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How do we find purpose? | Sadhguru at Columbia University | #1

Synopsis: When it comes to purpose, what has defined what your purpose is in this world? As it has led to you being here at Columbia Business School in the youth and truth program. But, as well as if you have any words for other people in the audience or just me, would be fine as well. Around, how do we find purpose in this world?  

Synopsis: When it comes to purpose, what has defined what your purpose is in this...

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... world? As it has led to you being here at Columbia Business School in the youth and truth program. But, as well as if you have any words for other people in the audience or just me, would be fine as well. Around, how do we find purpose in this world?  

January 7, 2021

8:36

What does sensing the future mean? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #5

Synopsis: So today we are here essentially to sense the future. Now what is this? Why have we given this title to this session? Sensing the future. Now I’ve heard you before, saying, the moment right now is eternity. This time travel, past, future, is all nothing. Everything is now.  

Synopsis: So today we are here essentially to sense the future. Now what is this?...

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... Why have we given this title to this session? Sensing the future. Now I’ve heard you before, saying, the moment right now is eternity. This time travel, past, future, is all nothing. Everything is now.  

January 6, 2021

4:06

What is success? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #4

Synopsis: You mentioned success. You know, and everybody, you know I’ve noticed everybody is trying to define success. Along the way, I came across a meaning that I really liked. It was, success is the magnitude of the beneficial footprint that you can leave on the society, i like that definition. One of the definitions of success that I liked. But what is your take on this...

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... concept? What is success? I mean, we’re here, is the purpose of life, are we here to procreate? If we procreate are we successful? How do you consider yourself successful?  

Synopsis: You mentioned success. You know, and everybody, you know I’ve noticed...

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... everybody is trying to define success. Along the way, I came across a meaning that I really liked. It was, success is the magnitude of the beneficial footprint that you can leave on the society, i like that definition. One of the definitions of success that I liked. But what is your take on this concept? What is success? I mean, we’re here, is the purpose of life, are we here to procreate? If we procreate are we successful? How do you consider yourself successful?  

January 6, 2021

4:15

Is sports all about winning? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Ranveer Singh | #3

Synopsis: You thoroughly enjoyed watching the football. But what do you think about, what is your take on sports? It’s competition, it’s, isn’t it based on one-upmanship? Aren't you telling young kids that it’s about winning, you know? As a child, I didn’t get any kick from winning. It was very minimal for me. I used to really just enjoy playing cricket, playing football....

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... The process was so enjoyable. I used to enjoy competing with someone, but winning wasn’t, you know everybody used to be like you have to win. You know, teachers, my dad was like all about winning. But it was not for me, it didn’t resonate with me. So what is this whole thing about, like what should we, how should we inculcate sports in young people? What do you tell them? Is it about winning?   

Synopsis: You thoroughly enjoyed watching the football. But what do you think about,...

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... what is your take on sports? It’s competition, it’s, isn’t it based on one-upmanship? Aren't you telling young kids that it’s about winning, you know? As a child, I didn’t get any kick from winning. It was very minimal for me. I used to really just enjoy playing cricket, playing football. The process was so enjoyable. I used to enjoy competing with someone, but winning wasn’t, you know everybody used to be like you have to win. You know, teachers, my dad was like all about winning. But it was not for me, it didn’t resonate with me. So what is this whole thing about, like what should we, how should we inculcate sports in young people? What do you tell them? Is it about winning?   

January 6, 2021

6:56

How to expand one’s horizon? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #5

Synopsis: So the summary of that will be that, as people, we choose to learn those things that we think have value in it, not things that transform them. Correct? So how do you suggest that one can expand his or her horizon to see beyond what his/her logic tells them to do or not do?  

Synopsis: So the summary of that will be that, as people, we choose to learn those...

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... things that we think have value in it, not things that transform them. Correct? So how do you suggest that one can expand his or her horizon to see beyond what his/her logic tells them to do or not do?  

January 4, 2021

3:26

Should you do what you love, or love what you do? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #4

Synopsis: As we graduate from school and leave university, and go into the corporate world. A lot of people follow their passion and take an unconventional path. My question is, should you do what you love, or should you love what you do?  

Synopsis: As we graduate from school and leave university, and go into the corporate...

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... world. A lot of people follow their passion and take an unconventional path. My question is, should you do what you love, or should you love what you do?  

January 4, 2021

5:14

How do you define the clarity of purpose in life? | Sadhguru at University of Michigan | #3

Synopsis: So, one of the questions that keeps popping up in everyone’s mind is, how do you define the clarity of purpose in your life? And that’s something that you’ve probably been asked multiple times before. But this is something that we still struggle with. And we easily get influenced by people around us, and we get distracted from what we truly are passionate about....

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... How do you recommend today’s youth to be focusing on building true passion and also developing a clarity of purpose in life?   

Synopsis: So, one of the questions that keeps popping up in everyone’s mind is,...

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... how do you define the clarity of purpose in your life? And that’s something that you’ve probably been asked multiple times before. But this is something that we still struggle with. And we easily get influenced by people around us, and we get distracted from what we truly are passionate about. How do you recommend today’s youth to be focusing on building true passion and also developing a clarity of purpose in life?   

January 4, 2021

5:14

How to think positively? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Matthew Hayden | #12

Synopsis: How do you think positively in circumstances or, you know, external factors that are very negative?  

Synopsis: How do you think positively in circumstances or, you know, external factors...

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... that are very negative?  

January 2, 2021

10:07

How to help those who are unwilling to do yoga? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #5

Synopsis: In helplessness, many youngsters start thinking about taking the extreme step of ending their life. On this topic, many questions were asked. One of them is, many of my close friends are suicidal. What could I do to help my friends to get rid of this thought? And, they don’t want to do yoga.

Synopsis: In helplessness, many youngsters start thinking about taking the extreme...

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... step of ending their life. On this topic, many questions were asked. One of them is, many of my close friends are suicidal. What could I do to help my friends to get rid of this thought? And, they don’t want to do yoga.

January 1, 2021

6:55

How can we get back our interest and enthusiasm in life? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #4

Synopsis: There are times when you feel worn out. It might be because of the external pressure, or emotional trauma that we’re going through. Or because of the lack of inner strength. In such a situation, or such a circumstance, what do you think would help us get back our interest and enthusiasm in life?

Synopsis: There are times when you feel worn out. It might be because of the external...

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... pressure, or emotional trauma that we’re going through. Or because of the lack of inner strength. In such a situation, or such a circumstance, what do you think would help us get back our interest and enthusiasm in life?

January 1, 2021

10:08

If not studies, then what? | Sadhguru at Christ University | #3

Synopsis: I’m sure many of my friends will relate to this question. We find no purpose in what we’re studying. And we feel we’re studying just for the sake of marks. We feel, most of the time, we regret the decisions we have made. We feel trapped sitting inside the classroom. We want to go outside, explore the world, learn, and do a lot of things outside the classroom. But...

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... we’re also scared. If not studies, what else to do? If not studies, what should we be doing in our life? How to get rid of this confusion?

Synopsis: I’m sure many of my friends will relate to this question. We find no...

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... purpose in what we’re studying. And we feel we’re studying just for the sake of marks. We feel, most of the time, we regret the decisions we have made. We feel trapped sitting inside the classroom. We want to go outside, explore the world, learn, and do a lot of things outside the classroom. But we’re also scared. If not studies, what else to do? If not studies, what should we be doing in our life? How to get rid of this confusion?

January 1, 2021

11:34

What is the relationship between work that I need to do within myself and work that I need to do outside? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #2

Synopsis: Taking forward the theme, Sadhguru, about the process inside and work outside. When we look around the country today, we see so many problems affecting our fellow Indians. Poverty, discrimination on the basis of religion and caste, and inequality. And of course, when I look inside myself also there are problems. I’m very far from having a good process, I’m definitely...

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... not a yogi. So what is the relationship between this work which I need to do inside and the work which I need to do outside? Can I do both? Do I need to do one before the other? How can I go about this? Because I don’t feel like accepting I can do either one or the other. 

Synopsis: Taking forward the theme, Sadhguru, about the process inside and work...

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... outside. When we look around the country today, we see so many problems affecting our fellow Indians. Poverty, discrimination on the basis of religion and caste, and inequality. And of course, when I look inside myself also there are problems. I’m very far from having a good process, I’m definitely not a yogi. So what is the relationship between this work which I need to do inside and the work which I need to do outside? Can I do both? Do I need to do one before the other? How can I go about this? Because I don’t feel like accepting I can do either one or the other. 

December 31, 2020

11:47

How do we put in effort without being attached to the results? | Sadhguru at Harvard University | #1

Synopsis: In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises us to keep putting in effort without being attached to the results. But, I find it incredibly hard to keep working and not obsess over the results. And, I would love to know how we can better practice putting in effort while being detached to the results.

Synopsis: In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises us to keep putting in effort...

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... without being attached to the results. But, I find it incredibly hard to keep working and not obsess over the results. And, I would love to know how we can better practice putting in effort while being detached to the results.

December 31, 2020

9:53

Don’t suppress your desires – it is natural to be greedy

Transcript: We must look at this. All life on this planet, anything that you take. A worm, an insect, a bird, an animal, a tree, or a human being. The only thing that every life is aspiring for is, it is trying to become a full-fledged life. An earthworm is trying to be a full-fledged earthworm. A grasshopper is trying to be a full-fledged grasshopper. A mango tree is trying to be a full-fledged mango tree. So...

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... is a human being. Only thing is, we know what is a full-fledged earthworm. We know what is a full-fledged grasshopper. We know what is a full-fledged everything. But we do not know what is a full-fledged human being. Doesn't matter what you do, somehow seems inadequate. No matter where you get in your life, you will see there is one more thing to do. Never does a human being come to a place where he thinks this is it. That only other people say when you're dead. This is it. So the essential nature of life, not just human life, every life, is it is longing to become a full-fledged life, so is a human being. So wherever you may be in your life right now, you want to be something more. If that something more happens, you want to be something more. If that happens, something more. You will see, whatever your aspirations right now as students. Suppose all of them get fulfilled within the next one year, you will immediately see you will have another aspiration. If everything that you want gets all fulfilled by tomorrow morning, you will see you will have much more things to do. Because the very nature of being human is such, you always want to be something more. But if you really look at it, what you want is not something more. What you want is a limitless expansion. Even if I make you the king of this planet, don't look at me hopefully. I will not make such a blunder. But suppose we make you the king of this planet, do you believe you will be fulfilled? You will look at the stars. If you have this planet in your hands, you will look at the stars. If I give you one galaxy, you look at the next galaxy. This is the nature of the human being. There is something within us which is always longing to become boundless. But in most human beings, because of their fear of suffering, they think that if they desire for something and it doesn't happen, they will suffer. Because of the fear of suffering, this longing to become boundless is finding a very constipated expression. This constipated expression of longing for the boundless gets labeled as ambition. What you think is ambition, is just a constipated expression for a boundless expansion that every life is longing for. But, you will see in your life, no matter what happens, you will see you will want something more. This, somebody may label it as greed. It is not about greed. Because, the very nature of the human being is such, no matter how many pacifist philosophies you teach him, you cannot contain him.

Transcript: We must look at this. All life on this planet, anything that you take. A worm, an insect, a bird, an...

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... animal, a tree, or a human being. The only thing that every life is aspiring for is, it is trying to become a full-fledged life. An earthworm is trying to be a full-fledged earthworm. A grasshopper is trying to be a full-fledged grasshopper. A mango tree is trying to be a full-fledged mango tree. So is a human being. Only thing is, we know what is a full-fledged earthworm. We know what is a full-fledged grasshopper. We know what is a full-fledged everything. But we do not know what is a full-fledged human being. Doesn't matter what you do, somehow seems inadequate. No matter where you get in your life, you will see there is one more thing to do. Never does a human being come to a place where he thinks this is it. That only other people say when you're dead. This is it. So the essential nature of life, not just human life, every life, is it is longing to become a full-fledged life, so is a human being. So wherever you may be in your life right now, you want to be something more. If that something more happens, you want to be something more. If that happens, something more. You will see, whatever your aspirations right now as students. Suppose all of them get fulfilled within the next one year, you will immediately see you will have another aspiration. If everything that you want gets all fulfilled by tomorrow morning, you will see you will have much more things to do. Because the very nature of being human is such, you always want to be something more. But if you really look at it, what you want is not something more. What you want is a limitless expansion. Even if I make you the king of this planet, don't look at me hopefully. I will not make such a blunder. But suppose we make you the king of this planet, do you believe you will be fulfilled? You will look at the stars. If you have this planet in your hands, you will look at the stars. If I give you one galaxy, you look at the next galaxy. This is the nature of the human being. There is something within us which is always longing to become boundless. But in most human beings, because of their fear of suffering, they think that if they desire for something and it doesn't happen, they will suffer. Because of the fear of suffering, this longing to become boundless is finding a very constipated expression. This constipated expression of longing for the boundless gets labeled as ambition. What you think is ambition, is just a constipated expression for a boundless expansion that every life is longing for. But, you will see in your life, no matter what happens, you will see you will want something more. This, somebody may label it as greed. It is not about greed. Because, the very nature of the human being is such, no matter how many pacifist philosophies you teach him, you cannot contain him.

December 31, 2020

3:58

Was Lord Rama’s life a success or a failure?

Synopsis: Lord Rama, is revered and worshiped as one of the most sacred Hindu gods. A born prince and a heir to large empire, his life was not exactly a smooth easy going success story. What exactly are we worshiping when we bow down to him in respect? In this talk, Sadhguru explains what made Rama the great man that he was and what can we learn from him.

Synopsis: Lord Rama, is revered and worshiped as one of the most sacred Hindu gods. A born prince and a heir to...

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... large empire, his life was not exactly a smooth easy going success story. What exactly are we worshiping when we bow down to him in respect? In this talk, Sadhguru explains what made Rama the great man that he was and what can we learn from him.

December 30, 2020

06:49

Try this – A simple way to be always joyful and exuberant!

Transcript: The simplest and the most fundamental thing that you can do in your life is, that you're life always. You don't have to be in any particular way, you just have to be alive. Everything else, including the body and the mind, are accessories to life. Accessories are added to life to facilitate certain things, not to overshadow life. We add accessories to facilitate, to add on and enhance. Not to overshadow...

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... completely, not to occupy life but to enhance life. If you know this, and know this every moment of your life, that everything that you possess including your body and your mind are accessories. They're here only to enhance this life, not to overshadow this life. Oh let me see how you get depressed. You must get spot on with life, this is all you have to do. What is you and what is not you must be distinction. So whatever is not you, when you hold it you must hold it in a certain way. Of course, depending on the nature of what it is. If it's a flower, we hold it one way. If it's a vessel, we hold it another way. If it's a pen, we hold it another way. Can you employ the same grip on everything? It's different depending upon the nature of what it is. But every kind of grip that you use, if you notice how you hold anything for that matter, there is always this dimension that you can loosen the grip and let it be. Suppose you hold something and you cannot loosen the grip. Okay, you are heading for the stuff. So just look at these things, how many things in your life are such that you held it and now you can't loosen the grip? But this, a simple thing is like this, tomorrow morning you're going to die. I'm very generous, I'm giving you 24 hours. Yes? The nature of life is such, it never guarantees 24 hours for you, but I am giving you 24 hours. Tomorrow morning you're going to die. Do what you want, you're going to loosen the grip on everything, isn't it? Do whatever you want, whichever way you want to loosen the grip on anything. Have you seen in the Hindi movies? No? Have you not seen the movies? Loosen the grip, it's gone. Loosen the grip on your body, loosen the grip on your mind, your thought, your emotions. Just loosen the grip a little bit. When you're alive, if you loosen the grip you will become exuberant.

Transcript: The simplest and the most fundamental thing that you can do in your life is, that you're life always....

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... You don't have to be in any particular way, you just have to be alive. Everything else, including the body and the mind, are accessories to life. Accessories are added to life to facilitate certain things, not to overshadow life. We add accessories to facilitate, to add on and enhance. Not to overshadow completely, not to occupy life but to enhance life. If you know this, and know this every moment of your life, that everything that you possess including your body and your mind are accessories. They're here only to enhance this life, not to overshadow this life. Oh let me see how you get depressed. You must get spot on with life, this is all you have to do. What is you and what is not you must be distinction. So whatever is not you, when you hold it you must hold it in a certain way. Of course, depending on the nature of what it is. If it's a flower, we hold it one way. If it's a vessel, we hold it another way. If it's a pen, we hold it another way. Can you employ the same grip on everything? It's different depending upon the nature of what it is. But every kind of grip that you use, if you notice how you hold anything for that matter, there is always this dimension that you can loosen the grip and let it be. Suppose you hold something and you cannot loosen the grip. Okay, you are heading for the stuff. So just look at these things, how many things in your life are such that you held it and now you can't loosen the grip? But this, a simple thing is like this, tomorrow morning you're going to die. I'm very generous, I'm giving you 24 hours. Yes? The nature of life is such, it never guarantees 24 hours for you, but I am giving you 24 hours. Tomorrow morning you're going to die. Do what you want, you're going to loosen the grip on everything, isn't it? Do whatever you want, whichever way you want to loosen the grip on anything. Have you seen in the Hindi movies? No? Have you not seen the movies? Loosen the grip, it's gone. Loosen the grip on your body, loosen the grip on your mind, your thought, your emotions. Just loosen the grip a little bit. When you're alive, if you loosen the grip you will become exuberant.

December 30, 2020

3:58

Why should I believe you Sadhguru?

Transcript: What is a good student and what is a good guru or mentor? How would you define a really good student, bad student, good guru, bad guru? You have already claimed the mantle of being a good student. So I think I am free to claim the mantle of being a good guru. For a good student there is no problem. Wherever he goes, he will learn. Whatever he meets, he will learn. A good guru is one who doesn't teach...

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... you anything but, makes you so thirsty you can't help learning. If people come to me thirsty, I don't give them water. I put salt in their mouth. They get so thirsty, they got to find it. Because if you show them something which is not yet in their experience, the only choice that somebody has is either to believe what you say or disbelieve what you say. It is just that if you believe me, you will have a positive story to tell. If you disbelieve me, you will have a negative story to tell. But you will not be an inch closer to reality. Above all, I think putting people into this kind of a dilemma, either to believe or disbelieve whatever I say or do, I think it's obscene. You should not put people into such a situation. My work is mainly, you are a seeker but not intense enough. So my work is to make you so intense that it cannot be denied to you. Truth is not hiding. Truth is obvious everywhere in the universe. You are hiding from it because the intensity of seeking has not happened. If seeking becomes intense enough, knowing is not far away because what you're seeking is not sitting on mount everest, it's within you. So how long does it take? What is within you, if it takes a lifetime of course you are on a corn job, isn't it? Yes or no? So to get you out of this deception is all my work. My work is not to dispense truth, who am I to do that?

Transcript: What is a good student and what is a good guru or mentor? How would you define a really good student,...

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... bad student, good guru, bad guru? You have already claimed the mantle of being a good student. So I think I am free to claim the mantle of being a good guru. For a good student there is no problem. Wherever he goes, he will learn. Whatever he meets, he will learn. A good guru is one who doesn't teach you anything but, makes you so thirsty you can't help learning. If people come to me thirsty, I don't give them water. I put salt in their mouth. They get so thirsty, they got to find it. Because if you show them something which is not yet in their experience, the only choice that somebody has is either to believe what you say or disbelieve what you say. It is just that if you believe me, you will have a positive story to tell. If you disbelieve me, you will have a negative story to tell. But you will not be an inch closer to reality. Above all, I think putting people into this kind of a dilemma, either to believe or disbelieve whatever I say or do, I think it's obscene. You should not put people into such a situation. My work is mainly, you are a seeker but not intense enough. So my work is to make you so intense that it cannot be denied to you. Truth is not hiding. Truth is obvious everywhere in the universe. You are hiding from it because the intensity of seeking has not happened. If seeking becomes intense enough, knowing is not far away because what you're seeking is not sitting on mount everest, it's within you. So how long does it take? What is within you, if it takes a lifetime of course you are on a corn job, isn't it? Yes or no? So to get you out of this deception is all my work. My work is not to dispense truth, who am I to do that?

December 29, 2020

3:08

How can I go through my life effortlessly?

Transcript: The most important thing, the most important aspect of my life is I never identified anything as small or big. Even today, I pay the same level of attention to everything. I have no, anything small or big. I have to kind of encapsulate that I can say this. You know, my daughter has been traveling with me since she was three and a half months of age. So that was a time when I was driving across India,...

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... building the foundation at that time. So every day, we're in a different home. One big problem in the world is, every adult wants to teach. When they see a child, they want to teach. They want to teach them something that's not worked in their life. Okay, interesting. Please give me an example of that. It's obvious it's not worked because between most adults and their children, if you look at it, who is more joyful? The child is more joyful. So who should be a consultant for life? It should be the child. It's just that adults, the only qualification that they have is, they came here a few years ahead of the child. They might have learned a few survival tricks, beyond that they know nothing about life that the child doesn't know. So I made one rule, nobody teaches her anything. Nobody teach her abc, 123, Mary had a little lamb. Because I don't care whether Mary had a lamb or not. So nobody taught her anything. Because nobody taught her anything, she was all ears. By the time she was 18 months, she was speaking three languages fluently. And many other things like that because no overload of trying to teach her anything. She simply picked up whatever she can. So when she was 12-13 years of age, she came back from school one day and she was disturbed about what happened there. Then she said, you're teaching everybody so many things, you're not teaching me anything. I said, well I am not known to teach anything unsolicited. Here you are and I said, see, this is all you need to know, never look up to anything. She looked at me like this, with a question mark on her face, what about you kind of thing. I said, not even me. Never look up to anybody, never look down on anybody and this is all. If you don't look up to anything, if you don't look down on anything, you will pay attention to everything. If you pay attention to everything and see everything just the way it is, without prejudice of what is big and what is small, what is good and what's bad, what is virtue and what is sin. Simply look at everything as it is. You will effortlessly navigate your way through life. So I'm not paying attention to small or big, I'm just paying attention to whatever there is.

Transcript: The most important thing, the most important aspect of my life is I never identified anything as small...

