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Is there a positive role of our traditions? | Sadhguru at Yale School of Medicine | #6

Synopsis: Can I ask your thoughts on this? In many ways we are the inheritors of our traditions. And they do influence us and shape us. Is there a positive role for the traditions from when we come? For example, if I’m going to try to inner engineer my inner life and try to get some direction, and meaning, and faith, and hope, and values, I can’t do it alone. And there are...

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... rich traditions, Hindu traditions, Judail Christian traditions, Muslim traditions, that give some context, some meaning, some structure, upon which to anchor my life. What do you think about that? Do we throw away all the traditions and inner engineer our lives? Do we use these traditions?  

Synopsis: Can I ask your thoughts on this? In many ways we are the inheritors of...

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... our traditions. And they do influence us and shape us. Is there a positive role for the traditions from when we come? For example, if I’m going to try to inner engineer my inner life and try to get some direction, and meaning, and faith, and hope, and values, I can’t do it alone. And there are rich traditions, Hindu traditions, Judail Christian traditions, Muslim traditions, that give some context, some meaning, some structure, upon which to anchor my life. What do you think about that? Do we throw away all the traditions and inner engineer our lives? Do we use these traditions?  

April 19, 2021

5:23

Sadhguru, what was the influence of Adiyogi in shaping your path of enlightenment? | Sadhguru in Conversation with India’s BSF Officers | #1

Synopsis: Your life has really mesmerized billions, the collage is so colourful. And we would like to know more about it. Specially the influence of Adiyogi, in shaping your entire being towards becoming an enlightened yogi.  

Synopsis: Your life has really mesmerized billions, the collage is so colourful....

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... And we would like to know more about it. Specially the influence of Adiyogi, in shaping your entire being towards becoming an enlightened yogi.  

April 17, 2021

3:28

What happens if you learn yoga from an inexperienced teacher? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Julie Gichuru | #8

Synopsis: My question is about yoga and of course, ahead of international yoga day, we’re very privileged to have you here in Nairobi. My question is about the benefits of yoga which everybody talks about. And everybody knows that yoga has great benefits for inner well-being, as well as the external. However, in Nairobi, with all due respect to certain people who are in the...

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... craft, I notice that housewives overnight turn into yoga gurus because they watch some DVDs, they watch a few programmes on TV and then decide to start teaching yoga. And that is, of course, a big concern because people do understand the benefits of yoga. But they don’t understand that if you’re going to be training under somebody who’s not quite qualified in the craft what are the disadvantages. So I’d possibly please request you to highlight what are the disadvantages of practicing with, I’m sorry the term may seem harsh, but a quack yoga teacher would be?  

Synopsis: My question is about yoga and of course, ahead of international yoga...

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... day, we’re very privileged to have you here in Nairobi. My question is about the benefits of yoga which everybody talks about. And everybody knows that yoga has great benefits for inner well-being, as well as the external. However, in Nairobi, with all due respect to certain people who are in the craft, I notice that housewives overnight turn into yoga gurus because they watch some DVDs, they watch a few programmes on TV and then decide to start teaching yoga. And that is, of course, a big concern because people do understand the benefits of yoga. But they don’t understand that if you’re going to be training under somebody who’s not quite qualified in the craft what are the disadvantages. So I’d possibly please request you to highlight what are the disadvantages of practicing with, I’m sorry the term may seem harsh, but a quack yoga teacher would be?  

April 17, 2021

21:43

How did you discover yoga? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Barkha Dutt | #5

Synopsis: You were 13 when you first, quite accidentally, discovered yoga. Tell us how did you discover yoga?  

Synopsis: You were 13 when you first, quite accidentally, discovered yoga. Tell...

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... us how did you discover yoga?  

April 16, 2021

4:43

What are the barriers in the path of devotion? | Sadhguru in Conversation with Deepak Chopra | #3

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...Dr. Chopra, you have spoken about the different forms of yoga. The RajaYoga, the PapaYoga, the path of devotion. And we know that’s been spoken about in the Gita. So what’s so difficult? What is the barrier? That people haven’t seen it yet. It seems obvious on one level, and it’s very difficult to grasp on the other? Could you just talk to us about it?  

Synopsis: Dr. Chopra, you have spoken about the different forms of yoga. The RajaYoga,...

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... the PapaYoga, the path of devotion. And we know that’s been spoken about in the Gita. So what’s so difficult? What is the barrier? That people haven’t seen it yet. It seems obvious on one level, and it’s very difficult to grasp on the other? Could you just talk to us about it?  

April 14, 2021

21:21

Sadhguru, when you were pursuing this path, were you not scared? | Sadhguru at Shiva Nadar College | #6

Synopsis: So I had finished my inner engineering program three years back, through Isha. So I felt really blissful, I’ll be very honest. So I just wanted to ask you this question that many decades back, when you were pursuing the path, the philosophical path to find the solution, were you not even a little scared that you might have gone wrong?

