Yoga – What Is Suryakriya?

May 3, 2013

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Summary: Suryakriya is a powerful process of activating the sun within oneself. Sadhguru says - "If you are in tune with the cycles of the sun, then physical health, wellbeing, vitality, energy, these things you don’t have to bother about – they are just there with you."

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Classical Yoga: Surya Kriya and Surya Shakti

The basis of all spiritual sadhana which is physical in nature is to get us in sync with the cycles of nature.

The earth and the moon are significant in the way they affect life, but the sun is the source of all energy. Sadhguru tells us: “If the sun’s rays do not fall upon this planet, there is no possibility of life, it’s finished. If the sun disappears right now, in a few hours’ time, everything will turn into solid ice. All the oceans, as well as your blood, will turn into solid ice. Solar energy is fundamental even within your body. Your body is maintaining a certain temperature; the immediate mechanism may be something else but essentially, all that generates heat upon this planet – whether in the form of life or in the form of inanimate material – all of it is solar energy, finding its expression in so many different ways.”

The basis of all spiritual sadhana which is physical in nature is to get us in sync with the cycles of nature. Sadhguru says, “If you are in tune with the cycles of the sun, then physical health, wellbeing, vitality, energy, these things you don’t have to bother about – they are just there with you.”

Sadhguru talks of three processes to align with the sun, the most profound being Surya Kriya.

One solar cycle is about twelve-and-a-quarter years. If our physiological cycles run in sync with the sun’s cycles, physical health will be great, mental balance will be perfect, and life will happen effortlessly. So, how are we to get in tune with the sun so that our cycles run in twelve-year cycles, not less?

Sadhguru talks of three processes to align with the sun, the most profound being Surya Kriya. Placing them in context, Sadhguru calls the widely practised Surya Namaskar a “country cousin” of Surya Kriya, while yet another process called Surya Shakti would be a “far-off relative.” He elaborates: “If you want to just use this system as a physical culture to become physically strong, you do Surya Shakti. If you want to be physically fit, you want to have aerobic exercise and you want your heart strong, but you also want to have a spiritual element in it, you do Surya Namaskar. But if you want a strong spiritual process in the physical process that you are doing, then you do Surya Kriya.”

Surya Kriya is the fundamental practice and a powerful process of activating the sun within us.

Surya Kriya is the fundamental practice and a powerful process of activating the sun within us. This is a refined process that needs enormous attention in terms of the geometry of the body. Surya Namaskar evolved out of Surya Kriya. Comparing the two, Sadhguru says, “Surya Namaskar is largely a way of saluting the sun, bringing balance between Ida and Pingala. It also activates samath prana which is the manifestation of the sun’s energy in the body. But Surya Kriya has more spiritual intentions and more powerful connotations attached to it which need to be taught carefully and learnt with a certain level of involvement. It is very important that it is practiced with care because anything that is powerful has to be handled properly; otherwise, it will not be safe to handle them.”

Questioner: In Surya Kriya, what is the significance of pressing the knuckles of the thumbs into the Anahata?

Sadhguru: Whether it is Surya Kriya, Surya Namaskar, or Surya Shakti, you must generate a certain emotion towards the sun. That is because what your emotion is focused on, you can easily keep your mind on too. This is how devotion works. If you emotionally connect to something, it is easy to keep your mind and attention on it, and naturally, your energy moves in that direction too.

All the pranic energy in this solar system is essentially generated by the sun. Without the sun, there is no prana.

The sun is constantly making connection with you. This whole solar system is powered by the sun. Only because of that, life is possible on the planet. Our very body structure is based on this. Hatha Yoga is about sun and moon, which are important factors. It is a combination of these two impacts upon the planet that has produced the human body.

The sun is the source of life energy. The prana aspect of you is a physical form of energy. In the process of creation, the first physical form of energy that manifests in the human system is referred to as prana. There is another dimension to the human system which is non-physical in nature and non-pranic. Prana is still physical. All the pranic energy in this solar system is essentially generated by the sun. Without the sun, there is no prana. Without the sun, there is no warmth. Without warmth, there is no life. The very way we check whether you are alive or dead is by seeing whether you are warm or cold.

Raising the Samat Prana

We want to activate the sun element within you. If something is dried in the sun, it can burn. In a way, the object or substance absorbs the rays of the sun and then becomes capable of producing energy. If there was no absorption of the sun’s energy, nothing could burn, nothing could give warmth or light. For the body to heal itself, we have to generate warmth. In this context, samat prana is an important aspect of creating health in the system.

The number of cells that die in any given day can be drastically brought down if your samat prana is high.

The process of living is constantly taking a toll on every cell in the body. They say the average age of the cells in an adult human body is 7 to 10 years. Every day, old cells are dying and new cells are being created. The number of cells that die in any given day can be drastically brought down if your samat prana is high. Similarly, the number of new cells that are being created in a day can be drastically increased if your samat prana is high. The amount of samat prana you have essentially depends on the amount of the sun’s energy within you. One way is to try to generate it within you. Another way is to make use of the sun outside to activate this process within you.

Stimulating the Internal Sun

Surya Kriya is to activate the internal sun, but you stimulate it by using the external sun. If you want to establish a connection with the external sun, or with anything for that matter, you need attention, emotion, and energy moving in that direction. Otherwise, you cannot make a connection to anything – whether it is a human being, a plant, an animal, or a substance. When your attention, emotion, and energy are not connected to anything around you, you are like a separate existence by yourself. And that’s how most people live.

Surya Kriya is to activate the internal sun, but you stimulate it by using the external sun.

One aspect is to which is an important part of the human system. It is the meeting point between the lower three chakras and the upper three chakras. Its symbol is two equilateral triangles. An upward-facing triangle and a downward-facing triangle meet to form a complex pattern. On one level, creation begins from there – not the physical dimension, but another dimension of you that distinguishes you as a human being.

This is why it is called “Anahata,” which means “unstruck” – an unstruck sound. Generally, it takes two things to strike a sound. But at the Anahata, there is an unstruck sound. To activate that, you have to bend your thumbs in such a way that the knuckles are pointed and you press them into the Anahata. That way, you create a certain emotion towards the sun.

Likewise, when you feel a pleasant emotion, you naturally place your hands on the Anahata, because that is where it begins. You want to activate your emotional dimension because without focusing your emotions on something, your mind cannot stick to anything. What you focus your emotions on, that is where your mind will be. Otherwise, it is difficult to keep your mind set on one thing.