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... or big. Even today, I pay the same level of attention to everything. I have no, anything small or big. I have to kind of encapsulate that I can say this. You know, my daughter has been traveling with me since she was three and a half months of age. So that was a time when I was driving across India, building the foundation at that time. So every day, we're in a different home. One big problem in the world is, every adult wants to teach. When they see a child, they want to teach. They want to teach them something that's not worked in their life. Okay, interesting. Please give me an example of that. It's obvious it's not worked because between most adults and their children, if you look at it, who is more joyful? The child is more joyful. So who should be a consultant for life? It should be the child. It's just that adults, the only qualification that they have is, they came here a few years ahead of the child. They might have learned a few survival tricks, beyond that they know nothing about life that the child doesn't know. So I made one rule, nobody teaches her anything. Nobody teach her abc, 123, Mary had a little lamb. Because I don't care whether Mary had a lamb or not. So nobody taught her anything. Because nobody taught her anything, she was all ears. By the time she was 18 months, she was speaking three languages fluently. And many other things like that because no overload of trying to teach her anything. She simply picked up whatever she can. So when she was 12-13 years of age, she came back from school one day and she was disturbed about what happened there. Then she said, you're teaching everybody so many things, you're not teaching me anything. I said, well I am not known to teach anything unsolicited. Here you are and I said, see, this is all you need to know, never look up to anything. She looked at me like this, with a question mark on her face, what about you kind of thing. I said, not even me. Never look up to anybody, never look down on anybody and this is all. If you don't look up to anything, if you don't look down on anything, you will pay attention to everything. If you pay attention to everything and see everything just the way it is, without prejudice of what is big and what is small, what is good and what's bad, what is virtue and what is sin. Simply look at everything as it is. You will effortlessly navigate your way through life. So I'm not paying attention to small or big, I'm just paying attention to whatever there is.

December 26, 2020

3:57

An Individual human being is the only reality – society, nation, world are just words

Transcript: Essentially a long spell of peaceful, civilized life, a long spell. You must understand this. The reason why we got this long spell is, in the North, we were protected by the Himalayan ranges. In the South, by the Indian Ocean. So this is Himalaya, the Indian Ocean that we call today as Indian Ocean, at that time was called as Indusagara. This is why we took the identity, he and du. Hindu. Hindu is...

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... not a religion, not a belief system, not a god-oriented thing, it is a geographical identity. Unfortunately, it's turned into many things today, that's a different thing. So, we identified with these two geographical features because we realized it's only because of these features that we had an undisturbed civilization growing, without any external agencies coming and disturbing us. When there is a long spell for a human being, where he doesn't have to fight for his survival on a daily basis, that is when human genius flowers. In many ways human genius flowered. We produced the greatest mathematicians, greatest astronomers, greatest musicians, all kinds of people. And many technologies, which we refuse to use simply because we foresaw. If you go this way, what will happen to the world, various things. If you look back on the glorious history of this country, it is simply because, which is true even today. See, you can build a great society, or a great nation, or a great world not by talking about it, only by building individual human beings who are truly great. Without great human beings, where is a great society? Society is just a word, nation is just a word, world is just a word. Individual human beings are the only reality. What kind of people we are, that's the kind of India we have, isn't it? So the focus, right from ancient times in this country, was always about individual development. We never, see, this is why the Western commentators are missing the entire point. They think India never had a civilization because we never spoke about it. We refused to speak about society, about nation. We only spoke about individual development because if you generate great individuals, we will naturally have a great society. A great society is a consequence. It is not the cause. The cause is great individuals. So our focus was always on producing great human beings, never on producing a great society, or a nation. That happened as a consequence.

Transcript: Essentially a long spell of peaceful, civilized life, a long spell. You must understand this. The reason...

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... why we got this long spell is, in the North, we were protected by the Himalayan ranges. In the South, by the Indian Ocean. So this is Himalaya, the Indian Ocean that we call today as Indian Ocean, at that time was called as Indusagara. This is why we took the identity, he and du. Hindu. Hindu is not a religion, not a belief system, not a god-oriented thing, it is a geographical identity. Unfortunately, it's turned into many things today, that's a different thing. So, we identified with these two geographical features because we realized it's only because of these features that we had an undisturbed civilization growing, without any external agencies coming and disturbing us. When there is a long spell for a human being, where he doesn't have to fight for his survival on a daily basis, that is when human genius flowers. In many ways human genius flowered. We produced the greatest mathematicians, greatest astronomers, greatest musicians, all kinds of people. And many technologies, which we refuse to use simply because we foresaw. If you go this way, what will happen to the world, various things. If you look back on the glorious history of this country, it is simply because, which is true even today. See, you can build a great society, or a great nation, or a great world not by talking about it, only by building individual human beings who are truly great. Without great human beings, where is a great society? Society is just a word, nation is just a word, world is just a word. Individual human beings are the only reality. What kind of people we are, that's the kind of India we have, isn't it? So the focus, right from ancient times in this country, was always about individual development. We never, see, this is why the Western commentators are missing the entire point. They think India never had a civilization because we never spoke about it. We refused to speak about society, about nation. We only spoke about individual development because if you generate great individuals, we will naturally have a great society. A great society is a consequence. It is not the cause. The cause is great individuals. So our focus was always on producing great human beings, never on producing a great society, or a nation. That happened as a consequence.

December 24, 2020

3:14

Did you know – The human brain is always looking for intoxication!

Transcript: You must understand, whatever stimulants, whatever stimulus you may take from outside, essentially human experience of all kinds is caused only from within. The question is only are you on push-start, or are you on self-start. Which is better, technologically? Self-start. So if I teach you, suppose I teach you that you can simply sit here and be totally blissed out, more stoned than anybody on the...

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... campus. At the same time, you're fully aware. Would you go for it? Would you go for it? Fully stoned, fully conscious, would you go for it? See, the only problem with your alcohol, drugs, everything is not a moral issue, it is a life issue because it destroys life. It's not a morality, that this is good, this is bad, that's not the point. The point is it makes you incapable in so many ways. There was a certain Israeli scientist who was researching on marijuana or cannabis. Over 18 years the US drug administration gave him large quantities of marijuana and he went on experimenting and 18 years time he came up with really nothing significant. And during mid-80s, when American agencies were fighting drug on the street, they changed their policy of fighting the suppliers in Mexico and South America. They decided to fight on the street, with the users. So they said, somebody said, this is not right. You're giving this man such a big stock, we don't know what he's doing. Because he's not produced anything, 18 years of research. Then he moved to Israel. The Israeli government looked at his work and they decided to give him big stocks of marijuana. And after another 3.5-4 years, he came up with this. He found that in the human brain there are millions of cannabis receptors. Then he threw this question to various disciplines. Anthropologists tried to look at it and say, at some time in history maybe every human being was smoking, that's why the receptors. Then they said, this is rubbish. Because in many parts of the world it was not there, even an Eskimo has cannibus receptors, where he's never seen anything like this. Then various things happened, then the neurologists came up with this. They said, always, the human brain is waiting for the cannibus, that which causes intoxication. Not waiting for it from outside, it can generate from within. That is why there are receptors. So this is something that we have always known. I can show you, I'm there always. You look at my eyes, I'm always stoned. But as aware as anybody can be. If you do not know intoxication in life, you will never know a sense of abandon. If you don't have a sense of abandon, you will never walk full stride in your life, you will only walk half steps all the time.

Transcript: You must understand, whatever stimulants, whatever stimulus you may take from outside, essentially human...

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... experience of all kinds is caused only from within. The question is only are you on push-start, or are you on self-start. Which is better, technologically? Self-start. So if I teach you, suppose I teach you that you can simply sit here and be totally blissed out, more stoned than anybody on the campus. At the same time, you're fully aware. Would you go for it? Would you go for it? Fully stoned, fully conscious, would you go for it? See, the only problem with your alcohol, drugs, everything is not a moral issue, it is a life issue because it destroys life. It's not a morality, that this is good, this is bad, that's not the point. The point is it makes you incapable in so many ways. There was a certain Israeli scientist who was researching on marijuana or cannabis. Over 18 years the US drug administration gave him large quantities of marijuana and he went on experimenting and 18 years time he came up with really nothing significant. And during mid-80s, when American agencies were fighting drug on the street, they changed their policy of fighting the suppliers in Mexico and South America. They decided to fight on the street, with the users. So they said, somebody said, this is not right. You're giving this man such a big stock, we don't know what he's doing. Because he's not produced anything, 18 years of research. Then he moved to Israel. The Israeli government looked at his work and they decided to give him big stocks of marijuana. And after another 3.5-4 years, he came up with this. He found that in the human brain there are millions of cannabis receptors. Then he threw this question to various disciplines. Anthropologists tried to look at it and say, at some time in history maybe every human being was smoking, that's why the receptors. Then they said, this is rubbish. Because in many parts of the world it was not there, even an Eskimo has cannibus receptors, where he's never seen anything like this. Then various things happened, then the neurologists came up with this. They said, always, the human brain is waiting for the cannibus, that which causes intoxication. Not waiting for it from outside, it can generate from within. That is why there are receptors. So this is something that we have always known. I can show you, I'm there always. You look at my eyes, I'm always stoned. But as aware as anybody can be. If you do not know intoxication in life, you will never know a sense of abandon. If you don't have a sense of abandon, you will never walk full stride in your life, you will only walk half steps all the time.

December 24, 2020

3:59

Living Consciously – The only real solution in life

Transcript: This is a fantastic planet, has nurtured not one or two life forms, millions of life forms. The sheer variety of life of animals, birds, plants, insects and worms that we have on this planet is mind-boggling. Our ability to gobble up the resources on the planet is too much. We exploited the land, we exploited the oceans, our idea of life has become exploitation. From an atom to anything, we are seeing...

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... how to exploit. Every creature we have killed, everything needs to be protected. A fierce animal like tiger today needs protection because we have not found any other way, any other vehicle through which we can expand. We are naturally thinking exploiting the physical resource is the only way to expand. Right now our very economies are built like this. It's all about more, more, and more. This means everybody has to buy more, everybody has to use more. But where is that damn more? We are on a exploitative mode, not by choice by compulsiveness. The only and the only solution for this is consciousness. When humanity begins to operate out of consciousness, then compulsiveness will not rule us. When compulsiveness does not rule us, we will do just what is needed, nothing more, nothing less. We have to come to that place, otherwise if they give us another 10 planets that we can live on, we will destroy all that in the next two centuries, maybe. The only way, the only and only way, the ultimate solution is people start living consciously. It is good, human beings who have forgotten that they are only an outcrop of this planet. Human beings who have forgotten that they have just temporarily come out of the womb of this earth and one day they will be sucked back into this earth. For them 22nd of april is a reminder that you are a part of this earth, you have to think like the earth. If humanity has to live for a long time, you have to think like the earth, act like the earth, and be the earth because that is what you are.

Transcript: This is a fantastic planet, has nurtured not one or two life forms, millions of life forms. The sheer...

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... variety of life of animals, birds, plants, insects and worms that we have on this planet is mind-boggling. Our ability to gobble up the resources on the planet is too much. We exploited the land, we exploited the oceans, our idea of life has become exploitation. From an atom to anything, we are seeing how to exploit. Every creature we have killed, everything needs to be protected. A fierce animal like tiger today needs protection because we have not found any other way, any other vehicle through which we can expand. We are naturally thinking exploiting the physical resource is the only way to expand. Right now our very economies are built like this. It's all about more, more, and more. This means everybody has to buy more, everybody has to use more. But where is that damn more? We are on a exploitative mode, not by choice by compulsiveness. The only and the only solution for this is consciousness. When humanity begins to operate out of consciousness, then compulsiveness will not rule us. When compulsiveness does not rule us, we will do just what is needed, nothing more, nothing less. We have to come to that place, otherwise if they give us another 10 planets that we can live on, we will destroy all that in the next two centuries, maybe. The only way, the only and only way, the ultimate solution is people start living consciously. It is good, human beings who have forgotten that they are only an outcrop of this planet. Human beings who have forgotten that they have just temporarily come out of the womb of this earth and one day they will be sucked back into this earth. For them 22nd of april is a reminder that you are a part of this earth, you have to think like the earth. If humanity has to live for a long time, you have to think like the earth, act like the earth, and be the earth because that is what you are.

December 23, 2020

2:42

Have you done an audit of your life? Learn how you can do one

Transcript: People always kept account of money and things that they have. But, very few people kept accounts of how they are, or they're progressing, or regressing, or what is happening. People have taken on this mode, if small things go wrong in their life, they'll find one little person down there and say it's because of him. I'm talking about the husband. If big things go wrong, it's because of him, the big...

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... guy up there. This guy, never in account. The little people or big people. This one, this one acts really big when he has to receive something, but when he has to give something he really acts very small. People taken on this mode. This is because there is no clear accounting process and no clear-cut balance sheet, this is where I stand in my life. If there was an accounting process, if you, shall we make an audit? Yes. Little bit of life audit. When you are five years of age, how joyful you were. Today how joyful you are. The balance sheet, is it profit or loss? That means it's loss. I was speaking to a group of people at the Princeton University and I looked around, a whole lot of people sitting with long faces. Particularly in university, the faces are extra long. Maybe it's the weight of knowledge, I don't know. So I looked around, except for three, four faces which were young faces, which were bright, all others. Then I asked them, what's happened to all these people over 30 years of age? Why are they carrying such long faces? One lady stands up and says, they are all married. This has happened only because there is no day-to-day accounting. Every day, before you go to bed, if you had a balance sheet going. Today am I a little better human being or am I little worse? Every day, if you had accounts, once a year if there was a clear audit, external audit, then very quickly you would have recovered. But after 25 years, one day you realize you are deep in the red. Now very difficult to recover because it's gone to another place.

Transcript: People always kept account of money and things that they have. But, very few people kept accounts of...

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... how they are, or they're progressing, or regressing, or what is happening. People have taken on this mode, if small things go wrong in their life, they'll find one little person down there and say it's because of him. I'm talking about the husband. If big things go wrong, it's because of him, the big guy up there. This guy, never in account. The little people or big people. This one, this one acts really big when he has to receive something, but when he has to give something he really acts very small. People taken on this mode. This is because there is no clear accounting process and no clear-cut balance sheet, this is where I stand in my life. If there was an accounting process, if you, shall we make an audit? Yes. Little bit of life audit. When you are five years of age, how joyful you were. Today how joyful you are. The balance sheet, is it profit or loss? That means it's loss. I was speaking to a group of people at the Princeton University and I looked around, a whole lot of people sitting with long faces. Particularly in university, the faces are extra long. Maybe it's the weight of knowledge, I don't know. So I looked around, except for three, four faces which were young faces, which were bright, all others. Then I asked them, what's happened to all these people over 30 years of age? Why are they carrying such long faces? One lady stands up and says, they are all married. This has happened only because there is no day-to-day accounting. Every day, before you go to bed, if you had a balance sheet going. Today am I a little better human being or am I little worse? Every day, if you had accounts, once a year if there was a clear audit, external audit, then very quickly you would have recovered. But after 25 years, one day you realize you are deep in the red. Now very difficult to recover because it's gone to another place.

December 19, 2020

3:52

Is it a problem or a possibility – A simple way to know the difference

Transcript: Not every situation which seems like a solution is actually a solution. And not every situation which seems like a problem is a problem. So what is a problem? What is a possibility? It's like this, there was a little bird in Michigan, United States. And winter was just sitting in. This is the time he has to move South to warmer climes. But he was a little too happy and tweeting around, you know. He...

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... had found a lot of company and the human species, that, so many of them were tweeting so he was also busy tweeting. And he kind of delayed his flight South. So after weather started freezing, he tried to fly and his wings froze and he fell. Then a cow was walking by and it, you know cows. Droppings happened; it landed straight on the bird. Feeling the warmth of the dung, slowly the bird recovered and became very happy. And tweeted again, from within the dung. A hungry cat was passing by, heard the tweet opened up the dung and ate up the bird. So not everybody who heaps shit on you are your enemies. And not everybody who gets you out of shit are your friends. It is just that if you are equipped, if you have equipped yourself in such a way no matter what happens, you know how to make it into a wonderful possibility for yourself. Because what life throws at us is not our choice always. We try to manage it to some extent, but it's not entirely our choice. Life may throw all kinds of things at us, but what we make out of it is 100% ours. If this one dimension, if we take charge of this, no matter what life throws at me, I will make this into a tremendous process for myself. Let it throw whatever, it doesn't matter what life throws at you, you will turn it into a possibility. You will not make anything into your problem because you are not a problem. This is a choice that every human being has, either for every situation. When I say every situation, there are only situations and situations and situations in our lives. When you don't know how to handle a particular situation, you call that a problem. What is the problem for you, may be wonderful possibility for somebody else. Usually is, isn't it? There are no problems in life, they're just situations. You can either make it into a possibility or a problem. You can either you, yourself become a possibility or a problem. This is a choice every human being has.

Transcript: Not every situation which seems like a solution is actually a solution. And not every situation which...

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... seems like a problem is a problem. So what is a problem? What is a possibility? It's like this, there was a little bird in Michigan, United States. And winter was just sitting in. This is the time he has to move South to warmer climes. But he was a little too happy and tweeting around, you know. He had found a lot of company and the human species, that, so many of them were tweeting so he was also busy tweeting. And he kind of delayed his flight South. So after weather started freezing, he tried to fly and his wings froze and he fell. Then a cow was walking by and it, you know cows. Droppings happened; it landed straight on the bird. Feeling the warmth of the dung, slowly the bird recovered and became very happy. And tweeted again, from within the dung. A hungry cat was passing by, heard the tweet opened up the dung and ate up the bird. So not everybody who heaps shit on you are your enemies. And not everybody who gets you out of shit are your friends. It is just that if you are equipped, if you have equipped yourself in such a way no matter what happens, you know how to make it into a wonderful possibility for yourself. Because what life throws at us is not our choice always. We try to manage it to some extent, but it's not entirely our choice. Life may throw all kinds of things at us, but what we make out of it is 100% ours. If this one dimension, if we take charge of this, no matter what life throws at me, I will make this into a tremendous process for myself. Let it throw whatever, it doesn't matter what life throws at you, you will turn it into a possibility. You will not make anything into your problem because you are not a problem. This is a choice that every human being has, either for every situation. When I say every situation, there are only situations and situations and situations in our lives. When you don't know how to handle a particular situation, you call that a problem. What is the problem for you, may be wonderful possibility for somebody else. Usually is, isn't it? There are no problems in life, they're just situations. You can either make it into a possibility or a problem. You can either you, yourself become a possibility or a problem. This is a choice every human being has.

December 18, 2020

3:59

Don’t become a rich beggar

Transcript: Raise the bar of survival, keep on raising it. What was your idea of survival 25 years ago? What was your idea of survival 15 years ago? What is your idea of survival today? It's raising the bar, isn't it? Two meals a day was survival when you didn't have anything, if you have known such a state, it's good to know those things. But now maybe mercedes is survival. In every different segment of society,...

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... survival has been raised to a place where billionaires are still struggling to survive among their community. Yes? I have had this opportunity, at close quarters, to see multi-billionaires but still beggars. Every day their mentality, their mindset is just that of a beggar who sits on this street and thinking okay, what will, what is today? What? How many more pennies can I gather? It's the same stuff, it's just the numbers have increased but the experience of life is still the same because you raise the bar of survival. Now your whole life, it doesn't matter what you do, still goes in survival. Everybody, I won't fix this for you. In your life you must fix it, how much is survival. You must fix it somewhere. Now. Not after 25 years when you get there, no. Now we must speak, this is my survival, then what I want to do. My survival is taken care of, what is it that really matters to me in my life. Whatever that is. If we don't structure our lives like this, forever you will be fighting with phantoms. Why I'm saying you're fighting with phantoms is, in other countries, where the bar of survival has not been raised so high, people can change the course of their life when they wish. I find, in the most affluent nation on the planet, everybody is enslaved for 30 years minimum. Their house loan is for 30 years, car loan is for 5 years, another thing is something, their insurance this, this, this. They're just fixed. Tomorrow morning if they find something really compelling that they want to do, they cannot do, they can only do it after 30 years. We did not come to affluence for this. The idea of affluence is you have the freedom to change the course of your life, do what you want to do. You don't have to be stuck with what you thought was the best thing when you were 20. At 20, you may think this is the best thing. At 40, the damn thing means nothing. If still the same things mean a lot to you, that means you're stuck. You're not growing, isn't it? A whole lot of people are stuck at 14, not even 20. Same things. Still they're excited about somebody's body part, they're still very excited about it. It's ridiculous. When you're 14 you're excited, I understand. You're 45, 50, 60 you're still in the same bin. It's a tragic way to live.

Transcript: Raise the bar of survival, keep on raising it. What was your idea of survival 25 years ago? What was...

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... your idea of survival 15 years ago? What is your idea of survival today? It's raising the bar, isn't it? Two meals a day was survival when you didn't have anything, if you have known such a state, it's good to know those things. But now maybe mercedes is survival. In every different segment of society, survival has been raised to a place where billionaires are still struggling to survive among their community. Yes? I have had this opportunity, at close quarters, to see multi-billionaires but still beggars. Every day their mentality, their mindset is just that of a beggar who sits on this street and thinking okay, what will, what is today? What? How many more pennies can I gather? It's the same stuff, it's just the numbers have increased but the experience of life is still the same because you raise the bar of survival. Now your whole life, it doesn't matter what you do, still goes in survival. Everybody, I won't fix this for you. In your life you must fix it, how much is survival. You must fix it somewhere. Now. Not after 25 years when you get there, no. Now we must speak, this is my survival, then what I want to do. My survival is taken care of, what is it that really matters to me in my life. Whatever that is. If we don't structure our lives like this, forever you will be fighting with phantoms. Why I'm saying you're fighting with phantoms is, in other countries, where the bar of survival has not been raised so high, people can change the course of their life when they wish. I find, in the most affluent nation on the planet, everybody is enslaved for 30 years minimum. Their house loan is for 30 years, car loan is for 5 years, another thing is something, their insurance this, this, this. They're just fixed. Tomorrow morning if they find something really compelling that they want to do, they cannot do, they can only do it after 30 years. We did not come to affluence for this. The idea of affluence is you have the freedom to change the course of your life, do what you want to do. You don't have to be stuck with what you thought was the best thing when you were 20. At 20, you may think this is the best thing. At 40, the damn thing means nothing. If still the same things mean a lot to you, that means you're stuck. You're not growing, isn't it? A whole lot of people are stuck at 14, not even 20. Same things. Still they're excited about somebody's body part, they're still very excited about it. It's ridiculous. When you're 14 you're excited, I understand. You're 45, 50, 60 you're still in the same bin. It's a tragic way to live.

December 14, 2020

3:59

Is common sense more important than intelligence?

Transcript: There's common sense, there is sense and there's something beyond sense. With common sense your survival process gets handled. You don't have to be brilliant, you just have common sense. You will survive pretty good. You could turn out quite street smart actually. If somebody very intelligent is walking down the street, let's say Albert Einstein is walking down the street, a street urchin can easily...

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... con him. Albert Einstein doesn't have the wily nature of the one who is walking the streets every day. Very easily you can deceive him. You may have enormous intelligence about something else. So, because the street kid has more common sense, common sense is restricted to a certain habitat. In that habitat, it works. In another place, your common sense doesn't work. So this kind of sense goes well in certain things, but if you want to transcend, you need a different kind of sense. This kind of sense is good on the survival mode, when you're in a survival mode on the street this kind of sense works pretty good. If we try to go all over with this kind of sense, we'll become one big mess. So going beyond one's senses and knowing why is it needed. Human intelligence and awareness has come to a place where it cannot limit itself to the ambit of survival it has to look.

