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The power of sound – sound is the basis of creation

Synopsis: During an in-conversation event with Pt Jasraj, someone asked Sadhguru - "I read in mystics musings, that you clapped at the time of Dhyanalinga consecration and there was a crack on the linga. Can you explain the significance behind that. And is it the sound, or is it something else?" Sadhguru explains, that wasn't because of sound, but sound has tremendous power. When, there is sound in unison, which...

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... modern science explains as 'resonance', it has tremendous power. The first step of creation is always the 'sound'. Sadhguru also tells how modern science experiments show that virtual protons get created out of nothingness.

Synopsis: During an in-conversation event with Pt Jasraj, someone asked Sadhguru - "I read in mystics musings,...

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... that you clapped at the time of Dhyanalinga consecration and there was a crack on the linga. Can you explain the significance behind that. And is it the sound, or is it something else?" Sadhguru explains, that wasn't because of sound, but sound has tremendous power. When, there is sound in unison, which modern science explains as 'resonance', it has tremendous power. The first step of creation is always the 'sound'. Sadhguru also tells how modern science experiments show that virtual protons get created out of nothingness.

July 10, 2020

7:43

Storytelling – When a farmer got a boon from Shiva to control nature

Synopsis: A farmer was upset because his crops kept getting destroyed because of one thing or another. He called out to Shiva, and told him that since you are a hunter you don't know how best to manage nature - you give me the control. And lo! He got it. What happened next - watch the interesting climax and profound learning from this story that Sadhguru narrates.

Synopsis: A farmer was upset because his crops kept getting destroyed because of one thing or another. He called...

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... out to Shiva, and told him that since you are a hunter you don't know how best to manage nature - you give me the control. And lo! He got it. What happened next - watch the interesting climax and profound learning from this story that Sadhguru narrates.

June 26, 2020

5:16

Mahashivratri not just a religious ritual

Synopsis: Is Mahashivratri just a religious belief and ritual or something more phenomenal happens on this day? What is the science behind its celebration and how can you benefit from this cosmic gift ? As Sadhguru explains, this day is not about any god or religion, but simply making use of nature's gift to us.

Synopsis: Is Mahashivratri just a religious belief and ritual or something more phenomenal happens on this day?...

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... What is the science behind its celebration and how can you benefit from this cosmic gift ? As Sadhguru explains, this day is not about any god or religion, but simply making use of nature's gift to us.

February 19, 2020

07:14

What is Kala (or Time)?

Synopsis: In this talk, Sadhguru explains the different meaning of the word 'Kala' - The Time. 'Kala' also means Cycles of Nature. Time as we experience is only because of the cyclical movement of physical nature. From Atomic to Cosmic, everything that is physical is cyclical in nature. And we are just 'Toys of Time'. Time is constantly ticking away for everyone and is getting over for everyone. In Yogic sciences,...

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... death is aptly described as ' Your time got over' - because that's what really it is. 'Kala Bhairva' is to access that dimension of Time to become 'Master of Time' - once you become master of time, you become master of Life process because all Life process is rooted in time.

Synopsis: In this talk, Sadhguru explains the different meaning of the word 'Kala' - The Time. 'Kala' also means...

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... Cycles of Nature. Time as we experience is only because of the cyclical movement of physical nature. From Atomic to Cosmic, everything that is physical is cyclical in nature. And we are just 'Toys of Time'. Time is constantly ticking away for everyone and is getting over for everyone. In Yogic sciences, death is aptly described as ' Your time got over' - because that's what really it is. 'Kala Bhairva' is to access that dimension of Time to become 'Master of Time' - once you become master of time, you become master of Life process because all Life process is rooted in time.

February 12, 2020

03:42

Was Shiva not from this world but an alien?

Synopsis: Many enlightened beings like Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Ram, Mohammed and many others have some sort of reference in history of their birth, or death or family or something. Shiva, as we know had no parentage, no children, nobody knows where he came from, where did he go, how did he die? Was he an alien and not from this world? Sadhguru answers....

