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What is the purpose of meditation?

Transcript: So what is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose. If you sit in meditation slowly it will become like this, your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away,...

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... only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down. Otherwise you won't keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down. The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you have empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble, not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening, you will always be an individual. Trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you are very happy you keep your guards down? Isn't it so? When you're unhappy, fully shielded. When you're happy, little down, isn't it? When you're very happy, it's all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you're willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don't know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You are willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is only safe atmosphere where you can be happy because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability. See, just see, you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they look like this. Why? What's their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think if I smile, he may exploit me. How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pickpocket smiles at you, why can't you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see. Just go out and smile. People who look like this, they're surprised somebody's making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks. They want to go home and become life. Doesn't work. After some time, you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere isn't it? So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? The only two kinds of suffering, isn't it? Once you have a distance from these two things, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you are willing to venture into other dimensions of life. Otherwise, no matter what I tell you, you're only looking for safety.

Transcript: So what is meditation? The purpose of, if we have to look at the purpose. If you sit in meditation slowly...

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... it will become like this, your body is here, your mind is out there, what is you is somewhere else. Once these three things are happening separately, once there is a space between you and the body, between you and the mind, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you will keep your instinct of self-preservation down. Otherwise you won't keep it down. As long as the fear of suffering is there, you will not keep the instinct of self-preservation down. The only reason why you are naturally not spiritual is because you have empowered your instinct of self-preservation too much. All the time it is trying to make you like a bubble in the world, separate bubble, not willing to mix with anything. So unless you keep your instinct of self preservation down, you will not become spiritual in any way. You will not know life as one happening, you will always be an individual. Trapped. Have you noticed, even in your general life, when you are very happy you keep your guards down? Isn't it so? When you're unhappy, fully shielded. When you're happy, little down, isn't it? When you're very happy, it's all down. Have you noticed this? So this is the reason why you're willing to be happy only among certain people. Because you don't know how to be just happy and still know where to stop life when it has to be stopped. You are willing to be happy only with five people in your life because you think that is only safe atmosphere where you can be happy because you have always understood happiness as a certain vulnerability. See, just see, you walk on the street and you smile at anybody, they look like this. Why? What's their problem smiling back at you? What are they going to lose? They think if I smile, he may exploit me. How will he exploit you? If he comes to pick your pocket, you can stop him. If he smiles, even a pickpocket smiles at you, why can't you smile at him? What is the problem? Just try today and see. Just go out and smile. People who look like this, they're surprised somebody's making me vulnerable to life. They want to go on the street like rocks. They want to go home and become life. Doesn't work. After some time, you become a rock there also. If you want to be life, you must practice it everywhere isn't it? So meditation gives you that space between you and your body, between you and your mind. Whatever suffering human beings have known, it has either entered them through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of suffering? The only two kinds of suffering, isn't it? Once you have a distance from these two things, this is the end of suffering. Once the fear of suffering is taken away, only then you are willing to venture into other dimensions of life. Otherwise, no matter what I tell you, you're only looking for safety.

May 21, 2021

3:43

How to do open eye meditation?

Transcript: Q: You said that sleep means, close your eyes and unaware. And meditation means, okay close your eyes but be aware. Can we do, with regard to this, can we do the meditation with open eye? Sadhguru: Once there was a sufi master. His name was Ibrahim. In Ibrahim's ashram there were many people. One day, two disciples met in his garden, in the garden of the ashram....

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... Both were little frustrated and both of them said, I wish we could smoke. They want to smoke, but they're in an ashram. So then they talked about it for some time and said, why don't we go and ask the master. Can we smoke? They decided to go and ask him separately. Then next evening, one man was again sitting in the same spot frustrated. Another man came smoking. Hey, you're smoking. How can you smoke? Master told me not to smoke. What did you ask him? He said, I asked him, can I smoke when I'm meditating? He said, no. How are you smoking? He said, that's your problem. I asked him, can I meditate when I'm smoking? He said okay. So right now, can I meditate with my eyes open? No. With eyes open, can I be meditative? Yes. But in my meditation, can I open my eyes? No. Okay? In fact the samyama we are talking about, you know we mentioned something about samyama. . The samyama meditations are basically to train you to meditate with eyes open. So that 24 hours, no matter what you're doing, you're constantly meditating, actively. With eyes open, in all the activity that you perform, you can become active meditation. Then it's a different world by itself. So samyama meditations are for that purpose, to train you to open eyes and meditate. But don't attempt shoonya with eyes open. With eyes closed, staying aware, you know how many problems you have. You open your eyes, where all you will go.