Transcript: There's common sense, there is sense and there's something beyond sense. With common sense your survival...

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... process gets handled. You don't have to be brilliant, you just have common sense. You will survive pretty good. You could turn out quite street smart actually. If somebody very intelligent is walking down the street, let's say Albert Einstein is walking down the street, a street urchin can easily con him. Albert Einstein doesn't have the wily nature of the one who is walking the streets every day. Very easily you can deceive him. You may have enormous intelligence about something else. So, because the street kid has more common sense, common sense is restricted to a certain habitat. In that habitat, it works. In another place, your common sense doesn't work. So this kind of sense goes well in certain things, but if you want to transcend, you need a different kind of sense. This kind of sense is good on the survival mode, when you're in a survival mode on the street this kind of sense works pretty good. If we try to go all over with this kind of sense, we'll become one big mess. So going beyond one's senses and knowing why is it needed. Human intelligence and awareness has come to a place where it cannot limit itself to the ambit of survival it has to look.

December 13, 2020

2:18

Just make this one distinction and your life will be completely transformed

Transcript: You must clearly evaluate in your life. How much of your life is happening from outside, around you? How much of it is just your psychological structure? This is something, distinctly, you must draw a line on this. What is, right now we're sitting here, what's happening here? What am I doing within myself? This distinct line, if you sit up what is happening in my mind? What is happening around me?...

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... Two different things, these are two different things, isn't it? Whatever happens here, you can react and think these two things are same. Right now, somebody is going to call you a fool, I will. Now what happens within you is yours. The word fool is mine, but what happens within you is yours, isn't it? Yes or no? Because the word fool is not hurtful in any way, it's not a bullet. Only because the way you respond or react, things happen. This distinction you must set up in your life, what is mine, what am I doing? What is the world doing to me? If you look at this, the world is hardly doing anything to you. It's not even interested in you, most of the time. Most of the things are your own stuff and you think the world is doing all this to you. Yes or no? If you set up this distinction, what is my contribution to all the rubbish that I am. What is the world's contribution. You will see the world is doing precious little, believe me, very little. Rest is all yours. Now, what is yours, if you take charge, 98% of your life is transformed, 2% leave it to me, I'll take care of it for you. Yes? It's very simple, but this distinction has not been drawn. People are in and out. For every small thing that happens, a million things happen inside, isn't it? This whole chemical soup of a body, it is responding to every little thing, every thought, every idea, every emotion, every reverberation that you create, it's responding. Now, whether you have a wonderful soup or a lousy soup depends how much attention you're paying to the soup making, isn't it? If you know this is your work, you will do your work the way you want it. If you do not recognize this is my work, it happens wildly, accidentally.

Transcript: You must clearly evaluate in your life. How much of your life is happening from outside, around you?...

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... How much of it is just your psychological structure? This is something, distinctly, you must draw a line on this. What is, right now we're sitting here, what's happening here? What am I doing within myself? This distinct line, if you sit up what is happening in my mind? What is happening around me? Two different things, these are two different things, isn't it? Whatever happens here, you can react and think these two things are same. Right now, somebody is going to call you a fool, I will. Now what happens within you is yours. The word fool is mine, but what happens within you is yours, isn't it? Yes or no? Because the word fool is not hurtful in any way, it's not a bullet. Only because the way you respond or react, things happen. This distinction you must set up in your life, what is mine, what am I doing? What is the world doing to me? If you look at this, the world is hardly doing anything to you. It's not even interested in you, most of the time. Most of the things are your own stuff and you think the world is doing all this to you. Yes or no? If you set up this distinction, what is my contribution to all the rubbish that I am. What is the world's contribution. You will see the world is doing precious little, believe me, very little. Rest is all yours. Now, what is yours, if you take charge, 98% of your life is transformed, 2% leave it to me, I'll take care of it for you. Yes? It's very simple, but this distinction has not been drawn. People are in and out. For every small thing that happens, a million things happen inside, isn't it? This whole chemical soup of a body, it is responding to every little thing, every thought, every idea, every emotion, every reverberation that you create, it's responding. Now, whether you have a wonderful soup or a lousy soup depends how much attention you're paying to the soup making, isn't it? If you know this is your work, you will do your work the way you want it. If you do not recognize this is my work, it happens wildly, accidentally.

December 11, 2020

3:22

Don’t do things that you like!

Transcript: There is a very big difference between doing what I like and doing what is needed. When you start doing what is needed, there is no such thing as what is it that I like and what is it that I do not like. If you just transcend this one thing, that I like something, I dislike something. If you just transcend this one thing, 90% of your spiritual work is over. That's all. Because the karma generating...

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... machine, the basis of bondage is just this, I like this, I don't like this. I love this, I hate this. Once you divide creation like this, your ability to touch that dimension, which we call as a source of creation, is out of reach for you. I want you to pay attention, all the children also, okay? Hello? All of you should pay attention to small things, a blade of grass, a leaf, an ant. You paid? You saw an ant? Really closely? You must look at an ant. Whoever made this ant, whoever made this ant, has it been made with meticulous attention? Or simply, okay, just a bloody ant. What do you think? Very well made? Well made or no? Very well made, isn't it? Fantastic ant actually, not just a bloody ant. So if the creator, if the source of creation is willing to pay that much attention to a tiny little ant, who the hell are you to decide what you like and what you dislike? We like this, we don't like this. You like a cockroach? Why? Suppose, suppose, suppose Shiva came in the disguise of a cockroach, what will you do? Namaskaram you'll do? But how will you know it is Shiva, or just another cockroach? How will you know? You don't know, so better do namaskaram to every cockroach. Because who knows which one is Shiva. It's very simple. This is what this culture taught you, you see a tree, Shiva. You see a stone, Shiva. You see a dog, Shiva. You see a cow, Shiva. Because you don't know. You don't know today what is his disguise. Better not take a chance, isn't it? Better not take a chance. At least start with the human beings, you don't know in what disguise he's come today. Isn't it?

Transcript: There is a very big difference between doing what I like and doing what is needed. When you start doing...

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... what is needed, there is no such thing as what is it that I like and what is it that I do not like. If you just transcend this one thing, that I like something, I dislike something. If you just transcend this one thing, 90% of your spiritual work is over. That's all. Because the karma generating machine, the basis of bondage is just this, I like this, I don't like this. I love this, I hate this. Once you divide creation like this, your ability to touch that dimension, which we call as a source of creation, is out of reach for you. I want you to pay attention, all the children also, okay? Hello? All of you should pay attention to small things, a blade of grass, a leaf, an ant. You paid? You saw an ant? Really closely? You must look at an ant. Whoever made this ant, whoever made this ant, has it been made with meticulous attention? Or simply, okay, just a bloody ant. What do you think? Very well made? Well made or no? Very well made, isn't it? Fantastic ant actually, not just a bloody ant. So if the creator, if the source of creation is willing to pay that much attention to a tiny little ant, who the hell are you to decide what you like and what you dislike? We like this, we don't like this. You like a cockroach? Why? Suppose, suppose, suppose Shiva came in the disguise of a cockroach, what will you do? Namaskaram you'll do? But how will you know it is Shiva, or just another cockroach? How will you know? You don't know, so better do namaskaram to every cockroach. Because who knows which one is Shiva. It's very simple. This is what this culture taught you, you see a tree, Shiva. You see a stone, Shiva. You see a dog, Shiva. You see a cow, Shiva. Because you don't know. You don't know today what is his disguise. Better not take a chance, isn't it? Better not take a chance. At least start with the human beings, you don't know in what disguise he's come today. Isn't it?

December 9, 2020

3:59

The extraordinary powers of Sadhguru’s grandmother

Transcript: You know my great grandmother. People used to say, she's a devil of a woman. When I saw her, she was over 100 years of age. They called her a devil of a woman not because she ever did any harm to anybody, but she had a laugh. If she laughed, the entire street shook. Like that she laughed. She lived to be 113, 113 years of age. She was married into a very rich family, a big land-holding family. When...

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... she was 68 years of age, after her husband had died, she left the family, went out and built a small temple for herself. She did not install a god, she installed herself in the temple. She'll do her own thing there, her own type of worship, her own type of everything. And, she can tell you anything. When she's there, sitting in the temple, she can just tell you about anything in the world. You know the history of Europe, where spiritual process was so widespread and how systematically it was uprooted and thrown out when they wanted to establish an organized religion. So all those millions of witches who were burned, are just those women who exhibited certain qualities which did not fit into the logic of that society. My great grandmother, for sure, would have been burned as a witch. In India, they wouldn't burn but they were afraid of her laughter. She was definitely a witch. So, we need witches. We need witches in the world, we need women who are more capable than their logic. We need men also like that. We need human beings who are capable of perceiving, understanding, experiencing life beyond the horrible limitations of logic.

Transcript: You know my great grandmother. People used to say, she's a devil of a woman. When I saw her, she was...

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... over 100 years of age. They called her a devil of a woman not because she ever did any harm to anybody, but she had a laugh. If she laughed, the entire street shook. Like that she laughed. She lived to be 113, 113 years of age. She was married into a very rich family, a big land-holding family. When she was 68 years of age, after her husband had died, she left the family, went out and built a small temple for herself. She did not install a god, she installed herself in the temple. She'll do her own thing there, her own type of worship, her own type of everything. And, she can tell you anything. When she's there, sitting in the temple, she can just tell you about anything in the world. You know the history of Europe, where spiritual process was so widespread and how systematically it was uprooted and thrown out when they wanted to establish an organized religion. So all those millions of witches who were burned, are just those women who exhibited certain qualities which did not fit into the logic of that society. My great grandmother, for sure, would have been burned as a witch. In India, they wouldn't burn but they were afraid of her laughter. She was definitely a witch. So, we need witches. We need witches in the world, we need women who are more capable than their logic. We need men also like that. We need human beings who are capable of perceiving, understanding, experiencing life beyond the horrible limitations of logic.

December 5, 2020

3:00

The significance of dancing and singing

Transcript: So in terms of dance, see, I must tell you this. We come from a culture where all our gods dance. Everywhere else god is a serious guy, a very serious guy. But in India, if he doesn't dance, we won't treat him as a god. All Indian gods, male and female, always dance because if they can't dance, he can't be god. Because dance essentially means that life is happening, see dancing in a particular style...

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... is a different matter. If you do not know this, my daughter is a full, you know, full-time classical dancer, Indian classical dancer. I took her off education and put her into this because it meant so much to us that, you know, what is dance is not just entertainment. So if you're doing a particular style of dance, it's one thing. Otherwise, even a child will get up and dance when it feels exuberant. It's the exuberance of life finding expression, is dance. When body cannot keep quiet, it wants to do something exuberant, it will dance. Well, you guys have might have evolved your own kind of styles and I don't know you slide on the, do you do all that like Michael Jackson was doing? Those are all, you know, what do you say, many methods of doing it. But essentially it's the exuberance of the physical self, that the best way the body can express itself is dance. The highest way the body can express itself is dance actually, because that is the highest level of exuberance it finds. So for this also, you know balance is most important. If you want to dance well, the most important thing is balance. But most people dance only when they're drunk. Without the exuberance of, when your emotion becomes exuberant, maybe you will sing. I am not saying a practice singer, or a professional singer. When emotion becomes exuberant, people want to sing even those who don't know anything to sing. They will also do something, you know at least they will hum. When the physical self becomes very exuberant, it naturally dances.

Transcript: So in terms of dance, see, I must tell you this. We come from a culture where all our gods dance. Everywhere...

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... else god is a serious guy, a very serious guy. But in India, if he doesn't dance, we won't treat him as a god. All Indian gods, male and female, always dance because if they can't dance, he can't be god. Because dance essentially means that life is happening, see dancing in a particular style is a different matter. If you do not know this, my daughter is a full, you know, full-time classical dancer, Indian classical dancer. I took her off education and put her into this because it meant so much to us that, you know, what is dance is not just entertainment. So if you're doing a particular style of dance, it's one thing. Otherwise, even a child will get up and dance when it feels exuberant. It's the exuberance of life finding expression, is dance. When body cannot keep quiet, it wants to do something exuberant, it will dance. Well, you guys have might have evolved your own kind of styles and I don't know you slide on the, do you do all that like Michael Jackson was doing? Those are all, you know, what do you say, many methods of doing it. But essentially it's the exuberance of the physical self, that the best way the body can express itself is dance. The highest way the body can express itself is dance actually, because that is the highest level of exuberance it finds. So for this also, you know balance is most important. If you want to dance well, the most important thing is balance. But most people dance only when they're drunk. Without the exuberance of, when your emotion becomes exuberant, maybe you will sing. I am not saying a practice singer, or a professional singer. When emotion becomes exuberant, people want to sing even those who don't know anything to sing. They will also do something, you know at least they will hum. When the physical self becomes very exuberant, it naturally dances.

December 1, 2020

2:58

The missed opportunity of MJ and Elvis’s genius

Transcript: See, Michael Jackson had the power to inspire a whole generation of people. What he did was so unique and eye-catching anywhere in the world. I'm telling you, in the remotest part of India, in some village where there is no nothing, they know Michael Jackson. I mean that's a level of inspiration he brought in. A whole lot of youth dancing like him in India. In imitation of him. So that was a powerful...

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... possibility, but I'm sorry if I say something that hurts anybody, but I feel his life could have been, you know, he could have made this into really transforming the world in some way. But, unfortunately, I feel, no proper guidance around him, no proper advisors and all commercial people. I think it went waste because just five days ago I was at the Elvis Presley's museum in Memphis, as a part of the journey when we were coming back, we stopped at Memphis. Also went to Martin Luther King's, you know that place where the assassination happened. So when I was at Elvis place also, that's what I thought. He also, for two decades he dominated the music scene, inspired a whole generation of people, but his own life became a total mess because there is no proper guidance, there is no balance. There is genius, but there is no balance. So this is a sad story that's happened to a whole lot of great talent in the world, particularly in America, because people grow up on all the wrong things at a very early age. When I say wrong things, there is chemical influence, there is alcohol, there is all kinds of distractions. That, we must understand this always, that our intelligence, our competence, our genius, all these things are important, but for all of them to find expression in the world the most fundamental thing is balance. If this balance is missing, all talent, all competence, all genius, all, you know, whatever exuberant things you have, will go waste. So both these personalities, one that you mentioned Michael Jackson and also Elvis Presley are a classic example of this lack of balance. When there is such a massive talent that you are capable of influencing an entire generation, not in one country, across the world. When you have that, this could have been used to really create a new generation of people, new sort of planet actually. You can do this, you had the power to do that, it is just the lack of balance.

Transcript: See, Michael Jackson had the power to inspire a whole generation of people. What he did was so unique...

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... and eye-catching anywhere in the world. I'm telling you, in the remotest part of India, in some village where there is no nothing, they know Michael Jackson. I mean that's a level of inspiration he brought in. A whole lot of youth dancing like him in India. In imitation of him. So that was a powerful possibility, but I'm sorry if I say something that hurts anybody, but I feel his life could have been, you know, he could have made this into really transforming the world in some way. But, unfortunately, I feel, no proper guidance around him, no proper advisors and all commercial people. I think it went waste because just five days ago I was at the Elvis Presley's museum in Memphis, as a part of the journey when we were coming back, we stopped at Memphis. Also went to Martin Luther King's, you know that place where the assassination happened. So when I was at Elvis place also, that's what I thought. He also, for two decades he dominated the music scene, inspired a whole generation of people, but his own life became a total mess because there is no proper guidance, there is no balance. There is genius, but there is no balance. So this is a sad story that's happened to a whole lot of great talent in the world, particularly in America, because people grow up on all the wrong things at a very early age. When I say wrong things, there is chemical influence, there is alcohol, there is all kinds of distractions. That, we must understand this always, that our intelligence, our competence, our genius, all these things are important, but for all of them to find expression in the world the most fundamental thing is balance. If this balance is missing, all talent, all competence, all genius, all, you know, whatever exuberant things you have, will go waste. So both these personalities, one that you mentioned Michael Jackson and also Elvis Presley are a classic example of this lack of balance. When there is such a massive talent that you are capable of influencing an entire generation, not in one country, across the world. When you have that, this could have been used to really create a new generation of people, new sort of planet actually. You can do this, you had the power to do that, it is just the lack of balance.

November 30, 2020

3:04

How to deal with a bad day?

Transcript: Why are you trying to label a day as a bad day, or a good day? It is only human beings who, in their experience, they do these things to themselves. Why they do these things to themselves is, see today there was a glorious sunrise. Millions of flowers blossomed across the planet, so many wonderful things are happening, even the stars are twinkling right now, the moon is full today, everything is fantastic....

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... But, one worm of a thought in your head can make a mess out of you, isn't it so? Isn't it so? So why this is so is, somewhere you are giving or ascribing a lot more importance to your psychological process, than the existential process. Instead of being a life, you're being a psychological case. Yes? Because your thought process and your emotion has become far more important than the existential process, that is the only problem, isn't it? Or in other words, the creation, the creator's creation has not impacted you enough yet. So you think your petty creation in your head is bigger than that. Or to put it bluntly, you're too full of yourself, that's the only reason why you can have a bad day. Otherwise why? No, the stock market crashed. So what? The sun rose. So many things happen, does it mean to say nothing goes wrong in my life? More things go wrong with my life than anybody else's life probably, anybody here, I would say. Because I don't hesitate to put my hand into just about anything. I do not hesitate to put my hand into anything. When you put your hand into just about anything, lot of things will bite you, right? Naturally it will. I want you to understand this, the whole process of suffering is essentially that you have not opened your eyes, you've not peeled your eyes properly and looked at the grandeur of everything that's happening around you, not yet. You've not paid attention, you looked at the world like this. You must look at the world like this, if you just look at one thing, you can't believe how it is. If you ever look at an ant, just see what kind of technology has gone into it. It can keep you engaged for the rest of your life doing research. Yes or no? So the problem is just this, that you are giving too much importance to what's happening in your little head, not paying attention to all the magnificent things that are happening in the existence. I have never seen a bad day in the existence. I've only seen bad days in people's moods and minds, isn't it?

Transcript: Why are you trying to label a day as a bad day, or a good day? It is only human beings who, in their...

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... experience, they do these things to themselves. Why they do these things to themselves is, see today there was a glorious sunrise. Millions of flowers blossomed across the planet, so many wonderful things are happening, even the stars are twinkling right now, the moon is full today, everything is fantastic. But, one worm of a thought in your head can make a mess out of you, isn't it so? Isn't it so? So why this is so is, somewhere you are giving or ascribing a lot more importance to your psychological process, than the existential process. Instead of being a life, you're being a psychological case. Yes? Because your thought process and your emotion has become far more important than the existential process, that is the only problem, isn't it? Or in other words, the creation, the creator's creation has not impacted you enough yet. So you think your petty creation in your head is bigger than that. Or to put it bluntly, you're too full of yourself, that's the only reason why you can have a bad day. Otherwise why? No, the stock market crashed. So what? The sun rose. So many things happen, does it mean to say nothing goes wrong in my life? More things go wrong with my life than anybody else's life probably, anybody here, I would say. Because I don't hesitate to put my hand into just about anything. I do not hesitate to put my hand into anything. When you put your hand into just about anything, lot of things will bite you, right? Naturally it will. I want you to understand this, the whole process of suffering is essentially that you have not opened your eyes, you've not peeled your eyes properly and looked at the grandeur of everything that's happening around you, not yet. You've not paid attention, you looked at the world like this. You must look at the world like this, if you just look at one thing, you can't believe how it is. If you ever look at an ant, just see what kind of technology has gone into it. It can keep you engaged for the rest of your life doing research. Yes or no? So the problem is just this, that you are giving too much importance to what's happening in your little head, not paying attention to all the magnificent things that are happening in the existence. I have never seen a bad day in the existence. I've only seen bad days in people's moods and minds, isn't it?

November 25, 2020

3:22

Misconception – those on the spiritual path should withdraw from society

Transcript: Whether you're political, or spiritual, or you're in a commercial venture, or you're doing nothing, you're a citizen of this nation. You have rights and responsibilities of being in this country. Each person, according to his understanding of his rights and responsibility, and his intelligence and capability, should act to better everything around us, because we are all benefiting from the platform...

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... of nationhood, isn't it? We are not living away from it, just because I'm spiritual I'm not walking in the sky, I'm still driving on the road. If the road is a mess, should I not talk about it? I'm asking. Right now we got stuck in the traffic for 10 minutes. It's so simple. There's not enough automobiles on the road for the road, the width of the road. But, because everybody is driving so haphazardly, it is a mess. So should I not talk about it? Because it is impeding in my spiritual activity also, the traffic jam. So similarly people are malnourished in the village, should I not talk about it? Because if they're malnourished, if they're not even eaten properly, should I talk to them about enlightenment? It's obscene, I will not do such things. When somebody is hungry, I will not go and tell them you must get enlightened, that is the solution. No, I think he must be given fundamental thing to eat. So the question is about life, the question is not about area of function that you have chosen. If you want to enhance life, all aspects are involved. Somebody wants to get directly into political space, I would not do that, not because I think it's wrong, simply because it doesn't agree with my aesthetics, that's all. My focus is elsewhere, my competence is elsewhere, so I focus on that. But somebody wants to stand for election, let's say somebody who's wearing saffron clothes wants to stand for election. It's his prerogative. As a citizen of this India, he has the right to do that. I don't think we should get overly perturbed about these things. If he has earned people's respect, it will happen. Otherwise it won't work. In all these things, are all spiritual people perfect people? Unfortunately, they are not. But it is not necessary to go on making this judgment. Let Bill Gates do it. You wait for Bill Gates to make 100 billion dollars, then come and give it to you, it's just stupid. Everybody has to do the best they can do, wherever they can do. Only then something will happen. You want an American business success to come to India and do charity for you, you must be ashamed even to say that. Every one of us, whether you can help 1 or 10 or 100 or a million is just a question of your capability. But everybody must do what is needed in the society, isn't it?

Transcript: Whether you're political, or spiritual, or you're in a commercial venture, or you're doing nothing, you're...

