Dhyanalinga – The Significance of the Zero

June 27, 2019

9 min read

Summary: The whole creation is rooted in nothingness. It is from this nothingness that billions of galaxies and all life sprouted. Zero means, it's limitless, and it can never be matched by any number, because a number, no matter how big is always limited. Dhyanalinga is a possibility that exhibits both the exuberance of the numbers, and the stillness of zero. In it's presence, it becomes very simple to know the fundamental dimension of life. Everything comes from zero, and everything goes back to the zero. Dhyanalinga is a strong reminder, an exuberant manifestation of life, at the same time absolutely still like nothingness.

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Dhyanalinga - The Big Zero

Sadhguru: The sound of the drum, the burst of cracker, a scream, a clap of thunder, a rustling of leaves, and a million other sounds – all this makes up human experience. Sound is essentially a vibration; so is what you see, so is what you touch. Everything that you know as creation is a certain reverberation. That which is between sound and silence, between reverberation and stillness, has been called by many names, has been distinguished and identified in many different ways. Traditionally, we call it Shiva and Shakti. Certain other cultures refer to it as yin and yang, masculine and feminine, the logical and the intuitive, or just this and that. There is nothing wrong with this and that, but they are a surface happening.

Dhyanalinga is a manifestation of one who has climbed, so that he can inspire those who have not bothered to climb as of now.

Dhyanalinga is a miraculous manifestation of this and that, but rooted in just this and this. So am I, so are you, so is everything. You may refer to yourself as a woman, you may refer to yourself as a man, but essentially, you are both. Both cannot exist without each other because they are both rooted in the same thing. It is like the flower and the fruit. It is like the soil and the tree – the same, but different. If we can merge two diametrically opposite things, these two are like the two posts of a ladder. The two posts of the ladder are needed for one to be able to climb. At the same time, if you believe there are two, you cannot climb; it is just one ladder.

So Dhyanalinga is a ladder like that. Dhyanalinga has seven rings, but they are like rungs of a ladder. The human system also has seven rungs. Everything is made like that. The question is only, “Will you climb, or will you not climb?” Dhyanalinga is a manifestation of one who has climbed, so that he can inspire those who have not bothered to climb as of now. But everything is rooted in just one, this and this. It is wrong to call it one. If this and that are one and two, then this and this is a big zero.

The whole number system is rooted in the zero. It is not because you have ten fingers that there is a zero. It is not because we counted one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and then did not know what to do next and invented a zero. Anything would have worked, but we came up with a zero not because we invented it, but because the numbers are rooted in the zero.

The whole creation is rooted in that zero or that nothingness. The vastness of the zero can never be matched by any number because that which is not is limitless. A number means it is limited. You may call it a zillion, but still it is limited. There was a time when ten rupees could buy what today hundred thousand rupees can buy. I remember my father, a physician by profession, was shocked when his grandson got a job as an IT professional and he started with a salary of thirty thousand rupees. My father was a little bewildered because when he started as a doctor, he got hundred rupees as salary. He said, “I got only hundred rupees when I started. This fellow, good for nothing, is getting thirty thousand to start with!” But today thirty thousand still cannot buy what hundred rupees could buy back then. So numbers are meaningful only within a certain context. This happened in San Francisco. A very smartly dressed young man was walking on the street. A completely unkempt, disheveled, dirty looking man came up to him and said, “Can I have two dollars for a coffee?” The young man’s nostrils curled up and he said, “How dare you ask for two dollars? You can get a coffee for a dollar or less.” The other man smiled and said, “I was thinking you would join me.”

The Significance of the Zero

What you think are opposites have been joined in the process of creation. You can play with this as much as you want, but if you lose sight of the sameness of creation and get lost in the duality of creation, then your drama will begin. Your drama will begin, but you will not be the director; you will only be an actor, and it could be a tragedy! You may be a hero or a heroine, but it could be a tragic drama – who knows? Generally, most famous plays have been tragic. But if you are aware of the sameness, if you are aware of the zero of existence, if that has come into your experience, you become the director of the play. Tragedy or comedy, it does not matter, now you can play it as you want because you are directing the play. If you get identified with the duality, you become the play, and the play can go whichever way; especially when there is no director, it can be a tragic play. Any situation without a director is a tragic situation, most of the time; rarely does it happen well.

So being in the presence of Dhyanalinga is just this – all the seven chakras are manifest, so the whole range, the exuberance of life is available; but at the same time, it still leaves you as a zero. You know when you want to dance and move, “One, two, cha-cha-cha…?” Movement and numbers are the same. Stillness and zero are the same. If you lose sight of the zero, numbers will get you into such a chakkar– you do not know what you got into. If you are constantly in sight of the zero and play with the numbers, numbers are beautiful. Just imagine the number system without a zero. For the smallest things, you will go crazy. This is happening to a lot of people. Just to count one, two, they got married. Only two, the other two are yet to come, but already they are going crazy. Just one, two, is so complicated because you lost sight of the zero.

Dhyanalinga – Both Finite and Infinite

So Dhyanalinga is a possibility that reverberates the exuberance of numbers, and at the same time, the presence of the zero is immense. In its presence, it becomes very simple to know another dimension to life, which is the underlying dimension, the largest dimension of existence, and this whole play with just five elements. Look at the variety of life, look at the size of the cosmos, with just five ingredients. Isn’t this creation a masterpiece? With just five ingredients, how many things you can do is unbelievable.

Actually, in terms of the number system, we could have just counted with one hand instead of two. “One, two, three, four, five,” or we could have said, “One, two, three, four, ten” – we could have added a zero right here. Still it would have worked. As long as you have a zero, you can make it work whichever way you want. This is so with the number system; this is so with your life. As long as you are in touch with the limitless zero of your life, you can make it work whichever way. The problem with your mind right now is that you have lost sight of the zero. So you do not know what is today, what is yesterday, what is tomorrow. Such a simple thing, but it is all mixed up. Yesterday’s things are still living within you. Why only yesterday? Previous life nonsense is still living within you. Things which are yet to happen tomorrow are already troubling you. Something that happened ten years ago still hurts you; something that may happen day after tomorrow already troubles you.

Once you lose sight of the zero, you do not know what today is, what yesterday is, what tomorrow is – it is all mixed up. Once, Shankaran Pillai went to the psychiatrist and shared many things. After listening to him for hours, the psychiatrist said, “See, none of the things that you have said have actually happened.” So Shankaran Pillai said, “No, don’t tell me that! If I realize that, I will start worrying why they did not happen!” People enjoy their hallucinations; that is a big problem. If you are in sight of the zero, numbers will be just a number game. Otherwise, it can go on and on. It can just go on into zillions and drive you to madness.

The Miracle of Dhyanalinga

Just from nothing, billions of galaxies have popped up, and any time they can go back and become nothing. What more of a miracle do you want? If you eat a cucumber, it becomes a human being. What more of a miracle do you want? Such a sturdy life; but still, if I exhale and I do not inhale again, it will evaporate just like that. What more of a miracle do you want?

So Dhyanalinga is that tool, where though you are playing the five elements, essentially it is one big zero. Everything comes from nothing, and everything goes back to nothing. Everything comes from zero, and everything goes back to the zero. Dhyanalinga is a strong reminder, an exuberant manifestation of life, at the same time absolutely still like nothingness. The stillness of nothingness and the exuberance of everything installed in one – that is the miracle of Dhyanalinga. When I use the word “miracle,” people think that if I open this vessel and a baby elephant comes out, it is a miracle. That is not a miracle. Let us leave the production of elephants to elephants. You do not have to pull them out of copper vessels.