Activating The Sun Within, and The Significance of Brahma Muhurtam

June 27, 2017

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Summary: Sadhguru tells us that as a young boy, it was some task to wake him up. But once, he started practicing Suryakriya, within a few months, everyday he would come awake around 3.30am on his own. He explains, that as the sun comes up on the horizon, around 3.20am - 4.00am, the sun's energies start reaching us. He says - "As far as we are concerned, in this solar system, the fundamental source of our energy and creation is the sun. The moment the brahma muhurta starts, your body wakes up by itself in a deep way within yourself". He also explains what kriyas are all about.

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What Activating the Sun Within Really Means

Q: Sadhguru, you said you started practicing hatha yoga as a boy. Did this include Surya Kriya? And if yes, what was your experience?

Sadhguru: When I was a young boy, it used to be a project to wake me up in the morning. We had to leave for school at 8:30, so, from 6:30, my family would begin the effort. First, both my elder sisters would try their best. I would sleep through it. Then they would bring cold water and sprinkle it on my face – again I would sleep. Then my mother would come and make me sit up. She would say, “Get off the cot and come now.” “Yes, yes.” As soon as she would leave, I was gone again.

Fundamentally, I did Surya Kriya, but in a completely different way than the way you are doing it right now.

Then they got me out of bed and took me near the bathroom to wait for my turn. There were only two bathrooms in the house. Only one was an actual bathing place, the other was a water closet. All four of us siblings had to go to school, and my father had to go to the hospital, so there was a certain time usage allowed in the bathroom. My mother put paste on the toothbrush and gave it to me. I stuck it in my mouth and fell asleep. Then my turn to go into the bathroom came, and I would go inside, lie down on the floor and again fall asleep. If no one woke me up, I would sleep till twelve or one o’clock. I would get up only if I got extremely hungry. It is not that I was pretending – I was just sleepy. When I was active, I was super-active. Otherwise, when I slept, I was gone.

Then I started practicing yoga. Fundamentally, I did Surya Kriya, but in a completely different way than the way you are doing it right now. In about six to eight months of practice, no matter where I was, around 3:30 or 3:40 am, I was always up. I just had to wake up – there was no question about it. My sleep quota started shrinking. By the time I was thirteen or fourteen years of age, I was always up before everyone else.

Brahma Muhurta and the Sun

Before the sun begins to come up on the horizon, at approximately 3:20 to 4:00 a.m., the sun’s energy starts reaching us. Light will not yet come, but the solar energy significantly rises on the planet at that time. In the night, the solar energy actually goes down well before sunset. In different parts of the world, the sun sets at different times, also depending on the time of the year. As you get closer to the equator, the sunset is somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.

As far as we are concerned, in this solar system, the fundamental source of our energy and creation is the sun.

In India, let us say the sun is setting at around six o’clock. Somewhere around 5:20 p.m., the solar energies start dwindling away. Light is still seen, but the energy will recede. Because of the turning of the planet, the sun is moving away from us and energy begins to withdraw. It is that withdrawal of energy that people experience as a kind of ethereal happening. If you really pay attention to the sunset, you will see there is a transcendent nature to it because what was there and at full blast around noon is suddenly gone. It almost takes your breath away.

In the morning, somewhere from 3:20 a.m. onwards, the solar energy begins to rise. We call this brahma muhurta. Brahman is an abstract source of creation. As far as we are concerned, in this solar system, the fundamental source of our energy and creation is the sun. Trillions of chemical reactions that are being conducted every second in your body would not happen without solar power. The moment the brahma muhurta starts, your body wakes up by itself in a deep way within yourself. Just in six to eight months of practice of Surya Kriya, I started waking up ahead of everyone else. My family could not believe that this guy is actually waking up!

The nature of the planet’s relationship with the sun and moon is such that certain physiological changes happen in the human system at this time. Medical science has even found that the waste material in your body, such as your urine for example, has certain qualities at that time which it does not have at any other time of the day.

There is substantial research into this. The entire body is in a certain conducive atmosphere, and there is a natural production of what is called melatonin, which is a secretion of the pineal gland. We want to make use of this because the pineal gland is secreting at its maximum during Brahma Muhurta, which means you can stabilize.

In modern medicine, melatonin is seen as a mood stabilizer. I have been talking about bringing yourself to ease for a long time! Bringing yourself to ease means you are not a fluctuation. Coming to ease happens naturally during Brahma Muhurta.

At this time, people, want to sit up and do their spiritual processes so that they get the most benefit. Brahma Muhurta means the time of the creator. You can look at it this way: it is the time when you can create yourself. You become the Brahman in the morning, so you can make yourself the way you want yourself to be.

What Kriyas Are Ultimately About

Surya Kriya just set me on. It was not the exercise. It is just that you get in tune with that energy, and suddenly everything is on. This is what kriyas are about. A kriya is not about driving you in some direction – it is about getting into proper alignment with everything. When everything is in alignment, it is so smooth, there is no friction. Where there is no friction, there is no wear and tear, no stress. Where there is no friction, it can go on incessantly. Where there is friction, it needs more breaks.

A kriya is not about driving you in some direction – it is about getting into proper alignment with everything.

The process of yoga is just this – on many levels – to create an alignment with the rest of the existence. The only way you will know yoga is when you are in perfect alignment. You do not have to create an alignment with something outside. If you come into perfect alignment with your own system, naturally, there will be a perfect alignment with everything. When this happens, everything will happen according to the natural order.

There will be no struggle about how much to eat, how many calories to consume, how much to exercise, what to do – all this nonsense will disappear. You will just know what to do with your life, without even a thought, because the necessary intelligence is invested in this life. It is the same intelligence that manufactures your body and your brains from within.


What Are Yoga Asanas?

April 13, 2015

7 min read

Summary: The yogic system has identified 84 postures through which the body and mind can be transformed. The body is a manifestation of various levels of compulsions. Yogasanas mean - that you are taking charge of your life. To achieve this, needs a certain level of commitment.  Sadhguru says - "The 84 yogasanas represent 84 alignments, because existence as we know it now is seen as the 84th creation". Sadhguru also tells us about the spiritual dimension of practicing yogasanas.