Synopsis: Many enlightened beings like Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Ram, Mohammed and many others have some sort of...

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... reference in history of their birth, or death or family or something. Shiva, as we know had no parentage, no children, nobody knows where he came from, where did he go, how did he die? Was he an alien and not from this world? Sadhguru answers....

February 8, 2020

07:10

How Shiva Overcame Kama (The God of Lust)

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about the God of kama, or the God of lust. He narrates the story of how shiva overcame lust. He tells two versions of the story, one general, told to people, and the other version, as told in the yogic culture. He tells us the basis of lust within us.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about the God of kama, or the God of lust. He narrates the story of how shiva overcame...

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... lust. He tells two versions of the story, one general, told to people, and the other version, as told in the yogic culture. He tells us the basis of lust within us.

January 27, 2020

4:00

Why did Shiva help Amba take revenge?

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Sophia College for Women, a student asks Sadhguru - "My question to you is - in Mahabharat, we see Amba, she is so determined to take revenge on Bhishma, and she goes to Shiva, and Shiva actually grants her that boon. So, why would somebody want to live their whole life, just with the sole intention of taking revenge on somebody, and how would this affect them?"...

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... Sadhguru says, the Mahabharat has over 100,000 characters, depicting all kinds of human beings. Amba comes from a royal family, in her culture vengeance is an honor! Sadhguru says, the divine is not discriminatory, that's why Shiva helps Amba and Ravana.

Synopsis: During the Youth and Truth event at the Sophia College for Women, a student asks Sadhguru - "My question...

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... to you is - in Mahabharat, we see Amba, she is so determined to take revenge on Bhishma, and she goes to Shiva, and Shiva actually grants her that boon. So, why would somebody want to live their whole life, just with the sole intention of taking revenge on somebody, and how would this affect them?" Sadhguru says, the Mahabharat has over 100,000 characters, depicting all kinds of human beings. Amba comes from a royal family, in her culture vengeance is an honor! Sadhguru says, the divine is not discriminatory, that's why Shiva helps Amba and Ravana.

April 29, 2019

7:36

Shiva as Somasundara

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Shiva's significant dimension as Soma, or Somasundara. Always intoxicated, and yet fully aware. Sadhguru narrates the story of Prvati's wedding with Shiva.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us about Shiva's significant dimension as Soma, or Somasundara. Always intoxicated, and...

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... yet fully aware. Sadhguru narrates the story of Prvati's wedding with Shiva.

March 1, 2019

5:45

Shiva as Bholenath, The story of Bhasmasura

Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates the intriguing story of a yogi Bhasmasura, who comes and asks Shiva for powers, "whatever he turns should turn into ashes". Sadhguru tells about Shiva's dimension as Bholenath. Without any discretion, Shiva grants to whoever asks.

Synopsis: Sadhguru narrates the intriguing story of a yogi Bhasmasura, who comes and asks Shiva for powers, "whatever...

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... he turns should turn into ashes". Sadhguru tells about Shiva's dimension as Bholenath. Without any discretion, Shiva grants to whoever asks.

February 25, 2019

2:40

Shiva as Nataraja

Synopsis: Sadhguru says, India is the only country, where gods must dance. He elaborates on that dimension of Shiva, as Nataraja - the king of dancers! Sadhguru explains how this relates to the 'dance of creation', which is also the terminology the scientists are using today.

Synopsis: Sadhguru says, India is the only country, where gods must dance. He elaborates on that dimension of Shiva,...

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... as Nataraja - the king of dancers! Sadhguru explains how this relates to the 'dance of creation', which is also the terminology the scientists are using today.

February 21, 2019

2:52

Why is Shiva always ash smeared?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the story of a yogi, who did severe austerities, and lived a very pious life. He first went to only fruit diet, and then only leaf and root diet. Sadhguru tells, about how when Shiva saw this yogi falling prey to vanity, he took on the form of a yogi and appeared in front of him...