Transcript: Q: You said that sleep means, close your eyes and unaware. And meditation means, okay...

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... close your eyes but be aware. Can we do, with regard to this, can we do the meditation with open eye? Sadhguru: Once there was a sufi master. His name was Ibrahim. In Ibrahim's ashram there were many people. One day, two disciples met in his garden, in the garden of the ashram. Both were little frustrated and both of them said, I wish we could smoke. They want to smoke, but they're in an ashram. So then they talked about it for some time and said, why don't we go and ask the master. Can we smoke? They decided to go and ask him separately. Then next evening, one man was again sitting in the same spot frustrated. Another man came smoking. Hey, you're smoking. How can you smoke? Master told me not to smoke. What did you ask him? He said, I asked him, can I smoke when I'm meditating? He said, no. How are you smoking? He said, that's your problem. I asked him, can I meditate when I'm smoking? He said okay. So right now, can I meditate with my eyes open? No. With eyes open, can I be meditative? Yes. But in my meditation, can I open my eyes? No. Okay? In fact the samyama we are talking about, you know we mentioned something about samyama. . The samyama meditations are basically to train you to meditate with eyes open. So that 24 hours, no matter what you're doing, you're constantly meditating, actively. With eyes open, in all the activity that you perform, you can become active meditation. Then it's a different world by itself. So samyama meditations are for that purpose, to train you to open eyes and meditate. But don't attempt shoonya with eyes open. With eyes closed, staying aware, you know how many problems you have. You open your eyes, where all you will go.

May 20, 2021

3:01

Meditation is not what you think (you can not do meditation)

Transcript: When we utter the word meditation, people think it's some kind of an act. Meditation is not an act. Meditation is a certain quality. If you prepare your body or if you cultivate your body, your mind, your emotions, and your energy to a certain level of maturity and preparedness, you become meditative. It's like the fragrance of a flower. Now the problem in the world is, people are interested in the...

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... flower but they're not interested in the plant. If you want flowers in your garden, you don't think about flowers. You think about the root, you think about the manure, you think about the water, you think about the sunlight. Instead of that, if you think about the flower, you will only have plastic flowers in your life. You will not have real flowers. So meditation is a certain fragrance, it's a certain flowering that happens within you. It's a certain quality that you acquire if you cultivate the other four dimensions of life to a certain level of maturity.

Transcript: When we utter the word meditation, people think it's some kind of an act. Meditation is not an act. Meditation...

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... is a certain quality. If you prepare your body or if you cultivate your body, your mind, your emotions, and your energy to a certain level of maturity and preparedness, you become meditative. It's like the fragrance of a flower. Now the problem in the world is, people are interested in the flower but they're not interested in the plant. If you want flowers in your garden, you don't think about flowers. You think about the root, you think about the manure, you think about the water, you think about the sunlight. Instead of that, if you think about the flower, you will only have plastic flowers in your life. You will not have real flowers. So meditation is a certain fragrance, it's a certain flowering that happens within you. It's a certain quality that you acquire if you cultivate the other four dimensions of life to a certain level of maturity.

January 25, 2021

1:26

What Is Meditation and How To Become Meditative?

Synopsis: In this short yet profound talk, Sadhguru dispels the common misunderstanding that one can 'do meditation'. One can not 'do meditation', one can only 'become meditative'. He explains what is meditation, and how one can become meditative.

Synopsis: In this short yet profound talk, Sadhguru dispels the common misunderstanding that one can 'do meditation'....

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... One can not 'do meditation', one can only 'become meditative'. He explains what is meditation, and how one can become meditative.

January 15, 2020

1:41

Will doing regular Sadhna answer all my questions?

Synopsis: "I have hundreds of questions in my head. If I do regular practice and Sadhna with full involvement - will they get answered?" - asks a meditator during Sadhguru Darshan at the Ashram. Sadhguru's answer is bound to surprise you.....

Synopsis: "I have hundreds of questions in my head. If I do regular practice and Sadhna with full involvement -...

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... will they get answered?" - asks a meditator during Sadhguru Darshan at the Ashram. Sadhguru's answer is bound to surprise you.....