Only those minds which are not sensitive enough to taste this absolute miracle that from nothing, everything has popped up, will look for these gross miracles. Their idea of a miracle is, “Can you give me a gold chain?” Only gross minds will look for such miracles because they miss the biggest miracle of the existence. Just from nothing, billions of galaxies have popped up, and any time they can go back and become nothing. What more of a miracle do you want? If you eat a cucumber, it becomes a human being. What more of a miracle do you want? Such a sturdy life; but still, if I exhale and I do not inhale again, it will evaporate just like that. What more of a miracle do you want? Everything is a phenomenal miracle. If you cannot see it, you will ask for gold chains. As if you are not already substantially chained. You are pretty well chained, believe me.


Why Dhyanalinga – Beyond Duality

December 12, 2016

4 min read

Summary: In the beginning everything was primordial. When creation happened, duality was born. Because there is duality, there is creation. You can call it, Ida - Pingala, Yin - Yang, Shiva - Shakthi, Feminine - Masculine or Intuitive - Logical dimensions. Our sense organs are limited to experiencing this duality. The science of Dhyanalinga is to establish exuberance of this duality of life. Only once you know that both the logical and intuitive are not sufficient, there is a longing to know what is beyond - to have a direct perception of reality.

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Dhyanalinga: Going Beyond Duality

Q: You say that the Dhyanalinga offers the possibility for each human being to experience life in its totality. Can you tell us how?

Sadhguru: I think we need to bring some understanding of the science behind the Dhyanalinga. In the yogic tradition, the whole aspect of what we call Shiva and Shakti is about the duality of life. When you experience life through your sense perceptions, the experience of it is in a certain duality. It is this duality that is traditionally personified as Shiva and Shakti, the Ardhanarishwara. In yoga, we call this Ida and Pingala, and in the far-eastern cultures as Yin and Yang. You can also call it the feminine and masculine or the intuitive and logical aspect of oneself. These are the two dimensions in which you and the world around you exist.

It is based on this duality that life is created. Without these two dualities, life does not exist as it is right now. In the beginning, everything was primordial – there was no duality. Once creation happened, there was duality. To experience and limit you to this duality is the reason why there are sense organs. You experience everything through your senses: seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and touching. These sense organs manifest and enhance the sense of duality in the world. The sense of light and dark, good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant is what makes everything appear more established. As you get more involved with the sense perception, as you think and feel about life, the duality only gets deeper.

Duality: The Source of Pleasure & Pain

Is there something wrong with the duality? Without duality, there is no creation. It is only because of these opposites that creation happened. But to be trapped within the duality is the problem. If one is limited to the duality, one does not know the beyond. It becomes a great limitation in your life. Duality is the source of all the pleasures in the world. If there were no opposites, there would be no pleasures. At the same time, duality is the source of all suffering in the world. It is only because of these opposites that man suffers. Caught in this “pleasure and pain” experience of life, people do not become wise with life, they become wounded by it. They are not able to handle this duality, nor are they able to transcend it.

When you have limited yourself to your sense perceptions, you are bound by this duality – you cannot help it. The sense organs seem to be an access to freedom. Your eyes for example, your vision, seems to be your freedom. If you have no eyes, you have no experience of the outside, but it is the eye which is limiting you in so many ways. The eye is like a window of your body – it is through this window that you can look out. This window seems to be a great possibility, but the window is also a limitation for you. If you remove this limitation, then you will observe that it is not the eyes that see, it is you who sees. Your eyes are only an opening to the world. So sense perceptions are just a small opening and at the same time a great bondage within you.

Experience Life, The Way It Is

The process or science of the Dhyanalinga is an establishment of the exuberance of the duality of life. Through the nadis of the Ida and Pingala, through the seven chakras and the wide range of manifestation and experience, life has happened. The many forms of life, the many levels of life, the many ways of experiencing life are there in the world only because of this duality and the seven chakras or the seven dimensions of life. The Dhyanalinga is manifested on all of these levels, but its purpose is to help a person go beyond this duality.

This is not against sense perception, but seeing the limitation that it is, one needs to go beyond that. Through this manifestation of Ida and Pingala or Shiva and Shakti, both dimensions – the logical and the intuitive – can be enjoyed and experienced. Knowing that both the logical and the intuitive are not sufficient, one has to know that which is beyond this, which in yoga we refer to as pratibha, where you are neither intuitive nor logical. You have a direct perception of the world the way it is. You experience life simply the way it is, not through the interpretation of the senses.


Why Dhyanalinga – Seed of Liberation

December 5, 2016

7 min read

Summary: When someone comes to a spiritual guru - they can come as investigators, as students, as disciples or as devotees. Investigators want to find the worst, students want to find the best, disciples want to transform themselves, and devotees are not interested in any of this, they simply want to dissolve. If you work upon yourself, on the level of your body and mind, transformation will happen. But, if you give it up, after sometime you will be back to where you were. But if something is imprinted on your etheric body, you can never destroy it. Dhyanalinga is a tool - once you are in the sphere of Dhyanalinga, regardless of who you are, the seeds of spiritual liberation are sown into you.

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Dhyanalinga: Sowing the Seed of Spiritual Liberation

Q: Your teaching is so powerful Sadhguru, so why the need for Dhyanalinga?

Sadhguru: We can teach or impart things to you in many different ways. People come to me in different ways. Some come as investigators, some as students, some as disciples and some as devotees. Investigators want to find out what is wrong. There is nothing wrong, but they want to find out what is wrong – they are not interested in learning. Many investigators came and quite a few of them have slowly evolved into devotees today.

The “Gathering Need”

Students come because they want to learn, they want to pick up something. I call the investigators shit-pickers. They always come to pick the dirtiest out of any situation. They want to pick out what is wrong. Students are also pickers but they want to pick out what is good. This is an old habit from the hunting and gathering days. Man has been gathering, gathering, and gathering, either things, people or knowledge. The need to gather has come because there is a sense of inadequacy and incompleteness. You want to gather something all the time, maybe money, maybe wealth, maybe relationships, maybe knowledge.

Socially, one thing is held superior to the other, but actually, gathering knowledge is so much more entangling than gathering money, wealth, people or anything else.

People who gather knowledge always think they are better than people who gather money or things, but it is not so. It is just a question of taste – somebody likes toast for breakfast, somebody likes masala dosa, somebody likes a whole meal in the morning. Everybody is gathering whatever is dominant in them.

Socially, one thing is held superior to the other, but actually, gathering knowledge is so much more entangling than gathering money, wealth, people or anything else. Knowledge is the most entangling thing, because the way you think and feel are the deepest attachment within you. People have always thought renunciation means to leave your wife or husband. But the deepest attachment is to your own ways of thinking and feeling. If your ways of thinking and feeling are threatened, you are willing to leave your child, husband, wife, father, mother, anybody. Your own ways of thinking and feeling, that is where the trap is. So gathering knowledge is not any better, but students want to gather knowledge, that is their way.

The third kind who comes is the disciple. The disciple has come to transform himself, he wants to become something other than what he is right now; a pretty good beginning, but a devotee is not interested in all this. He just wants to dissolve. He does not want to exist as himself anymore, he wants to become one with everything. These are the four ways that you can come here.

Transforming Body, Mind, Energy

Depending upon who you are and what your requirements are, we start imparting things in so many different ways. We can transform your body. Every day in the morning, you bend and twist. If you do yoga asanas for six months, you will see, suddenly you are so much more peaceful and healthier. You will see an enormous change in your body and mind, simply because you are doing simple physical asanas. Let us say you practice for six months or one year, and give it up for another six months, then you will be back to square one. If we transform your mind, if you live in awareness for the next six months, there will be a huge change in you, but if in the next two years you live in unawareness, you will be back to square one. The next thing we are trying to transform is your prana or vital energies with kriyas. You practice for six months and you give them up for the next five years, you will be once again back to square one. This period may vary from person to person, depending upon their lifestyles, karmic situations and other aspects.