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the story of a yogi, who did severe austerities, and lived a very pious life. He first...

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... went to only fruit diet, and then only leaf and root diet. Sadhguru tells, about how when Shiva saw this yogi falling prey to vanity, he took on the form of a yogi and appeared in front of him...

February 16, 2019

4:46

Shiva the destroyer!

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells is about the significant dimension of Shiva - Swayambhu. He narrates the story - when Brahma created the creation. When Shiva saw so much suffering, he did not like the creation. He attacked Brahma.... Sadhguru also explains why Shiva is referred as the 'destroyer'... What does Shiva really destroy?

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells is about the significant dimension of Shiva - Swayambhu. He narrates the story - when...

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... Brahma created the creation. When Shiva saw so much suffering, he did not like the creation. He attacked Brahma.... Sadhguru also explains why Shiva is referred as the 'destroyer'... What does Shiva really destroy?

February 10, 2019

6:56

Sadhguru on Nandanar | Shiva Devotee

Synopsis: Nandanar, also known as Tirunalaippovar (Thirunaallaippovaar) and Tiru Nalai Povar Nayanar, was a Nayanar saint, who is venerated in the Hindu sect of Shaivism. He is the only Dalit saint in the Nayanars. He is generally counted as the eighteenth in the list of 63 Nayanars. Like the other Nayanars, he was a devout devotee of Shiva. Sadhguru narrates a captivating tale of his intrigue, and how the nandi...

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... moved to give him Shiva's darshan.

Synopsis: Nandanar, also known as Tirunalaippovar (Thirunaallaippovaar) and Tiru Nalai Povar Nayanar, was a Nayanar...

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... saint, who is venerated in the Hindu sect of Shaivism. He is the only Dalit saint in the Nayanars. He is generally counted as the eighteenth in the list of 63 Nayanars. Like the other Nayanars, he was a devout devotee of Shiva. Sadhguru narrates a captivating tale of his intrigue, and how the nandi moved to give him Shiva's darshan.

February 19, 2018

5:34

Sadhguru on Poosalar | Shiva Devotee

Synopsis: Poosalar was an educated man, but remained poor by choice. He lived near modern day Chennai, and was an ardent devotee of Shiva. His most cherished desire was to build a temple for Lord Shiva. But because he was a very poor man so it wasn't possible for him to build a temple, but Poosalar’s desire kept growing day by day. He started building the temple brick by brick in his heart - Sadhguru tells...

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... us the significance of how we can actualize something by empowering our thoughts with our energies.

Synopsis: Poosalar was an educated man, but remained poor by choice. He lived near modern day Chennai, and was...

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... an ardent devotee of Shiva. His most cherished desire was to build a temple for Lord Shiva. But because he was a very poor man so it wasn't possible for him to build a temple, but Poosalar’s desire kept growing day by day. He started building the temple brick by brick in his heart - Sadhguru tells us the significance of how we can actualize something by empowering our thoughts with our energies.

February 7, 2018

3:18

Sadhguru on Dasimayya | Shiva Devotee

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the fascinating story of Dasimayya. How Shiva himself came to his home and gave him a boon of 'akshaya', a pot of grains which will never go empty!

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the fascinating story of Dasimayya. How Shiva himself came to his home and gave him a...

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... boon of 'akshaya', a pot of grains which will never go empty!

February 4, 2018

3:18

Sadhguru on Allama Mahaprabhu | Shiva Devotee

Synopsis: Allama was devoted to the worship of Shiva. Sadhguru narrates the captivating story about the gentle yogi, when he was challenged by Yogi Siddhalinga, who was said to be over 280 years old and hard as a diamond.

Synopsis: Allama was devoted to the worship of Shiva. Sadhguru narrates the captivating story about the gentle...