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... a citizen of this nation. You have rights and responsibilities of being in this country. Each person, according to his understanding of his rights and responsibility, and his intelligence and capability, should act to better everything around us, because we are all benefiting from the platform of nationhood, isn't it? We are not living away from it, just because I'm spiritual I'm not walking in the sky, I'm still driving on the road. If the road is a mess, should I not talk about it? I'm asking. Right now we got stuck in the traffic for 10 minutes. It's so simple. There's not enough automobiles on the road for the road, the width of the road. But, because everybody is driving so haphazardly, it is a mess. So should I not talk about it? Because it is impeding in my spiritual activity also, the traffic jam. So similarly people are malnourished in the village, should I not talk about it? Because if they're malnourished, if they're not even eaten properly, should I talk to them about enlightenment? It's obscene, I will not do such things. When somebody is hungry, I will not go and tell them you must get enlightened, that is the solution. No, I think he must be given fundamental thing to eat. So the question is about life, the question is not about area of function that you have chosen. If you want to enhance life, all aspects are involved. Somebody wants to get directly into political space, I would not do that, not because I think it's wrong, simply because it doesn't agree with my aesthetics, that's all. My focus is elsewhere, my competence is elsewhere, so I focus on that. But somebody wants to stand for election, let's say somebody who's wearing saffron clothes wants to stand for election. It's his prerogative. As a citizen of this India, he has the right to do that. I don't think we should get overly perturbed about these things. If he has earned people's respect, it will happen. Otherwise it won't work. In all these things, are all spiritual people perfect people? Unfortunately, they are not. But it is not necessary to go on making this judgment. Let Bill Gates do it. You wait for Bill Gates to make 100 billion dollars, then come and give it to you, it's just stupid. Everybody has to do the best they can do, wherever they can do. Only then something will happen. You want an American business success to come to India and do charity for you, you must be ashamed even to say that. Every one of us, whether you can help 1 or 10 or 100 or a million is just a question of your capability. But everybody must do what is needed in the society, isn't it?

November 23, 2020

3:27

What does the word ‘Sadhguru’ mean?

Transcript: Are your thinkings rooted in religion, meaning traditional Hindu practice, Shivaism or is it rooted in the practice you mention of yoga? Which is, of course, a practice which is secular but still related to traditional Indian thinking. I mean how will you describe your relationship to Indian traditional thinking and religion? See, for me, when people refer to me as a Sadhguru, what they are saying...

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... is that I am an uneducated guru. Because Sadhguru is not a title, it's a description. Like if you want to go to your doctor. If you have a dental problem, you go to a dentist. If you have some problem with your bone, you go to the orthopedic. You don't go to the wrong person. So when you say a Sadhguru, it's a description that he does not know any scriptures, he does not know any religion, he does not know any dogma or ritual. There's only one thing he knows, he knows this piece of life absolutely from its origin to its ultimate. Because I know this piece of life and that's the only thing I know. By inference, I seem to know everything else around me because for every human being, you know only what you experience. Rest you don't know, it's just imagination. What else do we know? Tell me. What you hear, what you smell, what you taste, what you touch, this is the only way you know life. So if you know this piece of life in its absolute nature by inference, you know almost everything that's worth knowing.

Transcript: Are your thinkings rooted in religion, meaning traditional Hindu practice, Shivaism or is it rooted in...

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... the practice you mention of yoga? Which is, of course, a practice which is secular but still related to traditional Indian thinking. I mean how will you describe your relationship to Indian traditional thinking and religion? See, for me, when people refer to me as a Sadhguru, what they are saying is that I am an uneducated guru. Because Sadhguru is not a title, it's a description. Like if you want to go to your doctor. If you have a dental problem, you go to a dentist. If you have some problem with your bone, you go to the orthopedic. You don't go to the wrong person. So when you say a Sadhguru, it's a description that he does not know any scriptures, he does not know any religion, he does not know any dogma or ritual. There's only one thing he knows, he knows this piece of life absolutely from its origin to its ultimate. Because I know this piece of life and that's the only thing I know. By inference, I seem to know everything else around me because for every human being, you know only what you experience. Rest you don't know, it's just imagination. What else do we know? Tell me. What you hear, what you smell, what you taste, what you touch, this is the only way you know life. So if you know this piece of life in its absolute nature by inference, you know almost everything that's worth knowing.

November 22, 2020

1:55

Whats in a name – Bharat or India?

Transcript: The name India is given to us. It's an English name. This is the technology of dominance. You must see this, when they imported slaves from Africa, the first thing they did in the port was to change their name. To call you Cucu, Tobo, Nono, Pupo, something like this. If I call you Padmanaban, now you're standing like this. I call you Cucu, you're. First thing is to give a meaningless name which has...

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... no, because a human being is from memory, from history, from culture. A name which has no cultural background, a name which has no significance, a name which does not instill pride in you, that kind of a name I will give you because this is the technology of dominance. In this country maybe 2-3, maybe 5% of the people speak English language. But the nation is named in English. It doesn't mean anything to someone who doesn't speak English language, India. Bharat has a power to it because there are two aspects to this. When we utter something, there is a sound. Meaning is just psychological, you're making up the meaning, isn't it? Yes or no? Right now, I utter something, it's just a sound. If you did not know the language, this is just a sound. Meaning is just made up in your mind, meaning is secondary. The significance is in the sound. You utter Bharat and see what reverberation it has in you, you say India and see what reverberation it has in you. Say this, take this as your chant for two days. One day you just say India, India, India. Another day you say Bharat, Bharat, Bharat. Just see what it does to your system, then you decide. This was done with a very close observation, a deep understanding of the science of sound and form. When I say the science of sound and form, every sound has a form attached to it. If you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, it gives us a particular pattern, which is a form. So every sound has a form in it, every form has a sound in it. So what kind of sounds have the maximum impact on the human system. This we call them as mantras. Bharat is a mantra. Bharatam is even better, but up north they won't accept it, you have to chop it in the end. Bharat is powerful.

Transcript: The name India is given to us. It's an English name. This is the technology of dominance. You must see...

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... this, when they imported slaves from Africa, the first thing they did in the port was to change their name. To call you Cucu, Tobo, Nono, Pupo, something like this. If I call you Padmanaban, now you're standing like this. I call you Cucu, you're. First thing is to give a meaningless name which has no, because a human being is from memory, from history, from culture. A name which has no cultural background, a name which has no significance, a name which does not instill pride in you, that kind of a name I will give you because this is the technology of dominance. In this country maybe 2-3, maybe 5% of the people speak English language. But the nation is named in English. It doesn't mean anything to someone who doesn't speak English language, India. Bharat has a power to it because there are two aspects to this. When we utter something, there is a sound. Meaning is just psychological, you're making up the meaning, isn't it? Yes or no? Right now, I utter something, it's just a sound. If you did not know the language, this is just a sound. Meaning is just made up in your mind, meaning is secondary. The significance is in the sound. You utter Bharat and see what reverberation it has in you, you say India and see what reverberation it has in you. Say this, take this as your chant for two days. One day you just say India, India, India. Another day you say Bharat, Bharat, Bharat. Just see what it does to your system, then you decide. This was done with a very close observation, a deep understanding of the science of sound and form. When I say the science of sound and form, every sound has a form attached to it. If you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, it gives us a particular pattern, which is a form. So every sound has a form in it, every form has a sound in it. So what kind of sounds have the maximum impact on the human system. This we call them as mantras. Bharat is a mantra. Bharatam is even better, but up north they won't accept it, you have to chop it in the end. Bharat is powerful.

November 21, 2020

3:06

What is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’ – how to find out?

Transcript: I'm trying to equate this to like, polarity. I mean we have, we have light and dark, we have hot and cold, do we have an evil and not evil if you will? Or a good and bad? See, good and bad is not in terms of your belief, or your idea. Anything that sustains and enhances life is what life should be looking for. See, don't look at yourself as a person, don't look at yourself as a man, don't look at yourself...

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... as an American, don't look at yourself from any identity. You just look at yourself as a piece of life, which is the reality, isn't it? You're just a piece of life. So what is life looking for? Always seeking how to enhance it, isn't it? If somebody, because of his ideas or his nonsense, is going against this basic happening of life and enhancement of life, we generally term it negative, or maybe we can call it bad, or evil. But it's just a word. Fundamentally, you're going against your own life. That is the negativity. So in that context, yes. But not as a morality, because moralities keep changing from society to society it's different, from generation to generation it's different, isn't it? Isn't it so?

Transcript: I'm trying to equate this to like, polarity. I mean we have, we have light and dark, we have hot and...

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... cold, do we have an evil and not evil if you will? Or a good and bad? See, good and bad is not in terms of your belief, or your idea. Anything that sustains and enhances life is what life should be looking for. See, don't look at yourself as a person, don't look at yourself as a man, don't look at yourself as an American, don't look at yourself from any identity. You just look at yourself as a piece of life, which is the reality, isn't it? You're just a piece of life. So what is life looking for? Always seeking how to enhance it, isn't it? If somebody, because of his ideas or his nonsense, is going against this basic happening of life and enhancement of life, we generally term it negative, or maybe we can call it bad, or evil. But it's just a word. Fundamentally, you're going against your own life. That is the negativity. So in that context, yes. But not as a morality, because moralities keep changing from society to society it's different, from generation to generation it's different, isn't it? Isn't it so?

November 19, 2020

1:59

What can we learn from the tragedy behind Charlie Chaplin?

Transcript: People always thought, Charlie Chaplin was very funny. But, if you listen to his private talks and things like that, there was a deep sense of agony in him. He was especially sensitive to the agonies of life. Yes. What an artist. But, when you see him on the screen, he just made it just so ridiculously funny. Hilarious all the time. Everything, every step, every act, not just some act, just every step...

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... and every act is hilarious. If you sit watching a Charlie Chaplin movie, you don't laugh at a particular thing, you just laugh at everything. So because there was such a deep agony, he decided, instead of sharing this agony with people, he decided at least he'll make them laugh. Because somewhere he understands this agony could exist in a whole lot of people, in different measure, of course.

Transcript: People always thought, Charlie Chaplin was very funny. But, if you listen to his private talks and things...

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... like that, there was a deep sense of agony in him. He was especially sensitive to the agonies of life. Yes. What an artist. But, when you see him on the screen, he just made it just so ridiculously funny. Hilarious all the time. Everything, every step, every act, not just some act, just every step and every act is hilarious. If you sit watching a Charlie Chaplin movie, you don't laugh at a particular thing, you just laugh at everything. So because there was such a deep agony, he decided, instead of sharing this agony with people, he decided at least he'll make them laugh. Because somewhere he understands this agony could exist in a whole lot of people, in different measure, of course.

November 9, 2020

1:31

How can I become truly happy – Kagiso Rabada

Transcript: Hey Sadhguru. My question is, so many times in society you are often told what should make you happy and in a way we are followers. I wanted to find out your opinion on what should make a person essentially happy. So what is it or what does it mean to be truly happy? Namaskaram Kagi. I was just telling them this is mango season in India and maybe in some parts of Africa also. Now when we go near a...

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... mango tree, this is a time when all the young boys and girls are looking. Parrots are also here, they're all looking up for the mangoes. This is the direction we're looking because that's where sweetness is. Suppose you go under the mango tree and start digging, is there any chance of you ever eating a mango I'm asking? Is it possible? So what we need to understand is human experience is caused from within us. No matter what. Joy or misery, agony or ecstasy, pain or pleasure is caused from within us. But, we are trying to fix the world so that we are happy. Nothing in the world will ever happen 100% your way. This one person must happen your way, 100%. If this one happened 100% your way, would you keep yourself blissful or miserable? That's all the question is. I know what's your choice. You're asking this question because as you said, people say this will make you happy, that will make you happy, fix this, fix that, fix that, fix everything. Still it will not happen because you are trying to dig mangoes from the roots, that's not where it comes, it comes up there. So what is within you, if you search for it outside, it's going to be an endless search. This is why we are talking about Inner Engineering. you fix this one. Being joyful is assured. Rest of the life, we have to do to the best of our ability. No two human beings can do outside life to the same extent. It's never possible. No two human beings can ever do it the same way, when it comes to the world. But, if you are joyful you will do your best and that's all that matters. In this life, are you're doing your best in every possible way? You can only do that if you're happy and joyful by your own nature.

Transcript: Hey Sadhguru. My question is, so many times in society you are often told what should make you happy...

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... and in a way we are followers. I wanted to find out your opinion on what should make a person essentially happy. So what is it or what does it mean to be truly happy? Namaskaram Kagi. I was just telling them this is mango season in India and maybe in some parts of Africa also. Now when we go near a mango tree, this is a time when all the young boys and girls are looking. Parrots are also here, they're all looking up for the mangoes. This is the direction we're looking because that's where sweetness is. Suppose you go under the mango tree and start digging, is there any chance of you ever eating a mango I'm asking? Is it possible? So what we need to understand is human experience is caused from within us. No matter what. Joy or misery, agony or ecstasy, pain or pleasure is caused from within us. But, we are trying to fix the world so that we are happy. Nothing in the world will ever happen 100% your way. This one person must happen your way, 100%. If this one happened 100% your way, would you keep yourself blissful or miserable? That's all the question is. I know what's your choice. You're asking this question because as you said, people say this will make you happy, that will make you happy, fix this, fix that, fix that, fix everything. Still it will not happen because you are trying to dig mangoes from the roots, that's not where it comes, it comes up there. So what is within you, if you search for it outside, it's going to be an endless search. This is why we are talking about Inner Engineering. you fix this one. Being joyful is assured. Rest of the life, we have to do to the best of our ability. No two human beings can do outside life to the same extent. It's never possible. No two human beings can ever do it the same way, when it comes to the world. But, if you are joyful you will do your best and that's all that matters. In this life, are you're doing your best in every possible way? You can only do that if you're happy and joyful by your own nature.

November 7, 2020

3:21

You have only 4 things in life – manage them well

Transcript: There are only four things with you, right now, that you can make use of. Your body, your mind, your emotion, and your energy. If you manage these four things well, they will produce a certain level of life for you. If you have a healthy body, you will live in one way. If you have a very stable and sharp mind, you'll live another way. If you have stable and exuberant emotions, you'll live another way....

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... If you have a very effervescent sense of energy, which is also balanced at the same time, you live another way. Now for most human beings, who are in different various levels of activity in their life, they need all these four things to be in a reasonably good shape. So Inner Engineering is trying to cater to that, as to how to bring the human being to physical health, mental peace and joy, emotional stability and exuberance, and highly effervescent energy, and balance within themselves. If this is achieved, you have reasonably complete human beings, who live their life fully.

Transcript: There are only four things with you, right now, that you can make use of. Your body, your mind, your...

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... emotion, and your energy. If you manage these four things well, they will produce a certain level of life for you. If you have a healthy body, you will live in one way. If you have a very stable and sharp mind, you'll live another way. If you have stable and exuberant emotions, you'll live another way. If you have a very effervescent sense of energy, which is also balanced at the same time, you live another way. Now for most human beings, who are in different various levels of activity in their life, they need all these four things to be in a reasonably good shape. So Inner Engineering is trying to cater to that, as to how to bring the human being to physical health, mental peace and joy, emotional stability and exuberance, and highly effervescent energy, and balance within themselves. If this is achieved, you have reasonably complete human beings, who live their life fully.

November 6, 2020

1:35

One simple step to total freedom

Transcript: If you look into your own mind. If you look at your own persona, of what you consider yourself to be. Normally what you call as a personality is essentially different levels of constipation. I don't like this, I can't stand this, I can't do this, I can't do that, I only like this, I cannot like that, different levels of constipation. What causes this constipation? Constipation, in its physiological...

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... sense, means constriction of a tract. Here, it's constriction of one's mind and consciousness. That it's held, there's no free flow of life. It's restricted because your ability to experience your life is only through the instruments of your body and your mind. Either your body or your mind. In some way, constricted means your ability to experience life also, gets constipated. This happens in many ways. You will be surprised, many of you think you've grown out of those things, but when you're 10 years of age, your mama, your uncle I mean. Your mama said something, he called you an idiot. Now you're 50, but still 40 years ago he called you an idiot and it still bothers you. When you see his face, he called me an idiot. Like this it goes on. The more concretized your persona is, or your personality is, the more nicks and wounds you carry upon yourself. And these are not physiological wounds to heal, because they are self-inflicted wounds. These are being carried as badges of life's experience, so they don't go. Because of this, I like this guy, I don't like this guy, I love this person, I hate this person, I can't stand this person, all this has happened. Next 24 hours you must do this. All these mamas, friends, enemies, nonsense. You don't have to tell them, I love you. Not necessary. Within yourself, you must come to a total sense of acceptance of everything. If you just do this, life will happen on a larger scale.

Transcript: If you look into your own mind. If you look at your own persona, of what you consider yourself to be....

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... Normally what you call as a personality is essentially different levels of constipation. I don't like this, I can't stand this, I can't do this, I can't do that, I only like this, I cannot like that, different levels of constipation. What causes this constipation? Constipation, in its physiological sense, means constriction of a tract. Here, it's constriction of one's mind and consciousness. That it's held, there's no free flow of life. It's restricted because your ability to experience your life is only through the instruments of your body and your mind. Either your body or your mind. In some way, constricted means your ability to experience life also, gets constipated. This happens in many ways. You will be surprised, many of you think you've grown out of those things, but when you're 10 years of age, your mama, your uncle I mean. Your mama said something, he called you an idiot. Now you're 50, but still 40 years ago he called you an idiot and it still bothers you. When you see his face, he called me an idiot. Like this it goes on. The more concretized your persona is, or your personality is, the more nicks and wounds you carry upon yourself. And these are not physiological wounds to heal, because they are self-inflicted wounds. These are being carried as badges of life's experience, so they don't go. Because of this, I like this guy, I don't like this guy, I love this person, I hate this person, I can't stand this person, all this has happened. Next 24 hours you must do this. All these mamas, friends, enemies, nonsense. You don't have to tell them, I love you. Not necessary. Within yourself, you must come to a total sense of acceptance of everything. If you just do this, life will happen on a larger scale.

October 25, 2020

3:54

How to live life to the fullest?

Transcript: How can we explore every aspect of the life without being untouched and getting attached to all the compulsive activities? We say, I don't want to drink but somewhere we are afraid that we will be addicted to it. My question is how can we explore every aspect of life without being untouched? See, nobody says I want to drink. Some people drink, some people don't. Some people who drink may drink for...

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... the pleasure of it. Some people who drink may drink because they want to drown something within themselves. Some people drink because everybody's drinking, it's an evolutionary. It's an evolutionary issue, you know. When we were monkeys if one did this, everybody did this. And some people don't drink because they think it's morally wrong. Some people don't drink because they're afraid their parents and society, what they will say. Some people don't drink because they've found something better within themselves. They found something far better within, than a drink. So it never arose in their mind that they have to drink because they're doing wonderfully by themselves, they don't need any chemical help from outside. So these are different ways. If you want to explore life, because you can only explore life, you cannot explore art, you cannot explore spirituality, you cannot explore something, you can only explore life. Yes? Well you may look at it from a certain perspective. Somebody may look at it in an artistic way, in an aesthetic way, in a musical way, in a spiritual way, but essentially we are exploring life. Even if you are looking at inanimate things you are only exploring life because nothing happens outside of you. Everything that happens happens only within you, isn't it? So the only thing that you're experiencing is life. You may think this is colour, you may think this is sound, you may think this is something else, no. In your experience you're only experiencing the way different things imprint upon your life. That's the only way you can experience it, there is no other means of experience for you. So essentially you're only exploring life because nothing else you have access to. Yes? Right now, I may think I'm looking at this person, but no, I am only looking at the image that happens in my mind, isn't it so? Right now, if you touch somebody next to you, you think you're experiencing that person's hand, no. You only experience the sensations in your hand, isn't it so? So your entire experience of life is absolutely within you. That means, you are capable of experiencing only this one life. So is it a trap that you can only experience this? No. Essentially, that something larger than myself must happen to me. If you want to create something brilliant, something unique, something truly of some significance, you need an experience. It's important that there is an experience of exuberance, joy, profoundness. But, right now, in the world a whole lot of people think only in misery you can be profound.

Transcript: How can we explore every aspect of the life without being untouched and getting attached to all the compulsive...

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... activities? We say, I don't want to drink but somewhere we are afraid that we will be addicted to it. My question is how can we explore every aspect of life without being untouched? See, nobody says I want to drink. Some people drink, some people don't. Some people who drink may drink for the pleasure of it. Some people who drink may drink because they want to drown something within themselves. Some people drink because everybody's drinking, it's an evolutionary. It's an evolutionary issue, you know. When we were monkeys if one did this, everybody did this. And some people don't drink because they think it's morally wrong. Some people don't drink because they're afraid their parents and society, what they will say. Some people don't drink because they've found something better within themselves. They found something far better within, than a drink. So it never arose in their mind that they have to drink because they're doing wonderfully by themselves, they don't need any chemical help from outside. So these are different ways. If you want to explore life, because you can only explore life, you cannot explore art, you cannot explore spirituality, you cannot explore something, you can only explore life. Yes? Well you may look at it from a certain perspective. Somebody may look at it in an artistic way, in an aesthetic way, in a musical way, in a spiritual way, but essentially we are exploring life. Even if you are looking at inanimate things you are only exploring life because nothing happens outside of you. Everything that happens happens only within you, isn't it? So the only thing that you're experiencing is life. You may think this is colour, you may think this is sound, you may think this is something else, no. In your experience you're only experiencing the way different things imprint upon your life. That's the only way you can experience it, there is no other means of experience for you. So essentially you're only exploring life because nothing else you have access to. Yes? Right now, I may think I'm looking at this person, but no, I am only looking at the image that happens in my mind, isn't it so? Right now, if you touch somebody next to you, you think you're experiencing that person's hand, no. You only experience the sensations in your hand, isn't it so? So your entire experience of life is absolutely within you. That means, you are capable of experiencing only this one life. So is it a trap that you can only experience this? No. Essentially, that something larger than myself must happen to me. If you want to create something brilliant, something unique, something truly of some significance, you need an experience. It's important that there is an experience of exuberance, joy, profoundness. But, right now, in the world a whole lot of people think only in misery you can be profound.

October 19, 2020

4:02

May your dreams not be fulfilled!

Transcript: Whatever you do in your lives, I'm sure each one of you will go out and do so many different things. But whatever you do, is it very important? It is relevant to the world in which we are living. Hello? Is it very important, it's relevant. Suppose you set a goal today, in the next 25 years this is where I want to be. In those 25 years, the entire situation changed, but you're still going that way because...

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... you want to get your goal. Isn't it a disaster? So everybody is thinking, my dream should be fulfilled. Let me tell you what's my blessing to you. My blessing to you is, may your dreams not be fulfilled. Let something that you could not dream of in your life happen to you. Because, what can you dream of? I'm asking you, what can you dream of? Only a little exaggeration of what you already know, isn't it so? Can you dream of something totally, absolutely new, which is not in your experience? So you're ruling out all the possibilities of life, simply because you have set a goal. Because somebody is telling you, you must be goal-oriented, goal-oriented. No. You don't be goal-oriented. Constantly work on how to enhance this piece of life. It is like, you know, you have a Maruti car, nothing wrong with it, it's a good car to go home and go to the office. But you want to race in the F1 track. Well, four wheels are going to go in four different directions. If you want to go on that kind of speed, you don't dream, you build the machine. Isn't it? Similarly, if you really want to go somewhere in your life, you build this one. Don't worry about the damn goal. We don't know what opportunities the world will open up tomorrow morning. How do you know? Just make yourself into a fantastic human being, you will see, life opens up in a million different ways. But if you have one silly little dream and you work for it all your life, what is the point of that? So, may your dreams not come true. Let something that you could not dream of happen to you. Don't waste your life dreaming. Keep your eyes, and every damn thing that you have, open and look. There are million doorways.

