What is the significance of Guru Purnima? Why does one need a Guru?
Synopsis: This is a beautiful video, a must watch for all seekers, where Sadhguru talks about the significance...
July 4, 2020
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'....
January 15, 2020
A Beautiful Incidence From Swami Vivekanda’s Life
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the beautiful incidence from the life of Swami Vivekananda. After his guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, attained samadhi, Vivekananda wanted to take his masters message to the west. He wants the permission of Sharada Devi, Ramakrishna's wife. Sadhguru narrates the incidence...
Synopsis: Sadhguru tells the beautiful incidence from the life of Swami Vivekananda. After his guru, Ramakrishna...
January 12, 2020
3 Types of Yogis – Mandha, Madhyama, and Uttama
Synopsis: Sadhguru says that yogis can be classified into three categories. Mandha, Madhyama, and Uttama. Mandha Yogis are those who have experienced oneness, but are not able to keep it up all the time. For Madhyama Yogis the dimensions of the beyond are constantly in perception, but they are unable to manage the physical dimension in which they exist. Uttama Yogis are constantly in perception of the ultimate,...
Synopsis: Sadhguru says that yogis can be classified into three categories. Mandha, Madhyama, and Uttama. Mandha...
July 15, 2019
If you notice, people who are deeply involved in some intellectual activity, would prefer to read a book than have sex. Trying to get rid of something is not the best way to approach it. Instead, you should find something deeper than what you know right now, then you will be easily able to drop it. If you experience something bigger than sexuality, than automatically you will drop it. Sadhguru says - "Sexuality is just a small part of you. People have become overly sexual only because of stupid morality, because they are trying to forcefully drop it".
Rudraksh is the seed of a tree, and it has a very unique vibration. There are various types of Rudrakshas, and the number of faces can vary from a single face, upto 21 faces. They have different vibrations, and are worn for different purposes. Five faced, or panchmukhi, is good for everyone, for general wellbeing, health and freedom. If someone has chosen to purify their lives, Rudraksha is a good support for that. Sadhguru also tells about ekmukhi and gaurishankar rudraksh. He also shares various other benefits of Rudraksh and also guidelines on how to wear Rudraksh.
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.
Though physically they may appear the same, but qualitatively stillness and stagnation are poles apart. Someone who doesn't know may think that meditation and sleeping are the same! Stagnation to stillness is like moving from ignorance to enlightenment. To know this qualitative difference, one needs an unshakeable resolve; sankalpa.
Concoctions with hallucinogenic things, like Ayahuasca, are used to purge parasites from the human body. These are used by tribal societies who are exposed to natural elements, and in whom the number of parasites which reside in the body significantly increase over a period of time. But if you use outside substances for this purpose, you will get addicted to them. If you rise in experience by breaking the mind with chemicals, it is only a temporary access; most of the time it will leave you debilitated.
Sadhguru says, that we should learn to be happy with our compulsions! Only when we are joyful, transformation is possible. Joyfulness brings flexibility; and only flexibility opens the possibility to go beyond our compulsions. If we bury, our karma deep, then it will grow manifold. "Karma, is not the problem; how you carry it is the only problem".
The whole creation is rooted in nothingness. It is from this nothingness that billions of galaxies and all life sprouted. Zero means, it's limitless, and it can never be matched by any number, because a number, no matter how big is always limited. Dhyanalinga is a possibility that exhibits both the exuberance of the numbers, and the stillness of zero. In it's presence, it becomes very simple to know the fundamental dimension of life. Everything comes from zero, and everything goes back to the zero. Dhyanalinga is a strong reminder, an exuberant manifestation of life, at the same time absolutely still like nothingness.
The famous Zen story about the buffalo's tail - what is this story trying to tell us? Sadhguru tells us another story, that of how Bahubali got enlightened. And through that he explains what the hidden message in this simple zen story is. This is a must read, for all those seeking to grow on the spiritual path!
Modern science tells us that the entire existence is a reverberation of energy - or in other words - an amalgamation of sounds. The human ear can hear only a small band of the spectrum. But in certain states - Rithambhara Pragna - you can hear the sounds beyond this limited spectrum. The whole existence can be experienced as sound. When sounds are arranged in a certain pattern, they impact our system in a certain way - this is the science of mantras. Indian classical music is a modification of the mantras - where both aesthetics and technical arrangements are important. Indian classical music can activate the chakras and evolve a human being into higher levels of consciousness.
This article is a must read for all those seeking the path to liberation. Sadhguru tells us that being a disciple, or a devotee is a quality. He also tells us, that If you have met your guru, it is time for you to step into Him, only then something will happen. If you go on analyzing, go on contemplating, then nothing much is going to happen.
If you observe closely, then in a 48 day period, there are 3 days, that your body does not demand food. If you fast on these 3 days, a lot of your health issues will get get handled. These 3 days are different for everyone. Since most people do not have the awareness to know this, ekadashi was fixed for fasting. There are 3 ekadashi (11th day from new moon day), in a 48 day period. Also, the planetary positions are conducive on this day to turn inward, and remaining on an empty stomach helps with that.