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... yogi, when he was challenged by Yogi Siddhalinga, who was said to be over 280 years old and hard as a diamond.

January 30, 2018

2:53

Sadhguru on Akka Mahadevi | Shiva Devotee

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us the story of Akka Mahadevi, a woman saint, who defied a king, and walked naked out of her devotion for Shiva. Sadhguru also narrates a beautiful poem written by Akka Mahadevi.

Synopsis: Sadhguru tells us the story of Akka Mahadevi, a woman saint, who defied a king, and walked naked out...

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... of her devotion for Shiva. Sadhguru also narrates a beautiful poem written by Akka Mahadevi.

January 21, 2018

2:50

Who is Shiva? What does Shiva mean?

Synopsis: Shiva means 'That which is Not'. He is also called Adiyogi - the first Yogi - a realised being who gave tools to transcend one's limitation beyond physical. So What or Who exactly is Shiva? Sadhguru demystifies in the talk and explains what Shiva is....

Synopsis: Shiva means 'That which is Not'. He is also called Adiyogi - the first Yogi - a realised being who gave...

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... tools to transcend one's limitation beyond physical. So What or Who exactly is Shiva? Sadhguru demystifies in the talk and explains what Shiva is....

June 30, 2017

08:54

The Story of Shiva and Sati – Birth of 54 Shakti Sthalas

Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness or in absolute movement. Intrigued by watching him move from utter stillness to mad dance, and being in absolute ecstasy in both, the Gandharvas and Yakshas were keen to get an grasp of this experience. To have an insider, they plotted and got Shiva married to Sati. Sadhguru narrates the story of how Sati burnt herself up in the ceremonial fire, and how 54 Shakti Sthalas were born when a despondent Shiva carried her rotting corpse.

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February 12, 2020

7 min read

Why Is Death So Mysterious?

Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what death is - that is why it seems so mysterious. Sadhguru says - "Body is life and death – the spiritual process is about yourself, which is neither life nor death". So, in a way, it is only the body that dies, not you. The simple reason that death seems so profound and mysterious is because you have had a 'memory loss'. If you remembered about your past lives, death would no longer be mysterious - isn't it?

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December 29, 2019

3 min read

What Is The Significance of Kashi

The word 'kashi' means tower of light. Sadhguru says - "This beam of light is the symbolism of Kashi, because Kashi is a machine, a yantra, a cosmogenic effort to bring the cosmos to you". Sadhguru tells us that in his experience the real energy structure of kashi is 33 feet above ground, and is going upto 7200 feet. At one time, there were over 72,000 shrines, each with their own method, but all with only one goal, that of - mukti (liberation). No one really knows how old the city is, as Mark Twain said "it's older than the legend". The city has been ravaged multiple times, and a lot of it is damaged. Still, Sadhguru says that energy wise it's still phenomenal.

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December 13, 2019

7 min read

Shiva – Intoxicated, Still And Exuberant

As a Yogi, Shiva embodies the three essential qualities - stillness, exuberance and intoxication. Modern science tells us that the core of the cosmos is largely stillness. In Yoga, 'Shi-Va', means ' that which is not'. Once someone experiences life beyond physical and psychological, they naturally become still. It is from this stillness that exuberance rises, which enables one to participate in life. Intoxication is a lubricant allowing one to engage with life effortlessly. Using chemical intoxication renders us incompetent. Sadhguru gives us a simple tool to develop these three essential qualities within ourselves.

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March 4, 2019

3 min read

Can Marijuana Further My Spiritual Journey?

If you know how to stimulate yourself from within, you can always be intoxicated, without taking any substance. Shiva is also referred as Soma or Somasundara - which means intoxication. He is always inebriated, but fully alert. Sadhguru narrates an interesting incidence that happened to Adi Shankara - and how he gave a message to his disciples - don't always try to imitate your Guru! It's very important to have clarity in life. And there is intoxication in absolute clarity. Marijuana, and other intoxicants, you are lowering your capability. It is a backward step in human evolution - there is nothing spiritual about it.