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Yogasanas – Creating Health, Joy and Blissfulness

Sadhguru: Right now, when you are trying to do hatha yoga, the biggest barrier is the limitations of your body. In fact, whatever human beings want to do, the biggest barrier is their body and mind. What should have been a stepping stone has turned into an obstacle, simply because they have not explored it considerably.

After a profound and thorough exploration of the human system, the yogic system identified 84 asanas as yogasanas, 84 postures through which you can transform your body and mind into a great possibility for your ultimate wellbeing. Most other spiritual processes talk about putting down the body because the body is an obstacle. If you want to sit and meditate, your legs tell you, “I need to stretch. I need to walk.” When we ask you in the morning to stretch your body, you say, “No, I want to rest.” If you do an asana and we ask you to stretch, you say, “No, I don’t want to stretch.” But if we ask you to sit unmoving, your body wants to stretch. Likewise, it has to eat, it has to sleep, it has to relieve itself – the body needs so many things.

Taking charge of your life

The body is a constant manifestation of various levels of compulsiveness, depending upon the type of information that has gone into the system. The information that is imprinted upon your physiological system is what we refer to as the karmic body. This information determines how much compulsiveness you suffer from, and how much freedom you naturally enjoy within yourself. In hatha yoga, we are not concerned about who our fathers and forefathers were, what kind of genetics and karmic substance we received from them, and what we have imbibed in the process of living. It does not matter what has happened until this moment – we have decided to take charge of our life.

This is what a yogasana means – you are taking charge of your life. You are transforming your body and mind into a possibility in your life.

In the Indian tradition, if you are a serious practitioner of yoga, no astrologer will want to make a prediction for you, because even he understands that you have taken charge of your life. This is what a yogasana means – you are taking charge of your life. You are transforming your body and mind into a possibility in your life. It is becoming a passage, not a block.

The process of transforming the body, changing the texture of the body, changing the fundamental information in the body, which makes it go in certain compulsive patterns, needs a certain determination, forcefulness, and adamancy. You are not willing to give in to the cycles of compulsiveness. You go the way you want to go.

Creating the right atmosphere

Ha and tha describe sun and moon. Hatha is about bringing a balance between the two. If these two dimensions are balanced within you, naturally, the body becomes a conducive place to live in for your being. If you mess up the place around you, you can move elsewhere. But if you mess up the body from within, you cannot go elsewhere until you die. As long as you live in this life, the body is the abode of your existence.

You must decide what purpose your body should serve. We will do the appropriate yoga for that.

It is important that an atmosphere is conducive rather than being compulsive. If your home is a very compulsive place, you will feel suffocated. Every situation, every atmosphere is set up for a certain purpose. Your home may be set up for one kind of purpose. The ashram may be set up for another kind of purpose. An industry or a business may be set up for a different kind of purpose. Every atmosphere should serve the purpose that we have set it up for.

You must decide what purpose your body should serve. We will do the appropriate yoga for that. If your idea of a good life is being one step ahead of others, we will do one type of yoga. If you do not compare yourself to others, but you want to find your ultimate potential in terms of activity, we will do another kind of yoga. If all you want to do is dissolve into the ultimate nature of existence, we will do yet another kind of yoga. We can practice yoga in different ways.

Enhancing perception

An individual human being becomes who he or she is only because of what he or she perceives. You are who you are right now only because of what you have perceived in your life until now, and you will be who you will be only because of what you will perceive in future. The whole system of yoga is about enhancing perception.

The 84 yogasanas represent 84 alignments, because existence as we know it now is seen as the 84th creation.

If you hold the posture right, if your alignment is right, it matches with the cosmic alignment in some way. The 84 yogasanas represent 84 alignments, because existence as we know it now is seen as the 84th creation. The memory of these 84 creations is reflected in our body. We are trying to release and activate this memory. If one gets into these 84 postures, or if one masters a single posture and approaches the remaining 83 through that, one can know everything that has happened in creation until now, because the memory of that is within one’s system in a codified way. If this memory touches another dimension outside of yourself, it can be activated and ignited.

Yogasanas are a powerful means to connect. Do not forget, yoga means union. Union means two have become one. There are only two in existence – you and the rest of existence. In the rest of existence you may identify individual entities, but essentially, there are only two – you and the rest of existence – because there are only two dimensions of experience within you. You do not know what is up and down in this cosmos. You do not know what is forward and backward. These are all things that we have made up for convenience. Essentially, there are only two dimensions of experience – inner experiences and outer experiences.

Even the most wonderful qualities that one may have will go waste, simply because of lack of balance. Hatha yoga brings this balance.

Yoga is about creating a union between these two dimensions – inner and outer, you and the rest, you and the other. When there is no “you” and “the other,” when there is just “you” and “you,” that is yoga. Asanas are a physical form of approaching this ultimate union, because the physical body is the easiest thing to work with. If you try to come to this union with your mind, it will play too many tricks. With the body, at least you know whether it is doing it right or not, whether it is cooperating or not. If you push the mind too hard, it will make you believe all kinds of things and dump you the next day. The body is a more reliable factor. If you work with it sensibly, the yogasanas can definitely lead to ultimate union.

In the meantime, before this alignment with the ultimate happens, by getting into the postures, inner alignment happens, which will naturally create a chemistry of healthfulness, joyfulness, and blissfulness – and above all balance. Balance is something that modern societies have ignored, and they are paying a huge price for it. Whatever your intelligence, whatever your competence, education, and qualifications – if you do not have the necessary balance, you will not succeed. You will not go very far in your life.

The most important thing for people who are seeking to be successful – whether in the corporate sector, in politics, in the military, or any other field – is balance. Only if you have a balance that is not disturbed by external situations, are you capable of making use of the competence and intelligence within you. Otherwise, even the most wonderful qualities that one may have will go waste, simply because of lack of balance. Hatha yoga brings this balance.


What Is Angamardana, And Its Benefits?

January 31, 2017

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Summary: Angamardana is a system of dynamic asanas that invigorate the body on all levels. Sadhguru looks at how Angamardana builds resilience and strengthens the fundamental fabric of the body. Sadhguru says - "If strength and resilience is what you are looking for, you need to strengthen the fundamental fabric of the body. This is what Angamardana does."

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The Anatomy of Angamardana

Q: I have been practicing Angamardana for the past three-and-a-half months now, and I would like to take it to the next level. How to do that?