But if you can impress or imprint something into the etheric body, a substance which is beyond the pranic or the physical energies, you can never destroy it. It is not in your hands anymore. That is what an initiation means. An initiation is not just a set of instructions. So much elaborate care is taken to initiate you into a few minutes of meditation, hoping that you will be in the right level of receptivity and receive this. The seed of it, once it falls into you, you cannot destroy. It does not matter what you do, even if you live the worst possible life, you cannot destroy the seed. If you create a conducive atmosphere, it grows and flowers. If you do not, it will wait.

The Seed of Spiritual Liberation

Have you seen how in summer everything seems to be dry? When you look at the land, it looks so hopeless. Probably a long summer looks like the end of life. But when a few drops of rain come, do you see how it all springs up? They are all waiting. One drop and immediately they are up. Similarly, once something is implanted into your etheric body, you cannot destroy it. That is what an initiation means. That is why so much care is taken about it.

If I have to initiate people like this, I can initiate only a limited number of people at the same time. So we created a device – I would call it a tool. Dhyanalinga is a tool. Sitting in the space of the Dhyanalinga for a while, you start as a devotee, which has a tremendous advantage over Isha Yoga programs. It starts from the other end, which cannot be influenced by the outer situation. If you transform your spiritual body, you will see that this transformation is permanent. Once you are in the sphere of the Dhyanalinga, the seed of spiritual liberation is sown into you. Whether you are willing or not, a believer or non-believer, whether you have come to investigate or surrender, it does not matter. When people sit in this space, this impression will definitely happen, knowingly or unknowingly.

Even if a person who does not know anything about meditation comes and sits there, he will become meditative by his own nature. That is the quality of the Dhyanalinga.

This seed will wait. If the person creates a conducive atmosphere, it will flower very quickly; if he does not, it will wait. It will wait ten lifetimes or hundreds of lifetimes, but you cannot destroy it. This is why we have put so much effort into creating the Dhyanalinga. This transformation works within you on a different level altogether – one which cannot be destroyed, cannot be undone.

After we are gone, what Isha Yoga will become, we do not know. We are taking a lot of care to see that distortions do not happen. We are demanding tremendous discipline and dedication from the teachers. We are putting very hard conditions on them so that distortions are not made. But if whatever Gautama Buddha said or Krishna said can be distorted in a thousand years, what I have said will also definitely be distorted. The Dhyanalinga is the shakthi moola for that – it cannot be distorted. If the whole of Isha Yoga is distorted, it does not matter. If you just go and sit in front of the Dhyanalinga, everything that needs to happen will happen experientially, without saying a word – that is the nature of the Dhyanalinga. Even if a person who does not know anything about meditation comes and sits there, he will become meditative by his own nature. That is the quality of the Dhyanalinga. That is the kind of tool it is.

It has taken an enormous effort to create it. It took three lifetimes for me. It is very hard for you to believe this. It will sound too unbelievable if I tell you the whole saga of what it took to make it happen. People who have been around me have seen all that has happened. That is the nature of this tool. If we go on teaching in the current way, with the kind of safeguards we are creating, we can never reach enough people. So the Dhyanalinga is to just hasten this process. That is why in our eagerness to share, we have created this.


What Is Unique About Dhyanalinga?

February 10, 2011

5 min read

Summary: The most important and unique aspect about Dhyanalinga is that it has all the seven chakras are energized at their highest possible manifestation. Chakras are the seven basic dimensions of experience within a human being. Sadhguru tells the location of each chakra. Sadhguru also tells us the dominant factors in one's life, depending on which chakra is most dominant. Another aspect is that meditation is Dhyanalinga's predominant quality and not devotion.

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In What Way is the Dhyanalinga Unique?

Questioner: In what way is the Dhyanalinga unique? What’s so different about it, Sadhguru?

Sadhguru: The uniqueness of the Dhyanalinga is that all the seven chakras are established. Lingadanda, a copper tube with solidified mercury in it, has all the seven chakras established in their full flow, further complemented by copper rings on the outer periphery of the Dhyanalinga. Do you know what chakras are? Within your physical body, there are various centers, there are seven basic centers representing the seven dimensions of life, or seven dimensions of the experience of life. These seven chakras are: the muladhara, which is located at the perineum, between the anal outlet and the genital organs; swadhishthana is just above the genital organs; manipuraka is just below the navel; anahata is the soft spot beneath the point where the ribcage meets; vishuddhi is at the pit of the throat; agna is between the eyebrows and sahasrar is at the top of the head.

What do these seven dimensions represent? If your energy is dominant in muladhara, then food and sleep will be the most dominant factors in your life. If it is dominant in swadhishthana, pleasure will be the most dominant in your life. You will seek pleasure and enjoy the physical reality. If your energy is dominant in manipuraka, you are a doer – you will do many things in the world. If it is dominant in anahata, you are a very creative person. If your energy is dominant in vishuddhi, you become a very powerful person. If your energy is dominant in agna, you become peaceful. If you attain to agna, then you’re realized intellectually. You’re not realized experientially, but a certain peace and stability arises within you irrespective of what is happening outside of you. If your energy moves into sahasrar, you will explode into unexplained ecstasy. Whatever experience happens within you, it’s just a certain expression of your life energies. Anger, misery, peace, joy, ecstasy… all are different levels of expression for the same energy. These are the seven dimensions through which one can find expression.

In my previous life as Sadhguru Shri Brahma, I was known as Chakreshwara. Those of you from the state of Tamil Nadu may have heard of this. It means somebody who has complete mastery over all the hundred and fourteen chakras. It is because of that mastery that now we can have people blowing up everywhere like explosions. He was known as Chakreshwara because he exhibited certain qualities of his total mastery over the chakras. A phenomenally rare thing he did was when he left his body through all the seven chakras. Generally, when yogis leave their body, they leave through one particular chakra – whichever they have particular mastery over. Otherwise, depending upon their tendencies, they leave accordingly, but Sadhguru left his body through all the seven chakras. As a preparation for the consecration of the Dhyanalinga, he left his body through all the seven chakras. So this is from the horse’s mouth.

So the uniqueness of the Dhyanalinga is that it has all the seven chakras energized at their peak. It’s the highest possible manifestation, in the sense that if you take energy and push it up to very high levels of intensity, it can hold form only to a certain point. Beyond that, it cannot hold any form; it becomes formless. If it becomes formless, people are incapable of experiencing it. The Dhyanalinga has been consecrated after pushing the energy to the highest point beyond which there will be no form, and crystallizing it at that point.

It took three and a half years of a very intense process of consecration. The kinds of situations that people witnessed during the consecration are too unbelievable. Many yogis and siddhas[1] have attempted to create a Dhyanalinga, but for various reasons, all the required ingredients never fell together. There were three fully consecrated Lingas in the present state of Bihar, but their physical forms are gone now. They have been totally razed to the ground and homes have been built over their locations, but the energy forms are still there. We know where they are; I have located them. All the other Lingas were never completed. I have found dozens of places where they attempted to create a Dhyanalinga, but for some reason, they were never completed.

Questioner: Why is meditation the quality of Dhyanalinga?

Sadhguru: Why we have chosen meditation for the Dhyanalinga and why it is the predominant quality – it’s not that devotion is out. Devotion is fine, but the predominant quality of the Dhyanalinga and the work that we do is meditation, not devotion. This is simply because though devotion is definitely the quickest way for one to grow, devotion can be very, very deceptive. You know it, isn’t it? Today you think you are absolutely devoted, tomorrow morning one little thing goes wrong and your devotion just evaporates. That is not the nature of meditation though – you can’t deceive yourself. Maybe it will not happen to you for a long time but when it happens, it happens. There is no going back on it.