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February 28, 2019

6 min read

The Story Of Shiva Kicking Off Ravana Of Kailash

Ravana was a fierce devotee of Shiva. Once, he travelled all the way to Kailash from down south to see Shiva. He came all the way from south to meet him. All along the long and tumultuous journey, he kept singing Shiva's praises and composed 1008 verses extempore which called Shiva Tandava Stotram. Carrying a drum with him, the music and beats he produced were so melodious that Shiva was completely engrossed and enthralled listening to this. As Ravana came nearer and nearer, he started climbing Kailash from the South Face. What happened as he was about to reach the top?

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February 21, 2019

2 min read

Is Shiva A God? What Does Shiva Mean?

Is Shiva a God sitting up there? Sadhguru explains what does the word 'Shiva' actually mean and the significance of this in the spiritual process.

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February 4, 2019

11 min read

Why Is Adiyogi Statue 112ft?

Sadhguru tells us that among all the senses that a human being has the visual perception has the most significant impact. Also, to get the geometry absolutely right the statue it had to be a certain size. Above all, Sadhguru wanted to the face to exude three dimensions;  Exuberance, Stillness and Intoxication. To achieve all this, the statue had to be a minimum of 80 - 90 feet. That's when Sadhguru decided to make it 112 feet, since Adiyogi gave 112 ways in which a human being can achieve to their highest.

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September 14, 2018

3 min read

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

The first full moon after the summer solstice (Dakshinayana) is Guru Purnima. It is the day the first Guru was born.  Shiva is referred as Adiyogi - the first yogi. After much insistence and preparation by his seven disciples; on the first full moon after Dakshinayana, he transformed himself into a Guru. Adi Guru - the first guru. This was the most significant day for humanity, since it is on this day the possibility of transcending opened up for a human being. Guru Purnima is about transcendence and liberation, and the story of Guru Purnima predates all religions.

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July 25, 2018

9 min read

How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

On Guru Purnima, the position of the moon and planets is such that it creates a receptivity in people to the guru. Traditionally, in India, to make the best use of it, people would stay out at night in the moonlight, along with their guru. This month is the best time to receive the Guru's Grace. With Grace, a person can enhance himself to another dimension of existence and capability. To enhance your receptivity, it is best that 'you do not do anything of your own, so that you become less of yourself'.

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July 24, 2018

9 min read

Shiva And His 7 Disciples (Saptrishis)

Sadhguru tells us the probable reason why Adiyogi decided to teach only one of the seven aspects of yoga to each of the Saptrishi; and how by offering him whatever they had learnt as guru dakshina and becoming empty, all the the seven aspects (112 ways) became present in all seven of them!

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July 17, 2018

4 min read

What Is Shiva’s Relevance In Our Times?

Sadhguru says that the most important thing needed right now is to raise human consciousness. Today, we have reached a level of technological advancements, where we can create either heaven or hell on earth. So, unless human consciousness is raised, we will be using our capabilities against us, and not for our own wellbeing. This is why Shiva, the Adiyogi is relevant for us. He represents knowing, not knowlege, and that is what is needed today.

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February 13, 2018

7 min read

The Story of Nandanar – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells the beautiful story of a bonded labor, who later became known as Nandanar!

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January 29, 2018

5 min read

The Story of Markandeya Kalbhairava

Sadhguru narrates the fascinating story of Markandeya and how he was saved from death by Kala Bhairava. Sadhguru explains, Kala Bhairava is that dimension of consciousness that is beyond time. He says - "If you bring yourself to a state where there is a certain distance between you and your physicality, your physical nature has been kept aside, so time simply does not exist for you. Once there is distance, there is no time at all in your experience. Then we say you are a Kalabhairava".