Sadhguru: If you want to take Angamardana to the next stage, your body must become very supple – otherwise you may suffer a tear. Angamardana works on the ligaments and sinews of the body more than the muscles. It is not like lifting weights. Weightlifting builds muscle. If you do Angamardana, the load will be on the ligaments and sinews. The “bands” that hold the skeletal system and muscles together are stretched the most. This is why Angamardana gives you a different kind of strength and resilience.

Strengthening the Fundamental Fabric

If you build muscle beyond a certain point, you will need a lot of sleep. The body has to do too much unnecessary work. If you become very muscular, you cannot sit with your eyes closed. If strength and resilience is what you are looking for, you need to strengthen the fundamental fabric of the body. This is what Angamardana does. If you suddenly overstretch and get a tear, it will not heal easily. A broken bone can heal in six weeks. A torn ligament is much more difficult to heal because this is what holds the skeletal structure together. This strengthening takes time. After at least thirty months of daily practice, some people’s bodies will be ready for advanced Angamardana. The advanced practices involve stretching to extremes, which is not necessary for normal living. This would only be required for somebody who wants to climb rocks without ropes, for example.

If strength and resilience is what you are looking for, you need to strengthen the fundamental fabric of the body. This is what Angamardana does.

When I was young, I could climb just about anything. Just a small hold of half-an-inch depth was enough for me. The entire load of the body was on this small area. I have said this many times – when I was twelve years of age, I once saw this over seventy-year-old man climbing up a fifty-five to sixty feet deep well, on holds that were just deep enough to grip them with your fingertips, faster than me. Obviously he had prepared his body way better than me. At that time, I had not done any Angamardana. My training was just to climb every tree and structure that I saw. He had systematically trained himself.

Traditional martial arts such as kalaripayattu also require this kind of strengthening to be able to fight without damaging the system. Boxers and American football players often end up with neurological ailments in the later part of their lives – like Muhammad Ali and many others. Having a strong will to win, such people will succeed for a period of time, but their system will take a beating. This is not to be judgmental about them – they are great in their own way. It is just that they have been thrashed on the head too much. Not just that – even punching something constantly can have a jarring effect on one’s own system. Even if the muscles are strong, strengthening the fundamental fabric of the body is a different game.

In the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal, you will see women who are barely four-and-a-half to five feet tall, looking frail and malnourished. These women may not weigh more than forty-five kilograms, but they carry a load of wood or other things that is sixty-five to seventy kilograms. Their system has become so strong because from an early age, living in the mountains, they have been walking up and down the mountain slopes, carrying loads. You should see the Sherpa boys who come with us on the Kailash trek. Once, when we climbed the Thorong La pass, which is at an altitude of 17,800 ft, participants were panting for air with every step. I was doing way better than most of the group, but these Sherpa boys that were with us were carrying the whole baggage, gas cylinders, cooking equipment, etc. on top of everything else. When we reached there, all of us sat down, glad that our hearts did not fail, and waited for our breath and heartbeat to settle down. These guys threw the baggage down and instantly started running around, chasing each other, leaping upon each other, fighting and rolling around, just for fun – at this altitude. This is the kind of resilience that is built right from childhood. These are not only aerobic capabilities – their basic fabric of life is strong.

A Different Level of Strength

Similarly with Angamardana, it builds a different level of strength. This is not about building muscles but about strengthening the ligaments. Once you strengthen them, they will keep you in good stead for a lifetime. The regular Angamardana that we teach serves this purpose perfectly well. If you want to intensify the practice, you can do it twice over. Some people may think they are fit enough to take Angamardana to the next level, but if you look more closely, you will see the bane of modern civilization is that human beings are losing their form. Still, at some point, we will introduce the next level of Angamardana, but only if people are dedicated enough to adequately prepare their system.


Yoga – Why 21 Yogasanas And Not All 84?

September 2, 2016

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Summary: There are certain asanas which are preparatory in nature, called sadhana pada. Some are tools for transformation, called kaivalya pada. The first 21 asanas are geared towards preparing the system to take enhanced levels of energies. Sadhguru says - "A lot of the eighty-four asanas are aimed towards enhancing your energies. Before you boost your energy in a big way, a certain amount of preparation, expansion, and transparence needs to happen to ensure the body and the mind will be able to take it."

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Why a Set of Twenty-One Yogasanas?

Q: For the basic Yogasana program that is taught in Isha Hatha Yoga, you have chosen twenty-one out of the altogether eighty-four classical asanas. Why did you choose these particular ones?

Sadhguru: The full set of eighty-four would be too much to start with. Among the asanas, there are some that are preparatory in nature, which means they are part of the sadhana pada. And there are others that are tools for transformation, and as such part of the kaivalya pada. There are times of the year that correspond to these two padas. The first quarter of the asanas are geared towards preparing the system. Suppose we want to infuse you with an enormous amount of energy, your system should be ready for that.

Boosting the Energy Body

One simple way of looking at this is – there is a physical body, a karmic or mental body, and an energy body. To use an analogy, though it is not a perfect one, you could think of these three bodies as casings that are one inside the other. Suppose we boost your energy body in a big way, which we eventually want to do – if the other two bodies do not give way, something will break. So the first step is to make the body conducive, which can be approached in different ways. One simple way is to practice Bhuta Shuddhi. The five elements are always transacting across the boundaries of the body. At least with the air that you breathe, you can feel it.

The first step is to make the body conducive, which can be approached in different ways. One simple way is to practice Bhuta Shuddhi.

This constant transaction happens on all levels. You can also see it in the way the outside temperature can change the temperature of your body. That means there is a transaction of the fire element. When it comes to the food and water that you consume, there is a transaction on the level of the earth element and the water element. This transaction not only happens to the extent that you are able to notice but in a much more fundamental way. The elemental dimension of who you are does not respect the boundaries that you have drawn.

The boundaries of what you consider as “you” are purely physiological and psychological in nature. On the elemental level, there are no boundaries. Yoga means to erase the boundaries of you as an individual. Because oneness is the way life is, and we want to know life the way it is. The idea of a division between you and me is imaginary. As air is moving all over the place, so is everything else in different ways. The quantum of elements in you varies from day to day. Transaction happens all the time.