So we have chosen meditation because thinking minds and devotion don’t go so well together. If you could become simply devote, then we would have definitely pushed you into devotion because that would be a quicker way to grow. But the problem with devotion is you do not know whether you are going forward or backward. You will not know which way you are going because it is just emotion – raising emotion to such a pitch that it will break barriers for you. But there is no check or control on it and thinking minds can be very deceptive with devotion. Devotion may not happen, just deception may happen. So the main quality of the Dhyanalinga is meditation.


Can Dhyanalinga Be A Guru?

January 10, 2011

7 min read

Summary: Sadhguru tells that there is no difference between Dhyanalinga and Sadhguru. When we refer to Dhyanalinga, we are referring to a subtle body at the peak of vibration. Sadhguru tells about the mystical aspects, of how one can also build a physical body for Dhyanalinga, but that it would take enormous effort, and it may not serve any purpose. Sadhguru also shares incidences from Vivekananda and Krishnamurti's lives, to illustrate the best way to receive Dhyanalinga.

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Dhyanalinga - Science & Mysticism

Questioner: Sadhguru, what is the difference, if any, between you and the Dhyanalinga?

Sadhguru: There’s no difference. It’s just that I still have the problems of eating and sleeping. He doesn’t. Otherwise, there’s no difference, except that I can walk; he can’t. Now, what you’re referring to as the Dhyanalinga is the highest possible subtle body. It is at its peak vibration with all the seven chakras intact. It was consecrated by creating a certain vortex, which drew in enormous amounts of energy. Another difference is that I took three lifetimes to become like this; he managed it in three years. That’s a big difference. The etheric body, or the subtle body, was constructed using enormous amounts of energy. If we had made it any more intense, it couldn’t have retained a form; it was in that level of intensity. This was the peak of intensity that you could hold within the dimensions of a form.

The Dhyanalinga is the highest possible being sitting there all the time, stable, steady, always the same way because he has no problems of a mental body, karmic body or physical body. He is always the same because he’s just a subtle body.

In theory, it is possible to slowly construct a human physical body for the Dhyanalinga, and to create a being like that – somebody who will walk – if we’re willing to work towards this. In theory, it is possible, but to get all the ingredients and all the forces together is an enormous job. Once we create a physical body, to sustain himself in such peak energies, he would have to do so many things. Above all, once you have a physical body, people’s ability to experience what’s beyond that will decrease, because once you see a person, you start judging – seeing what’s right and wrong about him, what appeals to you or doesn’t. All these judgments will take away your ability to experience that being. That’s the huge difference.

To create the subtle body itself took enormous amounts of work. If we want to create grosser dimensions of the body, we can create a very beautiful human being without him being born through a womb, because the subtle body is properly established. It would be like having Shiva back, alive, walking, but it wouldn’t serve any purpose and would involve too much. It’s very difficult to tell you logically or sensibly what this is all about.

This reminds me: when Vivekananda was a highly energetic and intense young boy, he was very skeptical and full of questions. He wanted to investigate everything. He had won many awards in debates and was always looking for more debates with whomever he met. When he met Ramakrishna he asked him, “You’re always talking about God. What is the proof that there is God?” He was expecting some great explanation, which he obviously had the logic to break down, and he would defeat him. Ramakrishna said, “I am the proof.” Vivekananda didn’t expect this answer. He was expecting some explanation as to how there’s a creation and a creator. So when Ramakrishna said, “I am the proof,” he didn’t know what to say. He sat there, bewildered. Ramakrishna thought this fellow’s snooty logic was making him stupid.

Vivekananda had enormous intensity, but he was missing the whole point. So Ramakrishna just took his foot and placed it on Vivekananda’s chest. He lost all of his logic, and tears started flowing. Tears and Vivekananda were impossible. Logical people cannot shed a tear unless they’re touched in their innermost depth. Tears just started flowing and then he said, “I’m very sorry I even asked you such a question.”

Now, if you think logically, it seems impossible that there is no difference between the Dhyanalinga and me. Even if you have experienced the Dhyanalinga in some way for a moment, it still sounds absolutely egoistic for me to say this. But really, there’s no difference. If you don’t like it, I can’t help it. Slowly you will see, as the days pass, I won’t be interested in keeping up any façade for anybody’s sake. We have done enough of that in order to bring about the necessary goodwill and understanding into people so that they could become receptive enough. We don’t have to continue doing that for a lifetime. Those who are too logical and whose ability to live life is very much on the surface, may fall off. I don’t want them to fall off, but they may, because I am too blunt. It’s all right. This is how it is.

When you go to the Dhyanalinga, just sit there – you don’t have to believe or disbelieve anything. It’s as if a good dinner is being served in front of you. You’re not overly hungry nor do you dislike the food. Simply sit there, not trying to grab it. Just be willing, open, not making any judgments about the food in front of you. You must sit in front of the Dhyanalinga like that, not doing anything, but not putting your foot into the food either. Sit there with a certain willingness and openness; then you will see that this is not just a symbol. The Dhyanalinga is not just a stone standing there anymore. You will see it is like a living being in every way.

Somebody who doesn’t have a physical, mental or karmic body but only has a subtle body – spiritual or etheric body – can only touch you on that level. If we teach you hatha yoga, kriyas, or if we change your mental attitude through the programs, and you practice for some time and then give it up, you will see you will go back to square one. But once you’re touched at the level of your etheric body, you can’t get rid of it. Whether you live or die, it still goes with you. This is what initiation means. It’s not just a bundle of instructions. The idea is to touch you on the level of your etheric body so that it can never be taken away, no matter what kind of life you live, or how ignorantly you live. The seed can’t die; that’s how it is put across. That’s what an initiation means.

When you sit in front of a living Guru, you have many problems, judgments, likes and dislikes, because invariably you end up looking at his personality. People have left their Gurus for all kinds of frivolous things. This happened with J. Krishnamurti, a Realized being and very wonderful man. There was a certain lady who was very close to him and deeply involved with his work. She was always around him and traveled to many places with him. Once when he was in Amsterdam, Holland, he went into a shop to buy a tie for himself. He was so meticulous about choosing a tie, because he was very conscious about everything and also what he wore. He could throw the tie away if he wanted to, but when he wears it, he wants it to be in a certain way. So he went into the shop and spent nearly four hours picking out one tie. He pulled out every tie in the shop, looked at it, put it on, and then said, “No.” It took him four hours to select just one tie. This woman watched and watched and watched, and as minutes passed, in her mind his Enlightenment receded. She thought a man who could be so concerned about what kind of tie he wears couldn’t be Enlightened, and she left him. Many such stupid things are done because of your judgments.

People have left their Gurus for even more frivolous things. This is simply because, in your day-to-day life, you are deeply caught up with your own physical and mental bodies. What has happened within you on deeper dimensions is not in your moment-to-moment awareness. Certain moments you know this is the deepest thing that has happened to you in your life. The rest of the time your mind will argue and prove to you that it’s not so. With Dhyanalinga, you don’t have these problems because it doesn’t carry a physical or mental body. If you experience him once, every time you sit, you will look up to him reverentially. If he had a physical body, one moment you would be looking up to him reverentially, the next moment you would be judging him and condemning him for something. It’s bound to happen. So he has come with extra advantages.


Dhyanalinga – A Different Benefit on Each Day of The Week

March 14, 2013

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Summary: Dhyanalinga means a meditative force. There is no worship, ritual or offering for Dhyanalinga. One just needs to sit in silence and imbibe and soak in the energies. Dhyanalinga is in such a way that on each day of the week, a specific chakra (energy junction) is dominant - so one can derive a specific benefit, by soaking in energies on that particular day of the week. Sadhguru tells us which day of the week is conducive for what benefit.