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January 19, 2018

3 min read

What Is Shivanga Sadhana?

This is a profound article by Sadhguru, and a must read for all those seeking to grow spiritually, and all those concerned about their own wellbeing. Sadhguru elaborates on the various aspects of shivanga sadhana and their significance. This simple process brings a certain organic intelligence into the system, a different dimension of intelligence is invoked, making life effortless.

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January 2, 2018

16 min read

The Story Of Malla Bandit – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells the captivating story of Malla who was a bandit but a fierce Shiva devotee. How he celebrated mahashivaratri, and how he attained to mahasamadhi.

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September 7, 2017

3 min read

How To Discriminate Between Good & Bad?

Sadhguru narrates a story, to highlight - "People always believe that they are good and somebody else is bad". He says, that the most important thing is that they work upon themselves to become a joyful human being. Sadhguru says - "Good people cannot be silent. Evil people cannot be silent. Only those who do not pay attention to either, who just pay attention to the process of life, can be truly silent."

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March 9, 2017

7 min read

How To Open The Third Eye?

Sadhguru tells us that one of the most significant aspects about Shiva was that he opened his third eye. He says - "What is unseen for a large segment of humanity became a normal part of his vision. That is what the third eye means". He explains the symbolism of fire coming out of Shiva's third eye, and ashes coming out of every pore of his body. Sadhguru tells us two ways of opening the third eye. He adds - "The middle path is a way of not getting anywhere, and after some time thinking this does not go anywhere."

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March 3, 2017

4 min read

Shiva as Tripurantaka

Sadhguru narrates the compelling tale of Shiva as Tripurantaka. He elaborates on the significance of this tale, and also explains the significance of number three, and the symbolism of three lines of ash on Shiva's forehead.

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February 20, 2017

5 min read

Natesha – A Significant Dimension of Shiva

Sadhguru tells us that natesha is one of the most significant dimensions of Shiva. Shiva identified 84,000 postures the body can take, and derived 84 yogasanas from that. If it is done with poetic grace, it is called classical dance. The Indian art forms are based on the understanding of human mechanics, and are designed to evolve a human being into higher possibilities. In this culture, music and dance, were a spiritual process, and not for entertainment.

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February 17, 2017

3 min read

The Story Of Sage Poosalar – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells the wonderful story of sage Poosalar, the shiva devotee. He tells us that - "This well-known legend of southern India reminds us of a profound truth: if devotion overflows, divinity will follow and serve you."

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October 27, 2016

4 min read

Why Other Cultures Don’t Speak About Shiva?

Sadhguru tells us that the word 'Shi-va' literally means 'that which is not'. Today modern science is telling us that everything comes from nothing, and goes back to nothing. So, everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva. There is no enlightened being who has not spoken about Shiva, but they have expressed it in the language and symbolism of their region. Sadhguru tells, that the sound 'Shi-va' was arrived at with a profound understanding of life, and uttering this sound directs energy in a certain way.

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September 9, 2016

4 min read

Sadhguru Unfolds Shiva’s Numerous Forms

Shiva has many forms. Each of them represents a different dimension and a power possibility for spiritual gowth. Sadhghuru looks at them, and explains the significance of each one of them; Yogishwara, Bhuteshwara, Kaleshwara, Sarveshwara, Shambo, Bholenath, Natraja, Ardhnarishwara, Kalabhairava, Adiyogi, Triambaka. Sadhguru also gives a powerful key "shambho" - a key to dissolve.

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March 7, 2016

13 min read

The Story – When Shiva Takes You For A Ride

Sadhguru tells a short beautiful story from the yogic lore - when shiva takes you for a ride!

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March 5, 2016

2 min read

The Story – When Shiva Lost His Home (Badrinath)

Sadhguru tells us the story of how Vishnu tricked Shiva and Parvati out of their home in Badrinath. They finally settled in Kedarnath.

