sadhguru says - "Yagna means a disciplined action that will benefit all. If you sit here and meditate, and then you dance around so that everyone benefits from your meditation, it is a yagna. How to perform a yagna? There are many ways to do it...."
In this episode Sadhguru explains the original rationale of the traditional caste system, and different forms of social divisions in modern society, and its relevance in contemporary society. He says - "Is the varnashrama dharma of dividing a society based on craft or competence still there? Is the world not divided by competence? Whether you like it or not, it is divided. The only thing is we have made it a little more porous..."
In this episode Sadhguru explains about what is Dharma - is it an absolute truth or a relative truth. He explains using the context if two questions - one about Yudhishthira and the second about Krishna. This is a compelling read, as it breaks our notion about morality and righteousness. What really is Dharma or Truth? Sadhguru says - "The ultimate truth is to act out of your inclusiveness"
Sadhguru narrates a short Zen story, when in response to a disciples question, the master replies "Learn from that Dog". The disciple is disappointed, what can one learn from a dog, he says - "You are making fun of me, Master. What can I learn from a dog? All it does is eat, sleep and reproduce. I have come in search of you only to become free from that.". Sadhguru explains, we are not even fully involved in the basic activity of eating and sleeping. He says - "When you eat, you are thinking about home, when you are at home you are thinking about work, when you are at work you are thinking about travel, when you are travelling you are thinking about when you can sleep, when you go to sleep you are thinking about something else. Your whole life rolls on like this."
Questioner: Sadhguru, you said Barbarik came from the South, and that the southern mysticism had a big influence in the war. Could you elaborate on that? In this episode, Sadhguru elaborates on the Southern influence on the war, though the war was between the Northern kings.
Someone asks Sadhguru - "All my family is in Italy. How can we not panic and be calm in this situation? It is very difficult for me to stay quiet." Sadhguru says - "...I understand the struggle, that people who are dear to you are elsewhere, particularly in a place which is going through the throes of infection and there are hundreds of deaths per day.... Shall we deal with the trouble to the best of our capabilities or shall we multiply it in our mind?"
As the world population is growing, where are the new 'souls' coming from? About five thousand years ago, since the time of Mahabharata, the world population has grown from just 18 million to 7.7 billion today! If there is rebirth and reincarnation, then how are the number of souls increasing? Sadhguru explains - "When you say the word “soul,” which is so loosely used today, we are not talking about a physical thing." So, the usual laws of the physical world, as we understand them, do not apply.
Stuck at home during the Coronavirus lockdown, someone asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru, I always thought that I can spend my whole life binging on shows on Netflix, but in the last few days of lockdown, I am totally bored of everything on the internet!" Sadhguru explains that boredom is a mind's creation, it's not existential. So, you are bored of just what is happening in your mind! He suggests some simple tips to address this, like - "Every ten minutes, take a two-minute break from it; you will be doing something very fantastic with yourself."
Many people are forced into a lockdown because of the corona virus. With no activity and silence on the outside, suddenly the inside noises are becoming very noisy. How can one deal with this? Sadhguru says - "Do not try to stop it because you cannot stop it. The only way is to distance yourself from it." He shares tips as to how one can achieve this distancing. Simple meditations like Isha Kriya can be of tremendous help.
Sadhguru shares eight simple tips to boost the immune system. These are extremely useful to strengthen the immune system and beat the corona virus #1 Consumption of Neem and Turmeric. #2 Consumption of Jeeva Legium and Raw Mango. #3 Consumption of Amla with Honey and Peppercorns. #4 Consumption of Mahavilva Leaves. #5 Ensure you get enough physical activity. #6 Generate ushna by chanting #7 Keep your self joyful #8 Practice Isha Kriya
Somebody asks Sadhguru "What is the distinction between an avatar and a bhagavan? What is Krishna, really?" Sadhguru says - "Avatar means he is a manifestation of the Creator, but he is not living like that every moment." Sadhguru explains the difference between a bhagavan and an avatar, and tells us what Krishna fits into.
A new disciple asked his widely traveled Zen master, "You have been to many places in the world. Which is the best place in the summer? Which is the best place during monsoon? Which is the best place to go during the winter?" The master kept walking in the rain and said, "If you really want to be in the best place, you must go to the place where there is no summer, rain or winter!" Sadhguru explains the message in this short zen story, that the master is trying to give to his disciple.
In many ways, the quality of relationship one holds, determines their quality of life. Relationships are formed to fulfill various needs - physical, psychological, emotional, social, financial... Sadhguru says - "The needs within a human being have risen because there is a certain sense of incompleteness and people are forming relationships to experience a certain sense of completeness within themselves". This is the source of expectations. Sadhguru says - "If you are happy by your own nature, the relationships will become a means for you to express your happiness not to seek happiness."