October 20, 2019

06:20

Infinity – a powerful guided meditation by Sadhguru

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the concept of zero and infinity and tells us how when someone is in a particular state, the energies move like the infinity symbol. He then guides through the powerful infinity meditation process.

Synopsis: Sadhguru explains the concept of zero and infinity and tells us how when someone is in a particular state,...

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... the energies move like the infinity symbol. He then guides through the powerful infinity meditation process.

June 18, 2019

34:10

Guided Meditation – Isha Kriya – Simple 12 minute process to relieve stress

Synopsis: Guided meditation process by Sadhguru. It is a simple 12 min process to relieve stress.  Sadhguru says - "Isha Kriya is an extremely simple process, but a powerful tool. These three ingredients, your breath, your thought, and your awareness. In the right combination if you use them, your ability to use your mind and the body is so greatly enhanced, that you almost look superhuman for somebody else....

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... But I am telling you, this us human, this is not about being superhuman, this is about realizing that being human is super."

Synopsis: Guided meditation process by Sadhguru. It is a simple 12 min process to relieve stress.  Sadhguru says...

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... - "Isha Kriya is an extremely simple process, but a powerful tool. These three ingredients, your breath, your thought, and your awareness. In the right combination if you use them, your ability to use your mind and the body is so greatly enhanced, that you almost look superhuman for somebody else. But I am telling you, this us human, this is not about being superhuman, this is about realizing that being human is super."

May 17, 2019

19:34

Coronavirus lockdown – How to handle the inner noises?

Many people are forced into a lockdown because of the corona virus. With no activity and silence on the outside, suddenly the inside noises are becoming very noisy. How can one deal with this? Sadhguru says - "Do not try to stop it because you cannot stop it. The only way is to distance yourself from it." He shares tips as to how one can achieve this distancing. Simple meditations like Isha Kriya can be of tremendous help.

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April 4, 2020

5 min read

How To Move From Lust To Love?

Lust is a strong need. Love is not a need. Today, people are physically inactive. Unlike earlier times, everything physical needed for survival is already taken care of. This has made people neurotic, because the energy is not worked out - it is trapped. Sadhguru says - "When you love, you settle down, nothing more is needed. You can just sit here for a lifetime. With lust you cannot sit anywhere. You either get into some mad action, or you are bound to go crazy". So, either, one works out the energy through physical activity, or another way is to simply drop it and move ahead - this is meditation.

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November 22, 2019

4 min read

Why Do People Think Yoga & Meditation is Only for the Old?

What is the right age to start yoga? We usually see only old people do yoga - the young go for running or exercise! How did Sadhguru himself get into yoga? He narrates an incidence of how he ended up doing yoga. And, how even if you do yoga for all the wrong reasons - it still works!

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June 19, 2018

4 min read

Earth Day – Can Meditation Save the Earth?

The economics of our contemporary society is such, that if we succeed, we will fail. It is like the man cutting the branch of the tree on which he is sitting. We now understand that life on Earth is interconnected in a very complex structure, and is not independent transactions. Our body itself is built from Earth, it is just a piece of Earth, through the food that we consume. So, life is happening as one, it's only psychologically we feel separate, but physiologically it is happening as one. When we meditate, especially if the leaderships meditates, you will experience that you are not separate from each other. Once that happens taking care of Earth is a natural consequence.

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April 21, 2018

2 min read

Meditation – How Does It Affect The Brain?

Sadhguru tells us that shambhavi kriya leads to left brain and right brain coherence, which leads to phenomenal capabilities. He says - "Your ability to function in the world can be greatly enhanced – almost super-enhanced. Physically and mentally, it will set you apart in any crowd of people if you give yourself to the practice sufficiently". He narrates a very interesting incidence, where he was subjected to some tests, and based on the readings, was pronounced dead!

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July 8, 2016

6 min read

What Is Meditation?

Sadhguru says - "You cannot do meditation but you can become meditative". Meditation is a certain quality, it is not an act. Meditation will naturally happen, once the body, mind and emotions are cultivated and the necessary atmosphere prepared.

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October 15, 2012

2 min read

Limitations of The Logical Mind

The logical mind is essential for survival needs, but not to address all aspects of life. Someone who becomes extremely logical, will become depressed and self-destructive. Logical mind is an instrument to handle the duality of existence, and it is building up a certain tension within the system. Sadhguru says - "If you become extremely logical, you become horribly argumentative about everything in your life. So meditation is a way of unstringing this."

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July 30, 2012

5 min read

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