Transcript: Whatever you do in your lives, I'm sure each one of you will go out and do so many different things....

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... But whatever you do, is it very important? It is relevant to the world in which we are living. Hello? Is it very important, it's relevant. Suppose you set a goal today, in the next 25 years this is where I want to be. In those 25 years, the entire situation changed, but you're still going that way because you want to get your goal. Isn't it a disaster? So everybody is thinking, my dream should be fulfilled. Let me tell you what's my blessing to you. My blessing to you is, may your dreams not be fulfilled. Let something that you could not dream of in your life happen to you. Because, what can you dream of? I'm asking you, what can you dream of? Only a little exaggeration of what you already know, isn't it so? Can you dream of something totally, absolutely new, which is not in your experience? So you're ruling out all the possibilities of life, simply because you have set a goal. Because somebody is telling you, you must be goal-oriented, goal-oriented. No. You don't be goal-oriented. Constantly work on how to enhance this piece of life. It is like, you know, you have a Maruti car, nothing wrong with it, it's a good car to go home and go to the office. But you want to race in the F1 track. Well, four wheels are going to go in four different directions. If you want to go on that kind of speed, you don't dream, you build the machine. Isn't it? Similarly, if you really want to go somewhere in your life, you build this one. Don't worry about the damn goal. We don't know what opportunities the world will open up tomorrow morning. How do you know? Just make yourself into a fantastic human being, you will see, life opens up in a million different ways. But if you have one silly little dream and you work for it all your life, what is the point of that? So, may your dreams not come true. Let something that you could not dream of happen to you. Don't waste your life dreaming. Keep your eyes, and every damn thing that you have, open and look. There are million doorways.

October 14, 2020

2:50

Pineal Gland – Amruta (Ambrosia) – The secret to bliss

Transcript: So, the Shambhavi. One thing that's happening is, it stimulates the pineal secretion in a big way. Which leaves you drenched in a certain level of sweetness throughout the day. It just leaves you in a certain state of ecstasy and blissfulness because the pineal gland is active. This is one aspect of your physiology which is very close to your consciousness. Rest of the physiology is about survival....

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... But, pineal gland is one aspect of the physiology which is very, very close to transcending the physical. In the yogic traditions, this sweetness is referred to as Amruta, or the Ambrosia, or the Elixir of life. One drop, if it comes into the system, suddenly the whole system just cools down. The whole system is lubricated, functions at ease. The desperation in the system is gone. The desperation in the mind is gone. So, Ambrosia means, you found your own pleasure. If you're extremely joyful within yourself, you found the Amruta within yourself, you're extremely, you're an extreme state of pleasantness. Now, being with people, is not anymore about squeezing pleasure out of them. Being with people is just out of, just being with them. Only now you're truly capable of love. Otherwise, it is just an open sesame trick. I love you, means whether they believe you or not, for that moment they make themselves believe you. Because, they're also in need of something, you're also in need of something. Isn't it? It's a, it's like a, you know, Alibaba and the 40. Open sesame means it opens. This is just like, I love you means many things open up. Now, by doing this, I'm not saying it's right or wrong, that's the way people conduct their lives, there's nothing to it. But by doing this, the true possibility of knowing an intense sense of love within you, is lost. You're here, constantly looking, what can I get out of this person, what can I get out of that person. This is a con job. It's called a love affair. But it's a con job. But if you're extremely ecstatic by yourself, when you're being with people, it's about sharing your ecstasy. It is about, if they're not touched by it, somehow to touch them with it. Rather than seeing what you can squeeze out of them. The whole fundamentals of your life will change.

Transcript: So, the Shambhavi. One thing that's happening is, it stimulates the pineal secretion in a big way. Which...

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... leaves you drenched in a certain level of sweetness throughout the day. It just leaves you in a certain state of ecstasy and blissfulness because the pineal gland is active. This is one aspect of your physiology which is very close to your consciousness. Rest of the physiology is about survival. But, pineal gland is one aspect of the physiology which is very, very close to transcending the physical. In the yogic traditions, this sweetness is referred to as Amruta, or the Ambrosia, or the Elixir of life. One drop, if it comes into the system, suddenly the whole system just cools down. The whole system is lubricated, functions at ease. The desperation in the system is gone. The desperation in the mind is gone. So, Ambrosia means, you found your own pleasure. If you're extremely joyful within yourself, you found the Amruta within yourself, you're extremely, you're an extreme state of pleasantness. Now, being with people, is not anymore about squeezing pleasure out of them. Being with people is just out of, just being with them. Only now you're truly capable of love. Otherwise, it is just an open sesame trick. I love you, means whether they believe you or not, for that moment they make themselves believe you. Because, they're also in need of something, you're also in need of something. Isn't it? It's a, it's like a, you know, Alibaba and the 40. Open sesame means it opens. This is just like, I love you means many things open up. Now, by doing this, I'm not saying it's right or wrong, that's the way people conduct their lives, there's nothing to it. But by doing this, the true possibility of knowing an intense sense of love within you, is lost. You're here, constantly looking, what can I get out of this person, what can I get out of that person. This is a con job. It's called a love affair. But it's a con job. But if you're extremely ecstatic by yourself, when you're being with people, it's about sharing your ecstasy. It is about, if they're not touched by it, somehow to touch them with it. Rather than seeing what you can squeeze out of them. The whole fundamentals of your life will change.

October 13, 2020

3:32

Pineal Gland: A pleasure far bigger than sex

Transcript: So there are many reasons why one indulges in sex. For some, it is just pleasure. For some, it is a way of building this bond and companionship. Otherwise people feel they're going away from each other. They may be just fine, but lot of people, it is psyched in their mind that if they're not sexually involved, they're actually moving away. Not true. You can be very close to somebody and need not be...

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... involved in any physical manner, isn't it? But, societies are psyching. Especially in this part of the world, people are hugely psyched if there's no sexuality you don't really have a relationship. In fact, the word relationship, it's only, it took me some time to understand that here, if you say a relationship, you're supposed to understand it's sex-based relationship. Nothing else is a relationship. I can have a very strong relationship with you and not be concerned about your body, isn't it? I may not be drawn to your body in any way but I can have a very powerful relationship with you. But all those possibilities are completely discounted. A relationship means you must be, in some way, physically involved. Man, woman, Or, man, man. Woman, woman. Whatever you like. Essentially it's body-based. What kind of body, is individual choices. But essentially it is body-based. This has happened because somewhere, our identification with the body has gone beyond normal levels of identity. It is excessive identification with the body. That is why body-based relationships have become the crux of the society. One who is too identified with your physical body, naturally is sex-driven. Because, that is the highest thing that he knows. There are ways we can make you find something which is far bigger than this. Once you taste something better, I don't have to tell you give this up, or give that up. It'll anyway fall of, isn't it? There are ways to do certain sadhana which is more intense than sexuality. Which is more ecstatic than sexuality. On one level, if you put in all dimensions of yoga, one way or the other, you're ultimately trying to activate the pineal. Because once it begins its secretion, everything about you becomes sweet and beautiful. It creates a whole inner pleasure which makes all the outer pleasures look like kindergarten stuff. That's the reason yogis are just sitting with eyes closed. Not because they're against pleasure, they're against small pleasures. That's all.

Transcript: So there are many reasons why one indulges in sex. For some, it is just pleasure. For some, it is a way...

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... of building this bond and companionship. Otherwise people feel they're going away from each other. They may be just fine, but lot of people, it is psyched in their mind that if they're not sexually involved, they're actually moving away. Not true. You can be very close to somebody and need not be involved in any physical manner, isn't it? But, societies are psyching. Especially in this part of the world, people are hugely psyched if there's no sexuality you don't really have a relationship. In fact, the word relationship, it's only, it took me some time to understand that here, if you say a relationship, you're supposed to understand it's sex-based relationship. Nothing else is a relationship. I can have a very strong relationship with you and not be concerned about your body, isn't it? I may not be drawn to your body in any way but I can have a very powerful relationship with you. But all those possibilities are completely discounted. A relationship means you must be, in some way, physically involved. Man, woman, Or, man, man. Woman, woman. Whatever you like. Essentially it's body-based. What kind of body, is individual choices. But essentially it is body-based. This has happened because somewhere, our identification with the body has gone beyond normal levels of identity. It is excessive identification with the body. That is why body-based relationships have become the crux of the society. One who is too identified with your physical body, naturally is sex-driven. Because, that is the highest thing that he knows. There are ways we can make you find something which is far bigger than this. Once you taste something better, I don't have to tell you give this up, or give that up. It'll anyway fall of, isn't it? There are ways to do certain sadhana which is more intense than sexuality. Which is more ecstatic than sexuality. On one level, if you put in all dimensions of yoga, one way or the other, you're ultimately trying to activate the pineal. Because once it begins its secretion, everything about you becomes sweet and beautiful. It creates a whole inner pleasure which makes all the outer pleasures look like kindergarten stuff. That's the reason yogis are just sitting with eyes closed. Not because they're against pleasure, they're against small pleasures. That's all.

October 11, 2020

3:21

How to handle hard times in life?

Transcript: See, this is an unfortunate condition that a whole lot of human beings are, in their experience, in their personal experience, life is like me versus the universe. Being in competition with the universe is a stupid thing to do. That's not a competition you must get into. Hello? Me versus the universe is a bad competition to get into. Would you also agree with me? So, this is why yoga. Yoga does not...

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... mean twisting and turning your body. The word yoga means union. Right now it's me versus the universe. This is just your psychological condition, this is not the reality. Even when you feel utterly lonely, are you still breathing? So you're transacting with the world, isn't it? Yes? You only can't get along with the people around you, but atmosphere is okay with you. Food is okay, if it tastes good. Water is okay. You have transaction with the world, isn't it? Your existence is constantly an engagement with the universe. But your mind becomes against the universe. If you create a psychological condition that you're against, or you're in competition, with the universe or the cosmos, obviously you will feel crushed for small things. Little things will crush you. When I say little things, maybe you failed your examination, maybe you got thrown out of this university, maybe you got fired from a job, maybe somebody ditched you, maybe something else like this happened. These are all small things between life and death. Because you came here with nothing, isn't it? When you die, there is no container service for you. You die with nothing. Inspite of that, most people have turned their homes into warehouses. Most people are carrying such a huge baggage on their head, as if they're carrying the whole universe on their head. This is their own psychological condition. Your thought and emotion is what you're talking about, right? When are you going to figure out how to handle your thought and emotion? Not hers, not hers, not his. Yours. When are you going to learn how to handle my thought and my emotion? At the end of your life? The only problem really with life is just this, most human beings have taken themselves too seriously. They don't understand, you've seen on the computer screen these pop-ups? You're a pop-up on this planet. You pop-up for two seconds and pop-out.

Transcript: See, this is an unfortunate condition that a whole lot of human beings are, in their experience, in their...

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... personal experience, life is like me versus the universe. Being in competition with the universe is a stupid thing to do. That's not a competition you must get into. Hello? Me versus the universe is a bad competition to get into. Would you also agree with me? So, this is why yoga. Yoga does not mean twisting and turning your body. The word yoga means union. Right now it's me versus the universe. This is just your psychological condition, this is not the reality. Even when you feel utterly lonely, are you still breathing? So you're transacting with the world, isn't it? Yes? You only can't get along with the people around you, but atmosphere is okay with you. Food is okay, if it tastes good. Water is okay. You have transaction with the world, isn't it? Your existence is constantly an engagement with the universe. But your mind becomes against the universe. If you create a psychological condition that you're against, or you're in competition, with the universe or the cosmos, obviously you will feel crushed for small things. Little things will crush you. When I say little things, maybe you failed your examination, maybe you got thrown out of this university, maybe you got fired from a job, maybe somebody ditched you, maybe something else like this happened. These are all small things between life and death. Because you came here with nothing, isn't it? When you die, there is no container service for you. You die with nothing. Inspite of that, most people have turned their homes into warehouses. Most people are carrying such a huge baggage on their head, as if they're carrying the whole universe on their head. This is their own psychological condition. Your thought and emotion is what you're talking about, right? When are you going to figure out how to handle your thought and emotion? Not hers, not hers, not his. Yours. When are you going to learn how to handle my thought and my emotion? At the end of your life? The only problem really with life is just this, most human beings have taken themselves too seriously. They don't understand, you've seen on the computer screen these pop-ups? You're a pop-up on this planet. You pop-up for two seconds and pop-out.

October 10, 2020

3:08

How to overcome fear of suffering? The first step to become successful

Transcript: If you try to control the variety of situations that may pop up in your face tomorrow morning, all that'll happen is, you will become a very limited life. You would step out into the world and do whatever that needs to be done only if you have an assurance, no matter what you walk into, you will not lose yourself. You will walk full stride, otherwise you'll only be half a step. Most human beings are...

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... half steps because the fear of suffering. If this happens, what'll happen to me? If that happens, what'll happen to me? If you're well-managed within yourself, you know how to manage your thought. You know how to manage your emotion. You know how to manage your body, your chemistry, your energy. If you know how to manage all this, what does it matter if you walk into hell, I'm asking. If you're well-managed, if you are a heaven within you, what does it matter where you go? Hell also will be an interesting place to go. But, if you're ill-managed, then you want to be in a nice place all the time. You will not step out into anything. I'm not saying this is wrong. This is against nature, because in nature every life is aspiring to be as much as it can be, isn't it? Every life is naturally aspiring. This is not a philosophy, this is not an ideology that you must do this or that. It is natural and intrinsic for every life that it will do as much as it can. From an earthworm, from a worm, to an insect, to a bird, to an animal, to a tree. Every one of them is trying to be full-fledged life. If you go against this simply because of the fear of suffering, then all possibilities of exploring the nature of being human, the tremendous immensity of being human is just lost upon humanity. Today, you will see this everywhere, when people say, "I am only human," they are talking about the limitations of being human. They're not talking about the possibilities of being human, isn't it? When, if we are the most intelligent species on the planet, if we are the most capable species on the planet, should we be talking about our possibilities, or should we be talking about our limitations? Whenever anybody writes or says, "Oh we are human," they are always referring to their limitations, never to the possibilities of being human. This is because the most fundamental things have not been taught in our education systems. How to handle your thought and your emotion. The reason why people have not even learnt to manage their thought and emotion, by the time you're 10 you should have learnt it. At 60, people still don't know how to manage their thought and emotion. They're standing up like ghosts in their life. They don't need anybody's help. They can go on endlessly creating suffering for themselves.

Transcript: If you try to control the variety of situations that may pop up in your face tomorrow morning, all that'll...

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... happen is, you will become a very limited life. You would step out into the world and do whatever that needs to be done only if you have an assurance, no matter what you walk into, you will not lose yourself. You will walk full stride, otherwise you'll only be half a step. Most human beings are half steps because the fear of suffering. If this happens, what'll happen to me? If that happens, what'll happen to me? If you're well-managed within yourself, you know how to manage your thought. You know how to manage your emotion. You know how to manage your body, your chemistry, your energy. If you know how to manage all this, what does it matter if you walk into hell, I'm asking. If you're well-managed, if you are a heaven within you, what does it matter where you go? Hell also will be an interesting place to go. But, if you're ill-managed, then you want to be in a nice place all the time. You will not step out into anything. I'm not saying this is wrong. This is against nature, because in nature every life is aspiring to be as much as it can be, isn't it? Every life is naturally aspiring. This is not a philosophy, this is not an ideology that you must do this or that. It is natural and intrinsic for every life that it will do as much as it can. From an earthworm, from a worm, to an insect, to a bird, to an animal, to a tree. Every one of them is trying to be full-fledged life. If you go against this simply because of the fear of suffering, then all possibilities of exploring the nature of being human, the tremendous immensity of being human is just lost upon humanity. Today, you will see this everywhere, when people say, "I am only human," they are talking about the limitations of being human. They're not talking about the possibilities of being human, isn't it? When, if we are the most intelligent species on the planet, if we are the most capable species on the planet, should we be talking about our possibilities, or should we be talking about our limitations? Whenever anybody writes or says, "Oh we are human," they are always referring to their limitations, never to the possibilities of being human. This is because the most fundamental things have not been taught in our education systems. How to handle your thought and your emotion. The reason why people have not even learnt to manage their thought and emotion, by the time you're 10 you should have learnt it. At 60, people still don't know how to manage their thought and emotion. They're standing up like ghosts in their life. They don't need anybody's help. They can go on endlessly creating suffering for themselves.

September 25, 2020

3:35

Don’t Bullshit Yourself

Transcript: It is time, one thing that you do, one thing that everybody who considers themselves some kind of sadhaka or a seeker. One thing that you must do to yourself is, you are absolutely truthful to yourself. If you're also truthful to everybody around you, you will get other kinds of benefits with people. But, I will not go that far right now. With yourself, you're 100% truthful. Otherwise all kinds of...

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... tricks keep happening. To be truthful to yourself is not an easy thing because there is lifetimes of habit, of simply bullshitting yourself. And of course, you've gone through much religious training, many of you. So you have a very sophisticated way of bullshitting yourself. And you have got it endorsed by certain authorities. Hello? It is endorsed, that this bullshit is good. A guest came to Shankaran Pillai's house. And, being a South Indian man, down south you know, Pillai has come from further down south. He was carrying an umbrella, which is a common thing. In Kerela, and southern Tamil Nadu to carry an umbrella is a very common thing because rains can be very heavy. Then they walked out. He took the guest out, then it started raining. But Shankaran Pillai did not open the umbrella. The guest said, "Why don't you open the umbrella?" Shankaran Pillai said, "I'm sorry. The umbrella is full of holes." Then the guest asked, "Why did you bring it?" "Well I never thought it'll rain today." A whole lot of people are like this. They think somebody else has to catch their lies. This will take a long time because someone else catching your lies will take lifetimes. You must catch them. You should not let your chickens pass to become 100% straight with yourself. It can take a certain amount of application. But, if this one thing you do, Asotama Sadgamaya. This piece of life will work for sure, 100%. Then figuring out a few things is very simple. For that I am there. If you just fix this one thing, that you're 100% straight. No any kind of deception. When there's a hole in the umbrella, you know there's a hole in the umbrella. You will never forget that there is a hole in the umbrella. Okay? If you are like this, rest of the work becomes very simple and easy.

Transcript: It is time, one thing that you do, one thing that everybody who considers themselves some kind of sadhaka...

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... or a seeker. One thing that you must do to yourself is, you are absolutely truthful to yourself. If you're also truthful to everybody around you, you will get other kinds of benefits with people. But, I will not go that far right now. With yourself, you're 100% truthful. Otherwise all kinds of tricks keep happening. To be truthful to yourself is not an easy thing because there is lifetimes of habit, of simply bullshitting yourself. And of course, you've gone through much religious training, many of you. So you have a very sophisticated way of bullshitting yourself. And you have got it endorsed by certain authorities. Hello? It is endorsed, that this bullshit is good. A guest came to Shankaran Pillai's house. And, being a South Indian man, down south you know, Pillai has come from further down south. He was carrying an umbrella, which is a common thing. In Kerela, and southern Tamil Nadu to carry an umbrella is a very common thing because rains can be very heavy. Then they walked out. He took the guest out, then it started raining. But Shankaran Pillai did not open the umbrella. The guest said, "Why don't you open the umbrella?" Shankaran Pillai said, "I'm sorry. The umbrella is full of holes." Then the guest asked, "Why did you bring it?" "Well I never thought it'll rain today." A whole lot of people are like this. They think somebody else has to catch their lies. This will take a long time because someone else catching your lies will take lifetimes. You must catch them. You should not let your chickens pass to become 100% straight with yourself. It can take a certain amount of application. But, if this one thing you do, Asotama Sadgamaya. This piece of life will work for sure, 100%. Then figuring out a few things is very simple. For that I am there. If you just fix this one thing, that you're 100% straight. No any kind of deception. When there's a hole in the umbrella, you know there's a hole in the umbrella. You will never forget that there is a hole in the umbrella. Okay? If you are like this, rest of the work becomes very simple and easy.

September 22, 2020

3:49

Does Astrology Work?

Transcript: Astrology. What is it that you're trying to do? You're trying to look at the positions of the planet and make certain predictions, right? I want you to understand. Most of the time, people who make good predictions, or people who, you know, tell you about the past very clearly, or some people tell you tomorrow what's going to happen very clearly, they're not doing it looking at the planets. They're...

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... doing it looking at you. A certain intuitiveness is there in a certain person. He says. You know instead of teaching this yoga, if I sit and Chennai and just predict people's future, I will tell you in the next 10 years exactly what will happen in your life. Within 3 days, I will have a reputation and half the Chennai will be standing in queue. Very easily I can do that. By predicting somebody's future, you don't alter the quality of his life in any way. You don't bring any kind of true well-being. It is just, you know, you're getting him into more and more ignorance. Isn't it? Now if you have the power to know your tomorrow, you will only become more ignorant, more egoistic, more stupid, more harmful. You go by the normal rules. It's okay, you don't have to know what's tomorrow. You're made like this right now, the quality of your life and your own way of being as such, if you know tomorrow today, you will not participate in today. Isn't it? Yes or no? Suppose I tell you, whatever you do, you're not going to die. You will do irresponsible things in the world. Or if I tell you, tomorrow morning anyway you will die. Now you won't participate in today. Isn't it? So, you should not know the future. It's not necessary for you to know the future. The planets definitely are large objects, so they have certain vibrations, they have some influences on everything around them. If they're close to this planet, yes. Do you know, on poornami and amavasya days, full moon day and new moon day days, people who are little mentally disturbed, or imbalanced, become much more imbalanced. Yes? Even the ocean is going crazy, isn't it? Do you all go crazy? Twice a month? If you're much more established, wherever any planet goes , you don't go crazy. That's all. The purpose of your life, the destiny of your life, is fixed by you. And nothing else but you. Yes, everything has an influence but what you make out of that influence is still yours, isn't it? But if you're going to be pushed around by inanimate objects, yes you can be pushed around. To that extent it is true. I'm saying, when the divine is functioning within you, when the creator is functioning within you, why are you allowing inanimate things to influence your life? If you allow this dimension to flower in you, you will see life happens fantastic. Let the stars go anywhere, let the planets go anywhere, you will go only where you want to go. You want to go where you want to go? Or you want to be pushed around by inanimate objects? You must decide that.

Transcript: Astrology. What is it that you're trying to do? You're trying to look at the positions of the planet...