Synopsis: So I had finished my inner engineering program three years back, through...

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... Isha. So I felt really blissful, I’ll be very honest. So I just wanted to ask you this question that many decades back, when you were pursuing the path, the philosophical path to find the solution, were you not even a little scared that you might have gone wrong?

December 31, 2020

7:10

What Does The Word ‘Yoga’ Means?

Synopsis: In this short, yet insightful talk, Sadhguru tells us the meaning of the word 'yoga', and also introduces the four paths of yoga.

Synopsis: In this short, yet insightful talk, Sadhguru tells us the meaning of the word 'yoga', and also introduces...

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... the four paths of yoga.

December 6, 2017

3:24

Can Classical Music Become Kriya Yoga?

Sadhguru tells us that kriya means internal action, sound or music is an external action. So, for most people, sound or music is karma not kriya. But music can be transformed into kriya. It depends on the quality of the listener. If one's listening becomes very keen, then the listening is not just limited to the eardrums, every cell in the body can reverberate. Sadhguru says - "If your whole body can listen, what is just entertainment can become kriya yoga for sure."

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May 18, 2017

7 min read

Is Gnana Yoga About Sharpening The Intellect?

Intellect is a wonderful faculty of a human being, and is absolutely essential for survival. A gnana yogi, begins by using his intellect, and ultimately realizes it's limitations. Unfortunately in contemporary societies, intellect has been granted a disproportionately large significance. A gnana yogi, realizes that intellect is of no use when it comes to the mystical dimensions. Sadhguru says - "Gradually, those on the gnana yoga path learn to access the deepest dimension of human intelligence, which connects them with the very basis of creation. This realm is known as chitta."

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April 17, 2017

4 min read

What Is The Significance Of Karma Yoga?

Sadhguru says, in the state you are right now, there is still need for action. Someone who doesn't know intense action, can not move into inaction. So, choose the action that you want to do - either to rule the world, or to serve the world. And do it with absolute intensity. Sadhguru narrates a beautiful story of a Zen master - "No Work, No Food".

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January 6, 2016

6 min read

What Is Devotion?

Sadhguru says that devotion is like having a love affair with the creation. What people usually call love, is not love, but discrimination. Because they love one person and hate another. "Whether it is a tree, an insect, a bird, an animal, a man, a woman, or a child – learn to look at everything the same way. Without transcending this discriminatory mind, without establishing a non-discriminatory way of looking at everything, you will never be a yogi".

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July 9, 2015

3 min read

What Is Bhakti Yoga?

Sadhguru says, that there was a time when emotion was the most dominant part of a human being. It is not so now, but still it is the most intense part. People can not sustain intensity in their body, mind or energies. But emotions can get very intense. Bhakti yoga uses the intensity of emotion to reach the ultimate. Bhakti yoga, or devotion, is a multiplied or enhanced form of love affair. Sadhguru says, you can not practice devotion, but one can do certain things to naturally become a devotee.

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January 26, 2015

6 min read

What Is Kriya Yoga?

Kriya means internal action. So, it is not on the level of your body and mind, it is on the level of your energies. Body, and mind are not reliable - they can be influenced easily. But, when you work on your energies, you will experience a different depth to life. Kriya yoga is a very powerful way, but also very demanding. It is not for those who are constantly seeking comfort. Kriya yoga is a path for those who want to do things beyond realization.  This is for those who want to know the mechanics of life making.

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July 15, 2014

6 min read

What Is Karma Yoga?

Karma Yoga has been misunderstood as service. It is not that. Yoga does not need karma, yoga is to go beyond karma. But right now, you need some activity - that is why the crutch of karma yoga. It is needed to manage your awareness. Karma yoga is to joyfully involve yourself in any activity. Sadhguru says - "To do something which does not mean anything to you but with total involvement is what breaks the karmic structure".

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May 26, 2014

4 min read

What is Gnana Yoga?

Gnana means "to know". To pursue gnana yoga, you must have a very sharp and alert intellect. It should be razor sharp, to a point where it does not miss anything, but it is not influenced by anything happening around it. Sadhguru says - “What I know, I know. What I do not know, I do not know.” This is gnana.

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September 19, 2012

3 min read

The Four Paths Of Yoga

The four realities in your life are - body, mind, emotion and energy. The four paths of yoga are around these four realities of your existence. If you use your emotions to reach your ultimate nature, that is bhakti yoga. If you use your mind, that is gnana yoga.  If you use your body, physical action, that is karma yoga. And if you use your energies, that is kriya yoga. On a spiritual path, why so much significance is given to a live guru, is because, he can mix these in the right proportion for you. What works for one person, may not work for the other. These four dimensions have to work together.

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August 14, 2012

8 min read

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