A lot of the eighty-four asanas are aimed towards enhancing your energies. Before you boost your energy in a big way, a certain amount of preparation, expansion, and transparence needs to happen to ensure the body and the mind will be able to take it. Boosting your energies without sufficiently preparing your body and your mind would be like putting more air into a balloon than it can hold. The first series will wear the boundaries of your body and mind thin, so that you become increasingly conscious that the idea of “this is me – that is you” exists only for practical purposes. On a more fundamental level, there is no absolute boundary between “this” and “that.”


Yoga – The Significance Of Bandhas

June 14, 2016

9 min read

Summary: Sadhguru says, "Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy system". An important aspect of yoga is to gain control over the energy body and the mental body. Only when the physical body, mental body and energy body are properly aligned, your actions will be smooth, easy and effortless. Once you are able to use your energy body, the way you use your physical body, then there is no limit in terms of experience and exploration.

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The True Significance of Bandhas in Yoga Practice

Question: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. What is the significance of the bandhas we do at the end of certain asanas and kriyas?

Sadhguru: Let’s first talk about bandhas in general. The ones you are doing are first steps. Essentially, bandhas are about slowly getting control and locking your energy the way you want. Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy system. First you practice it physically for some time. If one day, without employing your muscular or skeletal system, you are still be able to do it, then your bandha is good. Then you can lock it wherever you want and direct your energies according to whatever action you want to perform. After some time, you will not even have to think about locking it – it will simply happen. If you want to perform a certain activity, your system will start responding to the requirements by itself.

Bandhas are employed to gain control of your energy system.

One important aspect of yoga is to gain similar control over your energy body or Pranamaya Kosha, and your mental body or Manomaya Kosha, as you have over your physical body or Annamaya Kosha. As an experiment, you can try this using your hand. Initially, physically make a tight fist and open it again – do this three times. Then do the same mentally. You should become conscious of the sensations that are caused by this activity. You only know that your fist is closed because of the sensations you experience – there is no other way for you to know. As you mentally do this, at least to some extent, you should feel the sensations of closing the fist. To this extent, you have control over your physical body. Yoga means you want to get to a state where you can exercise all three of these koshas as you wish. If you really want to perform at your peak, it is important that your energy and mental body do the same thing as your physical body. Otherwise, there will be friction.

Friction-free Life

If your Annamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, and Pranamaya Kosha are not properly aligned and synchronized, your actions will not be smooth, easy, and effortless. There will be a lot of effort to do simple things. How much sleep you need is determined by this alignment. If you need eight hours of sleep – unless you have performed an extraordinary amount of physical activity – it means the three types of bodies are not in proper alignment. They are in friction. You need this amount of rest to heal all the friction that has happened within yourself. If these three aspects are well aligned, even if you are highly active physically, you will only need four-and-a-half hours to five hours of sleep. If you are less physically active, you will be fine with even lesser because everything is in proper alignment.

If your Annamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, and Pranamaya Kosha are not properly aligned and synchronized, your actions will not be smooth, easy, and effortless.

This is what we want to bring to the world – that human beings perform at their peak. The efficiency of any machine essentially depends on the level of friction within it. If you reduce the friction to the minimum, the machine will be superefficient. When the friction is minimal, with the same amount of power, it will do much more work. On the other hand, if there is more friction, the internal loss is higher. That is what is happening to a lot of people. If you have the necessary perception, you can clearly see which bodies are in sync and which ones are not. You should be able to look at people, whoever they are, not in terms of their body parts, but in terms of the alignment and the geometry of their bodies.

You will see there is much more beauty in the geometry than in the shape and form of the outer body. There are many far more exciting things happening in the geometry of the person. The shape and size of the body or body parts is only exciting if you are poisoned with hormones. Without the hormonal poisoning, looking at any kind of body means nothing. We do not have to physically eliminate it, but you must be able to eliminate it through awareness. If you look at something, simply look at it without being influenced by whatever is happening within you. Learn to see everything the way it is.

Directing Your Energies

This is important because yoga is not just about learning 33 or 84 asanas – it is about the mechanics of life. There is so much to the mechanics that even if you spend a hundred lifetimes on it, you will still not know all of it. No one can say they know the whole of it. You know it to the extent it is relevant for you. But if you want to delve deeper, there is much more to it.

The bandhas are a dimension of yoga where, to go back to our example, you learn to hold a fist without employing the body. Initially, you employ the body. But slowly, you should come to a point where, without doing anything with your body, you can hold any lock, anywhere you want. There are eight types of locks, but generally, we teach only three because for most people, only three are relevant. It will take a certain amount of practice before you can go into other aspects. If you have sufficient movement in your energy body, if it has become malleable enough, then you can employ all eight types of locks, which will allow you to do things that most other human beings have not even dreamt of.

The more refined your activity is, the more you will notice that without entirely being focused on it, you cannot do it. Yoga is a very refined activity.

Even with the three basic locks you do, we slowly want to take you to a place where you are able to lock them without using the muscular system. Do not try that right now – you would waste your time and energies. First, you must get the locks perfectly physically. Then if you wish, you can come to a point where, without using your muscular system, you can employ any lock you want. You can employ a certain lock so that the energy is focused towards the particular activity that you want to do. This activity will happen wonderfully well because your energies are focused on it and are not being wasted elsewhere. So bandhas are essentially your ability to lock and direct your energy where you want it.

Let’s say you want to speak – your energy need not flow all over the place for that. If you have control over your energy, you could just hold it where you need it for a particular activity. Unnecessary movement of your energy makes you inefficient. If you want to go in one direction but your body goes somewhere else, is this efficient? Similarly with the mind, unnecessary movement of your mind makes you inefficient. If you want to do something but your mind is somewhere else, you cannot do it well. When the physical body does not do what you want, you are totally out of control. When the mental body does not do what you want, you are somewhat out of control. The more refined your activity is, the more you will notice that without entirely being focused on it, you cannot do it. Yoga is a very refined activity.

A Question of Evolution

If you want to do meaningful action in your life, you need not only strength but perseverance of strength, so that your strength can endure without letting you down. For refined activity, your Annamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha and Pranamaya Kosha should be able to act the way you want. Like you can move your finger, you should be able to move your energy body. Then your ability to act will be greatly enhanced. Human beings are a crippled lot right now. There is a huge difference between what they could be and what they have made themselves. When a tiger, a monkey, or any other creature is born with all its efficiency, why is it such an effort for a human being? This is an evolutionary problem.