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7 Qualities of the Dhyanalinga

The basic thrust of the energies of the Dhyanalinga is to foster spiritual growth and evolution of a person. However, the Dhyanalinga radiates seven different qualities of life on the seven days of the week by which one may derive various benefits.

Sadhguru: The fundamental difference between Dhyanalinga and other lingas that you normally see is that there is no worship, ritual, or offerings for the Dhyanalinga. It is a “Dhyanalinga” – a meditative force. All that you are required to do is just sit there quietly to experience and imbibe the energies. Once a person is in the sphere of Dhyanalinga, he cannot escape the sowing of the spiritual seed of liberation within himself.

Fundamentally, Dhyanalinga’s energies are primordial in nature. It is essentially a spiritual process, but because people invariably need material help and benefit, those aspects have also been made available in an expression of the exuberance of the seven chakras.

Chakras are a meeting point for the energy systems, where the pranic nadis meet to create an energy vortex. There are many chakras in the body, but generally, when we say “chakras” we are referring to the seven important chakras, which represent seven dimensions of life. They are like seven major traffic junctions. This does not mean that a chakra by itself has its own quality, it is just that all roads which travel in a direction are doing certain things and they come together at a certain point, so it becomes a powerful place.

In the Dhyanalinga, there is a certain cyclical system where different chakras are dominant on different days of the week. All the chakras are equally available on every day of the week, but on certain days, certain chakras are dominant. If people want to derive a particular benefit or influence upon their system, they can be there on that particular day to make use of that energy.

Qualities of the Dhyanalinga

The basic thrust of the energies of the Dhyanalinga is to foster spiritual growth and evolution of a person. However, the Dhyanalinga radiates seven different qualities of life on the seven days of the week by which one may derive various benefits.

Monday: Earth being the tattva (element), this element stirs the spiritual energies in the most fundamental way and helps one rise beyond the limitations of food and sleep. It helps in cleansing the doshas (defect) in the body and mind and removes the fear of death. It firmly establishes one within the body and also the world outside. The day is most conducive to the aspiration of people seeking to make a spiritual beginning. It is the root of all growth and brings awareness of the divinity in man.

Tuesday: Water being the tattva, it provides the fluidity to create one’s life the way one wants. It helps in procreation, imagination, intuition, and mental stability. It is a very good day for healing one’s inner ailments.

Wednesday: Fire being the tattva, it creates a zest for life. It brings physical balance and a deep understanding of the body. It hastens the dissolution of karmic bondage.

Thursday: Air being the tattva, freedom becomes the way. It is an important day for seeking the divine. It is a meeting and a balance of the lower and higher energies. Love and devotion become the qualities of the person. It is a very good day to shed karmic bondage.

Friday: Space being the tattva, limitlessness and freedom are the basic qualities, highly purifying for those who are suffering from any kind of negative energies and black magic. It develops memory, concentration, patience, self-confidence, and synchronicity with nature. It lowers the dependence on food and water.

Saturday: Being the Maha tattva, it is beyond all duality. It leads to knowledge and enlightenment. Peace is the dominant quality. It is very important for those seeking self-realization. It helps one to go beyond the five elements and allows the individual to attain viveka (wisdom). It brings one in tune with the cosmic laws and become one with everything.

Sunday: It marks the celebration of life beyond all senses. This is the best day to receive the Guru’s Grace and to break the illusion of the individual self.


Dhyanalinga – Why Is It An Ellipsoid?

June 24, 2014

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Summary: If you look at the core of any galaxy, you will observe that the first form that it takes is that of an ellipsoid. The ellipsoid is the first form of manifestation. In Eastern traditions a certain mastery has been attained in consecrating (energizing) the lingas, which are in the form of ellipsoid. So, Dhyanalinga is not made for worship or prayer. By simply sitting silently, one can experience and imbibe the energies. Simply doing this can ignite one's energies into a completely different dimension of experience.

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Dhyanalinga - A Live Guru

Sadhguru: Every form and shape has its own vibrance and quality about it. Certain forms have been identified as ideal receptacles of energy. An ellipsoid is one form that can become a perennial storehouse of energy. Fundamentally, the ellipsoid is the first form that manifested itself. From unmanifest to manifest, when this transition happened, the first form that the unmanifest takes is the ellipsoid. If you look at the core of any galaxy, you will see it is always an ellipsoid because that is the first form that it takes. Through our experience, we know that when one reaches the height of meditativeness, when one comes to a point of dissolution, once again our energies take the form of an ellipsoid.

So, the ellipsoid is seen as a gateway to the beyond – from both ends –the beginning and the end. Based on this is the science of consecrating lingas. The science of making and energizing lingas has existed for thousands of years. A certain mastery has been attained about this science in the Eastern cultures and the linga is just a manifestation of that. This ellipsoid or linga can be energized in various ways to bring different types of wellbeing to humanity.

Only a physical body is absent, but as an energy body and in all other ways, it is like a living Guru.

A significant aspect of the Dhyanalinga is that it is not made for worship. It is a meditative force. There is no worship, no ritual and no offerings for the Dhyanalinga. It is maintained in total silence. By simply sitting silently for a few minutes within its sphere, one can experience and imbibe the energies there.

Dhyanalinga is like a living Guru. It is a live form. Only a physical body is absent, but as an energy body and in all other ways, it is like a living Guru. For a spiritual seeker to be able to do his sadhana or inner work in the presence of a Guru or a living Master is a tremendous opportunity.

The role of a Guru in a spiritual seeker’s life is not just about giving teachings and guidance. The most fundamental reason why a spiritual seeker seeks a Guru is because a Guru can ignite his energies into a different dimension. Otherwise, all spirituality will just be verbology. You go to a Guru not because you need teachings and guidance. All those things can be had from books. You go to a Guru because he can ignite you in a way that no book or no teaching can do. It is a live subjective process. That aspect of a Guru’s role is very well fulfilled by Dhyanalinga. Dhyanalinga can ignite one’s energies into a completely new dimension of vibrance and possibility. That is the most fundamental aspect of a spiritual dimension.

Dhyanalinga is a tremendous possibility for the world. As you see today, worldwide, there is a spiritual longing in people like never before. As the spiritual longing and thirst arises in human beings, wherever they may be, irrespective of time and space, the energies of Dhyanalinga will become available to them as a spiritual ignition, as a spiritual guidance and a spiritual force which will lead them on. If a longing to know, a longing to grow, a longing to go beyond his present limitations arises within a human being, the energies of Dhyanalinga will naturally reach.


Dhyanalinga – Why Is the Dome Elliptical?

February 22, 2013

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Summary: All radiations are in the form of a circle, so Dhyanalinga shrine has been made circular. If it was made square, there would be certain dislocations. Sadhguru mentions that due to time and money constraints he had to compromise on the Dhyanalinga complex design. As far as the dome is concerned, if you look at it, it appears like a hemisphere, but actually it is part of an ellipse. This is because the linga is an ellipsoid, so the best structure would be an elliptical dome to complement the energies. Sadhguru also tells why the dome has been constructed using only bricks, without any concrete, and how the volunteers meticulously built the dome, brick by brick.

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A Labor of Love: The Dhyanalinga Dome

Questioner: Sadhguru, why is the Dhyanalinga encased in the shape of a dome? Is there any scientific reason?

Sadhguru: Anything that radiates, whether it is light or heat, always tends to radiate in the form of a circle. If we had built a square building, if you are sensitive, you would feel a dislocation in that space. So, it had to be a round building for the Dhyanalinga.