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March 1, 2016

3 min read

The Story of Punyashi – Shiva’s Love Affair

Not many would believe that Shiva could be a passionate lover. He is always portrayed as a intense and dispassionate yogi. Shiva has many facets to him, whatever we say about him, the opposite is also true. Sadhguru tells us about Punyakshi, Shiva's south Indian love affair. Though it did not find success, it resulted in the kailash of the south!

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February 26, 2016

5 min read

The Story of Shiva’s Companions – The Ganas

Ganas were alwaya around Shiva. His private company was always with Ganas. The yogic lore described them as demented distorted beings. Why is it that they looked so different? Could it be that they were celestial beings who came from some other place? Could it be that Shiva himself was a celestial being? Sadhguru also tells us that that Ganesha, is Ganapati, i.e. with a Gana's head, and not Gajapati, it is not an elephant trunk!

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February 16, 2016

2 min read

Shiva Puranas – Science Through Stories

Shiva Purana expresses science by way of beautiful stories. Sadhguru tells that to express the boundless, we created many wonderful forms of Shiva. Contradicting and conflicting aspects of personality have been built into Shiva. Stories in Shiva Purana, if one looks at them carefully, you will see the entire modern physics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics...

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February 9, 2016

4 min read

Four Significant Places Where Shiva Spent Time

Shiva traveled to many places in India. Sadhguru tells us about four significant spaces where he spent time - Kailash, Velliangiri, Kashi and Kantisarovar. He elaborates on the power and energy of these spaces, and why they are significant for any spiritual seeker.

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February 10, 2015

9 min read

Why Does Shiva Sit At The Cremation Grounds (Shamshana)?

Sadhguru tells us that for most human beings, the moment of death or possibility of death is the most intense moment. It is because of this, that Shiva sits at the cremation ground, or kayanta. Most people are not aware that they are immortal, and it is only the end of the body. They live life just as kaya (body), not as jeeva (life). Sadhguru says "Shiva sits at the smashan, bored with you and your play, bored because the whole drama all over town is absolutely stupid. The only real thing happens at the cremation ground."

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May 12, 2014

8 min read

What Do Shiva’s Symbols Signify?

We always see images of Shiva with certain adornments. What do these signify? Sadhguru tells us about the significance of these symbols; The third eye, Nandi, Trishul, Moon, Snake, and Why Vilva leaf is dear to Shiva. Sadhguru elaborates on the symbols of the third eye - The two sensory eyes can only see that which is physical. If one wants to perceive life that is beyond the physical, then one needs to look inwards. The third eye is to look within. For one to see and perceive reality the way it is, and not distort it by individual karmic influences, your third eye has to open up. Sadhguru also narrates a story of how Shiva burnt Kama with his third eye.

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February 24, 2014

11 min read

The Story of Akka Mahadevi – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells us about Akka Mahadevi, a woman who defied a king and walked naked out of her devotion to the Adiyogi.

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November 12, 2012

3 min read

Adiyogi – The Founder Of Yoga

Shiva, or Adiyogi, as he is called in the yogic culture, was the originator of yoga. Adiyogi transmitted the yogic sciences to seven sages, who are today celebrated as saptarishis. Sadhguru says - "the yogic science is not about a yoga class that you go through about how to bend your body – which every new born infant knows – or how to hold your breath – which every unborn infant knows. This is the science of understanding the mechanics of the entire human system".

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November 1, 2012

4 min read

The Story of Shiva and Sati – Birth of 54 Shakti Sthalas

Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness…

February 12, 2020

7 min read

Why Is Death So Mysterious?

Neither scientists, nor philosophers have been able to figure out what…

December 29, 2019

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What Is The Significance of Kashi

The word 'kashi' means tower of light. Sadhguru says - "This…

December 13, 2019

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Shiva – Intoxicated, Still And Exuberant

As a Yogi, Shiva embodies the three essential qualities - stillness,…

March 4, 2019

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Can Marijuana Further My Spiritual Journey?