The difference between your DNA and that of a chimpanzee is very minimal, but in terms of consciousness, awareness, and intelligence, there is a world of difference. The physical body tried to evolve to match this awareness and intelligence, but it is not on the same level because human consciousness was influenced by other things, while the physical body is entirely the making of the solar system in which we live. Adiyogi said many millennia ago that unless some dramatic change happens in the solar system, our physical body cannot evolve any further. But we can make it into a stable, balanced platform to ensure that our intelligence and awareness does not go waste.

From Bandhas to Bliss

Another dimension of the bandhas is – when you stay in an asana for a certain period of time, in a way, in its own nature, it becomes a bandha. You hold the posture because you want to get the right geometry where Annamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, and Pranamaya Kosha are aligned. All three – the physical, mental, and energy body – are physical in nature. You are trying to adjust the physicality. What is beyond that – the Anandamaya Kosha or “bliss body” – needs no adjustment, you just have to experience it. But to access this, your physical, mental and energy body have to be in alignment. In our Bhava Spandana programs, you will see a whole lot of people in a state of blissfulness because we create a situation where we get these three into alignment. Suddenly, there will be an explosion of blissfulness within them. But to maintain it, to be able to experience and access it all the time, you need to work towards aligning these three.

This is what Hatha Yoga is about. You experience this burst of bliss without emotion. This is important because you cannot rev up your emotions beyond a certain point. But you can rev up your energies further. Life is not limited to the psychological scape. Yoga means you do not want to be limited by your thoughts and emotions. You do not want your physical body and psychological limitations to define the boundaries of your life – you want to go beyond them.

Going beyond Limitations

Once you are able to use the energy body the way you use your physical body, there is no limit. There is a limit to the physical, but there is no limit in terms of experience and exploration. That is what a yogi is trying to achieve through bandhas. You may have heard of yogis in India who have been holding their hand up for decades. This is a bandha. After some time, the hand will wither away because the heart cannot pump blood up into the arm anymore. Slowly, the whole arm will become like a dry stick, but he will not take it down because the idea is to hold the bandha and go beyond the physical and mental limitations.

When you cross the psychological and physiological limitations, you will come to a space that is pure energy. If you exist here as a piece of energy that is not different from the rest of the universe, becoming one with it, experiencing it, mingling with it, and knowing the creation and the Creator becomes a possibility. Bandhas are geared towards this.


Yoga – Significance Of Spinal Twist

May 13, 2016

3 min read

Summary: Sadhguru says, that spine is very subtle, made of 33 pieces of bone, and it is designed to support a certain amount of weight. The spine is like the suspension of a car. And, if we look at the body in two halves, the lower part weighs more than the upper part. So, when one does any upside down posture, there is very high weight on the spine. Because of this, after doing such asana, it is important to flex the spine back to its natural state. That is the significance of spinal twists postures.

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Sadhguru on Hatha Yoga and Spinal Health

Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. What is the significance of the spinal twisting postures that we do after the sarvangasana series?

Sadhguru: If you see the body as two halves split horizontally in the middle, the lower part weighs much more than the upper part. The largest muscles and biggest bones are in the lower body. And the spine is designed to support a certain amount of weight. Even a slight overload of the spine will create problems, because it is a subtle thing, made of 33 pieces of bone.

It is very important that the spine is exercised. Otherwise it will become rigid and useless. If you do not exercise it, your ability to experience life decreases dramatically.

You could compare the spine to the suspension of a car. If you have seen certain luxury cars in India, they will be in the garage half the time simply because they have multi-link suspensions, while our roads are made for one-link suspensions. If you go a little fast and hit a road hump, multi-link suspensions may go out of alignment, and you go straight to the garage. They are not made for such a level of stress. You can still drive, but it will drag. The idea of a multi-link suspension is enhanced maneuverability. Similarly, your spine is a 33-link suspension.

When you do any kind of upside-down posture, there is an exceptionally high amount of weight on the spine. Because of that, after doing any inverted asana, you have to take the time to flex the spine back to its natural state. Therefore, after sarvangasana and halasana, you do ardhamatsyasana, which means bending backwards, in the opposite direction.

Why do these postures in the first place? It is very important that the spine is exercised. Otherwise it will become rigid and useless. If you do not exercise it, your ability to experience life decreases dramatically.

Not everyone experiences life with the same level of sensitivity. Going back to the car analogy, not every suspension experiences the road with the same sensitivity. The sensitivity of your suspension determines the maneuverability. If it is super-sensitive, it maneuvers well, but one pothole, and it gets misaligned. So it is important to keep the spine sensitive, flexible, well-aligned, and mobile. All the yoga you do is in some way aimed towards that.

So, after sarvangasana, which reverses the load upon the spine, it is extremely important that you stretch the spine back to its normal self. I call it a “self,” because without the spine, you would not experience most of the things that you experience as a human being. It is designed to do things you would not imagine possible. Keeping the spine well-protected, strong, and sensitive is important for a yogi because you want to experience the whole universe as a part of yourself.


Yoga – Significance Of Breathing A Certain Way

June 29, 2015

4 min read

Summary: Most people use only about 20% if their lung capacity. As your lung capacity expands, the number of breaths per minute will come down. As you continue practicing classical yoga, your breath will become slow. As your breath becomes slow, your perception will enhance. Sadhguru says "You will start understanding what people around you are saying. You will understand the language of other creatures, the language of the planet, and the very language of the source of creation."

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How the Breath Evolves With Hatha Yoga Practice

Frequency of Breath

Questioner: For both Surya Kriya and asanas, the instruction is to breathe slightly deeper than normal. What is the idea behind that?

Sadhguru: Generally, most human beings are breathing somewhere between 12 to 15 times per minute. They use less than 20% of their lung capacity during normal breathing. If your lung capacity expands, the number of breaths per minute during normal breathing naturally comes down, without you controlling it.

If you stick to the classical form of yoga, over a period of time, your breath will become slow. There are very poetic expressions for this. They say, if your breath becomes 11 per minute, you understand the language of every animal and bird around you. If your breath becomes nine, you understand the very language that the Earth is speaking. If your breath becomes seven, you know everything that is worth knowing in existence. That means your body becomes so stable that there is no static, no crackle – it just perceives everything. Even now, the body perceives – otherwise you could not exist. You may not be conscious of it, but your body understands exactly how the Earth is spinning, what is happening with the Sun, what is happening with everything. As long as you live, your body is adjusting to all that.