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... and make certain predictions, right? I want you to understand. Most of the time, people who make good predictions, or people who, you know, tell you about the past very clearly, or some people tell you tomorrow what's going to happen very clearly, they're not doing it looking at the planets. They're doing it looking at you. A certain intuitiveness is there in a certain person. He says. You know instead of teaching this yoga, if I sit and Chennai and just predict people's future, I will tell you in the next 10 years exactly what will happen in your life. Within 3 days, I will have a reputation and half the Chennai will be standing in queue. Very easily I can do that. By predicting somebody's future, you don't alter the quality of his life in any way. You don't bring any kind of true well-being. It is just, you know, you're getting him into more and more ignorance. Isn't it? Now if you have the power to know your tomorrow, you will only become more ignorant, more egoistic, more stupid, more harmful. You go by the normal rules. It's okay, you don't have to know what's tomorrow. You're made like this right now, the quality of your life and your own way of being as such, if you know tomorrow today, you will not participate in today. Isn't it? Yes or no? Suppose I tell you, whatever you do, you're not going to die. You will do irresponsible things in the world. Or if I tell you, tomorrow morning anyway you will die. Now you won't participate in today. Isn't it? So, you should not know the future. It's not necessary for you to know the future. The planets definitely are large objects, so they have certain vibrations, they have some influences on everything around them. If they're close to this planet, yes. Do you know, on poornami and amavasya days, full moon day and new moon day days, people who are little mentally disturbed, or imbalanced, become much more imbalanced. Yes? Even the ocean is going crazy, isn't it? Do you all go crazy? Twice a month? If you're much more established, wherever any planet goes , you don't go crazy. That's all. The purpose of your life, the destiny of your life, is fixed by you. And nothing else but you. Yes, everything has an influence but what you make out of that influence is still yours, isn't it? But if you're going to be pushed around by inanimate objects, yes you can be pushed around. To that extent it is true. I'm saying, when the divine is functioning within you, when the creator is functioning within you, why are you allowing inanimate things to influence your life? If you allow this dimension to flower in you, you will see life happens fantastic. Let the stars go anywhere, let the planets go anywhere, you will go only where you want to go. You want to go where you want to go? Or you want to be pushed around by inanimate objects? You must decide that.

September 20, 2020

4:05

How to deal with problems in life?

Transcript: It's time to understand, all the problems of individual nature are generated from within. And we don't have to solve problems that we create. We just have to dissolve. Problems that you create, you don't have to solve. If there's a problem in the situation then yes, we have to solve. But you have a problem within you, solution is not what you need. Solution is madness. Solution means, for an illusion...

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... you're creating an illusory solution. Something that you make up, for that you create one more solution that you made up, once again. No. You just have to turn off the problems. You're going through a certain drama, only thing is, you're a lousy director. That's all there is. Instead of improving your direction, now you're trying to find a solution for a situation in a drama. It's like people watch a cinema and come home and they have big arguments about what happened there. So, the thoughts and emotions that you create, you don't have to find any solution for it, you should just turn it off. It's gone. If you find solution, you're moving towards insanity because you create a ghost and you create a ghostbuster. The ghost that you create, you must learn to play with them. Hello? I'm saying if nobody's willing to play with you, you have to play with somebody, right? So the ghost you create, if you like them, you play with them. If you don't like them, turn them off. But Sadhguru, they keep coming. You don't play. Don't like to play with them, don't play. They'll come and go. Never it ever happened that one thought remained for more than a moment, isn't it? It comes and goes, comes and goes. Let it come and go. If you try to find a solution for that, you will head towards insanity. And, you will start thinking you're Sigmund Freud's progeny.

Transcript: It's time to understand, all the problems of individual nature are generated from within. And we don't...

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... have to solve problems that we create. We just have to dissolve. Problems that you create, you don't have to solve. If there's a problem in the situation then yes, we have to solve. But you have a problem within you, solution is not what you need. Solution is madness. Solution means, for an illusion you're creating an illusory solution. Something that you make up, for that you create one more solution that you made up, once again. No. You just have to turn off the problems. You're going through a certain drama, only thing is, you're a lousy director. That's all there is. Instead of improving your direction, now you're trying to find a solution for a situation in a drama. It's like people watch a cinema and come home and they have big arguments about what happened there. So, the thoughts and emotions that you create, you don't have to find any solution for it, you should just turn it off. It's gone. If you find solution, you're moving towards insanity because you create a ghost and you create a ghostbuster. The ghost that you create, you must learn to play with them. Hello? I'm saying if nobody's willing to play with you, you have to play with somebody, right? So the ghost you create, if you like them, you play with them. If you don't like them, turn them off. But Sadhguru, they keep coming. You don't play. Don't like to play with them, don't play. They'll come and go. Never it ever happened that one thought remained for more than a moment, isn't it? It comes and goes, comes and goes. Let it come and go. If you try to find a solution for that, you will head towards insanity. And, you will start thinking you're Sigmund Freud's progeny.

September 17, 2020

3:13

What to do when my beloved betrays me?

Transcript: See somebody can betray you or you can think they betrayed you. Only because you have unrealistic expectations of them. Well, if they do what they want to do, why do you think they have betrayed you? They're doing what they want to do. You must respect it. If you say, they're beloved to me, I love them. If you love a person, should you let them do what they want to do or should they do what you want...

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... them to do? For most people love means, you must do what I want. No, no. Love means they can do what they want and we will love them. Isn't it? You have this thing that if I love you, you must listen to me. No, no. If I love you, I want you to do what brings joy to you. Isn't it? Just change the concept of your beloved. But Sadhguru, I have a doubt regarding this. What if allowance or going in a way that's not good for them and we want to correct them, and that's why we're telling them. Then you should have been the mother. Because I'm not saying that it is never true that somebody may be going off track and you try to do something for them. I'm not saying it's never true. But you don't take this position that somebody is wrong and you're going to fix them. They're doing what they want to do. Isn't it? What they want to do right now may not be benefitial for them. Possible. But you must look at it sincerely. Are you complaining because it's not benefitial for them? Or you're complaining because it's not benefitial for you? Most of the time it's this. Genuinely look at it, it's not benefitial for you but it's good for them, please let them do it. But, they're damaging themselves, yes then you have a right to intervene and try to do your best. But not always. Not always can you enter somebody's life and do something for them. If I have to enter your life and do something for you, I have to earn it, isn't it? I have to earn a relationship where I can intervene in your life. If you don't earn that, you cannot intervene. So if you're unable to intervene, you must just understand you've not earned that closeness.

Transcript: See somebody can betray you or you can think they betrayed you. Only because you have unrealistic expectations...

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... of them. Well, if they do what they want to do, why do you think they have betrayed you? They're doing what they want to do. You must respect it. If you say, they're beloved to me, I love them. If you love a person, should you let them do what they want to do or should they do what you want them to do? For most people love means, you must do what I want. No, no. Love means they can do what they want and we will love them. Isn't it? You have this thing that if I love you, you must listen to me. No, no. If I love you, I want you to do what brings joy to you. Isn't it? Just change the concept of your beloved. But Sadhguru, I have a doubt regarding this. What if allowance or going in a way that's not good for them and we want to correct them, and that's why we're telling them. Then you should have been the mother. Because I'm not saying that it is never true that somebody may be going off track and you try to do something for them. I'm not saying it's never true. But you don't take this position that somebody is wrong and you're going to fix them. They're doing what they want to do. Isn't it? What they want to do right now may not be benefitial for them. Possible. But you must look at it sincerely. Are you complaining because it's not benefitial for them? Or you're complaining because it's not benefitial for you? Most of the time it's this. Genuinely look at it, it's not benefitial for you but it's good for them, please let them do it. But, they're damaging themselves, yes then you have a right to intervene and try to do your best. But not always. Not always can you enter somebody's life and do something for them. If I have to enter your life and do something for you, I have to earn it, isn't it? I have to earn a relationship where I can intervene in your life. If you don't earn that, you cannot intervene. So if you're unable to intervene, you must just understand you've not earned that closeness.

August 29, 2020

3:14

How do you take care of yourself when you are usually the one taking care of others? | Sadhguru at University of Toronto | #2

Synopsis: So Sadhguru, a lot of our students take leadership roles at school. A lot of them are just good friends, and are part of families where problems do exist. And they take the caretaker role a lot. So, what they’ve asked is, how do you take care of yourself when you are usually the one taking care of others?

Synopsis: So Sadhguru, a lot of our students take leadership roles at school. A...

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... lot of them are just good friends, and are part of families where problems do exist. And they take the caretaker role a lot. So, what they’ve asked is, how do you take care of yourself when you are usually the one taking care of others?

August 26, 2020

1:45

How to choose your career? Do you want to make a living or make a life?

Transcript: So one thing that all of you should do, before you make big decisions in your life, is withdraw from this pressures of peers, professors, parents, everybody. Just spend three days to one week by yourself. Look at it, what is it that you really want to do. Not under pressure from other people. What does this life want to do. Do that. It doesn't matter what other people think about it. When it comes...

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... to what you want to do, you must think clearly. It's very important. Thinking clearly means, the question is not about what will get me this, what will get me that. Is your life precious to you? All of you, I'm asking. Your life, is it precious to you? So before you invest this life into something, you must look, whether today if I invest my life into this, after 25 years, will it still mean a lot to me? After 50 years, will it still mean a lot to me? At the end of my life, I turn back and I look, will I be proud of this? Or will I be ashamed of what I'm doing right now? Doesn't matter what other people say. But you should not do anything that you will feel ashamed of. Isn't it so? It doesn't matter, people say so many things. Everybody has an opinion, it's their business. But you don't do something that you will feel ashamed of, isn't it? Then you're turning against yourself. Somebody turns against you, you can leave them and go somewhere else. If you turn against yourself, you'll have to live with it forever. So, this is all you have to look at it. Something will get you money, something will get you comfort. That's not the point. What you choose to do, will it give you a life? When I say, give you a life, are you just trying to make a living or are you trying to make a life out of this? It's important. Making a living is not an issue. A worm, an insect, a bird, an animal, all of them are making their life, making a living, isn't it so? They're even making a life out of it. But definitely they're making a living. So making a living with such a big brain is not an issue. Earning your food is not an issue. Making a living is not an issue. Only problem is, you want to live like somebody else. That's an endless problem. I want to live, is not a problem. I want to live like you, this is a problem. So, it is important, if you consider your life as a precious life, you must make sure you make a wonderful life out of this. Whatever opens up in that direction, that is the thing you should do.

Transcript: So one thing that all of you should do, before you make big decisions in your life, is withdraw from...

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... this pressures of peers, professors, parents, everybody. Just spend three days to one week by yourself. Look at it, what is it that you really want to do. Not under pressure from other people. What does this life want to do. Do that. It doesn't matter what other people think about it. When it comes to what you want to do, you must think clearly. It's very important. Thinking clearly means, the question is not about what will get me this, what will get me that. Is your life precious to you? All of you, I'm asking. Your life, is it precious to you? So before you invest this life into something, you must look, whether today if I invest my life into this, after 25 years, will it still mean a lot to me? After 50 years, will it still mean a lot to me? At the end of my life, I turn back and I look, will I be proud of this? Or will I be ashamed of what I'm doing right now? Doesn't matter what other people say. But you should not do anything that you will feel ashamed of. Isn't it so? It doesn't matter, people say so many things. Everybody has an opinion, it's their business. But you don't do something that you will feel ashamed of, isn't it? Then you're turning against yourself. Somebody turns against you, you can leave them and go somewhere else. If you turn against yourself, you'll have to live with it forever. So, this is all you have to look at it. Something will get you money, something will get you comfort. That's not the point. What you choose to do, will it give you a life? When I say, give you a life, are you just trying to make a living or are you trying to make a life out of this? It's important. Making a living is not an issue. A worm, an insect, a bird, an animal, all of them are making their life, making a living, isn't it so? They're even making a life out of it. But definitely they're making a living. So making a living with such a big brain is not an issue. Earning your food is not an issue. Making a living is not an issue. Only problem is, you want to live like somebody else. That's an endless problem. I want to live, is not a problem. I want to live like you, this is a problem. So, it is important, if you consider your life as a precious life, you must make sure you make a wonderful life out of this. Whatever opens up in that direction, that is the thing you should do.

August 16, 2020

3:10

Should I listen to my head or my heart?


August 15, 2020

How do I know what to do and what not to do?

Transcript: Vairagya means. It is not, Vairagya does not mean giving up your life and going somewhere. There's nowhere to go, unless you go with that guy, outer space. They're going to send you out with a one-way ticket I believe. Otherwise, where is there to go? Wherever you go, it's still life, isn't it? So, Vairagya means this. Literally means, Vairagya means beyond colour. That means you become transparent....

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... If you're transparent, every dimension of life can pass through you. But leaves you untouched. You can handle life to the extent you wish. What you can handle, you handle. What you cannot handle, you don't. But, in your life, if you do not do what you cannot do, that's not an issue. But if you do not do what you can do, you're a disaster. The moment you think something is good, something is bad, somebody is high, somebody is low, many many things that you can do, you will not do in your life. Simply because you think it's bad. Simply because you think it's low, or high, or whatever nonsense. So in our lives, it is most important, because it's a brief life. It's a limited amount of time for the human potential to flower. In this life, here if you're choosing what to do and what not to do, no. Everything that you can do, must happen. What you cannot do, it doesn't happen, it's okay. Right now this is the problem, you're looking up to some people, looking down on some people, and trying to be humble with them. There's no need to be humble. Treat everybody as rough as you treat yourself. That is, if you're treating yourself rough. If you're pandering to yourself, try with others. Then you'll get tired, then you'll treat them rough anyway. Yes? So, this is simple. Never look up to anybody, never look down at anybody. Just see everything the way it is. This is the fundamental of this culture. If you go to the temple, what do you do? What do you do? If you ever go to the temple, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a man, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a woman, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a tree, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a rock, what do you do? Namaskaram. Akka, snake, donkey, monkey. Everybody namaskaram. Because, fundamentally this is what it means. This is called Vairagya.

Transcript: Vairagya means. It is not, Vairagya does not mean giving up your life and going somewhere. There's nowhere...

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... to go, unless you go with that guy, outer space. They're going to send you out with a one-way ticket I believe. Otherwise, where is there to go? Wherever you go, it's still life, isn't it? So, Vairagya means this. Literally means, Vairagya means beyond colour. That means you become transparent. If you're transparent, every dimension of life can pass through you. But leaves you untouched. You can handle life to the extent you wish. What you can handle, you handle. What you cannot handle, you don't. But, in your life, if you do not do what you cannot do, that's not an issue. But if you do not do what you can do, you're a disaster. The moment you think something is good, something is bad, somebody is high, somebody is low, many many things that you can do, you will not do in your life. Simply because you think it's bad. Simply because you think it's low, or high, or whatever nonsense. So in our lives, it is most important, because it's a brief life. It's a limited amount of time for the human potential to flower. In this life, here if you're choosing what to do and what not to do, no. Everything that you can do, must happen. What you cannot do, it doesn't happen, it's okay. Right now this is the problem, you're looking up to some people, looking down on some people, and trying to be humble with them. There's no need to be humble. Treat everybody as rough as you treat yourself. That is, if you're treating yourself rough. If you're pandering to yourself, try with others. Then you'll get tired, then you'll treat them rough anyway. Yes? So, this is simple. Never look up to anybody, never look down at anybody. Just see everything the way it is. This is the fundamental of this culture. If you go to the temple, what do you do? What do you do? If you ever go to the temple, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a man, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a woman, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a tree, what do you do? Namaskaram. You see a rock, what do you do? Namaskaram. Akka, snake, donkey, monkey. Everybody namaskaram. Because, fundamentally this is what it means. This is called Vairagya.

August 12, 2020

3:05

To live a full fledged life you must create an atmosphere of trust around you

Transcript: The walls that you build for self-preservation are also the walls of self-imprisonment. If you build a wall to protect yourself today, after some time, this is your prison. Isn't it? I've been always encouraging people to say, yes and yes, for everything. Yes or no, if I ask. People around me always say, "Sadhguru, it's always yes. Tell us what." So for you to say an absolute yes to everything, one...

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... important thing is, you must create an atmosphere of integrity and trust. If you create an atmosphere of absolute integrity and trust, all of us can say absoulte yes. When we know nobody will misuse our yes, we can all say 100% yes for everything, isn't it? That's what we should strive for. If it's not possible in the whole world, at least we must create small circles where we can say yes and there is no problem. Nobody misuses the yes. Very important. Very important for healthy unfolding of every, life that you need at least a small cocoon of life around you where you can be a total yes. Without fear of favour, you can be an absolute yes. This you must create. If you don't create this, you will always live in fear. Being exploited is one thing. Living in a fear of exploitation is actually more damaging than exploitation itself. If we do not do this, then we will always live in walls. No is a wall, isn't it? No is a wall. Yes is a doorway. Isn't it? If you open your door, a devil could come in, or the divine could come in. The fear that devil may come in, if you close the door, you have also closed the door for the divine. What an unfortunate life. Yes or no? You've not only closed your door to negativity, you closed your door to everything because some negativity once came through your door. Don't do that to yourself. Once you live here, there are dangers of life, of course. But, because there are dangers to life, if you close all possibilities to life, that'll become a very absurd and sad life.

Transcript: The walls that you build for self-preservation are also the walls of self-imprisonment. If you build...

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... a wall to protect yourself today, after some time, this is your prison. Isn't it? I've been always encouraging people to say, yes and yes, for everything. Yes or no, if I ask. People around me always say, "Sadhguru, it's always yes. Tell us what." So for you to say an absolute yes to everything, one important thing is, you must create an atmosphere of integrity and trust. If you create an atmosphere of absolute integrity and trust, all of us can say absoulte yes. When we know nobody will misuse our yes, we can all say 100% yes for everything, isn't it? That's what we should strive for. If it's not possible in the whole world, at least we must create small circles where we can say yes and there is no problem. Nobody misuses the yes. Very important. Very important for healthy unfolding of every, life that you need at least a small cocoon of life around you where you can be a total yes. Without fear of favour, you can be an absolute yes. This you must create. If you don't create this, you will always live in fear. Being exploited is one thing. Living in a fear of exploitation is actually more damaging than exploitation itself. If we do not do this, then we will always live in walls. No is a wall, isn't it? No is a wall. Yes is a doorway. Isn't it? If you open your door, a devil could come in, or the divine could come in. The fear that devil may come in, if you close the door, you have also closed the door for the divine. What an unfortunate life. Yes or no? You've not only closed your door to negativity, you closed your door to everything because some negativity once came through your door. Don't do that to yourself. Once you live here, there are dangers of life, of course. But, because there are dangers to life, if you close all possibilities to life, that'll become a very absurd and sad life.

August 3, 2020

3:20

Will yoga and spirituality take me away from my responsibilities?

Synopsis: This is a concern we all have. How to achieve balance between spirituality and life? Will being spiritual take me away from life as I know it? Isn't spirituality something I should work towards once I have taken care of my social and material responsibilities? Sadhguru reveals that our top priority should be about enhancing ourselves - our inner nature. Every step we take should be for our inner growth....

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... Yoga makes that happen - it enhances our life and the choices we make. Find out how...

Synopsis: This is a concern we all have. How to achieve balance between spirituality and life? Will being spiritual...

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... take me away from life as I know it? Isn't spirituality something I should work towards once I have taken care of my social and material responsibilities? Sadhguru reveals that our top priority should be about enhancing ourselves - our inner nature. Every step we take should be for our inner growth. Yoga makes that happen - it enhances our life and the choices we make. Find out how...

July 30, 2020

5:36

Is your happiness going up or down? It is time to take charge of yourself

Transcript: If we had come here as any other creature on this planet, life would be very simple. Eating, sleeping, reproducing, and dying one day. Now we have to do all those things but somehow where you are right now, wherever you may be, is not enough. Isn't it? You want to be little more than what you're right now. If you know only money, maybe you're thinking of little more money. If you know only pleasure,...

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... maybe little more pleasure. Power, little more power. Everybody is wanting to be little more than they're right now. The process of desiring is continuously going on. Whether you're going to work, or you're going to the bar, or you're going to the temple, or you're getting married, or you're having children, you're studying in university. All this effort of life, everything was in pursuit of happiness. Is it so? In the last 100 years, with the use of science and technology, we have changed the very face of this planet. Today we have the kind of comforts and conveniences that no other generation could ever even imagine. We are definitely the most comfortable generation ever on this planet. Is it so? But are we also the most joyful generation? So it's not worked. Every creature, from plant to animal to everything, including human beings, have paid an enormous price to create these comforts and conveniences. And we are not even happy. What is the point? We have engineered the world today in many ways, so that it functions better for us. Isn't it? We have done nothing about ourselves. It's time to really look at it, isn't it? In the last 24 hours, how many moments of joy have you earned? When you're 5 years of age, a child, how many moments of joy did you have in 24 hours? The whole equation has gotten to reverse somehow. It doesn't matter where you are, you're sitting in a palace or in heaven, but your inner situation is not good, it doesn't matter. Isn't it? This mind could have been a source of ecstacy but this mind has been a source of misery for most people. Tension, anxiety, depression. Why? You just don't know how to handle it, isn't it? Nobody around you will happen 100% your way, isn't it so? Yes? Nobody happens your way, it's okay. The problem is, this one is not happening your way. That is the problem, isn't it? People have concluded that stress is a part of their life. Stress is not a part of your life, it is just that you do not know how to manage your body. You do not know how to manage your mind. You do not know how to manage your emotions, or your life energies. Everything is happening accidentally. Now I'm talking about creating the right kind of chemistry within you. Where, to be peaceful and blissful is just natural to you.

Transcript: If we had come here as any other creature on this planet, life would be very simple. Eating, sleeping,...

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... reproducing, and dying one day. Now we have to do all those things but somehow where you are right now, wherever you may be, is not enough. Isn't it? You want to be little more than what you're right now. If you know only money, maybe you're thinking of little more money. If you know only pleasure, maybe little more pleasure. Power, little more power. Everybody is wanting to be little more than they're right now. The process of desiring is continuously going on. Whether you're going to work, or you're going to the bar, or you're going to the temple, or you're getting married, or you're having children, you're studying in university. All this effort of life, everything was in pursuit of happiness. Is it so? In the last 100 years, with the use of science and technology, we have changed the very face of this planet. Today we have the kind of comforts and conveniences that no other generation could ever even imagine. We are definitely the most comfortable generation ever on this planet. Is it so? But are we also the most joyful generation? So it's not worked. Every creature, from plant to animal to everything, including human beings, have paid an enormous price to create these comforts and conveniences. And we are not even happy. What is the point? We have engineered the world today in many ways, so that it functions better for us. Isn't it? We have done nothing about ourselves. It's time to really look at it, isn't it? In the last 24 hours, how many moments of joy have you earned? When you're 5 years of age, a child, how many moments of joy did you have in 24 hours? The whole equation has gotten to reverse somehow. It doesn't matter where you are, you're sitting in a palace or in heaven, but your inner situation is not good, it doesn't matter. Isn't it? This mind could have been a source of ecstacy but this mind has been a source of misery for most people. Tension, anxiety, depression. Why? You just don't know how to handle it, isn't it? Nobody around you will happen 100% your way, isn't it so? Yes? Nobody happens your way, it's okay. The problem is, this one is not happening your way. That is the problem, isn't it? People have concluded that stress is a part of their life. Stress is not a part of your life, it is just that you do not know how to manage your body. You do not know how to manage your mind. You do not know how to manage your emotions, or your life energies. Everything is happening accidentally. Now I'm talking about creating the right kind of chemistry within you. Where, to be peaceful and blissful is just natural to you.