Sadhguru says - "Your body and your brain work at their best only when your stomach is empty". One of the reasons why people have so much inertia is that they are eating more than what is needed. Sadhguru suggests - "If you are over 30 years of age, two good meals a day will suffice – one in the morning and one in the evening. There must be three hours after the evening meal, before you go to bed". If you ensure that there is a minimum eight hour gap between two meals, you will see that in six weeks time, almost 50% of your health problems will go away!
Sadhguru tells us that in yoga, the body is seen as five layers; annamaya kosha (physical body), manomaya kosha (mental body), pranamaya kosha (energy body) - these three are physical in nature. The next two are vignanmaya kosha (etheric body) and anandmaya kosha (bliss body). Sadhguru says - "When someone dies, we say, “This person is no more.” That is not true. The person is no more the way you know them, but they still very much exist. The physical body will fall apart, but the mental and pranic body go on, depending upon the strength of the karma.... If you dismantle the karmic structure one hundred percent, you merge with the existence."
Duryodhana tells Bhishma - "Krishna is only a cowherd. What can he do?". When Krishna defeated Duryodhana and Karna by himself, how can Duryodhana say this? Sadhguru says - "People say all kinds of things. Sometimes, the same people who crawled at your feet and said you are God, turn negative at some point, or even become deadly enemies". Sadhguru also tells us that Krishna told Arjuna, that Karna is a better archer than him. "Arjuna was completely disillusioned. He had always been walking around with this aura of being the greatest warrior on the planet."
Sadhguru tells us that being happy or unhappy is a choice that we make! He says - "Whatever every human being is doing on this planet, it does not matter what, even if he is giving away his life to someone, he is doing it because it gives him happiness". Even after doing everything, if we are still unhappy, then somewhere the basic fundamental of life has been missed. Sadhguru tells us that the reason for that is because we have established ourselves in untruth.
Sadhguru says - "The life in you is not looking for meaning; it needs exuberance of experience. First you create that, then all these questions will evaporate". He tells us that we have got ourselves so entangled in our own thoughts, emotions and ideas, that we don't realize that we are life. We have made conclusions about life, without actually knowing about it. He says - "If you can joyfully, consciously, stay in “I do not know,” knowing is not far away".
Human muscles can be enhanced by strengthening them, but also making them very flexible. If you do Upa Yoga, or Angamardana practices, fitness is assured. But Yoga is not an exercise form. It's for wellbeing in all aspects - physical health, energy, mind and also the spiritual dimension. Sadhguru says - "You don’t have to do Yoga to lose weight or to stay healthy. You just have to eat sensibly, play tennis or take a swim. The focus of Yoga is to set another dimension alive within you that is beyond the physical".
Mahabharat is full of individuals following their own dharma. But, how does one decide their Dharma? Sadhguru tells us about Gandhari's life. She went through many difficult situations, and what all it did to her mind was not a small thing. Once she came to know that her husband was blind, one of the things she realized was that she will have to do everything for him. But suppose she chose to be blind, than being a queen, everything will be done for her by someone else. And, the public glory that came with that sacrifice was an added incentive. Once, she has taken a public vow, that becomes her Dharma.
Today, there is medical evidence, that one works at their best when they are joyful. Being joyful means that you are in a certain level of pleasantness within you, it means there is no friction within you. Sadhguru says - "I am at ease because I am not made by someone’s opinion. In no way does someone’s opinion make me happy or unhappy". Being joyful is the basic ambiance for any life to flourish and achieve anything of significance.
This is a Zen story about a man longing to reach higher states like Budha, and going in search of a master. After a steep climb, he finds the master at the top of a mountain. The master shows him some bamboo vegetation and asks him a couple of questions, and then leaves. Sadhguru explains, that the conclusions we draw from our five senses are always in comparison to something else. If one wants to perceive life, then one has to move beyond the five sense perceptions.
Unfortunately the common perception of spirituality today is of someone not eating properly, renouncing everything, sitting on the roadside and begging! Sadhguru says - "Being spiritual has got nothing to do with your external situation. You can be spiritual whether you live in a hut or a palace". Spirituality is fundamentally about realizing that "I am the source of my joy".
Sadhguru says - "When it comes to God, you have been told to believe; nobody told you to explore Divinity". The intellect is only useful for survival. Exploring deeper dimensions of life through the five senses will not yield results. These are not the right instruments; and without appropriate instruments, people are bound to jump to wrong conclusions.
In Yogic culture, a well established mind is referred as kalpvriksha. For anything to manifest in the world, first it gets created in the mind. Sadhguru says - "If you organize your mind to a certain level, it in turn organizes your whole system; your body, emotions and energies get organized in that direction. If this happens, you are a Kalpavriksha yourself. Anything that you wish will happen". For this to happen, the most important thing is clarity - you must be clear where you want to go.
Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness or in absolute movement. Intrigued by watching him move from utter stillness to mad dance, and being in absolute ecstasy in both, the Gandharvas and Yakshas were keen to get an grasp of this experience. To have an insider, they plotted and got Shiva married to Sati. Sadhguru narrates the story of how Sati burnt herself up in the ceremonial fire, and how 54 Shakti Sthalas were born when a despondent Shiva carried her rotting corpse.
Unfortunately people today think that temples are places of prayer. Only in South India, people have still kept the basic instructions of going to the temple alive. Temples are not places of worship, they are not places to ask, it is a place to receive. You must sit there for some time and imbibe the energy. Sadhguru says - "You are not going there to tell god what he should do – you are there to make yourself available to a dimension of energy that you by yourself are not able to generate".
If you notice, people who are deeply involved in some intellectual activity, would prefer to read a book than have sex. Trying to get rid of something is not the best way to approach it. Instead, you should find something deeper than what you know right now, then you will be easily able to drop it. If you experience something bigger than sexuality, than automatically you will drop it. Sadhguru says - "Sexuality is just a small part of you. People have become overly sexual only because of stupid morality, because they are trying to forcefully drop it".
Sadhguru tells us about nara/narayana. "Nara means the same source manifested in a more compulsive manner – Narayana means the same source manifested in a more conscious manner". A compulsive life is capable of more action, a conscious life should not be very active. If Krishna chose to act, the scope of his life would come down, so they acted in tandem. Krishna tells Arjuna, "leave it to me and act". He is only saying, Leave the results to me. Don’t leave the action to me. The action is still yours".
Only if a leader is supported by everyone, they will be able to achieve their goals. There is always a process in selecting a leader. Sadhguru says - "If you are interested in the company, organization, nation or any institution for that matter, once we elect or select a leader, we must support them entirely". The leader may have plans, he may have thought of hundred steps, and it is not possible nor advisable to lay out the entire plan with everyone - so, just support them. If they fail, then whatever has to happen, will happen.
This is a zen story about a disciple of the sixth Zen sect who joined a monastery called Kaaksi. Sadhguru explains that what this story is trying to tell is that, realization or enlightenment is not trying to get hold of something, rather realizing what is there already. For that, first you must realize that you do not know. Sadhguru says - "Only if you know that you do not know, you will start longing to know that which you do not know. Now, the possibility of knowing the unknown will arise".
Rudraksh is the seed of a tree, and it has a very unique vibration. There are various types of Rudrakshas, and the number of faces can vary from a single face, upto 21 faces. They have different vibrations, and are worn for different purposes. Five faced, or panchmukhi, is good for everyone, for general wellbeing, health and freedom. If someone has chosen to purify their lives, Rudraksha is a good support for that. Sadhguru also tells about ekmukhi and gaurishankar rudraksh. He also shares various other benefits of Rudraksh and also guidelines on how to wear Rudraksh.
Though Kripacharya wanted to stop Ashwatthama, eventually he did participate in the killing. When they realized that they have killed the children, Duryodhana died, and Ashwatthama lost his mind and went to stay in some ashram. Draupadi went in rage again and wanted Ashwatthama's head. The rishi, where he was staying, did not allow Arjuna to kill Ashwatthama, so instead he plucked off the jewel from Ashwatthama's forehead and brought it to Draupadi. Without the jewel, Ashwatthama would lose his mind completely. They went back to hastinapur.
Diogenes was an ecstatic beggar who lived totally naked. One day Alexander saw Diogenes. Alexander was riding his horse, and was in emperor's clothes. Diogenes was naked, rolling in the sand at the bank of the river. Looking at him in ecstatic state, Alexander remarked, you have nothing, so what are you ecstatic about? He wanted to be ecstatic like Diogenes. Diogenes invited him to throw of this clothes into the river, come down from his horse, and join him in the sand. Alexander remarked, that he did not have the courage to do so, and that he would do it in his next lifetime! Sadhguru says, once you have come as a human being with a certain possibility, you must make use of it.
Sadhguru says that the root cause of all chronic ailments is in the energy body. Disturbance in the energy body can be caused because of various factors - food, relationships, atmosphere, emotions, attitudes, thoughts and opinions. Sadhguru says - "The basic premise in Yoga is that if your energy body is in full flow and properly balanced, there can be no chronic disease either in your physical body or your mental body. If people are willing to do a certain amount of sadhana to balance and activate their energy body, they can definitely be free of all chronic ailments."
The Natadreeswarar temple is located mid way along Cauvery river's path, so its referred as the navel of Cauvery. Sadhguru tells us that the sand linga is still physically intact, and though it was consecrated 6000 years ago, in terms of energy it is still explosive. Sadhguru says - "It is generally believed that Agastya muni left his energies and his subtle body in this space".