The way I compromised the Dhyanalinga complex design is one aspect of my life which still makes me cringe. Every time when I walk through, I know what it could have been and what we have done because of our own limitations of budget and time. Initially, I wanted to put it about 60 feet below the Earth and surround it with a big pool of water. That would have been the best way to do it. But when we were building, I had to complete it in a certain span of time because my life was going through a certain phase. Due to time and budget limitations we hurried it up and so I had a plan B. That was also too expensive, so I settled for plan C. Now we are trying to do everything possible to beautify Plan C and make it worthwhile because for who He is, there is not enough ornamentation for him. We are striving to do what we can.

Architecturally, the Dhyanalinga dome is very unique. Usually, domes are semi-circular like in the Taj Mahal or Gol Gumbaz, but we decided to build an elliptical dome. To make a section of an ellipse stand the way it is standing without the use of any steel, concrete, or cement was the whole challenge. That is why the dome is unique. If you casually look it, it may look like a hemisphere, but it is actually a section of an ellipse. We wanted it that way because a linga is also an ellipsoid, so an elliptical dome is the best complement for the linga’s energy.

The reason why we used only bricks and no cement, steel, and concrete is because concrete – if it is very high quality concrete – has a maximum life of around one hundred and twenty five years. We don’t want to trouble the next generation of people who live there. Just imagine if a concrete pillar collapses on somebody after a hundred years. Can you imagine their plight? We are building the infrastructure to last three to five thousand years because this is one thing that people will enjoy for a long time. If you look at any of the Mesopotamian or Egyptian excavations, the first type of remains you see is pottery, because if you burn clay, its lifespan is almost forever. Bricks are also just a lump of pottery – their lifespan is forever.

Another aspect of the dome is that it is not held together with tension, like in most modern buildings. In most buildings there is a continuous struggle between the roof and the force of gravity; gravity wants the building down, the roof wants it up – and gravity will win one day. But the dome is held together only with brick, mud, and a little bit of lime and herbal additives. The simple technology is just that all the bricks are trying to come down at the same time, so they cannot come down. It is like when ten people try to go through a door, they cannot; they will be stuck unless one of them has the courtesy to step back. And believe me – bricks don’t have courtesy.

Each brick was soaked in water for 24 hours to ensure they were fully burnt. Unburnt bricks will just melt away if they are kept in water. Those that do not melt in 24 hours are properly burnt, and their life span is forever. We measured each brick to the millimeter because if they are different sizes, they will fall. The dome was placed brick by brick in rings. The important thing is, once you start a brick layer you must complete it the same day. If you do not, it will fall down overnight. Once it is complete, it cannot fall down.

The Isha Yoga Center is a seismologically sensitive area, so we built the dome on a sand foundation. We just dug twenty feet deep and filled it with sand, so it acts like a cushion. It just absorbs any reverberation.

Then, just to be a little audacious, we put a nine-foot hole in the dome to allow the hot air out. Generally, people believe it is structurally impossible to leave a hole in a dome. People said “A dome has to be closed, otherwise it will fall.” I said, “Don’t worry. That’s not how it’s standing.” The dome is in perfect harmony with the forces of the planet. It is relaxed – you can even say it is meditating, because there is no tension in the building. That is why I tell people, “When the buildings itself are meditating, you should be an easy case!”

The hundred and eighty thousand bricks we used in the dome were measured and placed by volunteers. I sat down and I explained to them, “See, this is what it means, I’m placing it in your hands. If somebody is a little lax by even two millimeters less than what it should be, the whole thing may collapse.” Men, women, and children sat down and measured day and night. I wanted this building to happen like that, out of people’s love, not out of something else.


What Is The Significance of Nada Aradhana Offered at The Dhynalinga?

February 6, 2018

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Summary: The energy of Dhyanalinga is so intense, that it can become like a strong wall. If you penetrate through this wall, it would be wonderful, but many people will sit outside because of the intensity. So, Nada Aradhana, offered twice a day, is for cracking this wall by using certain sounds. Also, whenever you approach anything with a sense of offering, it makes you more receptive. The time that Nada Aradhana is offered, is also the most conducive time to be receptive.

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Nada Aradhana - Cracking the Wall of Energy

Q: Can you say something about the significance of participating in the Nada Aradhanas each day; either singing or playing the bowls, drumming or just simply being there and meditating…

Sadhguru: One important reason why we started this process which we call as Nada Aradhana is because the energy of Dhyanalinga can become like a solid wall. Now that many of you are having a dip in the Theerthakunds and then entering the Dhyanalinga space, I am sure some of you, if you are sensitive to it, must have felt that it hits you, almost like a physical thing. Because the field of energy that gathers around the linga is so intense, it can be like a strong wall. It can become so intense that for those who penetrate through it, it will be wonderful; others will sit in the space but will sit outside the energy simply because of its intensity. If it was of a weaker intensity then a lot more people could enter.

Because the field of energy that gathers around the linga is so intense, it can be like a strong wall.

So, twice a day, we are sort of cracking this wall by using certain sounds – sometimes melodious sounds, sometimes discordant sounds! The melody of the music that they produce is only socially relevant for the people who are sitting there. But the purpose of making the sounds is fulfilled even if they are discordant, because the idea is to disturb something there which is manifesting itself into something very intense – almost like a solidified presence – so that it becomes a little more accessible to all the people who enter.

Twice a day, we are shaking it up a little. You could just do it with a few shouts or even make noises with some kitchen utensils, if you do it intensely enough. It may not serve the social purpose, but the spiritual purpose is being served. However, we want to make use of this as an offering, because in a state of offering a human being is most receptive.

An Offering of Sounds

Always in the Indian way of life, if you go to the temple you must offer something. This is not because God wants to eat your banana or coconut. If you do not have bananas or coconuts, you are supposed to at least offer a leaf. The idea is that you go with an intention of offering. You go as an offering. When you go as an offering, you are most receptive to what is available there.

The times of Nada Aradhana are the most receptive for people because they are a time of an offering.

So the times of Nada Aradhana are the most receptive for people because they are a time of an offering. For those of you who are unable to experience Dhyanalinga for what it is, if you are struggling with it, the best time for you to be there is definitely Nada Aradhana time. One thing is because we are loosening the surrounding structure in a certain way. Another is that it is a time of offering, which is the most receptive state to be in.

If you are in the ashram and you do not have any important work on your hand, I would say you must be there at that time. Otherwise, you are missing something very precious.


Dhyanalinga – Whats Is The Significance Of The Panels In Parikrama?

March 21, 2013

8 min read

Summary: The Dhyanalinga parikrama adorns five panels. These depict the life transforming moments of few devotees; Akka Mahadevi, Poosalar, Sadashiv Brahmendra, Meiporul Nayanar and Kannappa Nayanar. Sadhguru tells us about each of them and stories of their devotion.

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The Devotees of Dhyanalinga Parikrama

The Stone Panels in the Dhyanalinga Inner Parikrama depict transformative moments in the lives of various devotees. Here are their stories.

Akka Mahadevi

Sadhguru: Akka Mahadevi was a devotee of Shiva. Right from childhood she had completely given herself to Shiva and she looked upon him as her husband. A king saw her one day and she was so beautiful that he married her. But in her mind and consciousness, she was already married to Shiva. After a few years of frustration, the king became so exasperated that he brought her to court and accused her of adultery. Mahadevi said, “You fool! I am not your wife. You think so because of a social event, but that is not so. Everything in me is already given.” The king lost his cool and said, “Everything that you have is mine. The jewels, the clothes – everything. So how are you talking about your life being somebody else’s!” So, in the full assembly of the court, Akka Mahadevi – a young woman of 18 years – just dropped all her clothes and left. She walked naked from that day on; naked – not only of clothing – but naked of ego and shame, naked even of herself. She produced the most fabulous poetry that you can think of; her devotion and her love found expression in such fierce ways. Her devotion was such that every day she begged him,

“Shiva let no food come my way. Let my body also express the longing and anguish that I am going through to become part of you. If I eat, my body will be satisfied. My body will not know what I am feeling. So let no food come towards me. If food does come into my hands, let it fall down in the mud before I put it into my mouth. If it falls in the mud, the fool that I am, before I pick it up, let a dog come and take it away.”