If you know how to stimulate yourself from within, you can…

February 28, 2019

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The Story Of Shiva Kicking Off Ravana Of Kailash

Ravana was a fierce devotee of Shiva. Once, he travelled all…

February 21, 2019

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Is Shiva A God? What Does Shiva Mean?

Is Shiva a God sitting up there? Sadhguru explains what does…

February 4, 2019

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Why Is Adiyogi Statue 112ft?

Sadhguru tells us that among all the senses that a human…

September 14, 2018

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Why Do We Celebrate Guru Purnima?

The first full moon after the summer solstice (Dakshinayana) is Guru…

July 25, 2018

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How to Recieve Guru’s Grace on Guru Purnima?

On Guru Purnima, the position of the moon and planets is…

July 24, 2018

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Shiva And His 7 Disciples (Saptrishis)

Sadhguru tells us the probable reason why Adiyogi decided to teach only…

July 17, 2018

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What Is Shiva’s Relevance In Our Times?

Sadhguru says that the most important thing needed right now is…

February 13, 2018

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The Story of Nandanar – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells the beautiful story of a bonded labor, who later…

January 29, 2018

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The Story of Markandeya Kalbhairava

Sadhguru narrates the fascinating story of Markandeya and how he was…

January 19, 2018

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What Is Shivanga Sadhana?

This is a profound article by Sadhguru, and a must read…

January 2, 2018

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The Story Of Malla Bandit – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells the captivating story of Malla who was a bandit…

September 7, 2017

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How To Discriminate Between Good & Bad?

Sadhguru narrates a story, to highlight - "People always believe that…

March 9, 2017

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How To Open The Third Eye?

Sadhguru tells us that one of the most significant aspects about…

March 3, 2017

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Shiva as Tripurantaka

Sadhguru narrates the compelling tale of Shiva as Tripurantaka. He elaborates…

February 20, 2017

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Natesha – A Significant Dimension of Shiva

Sadhguru tells us that natesha is one of the most significant dimensions…

February 17, 2017

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The Story Of Sage Poosalar – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells the wonderful story of sage Poosalar, the shiva devotee.…

October 27, 2016

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Why Other Cultures Don’t Speak About Shiva?

Sadhguru tells us that the word 'Shi-va' literally means 'that which…

September 9, 2016

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Sadhguru Unfolds Shiva’s Numerous Forms

Shiva has many forms. Each of them represents a different dimension…

March 7, 2016

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The Story – When Shiva Takes You For A Ride

Sadhguru tells a short beautiful story from the yogic lore -…

March 5, 2016

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The Story – When Shiva Lost His Home (Badrinath)

Sadhguru tells us the story of how Vishnu tricked Shiva and…

March 1, 2016

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The Story of Punyashi – Shiva’s Love Affair

Not many would believe that Shiva could be a passionate lover.…

February 26, 2016

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The Story of Shiva’s Companions – The Ganas

Ganas were alwaya around Shiva. His private company was always with…

February 16, 2016

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Shiva Puranas – Science Through Stories

Shiva Purana expresses science by way of beautiful stories. Sadhguru tells…

February 9, 2016

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Four Significant Places Where Shiva Spent Time

Shiva traveled to many places in India. Sadhguru tells us about…

February 10, 2015

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Why Does Shiva Sit At The Cremation Grounds (Shamshana)?

Sadhguru tells us that for most human beings, the moment of…

May 12, 2014

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What Do Shiva’s Symbols Signify?

We always see images of Shiva with certain adornments. What do…

February 24, 2014

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The Story of Akka Mahadevi – A Shiva Devotee

Sadhguru tells us about Akka Mahadevi, a woman who defied a…

November 12, 2012

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Adiyogi – The Founder Of Yoga

Shiva, or Adiyogi, as he is called in the yogic culture,…

November 1, 2012

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