Sadhguru tells us about his father, how committed, dedicated and relentless he was in his profession as a doctor. Sadhguru also tells us about his own life - his father was asking him to choose a profession, and Sadhguru refusing to get trained for anything. Sadhguru says - "It is very important to understand that from the moment we are born until we fall dead, we are doing only life, life, and life alone – nothing else but life". So, whatever you are doing in life, must be your life!
Krishna reminded Bhima of his vow to break Duryodhana's thigh. Though hitting below the belt in a mace fight was not allowed, still Bhima hit him, and Duryodhana fell, mortally wounded. Though, by law they should have killed him, but they left him to die slowly. Ashwatthama was raging because Pandavas had killed his father. He wanted revenge. As per tradition, the Pandavas, after victory, went to the Kaurava's camp to sleep. Ashwatthama, Kritavarma, and Kripacharya sneaked into the Pandava camp. They killed Drupada, and Pandava's five children.
Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what death is - that is why it seems so mysterious. Sadhguru says - "Body is life and death – the spiritual process is about yourself, which is neither life nor death". So, in a way, it is only the body that dies, not you. The simple reason that death seems so profound and mysterious is because you have had a 'memory loss'. If you remembered about your past lives, death would no longer be mysterious - isn't it?
Almost all aspects in our lives today have become violent. Today's movies, video games, most of the toys, our music, dance, the very culture is becoming violent. It is natural that it will come on the street. Sadhguru says - "because the violence is within the human being. That is the violence that needs to be attended to". If the enormous energy of a human being is not channelized, they will end up performing violent acts. This is the significance of yoga - through which individuals can learn to harness their energies to reach their ultimate potential. It is only through individual transformation that violence will end in the society.
Only if you keep your body well, healthy and comfortable, you will be encouraged to go further in life. Unfortunately most people today feel that body means pain. But it need not be pain, body can be very beautiful. Sadhguru says - "Just with the right food, practices and a little change in attitude, you will see this body becomes a miracle".
The efficacy of any machine depends on how easily the fuel burns. For the human system, fruits are most easily digestible. It is best to eat locally produced seasonal fruits. Going on a fruit diet can make you very alive and active. Sadhguru says - "Whether you want to use your brainpower or be engaged in physical activity, fruit will work perfectly well". At least 30% of your diet should be fruits. And, if one goes on a total fruit diet, it is important to eat slowly, and consciously ensure that you ingest enough quantity.
This is an interesting Zen story, where a disciple gets enlightened when the master laughs! Sadhguru explains that there is a deep connection between Zen and laughter. In fact, he says, that anyone who has attained a certain state within himself, they can laugh at everything. Sadhguru narrates an amusing incident from his life, when he started laughing loudly when a few volunteers escaped death from an accident! He says - "One who has lost his laughter has lost everything. This is what the Zen master demonstrated to his disciple".
The war is over, but Duryodhana is still alive. He is burning like hot oil. To cool himself down, using certain capabilities, he sits underwater in a pond. To make him come out, Krishna asks Bhima to insult him. Yudhishthira, out of his goodness, offers Duryodhana a last duel. He can choose who to fight, and with whom. If he wins, he gets his kingdom back. Duryodhana chooses to fight with Bhima with the mace. Duryodhana starts winning the fight - he starts laughing - just playing with Bhima.
The word 'kashi' means tower of light. Sadhguru says - "This beam of light is the symbolism of Kashi, because Kashi is a machine, a yantra, a cosmogenic effort to bring the cosmos to you". Sadhguru tells us that in his experience the real energy structure of kashi is 33 feet above ground, and is going upto 7200 feet. At one time, there were over 72,000 shrines, each with their own method, but all with only one goal, that of - mukti (liberation). No one really knows how old the city is, as Mark Twain said "it's older than the legend". The city has been ravaged multiple times, and a lot of it is damaged. Still, Sadhguru says that energy wise it's still phenomenal.
The source of evil is ignorance. Sadhguru says - "Evil is neither a quality nor is it an act, it is a consequence of ignorance". In this short, yet profound article, Sadhguru tells us that evil never leaves. Because, evil is a certain absence of knowing. If something is present, you can destroy it - but absence can not be destroyed. You just have to bring knowing. And, knowing can not be through the mind!
Regardless of any action you perform, life will not attain fulfillment. At so many points in life, one feels, 'if this happens, my life will be complete'. But, whatever happens, life never attains fulfillment. Sadhguru says - "When man has reached a state where within himself, he does not have the need to perform any action and the actions that he performs are only to the extent required for the external situation, that man has become complete". This is fulfillment.