July 26, 2020

3:56

Your lifestyle should enhance you and not entangle you

Transcript: It depends how you describe simple life. If you think being a simpleton is simple life, I don't recommend that. But simple life, generally meant that the arrangements that you make around your life are simple. So that it doesn't entangle you, it only supports you. A spider webs a web for other things to be caught. But if you're that kind of a spider, you build a web in which you're caught, you're a...

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... stupid spider, isn't it? And most human beings are in that condition. So simplicity means a sensible arrangment which will not entangle you. You made an arrangement in such a way, if something significant happens, you're going this way, if something really significant happen this way, you can go this way. Your arrangements will not trap you, that is a simple life. It's an intelligent life. See all arrangements that we make in our lives are supposed to enhance our life, isn't it? Why do you get educated? Because you think it'll enhance your life. Why somebody gets married? Because they think it'll enhance their life. Why people have children? Because they think it'll enhance their life. Why they're doing business? Because they think it'll enhance their life. But look at people's faces and see. Before they got educated, before they got married, before they had children, how they were and how they've become today. Does it look like they're enhanced? Hello? They've become like this. So obviously they make so many arrangements that they cannot handle. They made more arrangements than they can actually handle. Isn't it so? They did not make arrangements consciously, what is needed for me. Their problem is, she is everyday going shopping, so I also want to go shopping. I don't know what to shop but I'll shop something and come. Because she's also shopping, my neighbour. So because they're in this condition, though there is no container service at the end of life, most homes have turned into warehouses. Most people have things in their homes that they've not used for a year or two and still there. They can't give it away, but it is cluttering their life in such a way they have to trip all over the place to walk around in their homes. Because they did not build this home, they did not buy these things, they did not form these relationships as a way of enhancing their life. They're using everything to entangle their life. So simple life means you're not entangled. It's very important. You're enhanced but you're not entangled. You make whatever the kind of arrangements you make, but the kind of arrangements you can handle. Isn't it? You don't try to make arrangements like somebody else, and you don't know how to handle. Why do you make an arrangement that you don't need? If you make an arrangement that you don't need, these arrangements will become entangling. So if you, what kind of arrangement is best for you, you just make that, this is a simple life. Simple life does not mean you're a simpleton, alright? You're keeping it in such a way, anytime you, wherever you need to go you can go, whatever you have to do you can do.

Transcript: It depends how you describe simple life. If you think being a simpleton is simple life, I don't recommend...

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... that. But simple life, generally meant that the arrangements that you make around your life are simple. So that it doesn't entangle you, it only supports you. A spider webs a web for other things to be caught. But if you're that kind of a spider, you build a web in which you're caught, you're a stupid spider, isn't it? And most human beings are in that condition. So simplicity means a sensible arrangment which will not entangle you. You made an arrangement in such a way, if something significant happens, you're going this way, if something really significant happen this way, you can go this way. Your arrangements will not trap you, that is a simple life. It's an intelligent life. See all arrangements that we make in our lives are supposed to enhance our life, isn't it? Why do you get educated? Because you think it'll enhance your life. Why somebody gets married? Because they think it'll enhance their life. Why people have children? Because they think it'll enhance their life. Why they're doing business? Because they think it'll enhance their life. But look at people's faces and see. Before they got educated, before they got married, before they had children, how they were and how they've become today. Does it look like they're enhanced? Hello? They've become like this. So obviously they make so many arrangements that they cannot handle. They made more arrangements than they can actually handle. Isn't it so? They did not make arrangements consciously, what is needed for me. Their problem is, she is everyday going shopping, so I also want to go shopping. I don't know what to shop but I'll shop something and come. Because she's also shopping, my neighbour. So because they're in this condition, though there is no container service at the end of life, most homes have turned into warehouses. Most people have things in their homes that they've not used for a year or two and still there. They can't give it away, but it is cluttering their life in such a way they have to trip all over the place to walk around in their homes. Because they did not build this home, they did not buy these things, they did not form these relationships as a way of enhancing their life. They're using everything to entangle their life. So simple life means you're not entangled. It's very important. You're enhanced but you're not entangled. You make whatever the kind of arrangements you make, but the kind of arrangements you can handle. Isn't it? You don't try to make arrangements like somebody else, and you don't know how to handle. Why do you make an arrangement that you don't need? If you make an arrangement that you don't need, these arrangements will become entangling. So if you, what kind of arrangement is best for you, you just make that, this is a simple life. Simple life does not mean you're a simpleton, alright? You're keeping it in such a way, anytime you, wherever you need to go you can go, whatever you have to do you can do.

July 25, 2020

3:52

Are you confused about taking a decision? What is right and wrong?

Transcript: You're creating such a level of conflict within yourself for every simple thing. That you think you could always be doing something wrong, something wrong, something wrong. Well, joyfully do something wrong. It's okay. Hello? Nobody knows really whether they're doing the right thing or the wrong thing. Do they know for 100%? No. So don't bother yourself too much about is this right, is this wrong....

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... It is just that when you do something, is this bringing well being to me and everybody around me? That's all your concern is. People who think they're always right, they're terrible people. You produce tyrance out of this. I am always right, I made all the right decisions in my life. This is a tyrant, this is not a human being. It becomes a very ugly human being who does everything right. You don't have to do right things, just be a little more human. Just make sure when you do something, it's good for you and good for everybody around you. That's all. It is right, it is wrong, who is to decide. If it's bringing well being to everybody, it is the right thing, isn't it? Nobody can decide what is right and what is wrong because for thousand years they have debated the same things and nobody has come to a conclusion as to what is right and wrong. And people who believe they're doing the right things, they did the most horrendous things to each other, always. So instead of looking at right and wrong, which is a consequence of morality in which you believe, why don't you awaken the humanity within you? Why don't you become a living humanity? Humanity means just this, already we spoke about this. Animal nature means fixing boundaries. Human nature means expanding or including everybody into your boundaries because this is a natural longing. Wherever you are, you want to be something more, something more. What is this? This is because your intelligence has come to a place where it doesn't like boundaries. It wants to expand. This is human nature. Human nature is naturally inclusive. Animal nature is exclusive, it wants to fix boundaries. So instead of being in boundaries of right and wrong, even if somebody's wrong, let's include them and do the best we can. Because the moment you think, I'm doing all the right things, those, everybody looks wrong in your life. See, please sincerely address this and see. Most people are in this condition. Except themselves, everybody is wrong somewhere. If everybody is wrong and only you're right, it's a sign of madness. It is not a sign of being right.

Transcript: You're creating such a level of conflict within yourself for every simple thing. That you think you could...

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... always be doing something wrong, something wrong, something wrong. Well, joyfully do something wrong. It's okay. Hello? Nobody knows really whether they're doing the right thing or the wrong thing. Do they know for 100%? No. So don't bother yourself too much about is this right, is this wrong. It is just that when you do something, is this bringing well being to me and everybody around me? That's all your concern is. People who think they're always right, they're terrible people. You produce tyrance out of this. I am always right, I made all the right decisions in my life. This is a tyrant, this is not a human being. It becomes a very ugly human being who does everything right. You don't have to do right things, just be a little more human. Just make sure when you do something, it's good for you and good for everybody around you. That's all. It is right, it is wrong, who is to decide. If it's bringing well being to everybody, it is the right thing, isn't it? Nobody can decide what is right and what is wrong because for thousand years they have debated the same things and nobody has come to a conclusion as to what is right and wrong. And people who believe they're doing the right things, they did the most horrendous things to each other, always. So instead of looking at right and wrong, which is a consequence of morality in which you believe, why don't you awaken the humanity within you? Why don't you become a living humanity? Humanity means just this, already we spoke about this. Animal nature means fixing boundaries. Human nature means expanding or including everybody into your boundaries because this is a natural longing. Wherever you are, you want to be something more, something more. What is this? This is because your intelligence has come to a place where it doesn't like boundaries. It wants to expand. This is human nature. Human nature is naturally inclusive. Animal nature is exclusive, it wants to fix boundaries. So instead of being in boundaries of right and wrong, even if somebody's wrong, let's include them and do the best we can. Because the moment you think, I'm doing all the right things, those, everybody looks wrong in your life. See, please sincerely address this and see. Most people are in this condition. Except themselves, everybody is wrong somewhere. If everybody is wrong and only you're right, it's a sign of madness. It is not a sign of being right.

July 23, 2020

3:13

Karma is not reward and punishment – Karma Vs Free Will

Synopsis: Someone asks Sadhguru - "How much of our life is governed by Karma, and how much is free will?..." Sadhguru explains that contrary to popular belief, Karma is not a 'reward and punishment'. Karma is the residual impact of whatever action you do with your body, mind and emotions - you can not control that, but this moment's Karma is entirely in your hand. If you are conscious in this moment, then you...

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... can use your Karma whichever way you want.

Synopsis: Someone asks Sadhguru - "How much of our life is governed by Karma, and how much is free will?..." Sadhguru...

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... explains that contrary to popular belief, Karma is not a 'reward and punishment'. Karma is the residual impact of whatever action you do with your body, mind and emotions - you can not control that, but this moment's Karma is entirely in your hand. If you are conscious in this moment, then you can use your Karma whichever way you want.

July 15, 2020

3:42

How do I dissolve my ‘bad’ karma? Does ‘good’ karma cancel ‘bad’ karma?

Synopsis: During a Youth & Truth event at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University in the US, a student asks Sadhguru - "One question on Karma - Can good karma cancel our bad karma? Is our life predestined, or can we change it by Karma? And, what is good karma?" Sadhguru explains what Karma really means. He says, this is not about 'good karma', or 'bad karma', what is important is that how much of your...

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... karma (action) is conscious.

Synopsis: During a Youth & Truth event at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University in the US, a student asks...

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... Sadhguru - "One question on Karma - Can good karma cancel our bad karma? Is our life predestined, or can we change it by Karma? And, what is good karma?" Sadhguru explains what Karma really means. He says, this is not about 'good karma', or 'bad karma', what is important is that how much of your karma (action) is conscious.

July 14, 2020

7:18

How important is money in life?

Transcript: Money is just a process. But, a whole lot of people are beginning to think that money is a goal by itself. Money is not a goal, I want you to remember. It is only a process. It's an enabling process. If you want to buy food, you need money. If you want to buy comfort, you need money. But now, you're trying to buy a life with money. You will not succeed for sure. It doesn't matter, whether you have...

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... 10 rupees today, or 10 million tomorrow, or 10 billion tomorrow. I have seen many billionaire beggars, still. With the same mentality, where is the next buck? Now how they want to live. They don't want to live well, they want to live better than their neighbour. Because of that, money becomes important. If they just want to live, money would be a small part of their life. But now they want to live better than their neighbour, bigger than their neighbour. So, run behind the money becomes an endless run. Otherwise, in a short period of time, what you need for your lifetime you can create in terms of money. And then do what is significant for your life, rather than running after a tool which was just created to simplify transactions. We have made money the currency, or a common. Instead of being in barter system. If you were in barter system, if I gave you a ball, you will give me a bat, then we would be doing that. But now you can buy a ball and a bat with money. You can buy a home and a car with money. You can buy food and comfort with money. So money has become a common transaction tool, and people need that to live. Money is only a tool of transaction. It is not a goal by itself. It's only a process. Thank you.

Transcript: Money is just a process. But, a whole lot of people are beginning to think that money is a goal by itself....

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... Money is not a goal, I want you to remember. It is only a process. It's an enabling process. If you want to buy food, you need money. If you want to buy comfort, you need money. But now, you're trying to buy a life with money. You will not succeed for sure. It doesn't matter, whether you have 10 rupees today, or 10 million tomorrow, or 10 billion tomorrow. I have seen many billionaire beggars, still. With the same mentality, where is the next buck? Now how they want to live. They don't want to live well, they want to live better than their neighbour. Because of that, money becomes important. If they just want to live, money would be a small part of their life. But now they want to live better than their neighbour, bigger than their neighbour. So, run behind the money becomes an endless run. Otherwise, in a short period of time, what you need for your lifetime you can create in terms of money. And then do what is significant for your life, rather than running after a tool which was just created to simplify transactions. We have made money the currency, or a common. Instead of being in barter system. If you were in barter system, if I gave you a ball, you will give me a bat, then we would be doing that. But now you can buy a ball and a bat with money. You can buy a home and a car with money. You can buy food and comfort with money. So money has become a common transaction tool, and people need that to live. Money is only a tool of transaction. It is not a goal by itself. It's only a process. Thank you.

June 30, 2020

2:27

The key to always be pleasant and peaceful

Synopsis: In this talk Sadhguru tells us that "it is very simple, whatever the nature of your experience is, it happening from within you". If your experience is happening from within you, then it is very natural for a human being to see how to make it most pleasant experience for themselves. Once you take charge, you will make sure that you make the most pleasant experience for yourself.

Synopsis: In this talk Sadhguru tells us that "it is very simple, whatever the nature of your experience is, it...

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... happening from within you". If your experience is happening from within you, then it is very natural for a human being to see how to make it most pleasant experience for themselves. Once you take charge, you will make sure that you make the most pleasant experience for yourself.

June 28, 2020

4:21

How to overcome fear of failure?

Synopsis: Sadhguru says, that every situation in your life, either you can use it to learn and become stronger or you can cry over it. Irrespective of what happens in your life, even if it is a horrific situation, you can use it for your growth. This can happen only if you understand the true purpose of your life. So, every situation is a stepping stone for a larger possibility. If you look at life this way,...

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... then there is no failure

Synopsis: Sadhguru says, that every situation in your life, either you can use it to learn and become stronger...

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... or you can cry over it. Irrespective of what happens in your life, even if it is a horrific situation, you can use it for your growth. This can happen only if you understand the true purpose of your life. So, every situation is a stepping stone for a larger possibility. If you look at life this way, then there is no failure

June 27, 2020

4:58

Overcome fear of suffering – the first step to achieve success

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "You would step out into the world, and do whatever needs to be done, only if you have an assurance that no matter what you walk into, you will not lose yourself. You will walk full stride, otherwise you will only be half a step. Most human beings are half a step, because of fear of suffering". Once you are well managed within yourself, once your thoughts and emotions are well managed...

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... within yourself, and you are pleasant within yourself, then you can walk into any situation without any fear or apprehension.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says - "You would step out into the world, and do whatever needs to be done, only if you have...

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... an assurance that no matter what you walk into, you will not lose yourself. You will walk full stride, otherwise you will only be half a step. Most human beings are half a step, because of fear of suffering". Once you are well managed within yourself, once your thoughts and emotions are well managed within yourself, and you are pleasant within yourself, then you can walk into any situation without any fear or apprehension.

June 23, 2020

3:40

If you think you are doing something important – its time to go on a holiday

Transcript: So, just loosen up your life a little bit, laugh a little more, involve yourself with people around you. Do things that you think is not so important. Don't do things which are very important. Do simple things, very important that you do simple things. Very important things you are doing in your life, you will become dead serious. You know Bertrand Russel, an Englishman. Bertrand Russel said, if you...

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... are beginning to think that what you are doing is very important, you need to take a holiday. So holiday does not mean coming to India. Holiday is everyday in those 24 hours you must take a holiday from your seriousness, from yourself. Seriousness comes essentially because of your self importance. You hold yourself as an important person. I want you to see, you are like a speck of dust in this existence. Tomorrow morning if you disappear, for sure in India nobody will miss you. Even down under they won't bother much you know. A handful of people, they will also forget soon enough, isn't it so? Woof! Nature does woof, you are gone. And nothing will happen in this world, everything will happen wonderfully well even if you are not there. Every human being should be aware of this every moment of his life. It does not matter what the whole world says about you. It does not matter how significant a work you are doing. You must understand that tomorrow morning the world will go on fine without you, whoever you may be. Isn't it so? If you constantly remind yourself of this, you will have no reason to be serious. Definitely not dead. And don't be dead now. A time will come. It's time to be alive.

Transcript: So, just loosen up your life a little bit, laugh a little more, involve yourself with people around you....

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... Do things that you think is not so important. Don't do things which are very important. Do simple things, very important that you do simple things. Very important things you are doing in your life, you will become dead serious. You know Bertrand Russel, an Englishman. Bertrand Russel said, if you are beginning to think that what you are doing is very important, you need to take a holiday. So holiday does not mean coming to India. Holiday is everyday in those 24 hours you must take a holiday from your seriousness, from yourself. Seriousness comes essentially because of your self importance. You hold yourself as an important person. I want you to see, you are like a speck of dust in this existence. Tomorrow morning if you disappear, for sure in India nobody will miss you. Even down under they won't bother much you know. A handful of people, they will also forget soon enough, isn't it so? Woof! Nature does woof, you are gone. And nothing will happen in this world, everything will happen wonderfully well even if you are not there. Every human being should be aware of this every moment of his life. It does not matter what the whole world says about you. It does not matter how significant a work you are doing. You must understand that tomorrow morning the world will go on fine without you, whoever you may be. Isn't it so? If you constantly remind yourself of this, you will have no reason to be serious. Definitely not dead. And don't be dead now. A time will come. It's time to be alive.

June 20, 2020

2:46

How to become a powerful human being | three simple steps

Transcript: I want you to observe your day to day life. A simple thing. Just let's say how many, how many words do you utter in a day? You never counted? Oh, you should. You should. Just make an estimate tomorrow. From morning to night, how many words do you utter? Day after tomorrow cut it by 50% and say the same things. You're not cutting off communication with people, you're still communicating but with 50%...

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... of the words. Your language skills will improve for sure. And you will see, you will develop so much of personal power within yourself. See there is scientific evidence to show, at least 20% of your energy right now, as you sit here in a restful state, is being consumed by your brain. If you bring this down, that your brain is not unnecessarily fluctuating and, you know, hopping mad all the time. If it learns to still be still and do only what's needed, an enormous sense of personal power will develop. You can't do this with your mind right now. If you try to stop it, it will hop even more crazy. At least do it with your body. Your words and your physical movements, reduce it by 50%. If you want to look at this, look at this. If you want to look at that, look at that. Don't do this, this, this. With your body, and you utterances if you do this, slowly it will also start manifesting in your mind. It will not do unnecessary things. When you don't know unecessary things, the energy that you have slowly transforms itself into potential power. So in developing this, this should not be dissipated in unecessary action. Right now you cannot curtail the number of thought you are having in your mind. That also can be. If you just bring in a reverberation within you, a simple mantra. If this is going away crazy, simply chant for some time. Create a certain reverberation. You will see, it will generate enormous amount of personal power. Without this power within you, you will not break through dimensions of life. This must be always understood, power is not about domination. Power is about becoming effective. Power is about becoming empowered. Only when you carry the potency of this power within you, you walk through this life. It doesn't matter where you are placed in the society. It doesn't matter finanacially where you are, materially where you are. You walk like a king because the power within you makes you walk like that.

Transcript: I want you to observe your day to day life. A simple thing. Just let's say how many, how many words do...

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... you utter in a day? You never counted? Oh, you should. You should. Just make an estimate tomorrow. From morning to night, how many words do you utter? Day after tomorrow cut it by 50% and say the same things. You're not cutting off communication with people, you're still communicating but with 50% of the words. Your language skills will improve for sure. And you will see, you will develop so much of personal power within yourself. See there is scientific evidence to show, at least 20% of your energy right now, as you sit here in a restful state, is being consumed by your brain. If you bring this down, that your brain is not unnecessarily fluctuating and, you know, hopping mad all the time. If it learns to still be still and do only what's needed, an enormous sense of personal power will develop. You can't do this with your mind right now. If you try to stop it, it will hop even more crazy. At least do it with your body. Your words and your physical movements, reduce it by 50%. If you want to look at this, look at this. If you want to look at that, look at that. Don't do this, this, this. With your body, and you utterances if you do this, slowly it will also start manifesting in your mind. It will not do unnecessary things. When you don't know unecessary things, the energy that you have slowly transforms itself into potential power. So in developing this, this should not be dissipated in unecessary action. Right now you cannot curtail the number of thought you are having in your mind. That also can be. If you just bring in a reverberation within you, a simple mantra. If this is going away crazy, simply chant for some time. Create a certain reverberation. You will see, it will generate enormous amount of personal power. Without this power within you, you will not break through dimensions of life. This must be always understood, power is not about domination. Power is about becoming effective. Power is about becoming empowered. Only when you carry the potency of this power within you, you walk through this life. It doesn't matter where you are placed in the society. It doesn't matter finanacially where you are, materially where you are. You walk like a king because the power within you makes you walk like that.

June 16, 2020

3:30

Even a worst situation can transform your life

Transcript: This was in 1939. And this family, a Jewish family in Germany or Austria probably, was taken away. First they took away the parents and they took away the children separately. And this girl, who is 13 years of age at that time, and her brother, who is 8 years of age, were brought to the railway station along with a lots of other kids. Parents were taken away somewhere, to some labour camp or something....

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... These kids have been separated. And they are pulled out from a wealthy family, and now they are on the railway platform, on a winter day. Kids are kids. Once they are there, they're playing and this boy is going out playing with people. They're kicking around something, playing football, all this. Then the train came. Once the train came, the soldiers came and pushed everybody into the trains. Like cattle, they were all loaded up. And after they got into the train, and train started moving, the boy said he forgot his shoes in the platform. The girl got so mad. 13 year old girl, she's just been separated, bewildered you know. Taken off from a wealthy family. And now they are on the street, they don't know where they're going, what's next. They don't know anything. Now it's history, we know all the things that happened. At that moment, these little children, they don't know anything. What's going to happen. And now this fellow leaves his shoes and comes. It's a cold month. So she held him by the ear, and twisted it as much as she wanted, and she abused him. You idiot! I have enough trouble on my hands, and now you have to leave your shoes and come. And when the next station came, they separated boys and girls. So he was taken away somewhere, she was taken away somewhere. Four years later, she came out of a concentration camp. The only survivor of the family. Seventeen memebers of the family just disappeared including that boy. She never figured where he went. He just evaporated somewhere. And, all that she remembered was the last things that she said to that boy. She could've said something nice to him. All the horrible things she told him because he lost his shoes. And then when she came out of the concentration camp after four and a half years, she made up her mind. It doesn't matter whom I speak to, when I speak to somebody, if that happens to be the last time I speak to them I should not regret. If you just speak like this to people, you will definitely say something else. And this one, this one vow that she took for herself just transformed her whole life and became such a beautiful human being. Even such a horrific thing happens to her, she makes a blessing out of it. If you have a working intelligence, whatever happens in your life, you can turn that into a great possibility for you. Or whatever happens, you can make misery out of it.