As your system evolves, the number of breaths you take per minute will naturally come down. You will start understanding what people around you are saying.

When your breath becomes more and more stable, the disturbances of life are gone. You are able to clearly see what is happening. Either you achieve this through yogasanas or by becoming absolutely meditative. For example if you sit in Shoonya meditation, the breath becomes very slow, almost not there. In Shoonya, many of you may be breathing about nine to ten breaths per minute. Then again, at certain moments, you will breathe faster.

You can get there through meditative processes, but doing so by preparing the body is more reliable. With meditation, today your breath may naturally slow down, tomorrow it may not. But if you prepare the body, the progress is more stable. That is the strength of doing the practices every day – they steadily take you up. With meditative processes alone, one day it is fantastic, another day you may not be there at all.

If you intentionally stretch your normal breath, after some time, you will gasp. That is not evolution of the system. That is forcefully trying to do something. On the other hand, when you practice asanas, breathing slightly deeper than normal, over a period of time the duration of the breath may increase. Your normal breath will become slower, and so will your slightly-deeper-than-normal breath.

As your system evolves, the number of breaths you take per minute will naturally come down. You will start understanding what people around you are saying. You will understand the language of other creatures, the language of the planet, and the very language of the source of creation.

The body always understands because it is a piece of creation. It knows everything about creation. It is just that there is too much disturbance for you to realize that. It is like turning on the radio and there is static because of lightning, rain, or whatever, so you cannot hear the music. If the rain stops, suddenly the music comes out crystal clear to your ear. That is the whole process of knowing. You just have to stop the static.

The Effect of Rapid Breathing

Questioner: In certain asanas, for example in Bhujangasana in the Surya Kriya series, or in the Sarvangasana series, as well as in Matsyasana, we do rapid breathing. Why so?

Sadhguru: Wherever there is rapid breathing, there is an effort to turn a very physical process into an energy process. When there is an opportunity without risk, we are trying to use it. Kriyas have to be done with a certain care. Suppose your energies get activated without the right kind of preparation, while you are in the wrong posture, in the wrong attitude, in the wrong situation, your stomach is full or whatever else, what could be a great thing will turn into a disaster.

It is like a pot of gold came down from above, but it fell on your head and killed you! If a rock broke off from a mountain, fell on your head, and you died, it is one thing. If a pot of gold came down from above, but instead of you catching it, it fell on your head and you died, it is a disaster! So, when we do asanas, only certain postures where it is safe to do that, we seek to transform them into Kriyas.


Yoga & The Pineal Gland

September 27, 2016

8 min read

Summary: Today, medical science has proven that chemicals can create pleasant and unpleasant experience within you. In yogic physiology, pineal gland is associated with the agna chakra. If you have sufficient and stable pineal secretions, you will always be pleasant within yourself. Sadhguru tells about a certain bindu, a spot on the pineal gland, and its significance. In yoga, the initial phase of practice is towards stability.

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Yoga & the Pineal Gland: Stability and Ecstasy

How the Pineal Gland Controls One’s Mood

Sadhguru: As scientists explore the nature of the human mind, and as we find better instruments to look at the nature of the human brain, one thing is becoming very clear for modern psychologists and neuroscientists: there is much more to be known about the human mind than they know right now.

Pineal gland was always recognized as being associated with the agna chakra.

As there is medical physiology, there is a whole yogic physiology. One aspect of yogic physiology that aligns in some way with modern neurosciences has to do with the pineal gland. This gland was always recognized as being associated with the agna chakra. Today, neuroscientists say that the secretions of the pineal gland control and moderate one’s moods and experiences. If you have a very stable and sufficient pineal secretion, having a pleasant mood within yourself is not a problem.

Both medical sciences and street-side drugs have made it clear that chemicals can create pleasant and unpleasant experiences within you that are very real for you. Others may dismiss it as you causing it to yourself, but actually, you are causing everything to yourself. The only difference is whether you cause it with or without outside help. If you simply become ecstatic right now, you are causing it to yourself without outside help. If you cause the same thing with outside stimulation, it may be the same thing experience-wise, but the end result could damage the system. And such an experience will not result in any kind of consciousness. Unconscious experiences, however big they are, are of no significance for one’s evolution, growth, and transformation.

Many Cultures Were Aware of the Bindu

A little-known aspect of yogic physiology, which is totally absent in modern medical sciences, is something which I constantly keep “on” within myself, called the bindu. “Bindu” means a tiny point. It is a particular spot on the pineal gland surrounded by a certain secretion. If you touch the bindu, it will release secretions that make your body comfortable and make you feel ecstatic. To activate the bindu, there is a certain point at the back of your head. So many cultures around the world have recognized this, and there is an understanding that that point needs to be protected and activated.

In the Hindu way of life, when young Brahmin boys are initiated into spiritual sadhana, they shave off the hair on the rest of the head and leave a tuft at this point. In many other parts of the world, if people are doing a certain type of activity which they believe is spiritual, they want that spot to be covered, so they started using small caps or some kind of a cloth. Everywhere in the world, at some point some people would have been aware and probably spoke about it. I really do not know what they have said, but I have noticed people doing these things. If there is someone who comes from the Jewish culture for example, have they told you something specific about why you should wear this cap?

Meditator 1: When you do a spiritual practice, you go to the synagogue, and you wear the cap to show that you are just a human being and you are not the divine. So, it is a sign of respect and a separation between you and the God that you are worshiping.

Sadhguru: Somebody else have something to say?

Meditator 2: It’s more of a connection, to remind you that there is a divinity. You’re always wearing it so you don’t forget. It’s not necessarily a separation, it’s more a reminder of the divinity within you or around you.

Sadhguru: I do not know when the neurosurgeons will come upon the bindu. Even if they come upon it, because it is so small, they may ignore it. But if you pay attention to your system, it is there all the time. But do not start imagining these things!

Ambrosia and Poison

You will see, many times when people are in certain meditative processes, they become overwhelmed because the “glass of ambrosia” inside is tipping a little bit. They have still not learned how to drink from it in sips. If you give a glass full of water to a small child, he will spill it all over the place when he drinks. Similarly, their glass is tipping because they do not know yet how to sip gently. If they do the necessary sadhana, slowly after some time, they could consciously drink from it. Once you can consciously drink from it, every cell in the body and every moment of your life is ecstatic.