This was her daily prayer.

Poosalar

Poosalar was a sage who lived in a town in South India. The king of that area was building a huge Shiva temple. After many years of work, the temple was nearing completion. The night before the opening ceremony of the temple, which was the king’s lifetime’s ambition, Shiva appeared in his dream and said, “I will not be able to come to your temple’s inauguration because Poosalar has built another temple in the same town. I need to go there. He is also opening it tomorrow.”

The king woke up with a fright, because after he has strived to build this temple for so many years, after so much money and effort, Shiva says he has to go to some other temple built by Poosalar in the same town. “Who is this Poosalar and which is this temple that I do not know about?” He went searching for Poosalar.

After a lot of searching, they found Poosalar, a cobbler by profession, in a small hut. In those days, being a cobbler was a profession that was looked down upon. The king went and asked him, “Where is your temple? Shiva says he is going to go to your temple, not mine. Where is it?” Poosalar said, “I just built it in my mind.”

Every brick, every stone, he slowly built it for many years in his mind, and that is more of a reality than what you build with stone and brick.

Sadashiva Brahmendra

There was a yogi by the name of Sadashiva Brahmendra in South India, who was a nirkaya – he had no sense of body. Wearing clothes does not even occur to a person who has no sense of body, so he just walked naked; He had no sense of boundary and property either, and one day, he happened to walk into the king’s garden on the banks of the River Cauvery. The king was relaxing with his queens, when he saw Sadashiva Brahmendra walking into the garden naked in front of the women. Sadashiva Brahmendra had no sense of who is a man or a woman. The king got angry, “Who is this fool walking naked in front of my women?” He sent his soldiers and ordered them, “Find out who this fool is.” The soldiers ran behind him and called the yogi. He did not turn back and simply kept walking. The soldiers got angry, took out their sword and struck at him, severing his right arm. But he did not even break his stride. He just kept walking.

Seeing this, the soldiers were terrified. They realized this was no ordinary man. Even if his arm is chopped, he keeps walking! The king and soldiers ran behind him, fell at his feet, and brought him back to the garden. He lived in that garden for the rest of his life and left his body there.

Meiporul Nayanar

Sadhguru: Meiporul Nayanar was the king of a prosperous city in South India. Muthanathan, the neighboring king was jealous of Meiporul and tried to conquer the city. But he failed and lost many men in the battle. He then decided that if Meiporul Nayanar could not be killed in war, he would have to be killed in disguise.

Muthanathan dressed up as a Shiva Bhakta (a devotee of Shiva) and went to Meiporul’s palatial house. With vibhuti (sacred ash) smeared on his forehead and arms, he declared himself as a Shaiva saint who had come to offer his teachings to Meiporul Nayanar. Meiporul, being a Shiva Bhakta himself, had set a rule that no Shiva Bhakta should be restricted from meeting him. After receiving him with the best of food and clothing, the guard took him to Meiporul’s private chambers, where Meiporul was sitting with his wife. The “saint” told Meiporul’s wife that he wanted this teaching to happen in utmost privacy. She left the room, leaving both Meiporul and Muthanathan alone together.

As Meiporul came close to Muthanathan with folded hands, the guised saint swiftly took out his dagger and pierced him in the back. With a deep wound, in a pool of blood, Meiporul was crying in pain. Hearing this, the guard came rushing in. Shocked by the scene, he took out his weapon to kill Muthanathan. However, seeing the holy ashes on Muthanathan’s forehead and arms, Meiporul stopped the guard, saying, “This man is wearing the sacred ash. He is one of Shiva’s men. Please do not harm him. Guide him to the outskirts of the country and ask him to go back to his home.” The guard was fuming with anger, but he could not refuse his master’s instruction. Pleased with Meiporul’s devotion, it is said that Shiva himself appeared before him in the last few minutes of his life and blessed him.

Kannappa Nayanar

Sadhguru: One day, Thinnan, a reputed archer went on a hunting expedition. In the forest, he came across a small shrine for Shiva with a linga. Thinnan was filled with a deep love for Shiva and wished to make an offering, though he did not know the proper methods to do so. He innocently offered the meat he had with him to the linga and left, happy that Shiva accepted his offering.

This shrine was cared for by a brahmin who lived far away. Though he was a devotee of Shiva, he could not make the long journey to the shrine every day, so he only came once a fortnight. When the Brahmin came the next day, he was shocked to see meat lying next to the linga. Thinking this had been done by an animal, he cleaned the shrine, continued his poojas, and left. The next day, Thinnan brought more meat offerings, and because he did not know any poojas or rituals, he sat and spoke, pouring out his heart to Shiva. He started coming every day to make his meat offerings. One day, he felt the linga needed cleaning, but had no vessels to fetch water in. So he went to the stream and filling his mouth with water, poured it onto the linga with his mouth.

When the brahmin returned to the shrine, he was repulsed by the sight of meat in the shrine and spittle on the lingam. He knew this could not have been done by an animal. It had to be a human being. He cleaned the shrine, chanted mantras to purify the linga before his pooja, made his offerings, and left. However, every time he came, he saw that the linga was back in the same “impure” state. One day, in tears, he cried to Shiva saying, “How can you, the Lord of Lords, allow such disgrace to be done to you?” Shiva replied, “What you consider a disgrace is an offering made by another devotee. I am bound by his devotion and accept all he offers to me. If you wish to see the depth of his devotion, please hide somewhere nearby and watch. He will be coming soon.”

The Brahmin hid behind a bush while Thinnan came with meat and water. He was surprised to see Shiva did not accept his offerings as usual. Wondering what he did wrong, he looked closely at the linga and noticed something was oozing from the right eye. He applied herbs to the eye hoping to cure it, but more blood oozed out. Finally, he decided to offer his own eye. He took one of his knives, cut out his right eye and placed it on the linga. The blood stopped oozing and Thinnan was relieved, but then noticed that the linga’s left eye was also bleeding. He immediately set the knife to remove his other eye, but then realized that he would not be able to see where to place it. So he placed his leg on the linga and removed his eye from its socket. Seeing his absolute devotion, Shiva appeared before Thinnan, who regained his sight and prostrated before him. He became known as Kannappa Nayanar, the “Nayanar” (a devotee of Shiva) who offered his eyes (Kanna).


Dhyanalinga – Mystries Revealed!

June 23, 2019

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Summary: What you always wanted to know about Dhyanalinga. Why is there a tamarind tree in front of Dhyanalinga with black cloths tied to it? Why are there so many downward flowing snake sculptures? Are the Patanjali & Vanashree in the parikrama also energized in some way? Why is there a Nada Aradhana every day? Can a human being become like Dhyanalinga? If we visit Dhyanalinga once, can we access Dhyanalinga wherever we are?

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article originally published on isha.sadhguru.org

7 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask About Dhyanalinga!

Q: Why is there a tamarind tree in front of Dhyanalinga with black cloths tied to it?

Sadhguru: It is always said in India that ghosts hang on a tamarind tree. You might have noticed that at night, no animals or birds settle down on a tamarind tree. They will eat the tamarind fruit during the day, but at night, you will see birds sitting on other trees for their night’s rest, not on the tamarind tree. This is because the level of oxygen around a tamarind tree is extremely low compared to any other vegetation. There are a few other trees like this also, but the tamarind tree is significantly so.

In the presence of Dhyanalinga, even beings who have not worked for their mukti, attain to mukti within a short span because their structure cannot be kept. In that kind of energy, the being just collapses.