Is there a difference between a pilgrim and a tourist? Both visit the same place! Sadhguru tells us that if you want to go on a pilgrimage, then you must totally give yourself to the journey and the place and not get distracted by your cellphone, or other things. Sadhguru tell is about his journey to Kailash over the last so many years, and how a pilgrimage to Kailash is a tremendous opportunity to return in an enhanced way.
Sadhguru tells us about the dedication, commitment and unrelenting resolve of all the saptarishis, including Agastya Muni. He says, that they did not come from elsewhere, they were born in some insignificant place in some family. Sadhguru says - "That is what is significant about their life story and about yoga and sadhana: no matter who you are, how the hell you were born, who your parents were, what kind of karma you have – if you are willing, you can build yourself up". So, yes, if you can emulate these qualities, then why not?
You can either become wounded, or become wise, in situations of grief. Sadhguru says, usually when people find a way to do some useful work, when grief really strikes them, become great karma yogis. Sadhguru narrates a touching story of a man in Sahayadri hills - how driven by grief, he became an intense karma yogi. Sadhguru says - "Learning to use all your emotions creatively is very important". Any emotion can be made into a creative force.
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.
This is a basic mistake, trying to separate things into mundane and sacred! The source of creation is involved in everything, whether small or big. Sadhguru says - "If you see one thing as sacred and another thing as filthy, you are lost. What is mundane and what is sacred is your making. It is not existentially true". Sadhguru tells us that there are only two ways to approach life, either see everything as filthy, or everything as sacred.
Most people are shaped by the company they keep. All social exposure has an influence. It may not always be conscious. It is best not to be among people who are compulsive by nature. Sadhguru says - "Choosing your company is not about being discriminatory, but about being discretionary as to where you want to be and with whom you want to be".
Of course, knowledge is useful. We accumulate and use knowledge, so that we don't have to reinvent the wheel every time! Sadhguru says - "When we talked about dropping the knowledge, we were talking about life, not about various disciplines of life. When it comes to doing something physical or material, you need knowledge, but to conduct life you do not need knowledge you need clarity". The most important thing is that you should not allow your knowledge to cloud your clarity of perception.
Within ourselves we must be equanimous. But, when it comes to activity, we must use our discretion and make a choice. For that, you may come in contact with many people. Sadhguru says - "You must enjoy every association and company that you seek, but you do not have to get stuck to anything". If you feel insecure, you will entangle yourself and make everything stick to you. Sadhguru elaborates on the memory of the body, runanbandha, and why it is important that it be carried consciously.
Sadhguru tells a beautiful story of a beggar who became famous as a wise man, and everyone started going to him for advice. In India, begging has always been considered part of the spiritual tradition. Sadhguru says - "A beggar may be doing so out of helplessness, but a sanyasi is doing it consciously for his own growth, so that he does not get too full of himself". This can be used as a device and a tool to drop one's identity.
Are physical disabilities such as hearing impairment, paralysis or blindness a hindrance for one on the spiritual path? Sadhguru explains, whatever happens in life, you can suffer it or see how to make use of it. Sadhguru says - "From a social standpoint, physical debilities may be relevant because you cannot do what someone else is doing. But not in the spiritual realm because whether you are deaf, blind, mute or whatever, you still have what is inside, intact."
Sadhguru says - "At this time of year the planet Earth is closest to the sun". The Sun's gravity is at its highest. Sadhguru says - "That is the effect the Margazhi month has on the human system – it pulls you from the base. Margazhi is a time to bring balance and stability to the system". Sadhguru speaks about the spiritual significance of this time and gives ways as to how we can make use of it to create balance and stability within ourselves.
Q: You talked about carrying awareness from one life into another. The only thing that you carry forward is awareness. Is there an end to this process? Is there a beginning? Was I a blade of grass at some point? Was I a monkey, was I a lizard, was I a rock on a mountain? It is all forms of energy after all. Sadhguru says - "This body is just a lump of earth taking on a different form and doing all these things. One day it will sink back and become earth....Spirituality does not mean growth, it means self-destruction, self-annihilation."
How To Overcome Sexual Desires?
Benefits of Wearing Rudraksha
What Is The Significance of Kashi
What’s the Difference Between Stillness and Stagnation?
Can Ayahuasca be Used for Spiritual Awakening?
How to Get Rid of my Karma?
Dhyanalinga – The Significance of the Zero
The Buffalo’s Tail – A Zen Story
The Significance of Indian Classical Music, And Activating The Chakras
If I Meet My Guru, Will I Be Liberated?
Why Should We Fast on Ekadashi?
What is a Pilgrimage?
Can I Become Like Agastya Muni?
Can Grief Lead To Spiritual Growth?
What Is Shivanga Sadhana?
Mundane or Sacred – How To Choose?
What Is The Right ‘Company’?
Why Do You Say Drop Your Knowledge – Is Knowledge Not Useful?
Get Involved, Not Entangled
Why is Begging Part of Spiritual Tradition?
Will Physical Disability Impede In My Spiritual Growth?
What Is The Significance of The Month of Margazhi?
Spirituality is about self-annihilation!