Transcript: This was in 1939. And this family, a Jewish family in Germany or Austria probably, was taken away. First...

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... they took away the parents and they took away the children separately. And this girl, who is 13 years of age at that time, and her brother, who is 8 years of age, were brought to the railway station along with a lots of other kids. Parents were taken away somewhere, to some labour camp or something. These kids have been separated. And they are pulled out from a wealthy family, and now they are on the railway platform, on a winter day. Kids are kids. Once they are there, they're playing and this boy is going out playing with people. They're kicking around something, playing football, all this. Then the train came. Once the train came, the soldiers came and pushed everybody into the trains. Like cattle, they were all loaded up. And after they got into the train, and train started moving, the boy said he forgot his shoes in the platform. The girl got so mad. 13 year old girl, she's just been separated, bewildered you know. Taken off from a wealthy family. And now they are on the street, they don't know where they're going, what's next. They don't know anything. Now it's history, we know all the things that happened. At that moment, these little children, they don't know anything. What's going to happen. And now this fellow leaves his shoes and comes. It's a cold month. So she held him by the ear, and twisted it as much as she wanted, and she abused him. You idiot! I have enough trouble on my hands, and now you have to leave your shoes and come. And when the next station came, they separated boys and girls. So he was taken away somewhere, she was taken away somewhere. Four years later, she came out of a concentration camp. The only survivor of the family. Seventeen memebers of the family just disappeared including that boy. She never figured where he went. He just evaporated somewhere. And, all that she remembered was the last things that she said to that boy. She could've said something nice to him. All the horrible things she told him because he lost his shoes. And then when she came out of the concentration camp after four and a half years, she made up her mind. It doesn't matter whom I speak to, when I speak to somebody, if that happens to be the last time I speak to them I should not regret. If you just speak like this to people, you will definitely say something else. And this one, this one vow that she took for herself just transformed her whole life and became such a beautiful human being. Even such a horrific thing happens to her, she makes a blessing out of it. If you have a working intelligence, whatever happens in your life, you can turn that into a great possibility for you. Or whatever happens, you can make misery out of it.

June 14, 2020

3:59

Being joyful is 100% in your hands

Transcript: We need to understand this. We are experiencing life the way we are experiencing not because that's how life is, because that's how we are. Our experience of life is essentially determined by us, not by what's happening around us. There are situations in the world, family, work, street, many things. Nation, world, all kinds of situations. Whatever happens in the outside situation has a certain amount...

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... of impact on our physical lives. Definitely it has, isn't it? But it does not determine the nature of our experience. The nature of our experience simply depends on how we are. Situations, of course, are dependent on million other people. Your life situation right now, living in Kolkata. What every citizen of Kolkata is doing has some impact on your life situations. But it need not have any impact on your experience of life. Because your experience of life is essentially determined by you, you, and you alone. Nobody else but you. If you understand this, that is the basis of Sadhana. You are sitting down with your eyes closed, just to understand experientially that everything that I experience is coming from within me. Pain and pleasure are coming from within you. Joy and misery are coming from within you. Agony and ecsatasy is happening from within you. If you understand this much, then would you choose pain or pleasure? Would you choose joy or misery? Agony or ecstasy? That's all, you know the choice. If you are confused about the choice, then you would need lot of lessons. Your choice is clear for yourself, 100% clear. So when it is so clear, choice is clear, only thing is, your ability to make the choice. That's all you need to enhance. If you did not know what to choose, it would be more complicated. Your choice is 100% clear, only to be able to choose.

Transcript: We need to understand this. We are experiencing life the way we are experiencing not because that's how...

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... life is, because that's how we are. Our experience of life is essentially determined by us, not by what's happening around us. There are situations in the world, family, work, street, many things. Nation, world, all kinds of situations. Whatever happens in the outside situation has a certain amount of impact on our physical lives. Definitely it has, isn't it? But it does not determine the nature of our experience. The nature of our experience simply depends on how we are. Situations, of course, are dependent on million other people. Your life situation right now, living in Kolkata. What every citizen of Kolkata is doing has some impact on your life situations. But it need not have any impact on your experience of life. Because your experience of life is essentially determined by you, you, and you alone. Nobody else but you. If you understand this, that is the basis of Sadhana. You are sitting down with your eyes closed, just to understand experientially that everything that I experience is coming from within me. Pain and pleasure are coming from within you. Joy and misery are coming from within you. Agony and ecsatasy is happening from within you. If you understand this much, then would you choose pain or pleasure? Would you choose joy or misery? Agony or ecstasy? That's all, you know the choice. If you are confused about the choice, then you would need lot of lessons. Your choice is clear for yourself, 100% clear. So when it is so clear, choice is clear, only thing is, your ability to make the choice. That's all you need to enhance. If you did not know what to choose, it would be more complicated. Your choice is 100% clear, only to be able to choose.

June 13, 2020

3:07

Hard to give title to this talk just watch it to know how to be happy

Transcript: Today, just to take very affluent societies because every society is aspiring to be like that. Let's say you take United States, which is the most affluent nation on the planet right now. 70% of US population is on prescription medication. Another 30%, of course, buying it off the back streets. Most affluent nation. Obviously affluence is not working. To be healthful, you need chemicals. To be joyful,...

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... you need chemicals. To be peaceful, you need chemicals. To be ecstatic, of course, there is ecstasy. So, I'm not even looking at it morally. It's never a moral issue for me. If 90% of this population right now, is on chemicals, believe me, the next generation that we produce will be a generation which is much less than us. If we produce a next generation less than ourselves, we have committed a crime against humanity. Because the next generation must be at least one step ahead of us. Otherwise we have lost it. So, we are heading towards this rapidly unless we teach individual human beings how to simply sit here and be blissed out. Stoned enough or no? Just look at me. But am I conscious enough? Alert enough? Clear enough? If there was a way to intoxicate yourself without losing your judgement, without losing your awareness, without losing your intelligence, it's a great thing. Intoxication is a fantastic thing. Only problem is it takes away your judgement, it takes away your intelligence, incapacitates you. That is the problem, isnt it? If you know how to manage this, you will be like me, always blissed out. Anybody can say what they want, anybody can do what they want, this is like this only. Because I have not given this priviledge to anybody. That somebody can make me happy, somebody can make me unhappy, somebody can make me miserable. It's very important that neither this way or that way. We listen to everybody because we could be doing something wrong. Hello? Any moment we could be doing something wrong. So we listen to everybody. But what they say will not determine how I am. Never ever. This you must fix.

Transcript: Today, just to take very affluent societies because every society is aspiring to be like that. Let's...

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... say you take United States, which is the most affluent nation on the planet right now. 70% of US population is on prescription medication. Another 30%, of course, buying it off the back streets. Most affluent nation. Obviously affluence is not working. To be healthful, you need chemicals. To be joyful, you need chemicals. To be peaceful, you need chemicals. To be ecstatic, of course, there is ecstasy. So, I'm not even looking at it morally. It's never a moral issue for me. If 90% of this population right now, is on chemicals, believe me, the next generation that we produce will be a generation which is much less than us. If we produce a next generation less than ourselves, we have committed a crime against humanity. Because the next generation must be at least one step ahead of us. Otherwise we have lost it. So, we are heading towards this rapidly unless we teach individual human beings how to simply sit here and be blissed out. Stoned enough or no? Just look at me. But am I conscious enough? Alert enough? Clear enough? If there was a way to intoxicate yourself without losing your judgement, without losing your awareness, without losing your intelligence, it's a great thing. Intoxication is a fantastic thing. Only problem is it takes away your judgement, it takes away your intelligence, incapacitates you. That is the problem, isnt it? If you know how to manage this, you will be like me, always blissed out. Anybody can say what they want, anybody can do what they want, this is like this only. Because I have not given this priviledge to anybody. That somebody can make me happy, somebody can make me unhappy, somebody can make me miserable. It's very important that neither this way or that way. We listen to everybody because we could be doing something wrong. Hello? Any moment we could be doing something wrong. So we listen to everybody. But what they say will not determine how I am. Never ever. This you must fix.

June 12, 2020

3:06

Just try this for two days and you will become truly joyful

Transcript: So what is it? Okay, so for all of us, how do we live our days? What is the best way to just go about it? Give us in clear simple, simple sentences, do this and you will be at least on the way to being blissful or happy or aware or living in a nice conscious way. Do not take this for granted. If you wake up in the morning, tomorrow if you wake up in the morning. No, this is not my wish. But I want...

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... you to know, of all the people who go to bed tonight, over a million people will not wake up tomorrow morning. And tomorrow, if you and me wake up tomorrow morning, is it not a fantastic thing? A million people did not wake up. You woke up. Is it not a great thing? Just look at the ceiling and smile. You are still awake. You are still there. And for many many millions of people, somebody who is dear to them did not wake up. So just check those fix, six people around you. They all woke up. Wow! It's a fantastic day! You woke up, and everyone who matters to you around you woke up. Is it not fantastic day? You don't think so. You don't seem to think so, because the problem is just this, you are living with an idea that you are immortal. When I say you are immortal, you are not actually thinking you are immortal. But you are not conscious of your mortality. If you were not conscious of your mortality, somewhere you think you are immortal, isn't it? How many moments in a day, are you conscious that you are mortal? If you are conscious, would you have time to crib? Would you have time to fight with somebody? Would you have time to do some rubbish with your life? If you knew, if you are conscious that you are mortal, you would do nothing other than what is absolutely needed for you and everybody around you. This one thing if you do, if you just remind yourself. Don't think this is a negative thing, death is not a negative thing. It's the only thing which has added value to your life. If you are here forever, you would be unbearable. If you just become conscious of this one thing. That always you are conscious that I am mortal, you don't have to think I will die today. We don't intend. We want to live as far as possible. Just you know one day I will die. If you are just conscious of this one thing, you will naturally become spiritual. Everyday, every moment if you remind yourself, this is a brief life. I'm mortal. One day I will end. Just do this for 2 days and see, you will become something truly fantastic within yourself. Just, this is all. That is simple beautiful. That's all that is needed. If you want to know the value of life, just know that it's a brief happening.

Transcript: So what is it? Okay, so for all of us, how do we live our days? What is the best way to just go about...

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... it? Give us in clear simple, simple sentences, do this and you will be at least on the way to being blissful or happy or aware or living in a nice conscious way. Do not take this for granted. If you wake up in the morning, tomorrow if you wake up in the morning. No, this is not my wish. But I want you to know, of all the people who go to bed tonight, over a million people will not wake up tomorrow morning. And tomorrow, if you and me wake up tomorrow morning, is it not a fantastic thing? A million people did not wake up. You woke up. Is it not a great thing? Just look at the ceiling and smile. You are still awake. You are still there. And for many many millions of people, somebody who is dear to them did not wake up. So just check those fix, six people around you. They all woke up. Wow! It's a fantastic day! You woke up, and everyone who matters to you around you woke up. Is it not fantastic day? You don't think so. You don't seem to think so, because the problem is just this, you are living with an idea that you are immortal. When I say you are immortal, you are not actually thinking you are immortal. But you are not conscious of your mortality. If you were not conscious of your mortality, somewhere you think you are immortal, isn't it? How many moments in a day, are you conscious that you are mortal? If you are conscious, would you have time to crib? Would you have time to fight with somebody? Would you have time to do some rubbish with your life? If you knew, if you are conscious that you are mortal, you would do nothing other than what is absolutely needed for you and everybody around you. This one thing if you do, if you just remind yourself. Don't think this is a negative thing, death is not a negative thing. It's the only thing which has added value to your life. If you are here forever, you would be unbearable. If you just become conscious of this one thing. That always you are conscious that I am mortal, you don't have to think I will die today. We don't intend. We want to live as far as possible. Just you know one day I will die. If you are just conscious of this one thing, you will naturally become spiritual. Everyday, every moment if you remind yourself, this is a brief life. I'm mortal. One day I will end. Just do this for 2 days and see, you will become something truly fantastic within yourself. Just, this is all. That is simple beautiful. That's all that is needed. If you want to know the value of life, just know that it's a brief happening.

June 11, 2020

3:36

Joy or misery – you must make your choice today

Transcript: You heard of Lao Tzu? Lao Tzu? Lao Tzu is a celebrated Zen master today. Even then, he gathered a certain number of disciples around him. It is part of the Zen tradition, that when the master, or the Guru is dying, people gather around for a final message. So at the age of 83 or 84, he was passing. So people gathered around him and asked him, 'Master, what is the secret of your joy?' You know, he faced...

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... a lot of extreme situations in his life. He was accused of things that he had never thought of. And he went through troubles. So people asked, you went through so many things, but you were always joyful. What is the secret of your joy? Lao Tzu said, 'Oh! That, it's just that everyday in the morning when I woke up, I used to get a question. The question is, today shall I be joyful or miserable? Till now I just happened to choose joy, that's all.' So, have you made your choice? I'm asking. Everyday in the morning, if a question comes to you. I will come and ask you a question everyday in the morning. Today you are going to be joyful or miserable? What's your choice? You must make this choice everyday. Today I'm going to be joyful. Joy is not a goal by itself, it is just that when you are joyful, you are pleasant to the world. When you are joyful, you are sensible in your head. When you are joyful, you will not do stupid things against yourself. But look at yourself and see. Right now, somebody else, if they determine what should happen, around you, you feel like a slave. But right now, somebody else is determining what should happen within you, is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you are happy or unhappy, is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you will be a pleasant human being or an unpleasant human being, is this not slavery? What happens within you, somebody else determines. This is the worst form of slavery, isn't it? Isn't it so? It is just that, because everybody is like that it seems to be normal. It is not, it is not normal. Just because everybody is like that it does not become normal. This human being, life around you will not happen, will never happen 100% the way you want it.

Transcript: You heard of Lao Tzu? Lao Tzu? Lao Tzu is a celebrated Zen master today. Even then, he gathered a certain...

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... number of disciples around him. It is part of the Zen tradition, that when the master, or the Guru is dying, people gather around for a final message. So at the age of 83 or 84, he was passing. So people gathered around him and asked him, 'Master, what is the secret of your joy?' You know, he faced a lot of extreme situations in his life. He was accused of things that he had never thought of. And he went through troubles. So people asked, you went through so many things, but you were always joyful. What is the secret of your joy? Lao Tzu said, 'Oh! That, it's just that everyday in the morning when I woke up, I used to get a question. The question is, today shall I be joyful or miserable? Till now I just happened to choose joy, that's all.' So, have you made your choice? I'm asking. Everyday in the morning, if a question comes to you. I will come and ask you a question everyday in the morning. Today you are going to be joyful or miserable? What's your choice? You must make this choice everyday. Today I'm going to be joyful. Joy is not a goal by itself, it is just that when you are joyful, you are pleasant to the world. When you are joyful, you are sensible in your head. When you are joyful, you will not do stupid things against yourself. But look at yourself and see. Right now, somebody else, if they determine what should happen, around you, you feel like a slave. But right now, somebody else is determining what should happen within you, is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you are happy or unhappy, is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you will be a pleasant human being or an unpleasant human being, is this not slavery? What happens within you, somebody else determines. This is the worst form of slavery, isn't it? Isn't it so? It is just that, because everybody is like that it seems to be normal. It is not, it is not normal. Just because everybody is like that it does not become normal. This human being, life around you will not happen, will never happen 100% the way you want it.

June 10, 2020

3:16

Do this before you sleep to become more and more joyful

Transcript: What is well being? When do you really feel well in your life? When do you truly feel well? When you're very happy, you're well. Even if you are physically ill, you are still well, isn't it? Even if you are medically diagnosed as ill, you are very happy right now. You are feeling well, isn't it? So fundamentally well being means a certain level of joyfulness. Certain exuberance of life. What is happiness?...

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... We can say happiness is that, that. But in terms of life, your life energies are happening in a more exuberant way than it normally happens. Happiness means your life energies are exuberant. There are many ways of describing happiness. But only those who are happy know what it means to be happy. There is nobody who has not been happy. Everybody has been happy. But the problem is they are not able to maintain it, that's all. Why don't you keep an account book? At the end of the day, just check, am I a little more joyful today than yesterday? If you had done this since you were five years of age, you would have been ecstatic by now. Profit side. You became like this because you never kept accounts. One day you checked, when it became very acute, then you see, you are in a big loss. Everyday, every month, just keep accounts. Am I becoming more joyful or less joyful? There are only two things, how joyful are you? And how much joy do you give to people around you? This you can keep accounts. If you keep accounts of this, people are keeping accounts of their money, as if they are going to carry it with them. The real wealth of life is how joyful you are. How wonderful is your experience of life. Joy is not a goal by itself, but it's a necessary ambience for life. If you don't set this one ambience, then whatever you have, is just going waste.

Transcript: What is well being? When do you really feel well in your life? When do you truly feel well? When you're...

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... very happy, you're well. Even if you are physically ill, you are still well, isn't it? Even if you are medically diagnosed as ill, you are very happy right now. You are feeling well, isn't it? So fundamentally well being means a certain level of joyfulness. Certain exuberance of life. What is happiness? We can say happiness is that, that. But in terms of life, your life energies are happening in a more exuberant way than it normally happens. Happiness means your life energies are exuberant. There are many ways of describing happiness. But only those who are happy know what it means to be happy. There is nobody who has not been happy. Everybody has been happy. But the problem is they are not able to maintain it, that's all. Why don't you keep an account book? At the end of the day, just check, am I a little more joyful today than yesterday? If you had done this since you were five years of age, you would have been ecstatic by now. Profit side. You became like this because you never kept accounts. One day you checked, when it became very acute, then you see, you are in a big loss. Everyday, every month, just keep accounts. Am I becoming more joyful or less joyful? There are only two things, how joyful are you? And how much joy do you give to people around you? This you can keep accounts. If you keep accounts of this, people are keeping accounts of their money, as if they are going to carry it with them. The real wealth of life is how joyful you are. How wonderful is your experience of life. Joy is not a goal by itself, but it's a necessary ambience for life. If you don't set this one ambience, then whatever you have, is just going waste.

June 9, 2020

2:56

The first step to be always joyful

Transcript: A young woman went to a doctor. And said, oh doctor, my body is hurting all over. Just everything in my body is hurting. The doctor looked at her, she looked quite young and healthy. He said, that looks strange. Every part in you body is hurting? Show me what's happening. She said, just look at this doctor and she just touched her right knee. 'Aaah!' she screamed. Then she touched her left elbow. 'Aaah!'...

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... she screamed. She touched her neck and she screamed. The doctor said, okay, just relax. And he brought a little plaster and put it on her finger. There was an injury in the finger. So, if pain comes, suffering comes, misery happens, not time to look around. This is always the problem. If you are miserable, you think somebody else needs to be fixed. No no no no, if you are miserable, this needs to be fixed. Not somebody else. No, I'm miserable, fix the situation for me. No no no, if you are miserable, who should be fixed? If you are sick, who should be given the medicine? Shall we give it to somebody else when you are sick? If you are hungry, shall we give the food to somebody else? No, it only works if you give it to this, isn't it? If food is like that, medicine is like that, is it not true with every other aspect? Both your miseries and joys are caused from inside. It needs to be attended here, not somewhere else. The sooner you learn this, the more graceful and wonderful you life will become. If you are taking a lifetime to understand this, life will have its ways.

Transcript: A young woman went to a doctor. And said, oh doctor, my body is hurting all over. Just everything in...

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... my body is hurting. The doctor looked at her, she looked quite young and healthy. He said, that looks strange. Every part in you body is hurting? Show me what's happening. She said, just look at this doctor and she just touched her right knee. 'Aaah!' she screamed. Then she touched her left elbow. 'Aaah!' she screamed. She touched her neck and she screamed. The doctor said, okay, just relax. And he brought a little plaster and put it on her finger. There was an injury in the finger. So, if pain comes, suffering comes, misery happens, not time to look around. This is always the problem. If you are miserable, you think somebody else needs to be fixed. No no no no, if you are miserable, this needs to be fixed. Not somebody else. No, I'm miserable, fix the situation for me. No no no, if you are miserable, who should be fixed? If you are sick, who should be given the medicine? Shall we give it to somebody else when you are sick? If you are hungry, shall we give the food to somebody else? No, it only works if you give it to this, isn't it? If food is like that, medicine is like that, is it not true with every other aspect? Both your miseries and joys are caused from inside. It needs to be attended here, not somewhere else. The sooner you learn this, the more graceful and wonderful you life will become. If you are taking a lifetime to understand this, life will have its ways.

June 8, 2020

2:35

Does positive thinking work?

Positive thinking is dangerous! Sadhguru says - "The nature of the mind is such that if you say, 'I do not want this,' only that will happen in your mind. If you say, 'I do not want the negative,' only that will happen." Instead of looking at things as positive and negative, we should essentially be looking at the situation and act accordingly. Sadhguru explains, that the who existence is happening between two dualities - "What you refer to as positive and negative is: masculine and feminine, light and darkness, day and night. Without this, how will life happen? It is like saying you do not want death, you want only life – there is no such thing. Only because there is death there is life. Only because there is darkness there is light. It is just that you should not allow the negative to overwhelm you. Let both of them be there and see how to make both of them productive."

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September 11, 2020

7 min read

Coronavirus – How to stay calm when our loved ones are in mortal peril?

Someone asks Sadhguru - "All my family is in Italy. How can we not panic and be calm in this situation? It is very difficult for me to stay quiet." Sadhguru says - "...I understand the struggle, that people who are dear to you are elsewhere, particularly in a place which is going through the throes of infection and there are hundreds of deaths per day.... Shall we deal with the trouble to the best of our capabilities or shall we multiply it in our mind?"

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April 16, 2020

3 min read

Coronavirus lockdown – How to deal with boredom?

Stuck at home during the Coronavirus lockdown, someone asks Sadhguru - "Sadhguru, I always thought that I can spend my whole life binging on shows on Netflix, but in the last few days of lockdown, I am totally bored of everything on the internet!" Sadhguru explains that boredom is a mind's creation, it's not existential. So, you are bored of just what is happening in your mind! He suggests some simple tips to address this, like - "Every ten minutes, take a two-minute break from it; you will be doing something very fantastic with yourself."

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April 11, 2020

5 min read

Go Beyond The Conditioning of Your Belief

Sadhguru says - "When it comes to God, you have been told to believe; nobody told you to explore Divinity". The intellect is only useful for survival. Exploring deeper dimensions of life through the five senses will not yield results. These are not the right instruments; and without appropriate instruments, people are bound to jump to wrong conclusions.

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February 17, 2020

3 min read

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