But the bindu has two sides to it. These two interpretations that you gave are interesting. Both could be right – distorted, but they could be coming from a certain understanding. The bindu has another point to it which also has a secretion but is poisonous. If you tip the wrong side of the glass, then poison will spread through the system. It is not like poison that you drink. It will spread through the system in such a way that, for what looks like simply no reason, you are miserable. A lot of people have done that to themselves. You could call that depression. You are miserable because you tipped the wrong side of the glass by doing improper things with life.

There are many cultures around the world which have been aware. Some wear caps, some have tops, some have taken other kinds of care. You will notice the level of mental imbalance in those cultures is always lower.

First Stability, Then Ecstasy

No matter what you are pursuing in life – money, wealth, power, God, or enlightenment – what is it that you are seeking? Essentially, what you are seeking is an ultimate sense of sweetness within you. Either you hit it accidentally or consciously – that is the choice you have.

There are many simple processes and methods that are devised not to go towards that ambrosia which is in every human brain, but to bring the necessary foundation within you that, when you hit it through grace, you do not go crazy. Too much sweetness can drive you crazy, unless you are sitting on a stable foundation.

In yoga, the initial phases of sadhana that you do are aimed at stability, not ecstasy. Stability is more important than ecstasy. If ecstasy comes before stability, you are heading for a crash. If ecstasy comes after stability, it is fantastic. The yogic system has devised the practices in such a way that everything is aimed at stability to start with.

The Processes of Ecstasy Were Never Written

The processes of ecstasy were never written down or transmitted as a teaching. It is only in the presence of a certain being that those things happen – because they are very subjective, and it is best they are not written down. In some books on tantra, they have tried to write it down, which I feel is very irresponsible. Suppose you read a book where the first two chapters talk about some simple practices to stabilize yourself and the last five chapters talk about simple practices to take you to ecstatic levels – which one will you do? You will be asking for trouble. These are usually ignorant people who have done some guesswork around the real thing and tried to write down something about it. People will not go for stability, they will go for ecstasy – and they will break up. You cannot hold your system if it is too ecstatic unless you have already worked for your stability.

Just do the practice every day. It will produce results.

Never aspire for anything that is not yet in your perception because you will aspire for the wrong things. Just do your sadhana. That is why traditions have always been insisting on trust – simply because if we explain something beforehand, naturally you imagine the wrong things and go for it. Do not worry about that. Just do the practice every day. It will produce results. If you did not know how a plant grows, if I show you a lump of filth and the beautiful flower and say, “These two things are the same. This comes out of that,” would you believe me? There would be no way to convince you. It takes a crazy sense of trust. That is why we usually do not talk about all those things. Because this cannot be logically worked out. This needs a little fixing of life.

A man walked into the court. He was the defendant. The judge looked at him and asked, “Do you have a lawyer?” The man said, “No, but I have some good friends in the jury.”

This is how it is. You cannot logically work this out. That is why the Guru came into the picture, because a little fixing is needed. Without the fixing, you will not jump. You will stand on this side forever. Without a little fixing, nudging or shoving, you will not cross the line.


Can Yoga Make My Body Divine?

October 9, 2017

4 min read

Summary: If deities can be created by injecting energy into stone, then definitely your body can be transformed into a divine force. Right now, most vital aspects of the body are involuntary. Sadhguru says - "As you become more aware, those aspects of the body that are right now involuntary, naturally come into your voluntary control". If you move the system from unconscious to conscious, if your body becomes 100% conscious, this is divine body.

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From a Piece of Flesh to a Divine Force

Sadhguru: One aspect of yoga is to take all those things which are involuntary, into our conscious or voluntary action. Your breath, your heart beat, your liver function – these are involuntary or compulsive actions. Everything that is vital to the system is compulsive or involuntary because nature did not trust you. If any of the organs that are vital to your system were a voluntary process, you might do something crazy!

As you become more aware, those aspects of the body that are right now involuntary, naturally come into your voluntary control

Have you seen people who are in a state of compulsive mental activity? Even their fingers and hands move involuntarily. This is happening in a big way in the younger generation. Their hands start moving by themselves without asking permission.

However, as you become more aware, those aspects of the body that are right now involuntary, naturally come into your voluntary control because if you become more conscious, nature trusts you: “He is conscious enough. We can give him a little more responsibility.” Once something is voluntary, you can run it the way you want it.

From Involuntary to Voluntary

Involuntary activity is in some way a helpless level of activity. Your body and particularly your brain should become largely voluntary. If it becomes voluntary, your life is made. This is the journey from being involuntary to voluntary.

The reason why people cannot notice anything about themselves is simply because there is too much excessive wasteful activity, too much involuntary activity within the system

Are you a volunteer? That is what it means – you do everything consciously, by choice, not compulsively. You just do what is needed. You have no particular way to sit. You have no particular way to do things. In every aspect of life, internal or external, you will do it the way it needs to be done right now. That is effective activity. The rest is wasteful activity.

Let’s say I am climbing a mountain. My heart has to beat in a certain way. If I am just sitting, it has to beat in a different way. But if I sit here and it is beating like I am climbing a mountain, this is wasteful activity. Once you start doing wasteful activity in your brain, your heart, your body and everything else, you are a wasteful human being.

The reason why people cannot notice anything about themselves is simply because there is too much excessive wasteful activity, too much involuntary activity within the system. If you do not notice anything with your system, there is no yoga. The whole of yoga has come not from heaven, nor from a scripture or some religious teaching. It has come with a very deep understanding and observation of the human system.

King of Limbs

The very body is divine as far as yoga is concerned. One aspect of Shiva is that he is Angaraj. Angaraj means the king of limbs. You may be doing Angamardana, which is a process of gaining mastery over the limbs. Shiva is the king of limbs because he has completely mastered them, and now the very body has become divine. If the system, which is moving from unconsciousness to consciousness, becomes 100% conscious, if even the physical body becomes utterly conscious, then this is a divine body. That is what it means when we say Shiva is Angaraj. These limbs can be an unconscious mass of flesh, or they can become so conscious that they are like a divine body. This is about transforming a piece of flesh into a deity.

This is the science through which deities are made. By creating a certain yantra, or form, and by injecting energy into a particular form, a stone can be made into a divine force. If a stone can be transformed into a divine force, why can’t flesh be transformed into a divine force? It can definitely be done.


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