For disembodied beings, this lack of any life settling there combined with the very low level of oxygen, feels like death and dissolution. This is why they tend to move in the direction of these trees.

At one time, there used to be a tamarind tree in front of every Shiva temple. This is because those who established the temple do not want to deny those who have lost the body, the opportunity of being with the deity. The tree was set up as a place for these beings.

We have a tamarind tree bang in front of Dhyanalinga. In the presence of Dhyanalinga, even beings who have not worked for their mukti, attain to mukti within a short span because their structure cannot be kept. In that kind of energy, the being just collapses.

The cloths tied to the tree are because there are people who do a certain type of sadhana for forty-two days. This is called Shivanga Sadhana. They tie a cloth on their body for the entire forty-two days. A certain amount of their body, in the form of sweat, enters the cloth. Today, you can talk in terms of DNA. Using that DNA or the memory of their body, there is a certain process that happens in front of the Dhyanalinga, where we relieve them of their karmic structure.

After this process that is done after forty-two days of sadhana, people find immense relief from what they have gathered in their physical and mental systems over a period of time.

Q: Why are there so many downward flowing snake sculptures?

Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, the snake is used as a symbolic representation of higher dimensions of energy. This is because the movement of Kundalini is very similar to how a snake moves when it is provoked. This is why in many energy spaces, you will see depictions of snakes. Generally, you will see snakes depicted as moving upward because you are seeking the divine.

But in the Dhyanalinga, you will see cascading snakes coming down because it is a shower of divinity, it is not in search of divinity. There is a shaft of grace – grace is spilling down. It is to indicate this that in a subtle way, we have depicted this cascades of snakes.

Q: Why are the steps leading to Dhyanalinga so big?

Sadhguru: Dhyanalinga is not a place of worship. It is a place of meditation. Meditation is not an act, it is not something that you do. It is something that you can become. Meditation will not happen because you make an effort. If you cultivate the body, mind, emotion and energies to a certain point of maturity, you will naturally become meditative.

when you raise your leg beyond a certain point and press down and push your weight up, your muladhara opens up – it gets the necessary stimulation

So, for those who are coming to the Dhyanalinga, we are setting up simple procedures. The steps are designed such that when someone presses the soles of their feet on the steps, it activates the system in a certain way. Another thing is that when you are trying to go to the next step, when you raise your leg beyond a certain point and press down and push your weight up, your muladhara opens up – it gets the necessary stimulation.

The next time you climb something high, just notice how the whole area around the muladhara gets stimulated by pressing down the feet in a particular way, which is very important if one wants to become meditative.

If you came to a yoga program, you would have done this with various practices. But most people who come to Dhyanalinga have not been instructed into any kind of meditation. But when they simply go and sit there, they think they are going to sit there for five minutes but they end up sitting there for hours.

Dhyanalinga has the possibility that without instruction, it can make you meditative. But some preparation and receptivity is needed in the body. The whole structure of the Dhyanalinga space is made such that in many ways, it prepares your system to become meditative.

Q: Are the Patanjali & Vanashree in the parikrama also energized in some way?

Sadhguru: Patanjali and Vanashree are deities. We have said very little about these two wonderful beings because the whole focus is on Dhyanalinga. They are not as multi-dimensional, exuberant or as permanent as Dhyanalinga, but they have their own qualities. We have not glorified them much. We have just kept them like symbols, but they are alive in their own way. They have impact and influence on people’s lives.

The Vanashree was essentially set up as a small feminine counter for Dhyanalinga. But for a man like Him, that is a very poor wife. Dhyanalinga needs something more than that. When we consecrated Dhyanalinga, the southwestern corner becoming Linga Bhairavi was always on my mind. But during the Dhyanalinga construction, we did not have the means or the time on our hands to do it.

Dhyanalinga is complete by himself, but as a whole, the space was slightly incomplete. So, once we lived on, this was on my mind continuously. Now that Linga Bhairavi is in the southwest corner, this is a complete system.

Q: Why is there a Nada Aradhana every day?

Sadhguru: The energy of Dhyanalinga can become like a solid wall because the field of energy that gathers around the linga is so intense. For those who penetrate through it, it will be wonderful. Others will sit in the space but will sit outside the energy simply because of its intensity. If it was of a weaker intensity then a lot more people could enter.

So, twice a day, we are sort of cracking this wall by using certain sounds – sometimes melodious sounds, sometimes discordant sounds! The melody of the music that they produce is only socially relevant for the people who are sitting there. But the purpose of making the sounds is fulfilled even if they are discordant, because the idea is to disturb something there which is manifesting itself into something very intense – almost like a solidified presence – so that it becomes a little more accessible to all the people who enter.

You could just do it with a few shouts or even make noises with some kitchen utensils, if you do it intensely enough. It may not serve the social purpose, but the spiritual purpose is being served. However, we want to make use of this as an offering, because in a state of offering a human being is most receptive.

Always in the Indian way of life, if you go to the temple you must offer something. This is not because God wants to eat your banana or coconut. If you do not have bananas or coconuts, you are supposed to at least offer a leaf. The idea is that you go with an intention of offering. You go as an offering. When you go as an offering, you are most receptive to what is available there.

So the times of Nada Aradhana are the most receptive for people because they are a time of an offering.

Q: Can a human being become like Dhyanalinga?

Sadhguru: Every human being can walk on the street like a Dhyanalinga, with each of the seven chakras vibrant and at their peak. It would be wonderful to see a day where lots of people are like this.

Dhyanalinga is like the energy body of the highest kind of being possible, like a yogi sitting there.

Dhyanalinga is a living being because it has come with all the seven chakras. It is just that there is no physical body. Dhyanalinga is like the energy body of the highest kind of being possible, like a yogi sitting there. Or to put it in traditional terms, we created Shiva himself. The idea is that people have a live guru forever.

To do your sadhana in the intimacy of a guru is very different from doing your sadhana by yourself. Very few people get that opportunity because it is physically impossible to provide that all the time. But with Dhyanalinga, everyone has that opportunity. Even if you don’t know anything about meditation, if you just sit there for a few minutes, you will become meditative without a single instruction because the very nature of the energy is such.

Skeptics will suffer this idea, but in theory, it is possible to create a physical body over this subtle body. We can create a huge, fantastic human being. But it is too elaborate a process to attempt. Right now he is fine without the physical body – he reverberates very powerfully. Once you build a physical body, he comes with all the limitations of the physical body. If there is no physical body, there is no problem of time span. A nonphysical super human being is better than a physical super human being because he stays for thousands of years.

Q: If we visit Dhyanalinga once, can we access Dhyanalinga wherever we are?

Sadhguru: You need to understand, time and space is a limitation only as long as you are entrapped in your mind – specifically the conscious mind. Even if you just go to deeper levels of the mind, there is no time and space.

If you keep a space in your house and fix a certain time for yourself, in the morning or evening, and simply sit quietly, the energy of Dhyanalinga will envelop you from within.

Dhyanalinga is not a particular physical form, it is an energy form that defies time and space. Even people who have not seen or known about Dhyanalinga feel it the moment they become receptive. Wherever you are, even if you have never been to this place, if you are willing to be open in a certain way, Dhyanalinga always is.

This may sound very abstract for many people, so it is best to make at least one visit. If you have beheld Dhyanalinga, if you have sat there, the sowing of the spiritual seed through the Dhyanalinga will anyway happen within you. If you keep a space in your house and fix a certain time for yourself, in the morning or evening, and simply sit quietly, the energy of Dhyanalinga will envelop you from within.

If you need some visual help, you can always have an image, which will give you the necessary support. A support is only because one is psychologically distracted. Otherwise, no support is needed. The sowing of the spiritual seed that happens by having been in the presence of Dhyanalinga will anyway take care of this.


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